Programme for 2018
Our programme runs with fortnightly screenings from Thursday 08th March until November, this year will be made up of 30 screenings or more.
Feel free to download a pdf of the programme.
The films that make up our programme 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.
We, the committee, are looking forward to this year's programme of screenings, and we hope you share our anticipation.
Previous Years' Programmes
Film review sites
Missed a Cinema Group screening?
Townsville CityLibraries hold DVDs from several of our previous screenings.
31st May 2018
2016 - France
110min - M - Drama
Dir: Roschdy Zem
Cast: Omar Sy, James Thiérrée, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet, Frédéric Pierrot, Noémie Lvovsky
This is the fascinating true story of Rafael, an Afro-Cuban man who, during the late 1800s, was a former slave Chocolat making a living in a provincial French circus performing the role of a tooth-baring cannibal named Kalanka — a surprisingly novel spectacle for the country people who have never seen a black man before. It is here that he impresses established performer George Footit who takes him under his wing. Together, they develop a routine which catapults them to stardom, glamour and riches in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque. However, the satisfaction of success can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality begins to take hold.
2017 - Australia
70 min - PG
Dir: Karina Holden
From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vastness of space. Blue, because 99% of all living space on Earth occurs in the Ocean. But the seas are under threat. The industrialization that has occurred in the oceans over the last century mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land.
As we learn of the ecological crimes occurring worldwide, we also uncover the shocking truths happening on our own shorelines.
Over the last three decades, coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef has halved. More than a third of fish stocks in our waters are now over exploited or have status “unknown”. And this year alone, 50 million plastic bags will enter the litter stream from Australia, making our country the second largest waste producer, per capita.
14th June 2018
2016 - Greece, Brazil & USA
110min - PG - Drama
Dir: Ira Sachs
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Theo Taplitz, Paulina Gircia
When 13-year-old Jake's grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony whose single mother Leonor, a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake's parents Brian and Kathy - one, a struggling actor, the other, a psychotherapist ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults. At first, Jake and Tony don't seem to notice; the two boys, so different on the surface, begin to develop a formative kinship as they discover the pleasures of being young in Brooklyn. But the children can't avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship.
2016 - France, Poland & Belgium
115min - M - Drama / History
Dir: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne
Poland, winter of 1945. Mathilde Beaulieu is a young intern working with a branch of the French Red Cross. They are on a mission to find, treat and repatriate French survivors of the German camps. One day, a Polish nun arrives in the hospital. In very poor French, she begs Mathilde to come to her convent. Mathilde life and beliefs change when she discovers the advanced state of pregnancy that affect several of the Sisters of the convent just outside the hospital where she performs.
28th June 2018
20th Century Women
2016 - USA
137min - M - Drama / Comedy
Dir: Mike Mills
Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Zumann, Billy Crudup.
Dorothea aged in her mid-50s in 1979, having survived the Great Depression, World War II, marriage and divorce, she now runs a boarding house in Santa Barbara; she's largely given up on romance, devoting herself to her teenage son, Jamie, a skateboarder and would-be punk.
On the other side of the generational divide are two other significant female presences. There's Jamie's friend Julie, who shares his bed but insists they're too close to have sex – and there's Abbie, a photographer recovering from cervical cancer, a little less assured than her affectations might imply. Abbie and Julie are still in the process of maturing, seeing what different identities they can step into. By comparison, Dorothea seems to look at herself with wry dispassion, even resignation, which is not to say she's lost the ability to catch herself by surprise.
"An insightful and, on occasion, laugh-out-loud piece of filmmaking. Artfully shot and structured, while its warmth and wit shine as brightly as the Californian sun." Will Lawrence _ Empire