The Society screens quality films, carefully chosen to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. The selections are old and new, local and international and the program runs from April to September, inclusive, on the third Friday of the month.

Each evening starts with drinks and nibbles, followed by a digital screening of one or more features. This is followed by supper and a chance for members to discuss the night’s entertainment.

Membership is on a subscription basis with a once-only joining fee of $5 and an annual subscription of $30 single, $45 family for the six sessions. Prospective new members are always welcome and are invited to attend a screening, free-of-charge, to see what the Society has to offer.

First screening for 2018, on Friday April 20th will be Fred Schepisi’s 1988 adaptation of John Bryson’s book on the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain near Uluru in 1980. This gripping film follows her parents’ struggle to prove themselves innocent of the accusations, both official and public, that they were complicit in their baby’s death. This resulted in years of emotional and legal turmoil. Meryl Streep plays Lindy
Chamberlain and Sam Neill her husband Michael in this reminder of the manipulative capacities of public opinion.

On Friday 18th May there will be a gentler mood with the screening of the 1990 Canadian film The Company of Strangers. Directed by Cynthia Scott, this largely unscripted film concerns 8 older ladies stranded in the wilderness when their bus breaks down. As they begin to relate their personal stories heart-warming tales of humour and courage emerge.

Friday 15th June will be one for Western fans. The second of John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy” She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, made in 1949, will be shown. Starring John Wayne as an aging Army Captain, the film was shot in Monument Valley and features spectacular cinematography together with plenty of action and entertainment.

Three more screenings are planned for July, August and September: more home grown entertainment in They’re a Weird Mob, plus a German language political thriller Barbara and the inspiring drama of Gorillas in the Mist.

When: 3 rd Friday April to September. Time: 6.45 for 7.00 p.m.
Venue: Murrindindi Shire Council Chambers.
Contact: Jill Dwyer, Secretary, 5797 2480 or jill.dwyer@bigpond.com

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