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.
08th March 2018
2017 Sweden / Germany / France
142min - MA15+ Drama Comedy
Dir: Ruben Östlund
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang, Terry Notary, Dominic West, Annica Liljeblad
Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
22nd March 2018
2016 - Romania
128min - M15+ - Drama / Crime
Dir: Cristian Mungiu
Cast: Maria-Victoria Dragus, Adrian Titieni, Lia Bugnar, Vlad Ivanov, Rares Andrici
Romeo Aldea, a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding - Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams - a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.
I Am Not Your Negro
2017 - USA / Belgium
93 min - M Documentary
Dir: Raoul Peck
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson
Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
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.