The North West Theatre Company Film Club has just announced its program of films for 2013. NWTC President John Wearne said that the program has something for everyone.
“We have attempted, and I think succeeded, in having a wonderful balance of films – some old, some new and covering a wide variety of categories. We probably have an increase in recent movies this time, with a good dash of old, much loved classics”, he said.
The NWTC Film Club has continued to grow throughout the year, and now has 39 members.
February: THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI; 1957 – 156 mins
Considered on of the greatest movies ever made. Scooped the pool at the Academy Awards with 7 Oscars, including Best Picture. Starring William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Sir Alec Guiness and Sessue Hayakawa. Based on the building of the bridge on the infamous Burma Railway.
March: BREAKING AWAY, 1979 – 100 mins.
Set in Bloomington, Indiana, it tells the story of four teenage boys who have just graduated from High School and are discussing their futures. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, winning for Best Original Screenplay.
Directed by Peter Yates, its cast includes a young Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern in his first film and Dennis Christopher. Won the 1979 Golden Globe for Best Picture. Featured this year (2012) on the Movie Show by Stratton and Pomeranz in the All-time Classic spot. The American Film Institute ranks this 8th out of 100 in their “America’s Most Inspiring Movies” list.
April: A SEPARATION, 2011 – 123 mins. Subtitles.
Won 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film – the first Iranian film to ever do so. Magnificent work.
May: ROMAN HOLIDAY, 1953 – 118 mins.
One of the all-time romantic comedy hits , starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning three for Best Actress (Hepburn, in her first film role), Best Costume Design (Edith Head, who else?) and Best Writing.
June: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, 1962 – 126 mins.
Chilling cold war suspense thriller, starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury as the diabolical mother. This film was made at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. When Kennedy was assassinated , Sinatra had the film withdrawn , and it was a number of years before its re-release. A far superior version to the 2004 re-make.
In the popular vote at this year’s (2012) David Stratton’s Film Festival at Sea , the fillm was voted third from 26 by 104 film buffs , after “12 Angry Men” and “The Kid”.
July: THE SAPPHIRES, 2012 – 103 mins.
Needs no introduction. Huge Australian hit this year, starring Jessica Mauboy and Deborah Mailman. Apparently this movie just rocks. – (Editor’s note – it surely does!)
August: MAN ON WIRE, 2009 – 90 mins.
Based on the illegal actions in 1974 of a tightrope walker who spent one hour high wire walking between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. This highly decorated documentary tells how he illegally smuggled in the equipment, set it up and then performed his amazing stunt. “Man on Wire” won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2009 awards.
September: THE OVERLANDERS, 1946 – 91 mins and STORM BOY, 1976 – 88 mins.
“The Overlanders” is a 1946 British film shot in Australia during the latter stages of the war in New Guinea and the Darwin bombings, and tells the epic tale of a cattle drive from the Northern Territory to Sydney to avoid slaughtering the herd ahead of the expected Japanese invasion. Starring Chips Rafferty, the film is part of the early Australian film industry history. Shot in black and white, it is still far superior to “Australia”.
“Storm Boy” is an all-time favourite Australian film, based on a childrens book by Colin Thiele. It stars Greg Rowe and is set in South Australia.
October: WARHORSE, 2011 – 146 mins.
Last years WW1 classic directed by Stephen Spielberg about a boy and a horse. Nominated for six Academy Awards, “Warhorse” has grossed 177 million dollars.
November: THE INTOUCHABLES, 2011 – 113 mins. Subtitles.
Will be the highlight of the year. Still packing them in to the cinema , but will be released on DVD by November. This immensely popular film , which tells the (true) story of a wealthy , disabled paraplegic and his distinctly dodgy assistant is the second most-watched movie ever at home in France (after “Amelie”, and is the highest-grossing movie in a language other than English in film history (281 m.)
What a program – something for everyone, and a great list of classics!
2013 membership subscriptions – necessary for economic hiring rates – will remain at $60 for the full year of 11 films. If you include the probability of a “President’s Choice” surprise freebie in December, that’s twelve movies at $5 per film. Therein lies the advantage of becoming a member – casual members and visitors pay $10 per screening.