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4 Oscar noms including Best Picture
PHILOMENA (PG) 114min

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Stephen Frears (The Queen) directs this wonderful adaptation of Martin Sixsmith’s book. It tells the true story of an Irish Catholic woman (Judi Dench) who decides to find her son more than fifty years after a forced adoption as an unmarried mother. Journalist Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) reluctantly agrees to meet and hear her story. A true odd couple – the sheltered, elderly woman and the dry, world-weary ex-BBC journo – Philomena and Martin embark on a journey together that takes them from a convent in rural Ireland to the White House in Washington DC. One of the best British films of the year. Dir Stephen Frears, UK. March 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, April 4, 5, 6

 

Oscar nom for Music (Original Score)
THE BOOK THIEF (PG) 130min

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Based on the beloved international bestselling book. Liesel (Sophie Nelisse, Monsieur Lazhar) is an extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) in World War II Germany. She learns to read with encouragement from her new family and Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jewish refugee who they are hiding under the stairs. For Liesel and Max, the power of words and imagination become the only escape from the tumultuous events happening around them. A life-affirming story of survival and of the resilience of the human spirit. Dir Brian Percival, USA. March 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, April 4, 5, 6

 

THE RAILWAY MAN (M) 116min
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Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is a quiet radio and railway enthusiast. He meets kind, sunny Patti (Nicole Kidman) and a whirlwind courtship and wedding follow. On their wedding night Eric succumbs to paralysing nightmares. Patti soon learns her husband’s harrowing secret: along with thousands of other British soldiers captured by the Japanese during the Second World War, Eric was forced to work on the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway – the so-called Death Railway, and was brutally tortured. Patti searches for the man who haunts her husband’s soul. Potent human drama. Dir Jonathan Teplitzky, UK. March 28, 29, 30, April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13

 

3 Oscar wins including Best Actor
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (MA) 117min

pWhen boozing, foul-mouthed, womanizing Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is told that he has only thirty days to live, he seeks out alternative medicine. Never one to heed rules, Woodroof smuggles unapproved treatments over the border from Mexico. Along the way, he strikes up an unlikely alliance with Rayon, a sleek but troubled trans-gender woman, played with stunning conviction by Jared Leto. The pair teams up to sell treatments to the growing numbers of HIV and AIDS patients unwilling to wait for the medical establishment to save them, in a classic true story of American enterprise. An impressive and very moving film. Dir Jean-Marc Vallee, USA. April 4, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21

 

Encore screenings by popular demand!
UTOPIA (M) 110min

-Utopia is a vast region of northern Australia that is home to the oldest human presence on earth; it is also the poorest region in Australia. Famed award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger takes us on a journey from his hometown of Sydney, to the affluent suburb of Barton in the nation’s capital of Canberra and on to Utopia, shedding a light on the hidden truths of Australia’s history and the years of injustice, inequity and poverty in Australia’s indigenous communities. Powerful and provocative, this is a must see. Dir John Pilger, Australia. April 11, 12, 13, 14

 

HANNAH ARENDT (PG) 113min
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Written and directed by New German Cinema’s most venerated female filmmaker, this film is as compelling and polarising as its eponymous protagonist. Arendt is sent by The New Yorker to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. The article generates a storm of criticism by the intellectual and Jewish communities, labelling her cold, heartless and a self-hating Jew. Von Trotta’s vision of Arendt offers understanding into the formulation of her ideas – in particular what Arendt termed ‘the banality of evil’ – which later culminated in her groundbreaking thesis of the same name. Dir Margarethe Von Trotta, Germany. English language. April 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 27

 

MR MORGAN’S LAST LOVE (M) 100min
pTwo-time Oscar winner Michael Caine stars with Clémence Poésy, Justin Kirk and Gillian Anderson in this richly nuanced story of lost souls, new-found hope and last love. Matthew Morgan (Caine) is a widowed, world-weary professor living in Paris. The cynical Matthew sees no meaningful future for himself - until he meets Pauline (Poésy), a free-spirited young dance instructor. The unlikely bond they form ultimately leads them to rediscover the joy that only family and true friendship can offer. Poignant and beautiful, this is a must see for Michael Caine fans. Dir Sandra Nettelbeck, Germany/France. English language. April 19, 20, 27, 28

 

WADJDA (PG) 97min
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Wadjda is a funny, streetwise ten-year-old whose carefree demeanour sets her apart from girls in her school, and frequently lands her in trouble. When she spots a shiny green bicycle in the local shop she becomes determined to buy it to race her neighbour, a culturally unacceptable action with potential societal repercussions. This is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female Saudi filmmaker. Wadjda is a subtle counterpoint to the images of females the world is accustomed to seeing, a character who holds hope for the future. Dir Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia. English subtitles. April 25, 27, 28

 

TASTING MENU (M) 93min
pOne of the world’s great restaurants is closing and an eclectic mix of international patrons have arrived in beautiful Catalonia for the final dinner service. As the staff prepare and serve an audacious tasting menu, a young couple in the midst of a divorce reunite for this once-in-a-lifetime meal. This blend of love, feuds, broken dreams and amazing food will leave you awash in a European sensation of joie de vivre. Dir Roger Gual, Spain. English language and subtitles. April 26

 

APRIL SCREENINGS
See ‘Specials & Events’ page for full information on special events.
Bookings are essential for all special events.
NFT= No Free Tickets

Monday March 31 $10 TIX!
6.30pm Philomena
8.30pm The Book Thief

Friday April 4
1.00pm Philomena
6.30pm The Book Thief
8.45pm Dallas Buyers Club

Saturday 5
1.30pm Fundraiser (all welcome): Philomena
6.30pm The Book Thief
8.45pm The Railway Man

Sunday 6
1.30pm The Railway Man
3.45pm The Book Thief
6.30pm Philomena

Monday 7 $10 TIX!
6.30pm The Railway Man
8.45pm Dallas Buyers Club

Friday 11
1.00pm The Railway Man
6.30pm Dallas Buyers Club
8.45pm Utopia

Saturday 12
2.00pm Fundraiser (all welcome): The Railway Man
6.30pm Utopia
8.45pm Dallas Buyers Club

Sunday 13
1.30pm Dallas Buyers Club
3.45pm Utopia
6.30pm The Railway Man

Monday 14 $10 TIX!
6.30pm Utopia
8.45pm Dallas Buyers Club

Friday 18
1.00pm Dallas Buyers Club
6.30pm Hannah Arendt
8.45pm Dallas Buyers Club

Saturday 19
6.30pm Mr Morgan’s Last Love
8.30pm Hannah Arendt

Sunday 20
1.00pm EASTER SUNDAY WITH MR MORGAN’S LAST LOVE
Film followed by an Easter Sunday afternoon tea. Bookings essential. See here for details NFT
3.45pm Hannah Arendt
6.30pm Dallas Buyers Club

Monday 21 $10 TIX!
6.30pm Dallas Buyers Club
8.45pm Hannah Arendt

Friday 25
1.00pm Hannah Arendt
6.30pm Wadjda
8.15pm Hannah Arendt

Saturday 26
6.30pm TASTING MENU: A SPECIAL FOOD AND FUNDRAISING EVENT
A fundraising night of film, food and fun. Bookings essential. See here for details NFT

Sunday 27
1.30pm Wadjda
3.30pm Mr Morgan’s Last Love
6.15pm Hannah Arendt

Monday 28 $10 TIX!
6.30pm Mr Morgan’s Last Love
8.15pm Wadjda

NFT= No Free Tickets

Please Note: Session times are subject to change without notice.