Program for 2019
Our program runs with fortnightly screenings on Thursdays, from March until October, except 30 films or more each season.
Feel free to download a pdf of the program.
The films that make up our program have been selected, mostly sight unseen by the committee and based on availability as announced by the distributors. We aim to select a variety of films from various countries, which in the end will not appeal to all members all of the time, but should appeal to a broad membership.
Please choose to attend sessions which you think will appeal to you based on the synopses and the film classification details we provide, or come to screenings ready to be pleasantly surprised or mildly disappointed, or worse, simply shocked.
We will again hand out voting slips this year, to give you an opportunity to provide a basic feedback for each of the screened movies.
While there aren't any other overarching themes, if you look hard enough you might be able to spot unintended correlations between double screenings.
We are keen to hear back from you about ideas you might have, feedback on films we have screened or films you would like to see in the future.
Productive comment is always encouraged and best sent to us via the website or Facebook page.
We, the committee, are looking forward to this year's program of screenings, and we hope you share our anticipation.
Previous Years' Program
Film review sites
Missed a Cinema Group screening?
Townsville CityLibraries hold DVDs from several of our previous screenings.
Non members welcome - $15 for two films
Director: Joon Ho Bong
2019 Winner of the Cannes Palme d’Ore
An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon-ho in near-total command of his craft.
PAIN and GLORY
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Intensely self-reflexive and autobiographic, from the undisputed master of Spanish cinema. Powered by a cast of Almodóvar favourites and delivered with his trademark humour, passion and sheer cinematographic elán, it could be the most honest and perceptive film yet from a director who’s never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve.
Director: Bassam Jarbawi
The message behind Screwdriver is clear and it's carried through with conviction and compassion. Whether Ziad is a martyr, hero, or terrorist-Jarbawi reveals how nothing has changed. Self-defense becomes aggression in a world where empathy equates to treason.
BIRDS of PARADISE
Director: Cristina Gallego
From the Oscar (R)-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga. Birds of Passage traces the familiar arc of the drug crime thriller from a different direction that's as visually absorbing as it is hard-hitting.
Director: Rodd Rathjen
Pulling no punches in its intently human rendering of the horrors of human trafficking, this is a thrilling film which finds fleeting moments of beauty – amongst infinite senselessness.
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Mr. Jones is a harsh, masterful film about being wary of the lies being fed to you by your media and your government. True now, as it was in the Soviet Union in the 1930's.
Director: Matteo Garrone
Meticulously directed and photographed, and entirely sympathetic to its four-legged cast-members (none of whom are harmed), Garrone’s bravura urban noir is also impeccably acted, with Marcello Fonte’s extraordinary performance highly deserving of the Best Actor prizes at both Cannes and the European Film Awards.
Full program released