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
Film review sites
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Missed a Cinema Group screening?
Townsville CityLibraries hold DVDs from several of our previous screenings.
01st June 2017
I, Daniel Blake
2016 - UK, France Belgium-100min
M15+ - Drama
Dir: Ken Loach
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Briana Shann, Dylan McKiernan, Natalie Jamieson
Daniel Blake's doctor has ordered him to stay at home, but he's unable to argue the point with his social workers in their grey, sterile offices. They force him to look for work and take job seeker training. Along the way he discovers that Britain's welfare state is no longer about welfare. It's been usurped by a corporate culture that's about protecting the bottom line.
Daniel befriends single mother of two Katie, a Londoner who's been forced to move to the north of England to access public housing. Daniel offers to do a few odd jobs to fix up her rundown flat and spend some time with the kids, but watching her plunge into despair unsettles him.
2015 - UK, Belgium 119 min - MA15+
Science fiction / Drama
Dir: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, Elisabeth Moss
In his 40-storey utopia, one of a number of new towers on the outskirts of London, it seems like paradise until power outages happen and building flaws emerge, civil war breaks out between the residents, who group themselves into new tribes of savages.
Before long, the building descends into anarchy. Loud parties escalate into pagan sex orgies, violent attacks, ritual killings and open warfare between different floors. The lower floors storm the upper floors, murder and executions take place but nobody wants to leave, even if they have to drink toilet water and live on dog food. It is its own world, hellish but complete, and there is really no place to go.
15th June 2017
2015 Spain / Argentina 108min - MA15+
Drama / Comedy
Dir: Ken Loach
Cast: Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara, Dolores Fonzi, Eduard Fernandez, Pedro Casablanc
“Each person dies as best he can.” That’s how Julian sums up his attitude as he faces his imminent demise in his adopted home base of Madrid. A diagnosis of terminal cancer, he has opted to write his own last act by foregoing additional treatments that his doctor admits will only delay the inevitable. Tomas, Julian’s longtime buddy spend what each of them knows will be a kind of last holiday together, dividing their time over a four-day period between long conversations in bars and cafes and Julian’s sporadic attempts to tie up loose strings before he makes his exit. Julian is especially concerned about what might happen to Truman, his faithful, sad-eyed boxer, he even questions a veterinarian as to whether dogs grieve when their masters pass away and spends an inordinate amount of time “auditioning” new owners for his pet.
Where Am I Going
2016 Italy -86min_M - Comedy
Dir: Gennaro Nunziante
Cast: Checco Zalone, Sonia Bergamas, Eleonora Giovanardi, Lino Banfi, Maurizio Micheli
Checco, has spent his adult life in a cushy job in the Italian public service, giving him a licence to idle at work while behaving like a chauvinist pig at home. When cutbacks put an end to this idyll, he's dispatched on a mission to the Arctic, but falls on his feet when he meets the beautiful Valeria, a freethinking scientist who wins his heart. Accompanying her back to Norway, he reinvents himself as a sensitive new age guy – until nostalgia starts to kick in, and he's forced to choose between the old life and the new.
29th June 2017
2016 Germany / Austria / Romania
162min - M - Comedy / Drama
Dir: Maren Ade
Cast: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonisch, Ingrid Bisu, Trystan Putter, Vlad Ivanov
" By a wide margin the funniest almost-three-hour German comedy you will ever see."
A. O. Scott - The NYTimes
A practical joking loving father tries to reconnect with his hard-working workaholic daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego named Toni Erdmann and posing as her CEO's life coach to cheer her up.