‘Stories we Tell,’ directed by Sarah Polley, looks at her family including her parents, revealing that Sarah was the product of an extramarital affair between her mother, who died of cancer when Sarah was only 10, and Montreal producer Harry Gulkin. It incorporates interviews with Sarah’s siblings from her mother’s two marriages, interviews with other relatives and family friends, her father’s narration of his memoir, and footage shot to look like home movies of historical events in her family’s life. The film has won several awards; and has been described as “a brilliant film: an enthralling, exquisitely layered masterpiece of memoir that unravels an extraordinary world of family secrets through a maze of interviews, home movies, and faux home movies cast with actors. For film society members, but also a fascinating film for anyone to see. Only $12 or $7 for those with a subscription.
Another great line-up at the James for April, starting with the Julien Wilson Jazz Trio on Sunday 6 April, followed by movies on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday: ‘Mr Sherman and Peabody’ (PG) for the kids and ’12 Years a Slave’ (MA15+) for the bigger kids. We finish off the month with a fascinating film society film ‘Stories We Tell’ (M) on Sunday 27 April. Check our website for more info and screening details.
Even the James can’t operate if there is no electricity, so Philomena will now be shown on Sunday 23 March at 7pm, but before that is the wonderful duo of Heritage Farming in Australia and the story of the Birdsville Mailman as part of Tractor Trek on Thursday 20 March at 7.30. So book in for two great shows at the James this week!
Don’t forget to book your spot for dinner behind the screen, a great 2-course meal by Catherine Turrin and wines by Camyr Allyn Wines, while you soak up the atmosphere at the James and prepare to watch the final session of a wonderful Flickerfest program. We need final numbers for the dinner by Wednesday 5 March but you can still buy tickets to all sessions at the door on Saturday if you haven’t got your tickets already.
Our March program starts with the wonderful children’s film ‘Frozen’ (PG) on Saturday 1 March at 3pm only; and then for a nostalgic trip back in time the start of ‘Down Memory Lane’ for 2014 with ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing’ on Thursday 6 March at 10am. Later in the month we have Flickerfest, the not-to-be-missed ‘Philomena’ (M) and two wonderful old documentaries during the week of Tractor Trek on 20 March.
Sunday 23 February at 7pm is the start of the Dungog Film Society 2014 season with the highly acclaimed film, The Railway Man. At $80 (including your annual subscription of $10 to the Friends of the James Theatre) for 10 films, this is great value. But you do not need to subscribe to come to these films. Just come to any films of your choice for our usual price of $12 at the door. For those who want a subscription, you can buy them at the door before the film. Come and join us next Sunday for a wonderful film!