Sunday will see the continuation of the successful season of the North West Theatre Company Film Club. This months program is musicals, and the club has two classics, ‘an oldie’ by which all modern musicals are judged, and a modern contemporary musical with a most interesting cast.
‘Singing in the Rain’ opens the program. It was made in 1952, and stars Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Although not an instant hit when first released, it is now regarded as a classic, and consistently tops best musical of all time lists.
Interestingly, given the iconic nature of Gene Kelly’s dance routine in pouring rain, Kelly was not originally the first choice for the main role of Don Lockwood this was to have been Howard Keel , playing a western star. The famous dance scene, surely the “wettest” ever filmed, took nearly three days to shoot during which time Kelly struggled with a severe fever and a temperature of 103 degrees. The musical hits just flow, ‘All I do is dream of You’, ‘Singing in the Rain’, and many others.
The second movie for Sunday, ‘Nine’, offers a total contrast. Filmed in 2009, this film, produced and directed by Rob Marshall, was based on the 1982 musical inspired by Frederico Fellini’s classic film Eight and a Half.
It tells the story of Guido Contini, a gifted Italian film maker who has developed ‘writers block’, and urges all the women in his life, alive and dead, to help him overcome it.
“Nine’ has a stellar cast – Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson and an amazing Sophia Loren.
The screening begins at 4pm, the movies will be introduced, and supper will be held at the conclusion of the films for those who wish to stay.
New members welcome
At the half way mark in the 2011 season the club now has 24 permanent members, and a number who have taken out temporary membership as visitors to Bingara. Apart from Sundays movies , the club is still to show recent hit ‘Babies’ and the Katherine Hepburn/Spencer Tracey classic ‘Bringing up Baby”’(November), and one of the most inspirational boxing movies of all time, ‘Cinderella Man’, (December).
Including Sundays program, all five movies can be enjoyed for a subscription fee of just $35.
Application forms can be obtained at Bingara Tourist Information Centre, or by simply turning up at the Roxy.