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
Half-year membership $60 from July 1
22nd August 2019 1st Film at 7.00pm
2019 - USA - 100min - M - Documentary
Dir: Jimmy Chin
From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi ("MERU") and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film's FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold's climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit. RT 97%
22nd August 2019 2nd Film at 8.50pm
LEAN on PETE
2018 - UK - 119min - M - Drama
Dir: Andrew Haigh
“It’s just a horse,” jockey Bonnie tells Charley; however, to a shy kid who’s never known unconditional love, Lean on Pete is much more than that. Working the low-end racing circuit with the animal’s owner, the teen finds a kindred spirit in the past-its-prime nag – and, when the glue factory beckons, a reason to take charge of his life. Reuniting Boardwalk Empire co-stars Charlie Plummer (whose performance won him the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice) and Steve Buscemi alongside Chloë Sevigny and Travis Fimmel, Haigh’s fourth feature – adapting the novel by Willy Vlautin – is a tender but never sentimental take on the boy-and-his-horse genre, as well as a clear-eyed road trip through the struggles and troubles of America’s midwest.
“A compassionately observed story told with unimpeachable naturalism … propelled by a remarkable performance from Charlie Plummer that’s both internalised and emotionally raw.” – The Hollywood Reporter
5 September 2019 1st Film at 7.00pm
2019 - Sweden - 110min - MA15+ - Drama
Dir: Ali Abbasi
Tina is a border guard who catches more smugglers than her colleagues due to her ability to smell human emotions. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell that confounds her detection, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and humankind.
Iranian-born, Denmark-based filmmaker Ali Abbasi has crafted one of the most singular and genre-defying films to come along the pike in a great while. Based on a short story by Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Border (original title: Gräns) is a mind-bending melange of romance, Nordic dark noir and fantasy-horror. It’s almost social realist in its style yet interweaves moments of fantasy with a seamless ease.
5 September 2019 2nd Film at 9.00pm
From revered auteur Christian Petzold comes Transit, a slow-burn thriller and discomfiting fable of trans-European displacement that channels both Hitchcock and Casablanca.
In seemingly modern-day Paris, a man named Georg is fleeing some faceless, fascistic force. Heading south to the seaside idyll of Marseille, the last place one can find a boat to the safety of Allied America, Georg is thrown into a sun-drenched purgatory of hope and disappointment, where every day brings him closer to both sanctuary and destruction.
Based on Anna Seghers’ WWII novel of the same name, Transit is the exhilarating new offering from German maestro Christian Petzold (Phoenix, MIFF 2014). Giddily blurring the boundaries between history and allegory, present and past, it offers a powerful critique of contemporary European nationalism delivered alongside the white-knuckle intrigue and cinematographic brio that have made the director such an acclaimed voice within European cinema.
"Petzold’s white-hot existentialist noir is perhaps the best World War II film since Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book." – Slant