Programme for 2017
Our programme runs with fortnightly screenings from Thursday 09th March until November, this year will be made up of 16 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
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Missed a Cinema Group screening?
Townsville CityLibraries hold DVDs from several of our previous screenings.
27th July 2017
The Music of Strangers
2017 USA 96min _ M
Dir: Morgan Neville
Cast: Yo-Yo Ma, Cristina Pato, Kayhan Kalhor, Kinan Azmeh, Wu Man
Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established the Silk Road Project (Silkroad) in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. Since 2000, the musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble have led Silkroad’s work to connect the world through the arts, focusing in three areas: musical performances, learning programs, and cultural entrepreneurship. Representing dozens of nationalities and musical traditions, the musicians of the Ensemble model new forms of cultural exchange through performances, workshops, and residencies.
Our Last Tango
2016 Argentina 85min_PG
Dir: German Kral
Cast: Juan Carlos Copes, Maria Nieves, Pablo Verón, Alejandra Gutty, Juan Malizia
They were lovers, dance partners and two of the artists who did the most to take tango from the streets of Buenos Aires to Broadway and beyond. But Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes endured as much backstage drama as any friction-fuelled rock band, dancing together for years after they were divorced and hardly speaking to each other. Listening to their story mostly from the side of the spurned wife and fleshing out her memories with transporting re-enactments, Our Last Tango balances between a studious fascination with the dance form's history and an embrace of the passions it stokes. Both dancers (now in their 80s) are interviewed for the film, which makes a dramatic point of bringing them together one last time on stage.
10th August 2017
Max and Leon
98min - M - Comedy
Dir: Johnathan Barré
Cast: Grégoire Ludig, David Marsais, Alice Vial, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Maury
War has broken out in France in 1939 and thousands of men are being conscripted to defend their people and their country. Max and Léon have other priorities, which do not include the battlefield.
Unfortunately, their efforts to avoid recruitment are in vain and they are thrust into their worst nightmare, immediately devising a hilarious succession of ridiculous ploys in a frenzy to extract themselves by any means possible. But the forces controlling their fate will not let them go so easily. Max and Léon quickly realise that the consequences of war are far less pleasing to their way of life than they could have anticipated.
Things to Come
2017 - France
102min - M - Drama
Dir: Mia Hansen-Løve
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, André Marcon, Sarah Lepicard
Nathalie Chazeaux, a Parisian philosophy teacher whose life, largely unchanged for decades, is thrown into disarray. Without warning, her husband announces that he's leaving her for another woman. In the meantime, she has to deal with her ailing mother while professionally she's being politely eased out of her role as editor of a textbook and a series of monographs.
24th August 2017
2017 - Mongolia 87 min - G
Sport / Adventure / Documentary
Dir: Otto Bell
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rys Nurgaiv
Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father, Nurgaiv, believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined.
Hitchcock / Truffaut
2016 - USA 80 min - PG
Dir: Kent Jones
Narrator: Mathieu Amalric
Filmmakers: Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Olivier Assyas, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, James Gray, Richard Linklater and Paul Schrader.
In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting-used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut-this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock's incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today's leading filmmakers.