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
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Missed a Cinema Group screening?
Townsville CityLibraries hold DVDs from several of our previous screenings.
05th April 2018
A Quite Passion
2016 - UK 125 min - PG
Drama / Biography
Dir: Terence Davies
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff, Emma Bell
The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
2017 Australia 83 min _ M15+
Dir: Pete Gleeson
Hotel Coolgardie is an observational-style documentary capturing the experiences of two Finnish backpackers in the small mining town of Coolgardie, 500 kilometres east of Perth.
On a dusty highway between Australia's most isolated city and its largest gold pit lies Coolgardie - where the arrival every three months of a new pair of foreign backpackers to work the only bar in town is a keenly anticipated event. Fresh off the plane and lured by the promise of an authentic outback experience, Finnish travellers Lina and Steph find themselves en route to a dot on the map - to pour beers, replenish depleted travel funds, and live amongst the locals. But their working holiday quickly deteriorates into a baptism of fire. Harangued by their new boss, relentlessly pursued by booze-addled patrons, and prey to the madness and malaise of an environment as claustrophobic as it is isolated - the girls soon realise that to meet expectations out here, they'll need to do more than just serve drinks.
19th April 2018
97min - M Drama / Comedy
Dir: Dave McCary
Cast: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Ryan Simpkins.
James a 25-year-old man who’s spent his entire life in a bunker with his parents, being fed tales about the toxic air and strange creatures outside. James spends most of his time obsessively watching the 700-plus episodes of the one TV show still being made: Brigsby Bear Adventures, a kid-friendly fantasy about a Teddy Ruxpin-like hero bear.
Then the police arrive, and James is whisked out of his bunker and informed that the people he grew up with kidnapped him at birth. He’s brought to live with his birth parents and dubious, irritated sister Aubrey, he gradually, awkwardly starts integrating with the unfamiliar modern world — until he finds out the truth about Brigsby, and becomes obsessed with finishing the bear’s adventure in the form of a fan-made film.
2016 - French
105 min - M15+ Drama / Mystery
Dir: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Nora von Waldstätten
Maureen’s day job is as an assistant to Kyra, a world-famous movie star for whom she runs errands such as picking up and returning the designer clothes she is constantly photographed in. Maureen is not particularly thrilled with this career path (especially when it comes to getting Kyra to actually return the things that she has “borrowed”), but she is as good at it.
Maureen arrives at a rambling old house in the hope of contacting the spirit that may be residing within. This isn’t just business for her, in this case. The home used to belong to her recently deceased twin brother, Lewis, with whom she shared everything from a womb to an interest in the paranormal to the heart defect that took his life. Lewis had promised that if he passed away first, he would try to send a message from beyond the grave that would let her know A.) that he was at peace and B.) that there was such a thing as the afterlife. Over a series of long and increasingly creepy shots, as she wanders the darkened halls, calling out Lewis’ name and looking for some clues to suggest that he has made contact, but she finds nothing. As for us viewers, it is a slightly different story.
03rd May 2018
2016 - France Germany
113min - PG - Drama / History
Dir: François Ozon
Cast: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Marie Gruber, Ernst Stötzner, Johann von Bülow, Cyrielle Clair
Anna is a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed in the trenches of World War I. Adrien, a French veteran of the war, makes a mysterious appearance in her town, placing flowers on Frantz's grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany's defeat, yet Anna gradually becomes closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz