The first film Loving (PG), quietly delivers its message through the subtle acting of Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as an interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving who fell in love and were married in 1958.
They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South.
Yet, even in their home state where they were starting a family they were first jailed and then banished.
They relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington DC, but the family ultimately tried to find a way back to Virginia.
The second film, Detroit (MA 15+) is set the summer of 1967 as rioting and civil unrest stand to tear apart the city of Detroit.
Two days later a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department and the Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the Algiers Motel.
Several policemen start to flout procedure by viciously interrogating guests to get a confession.
By the end of the night, three unarmed men were gunned down and others were beaten.
These films will screen on Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10, at 7 pm and on Sunday, February 11, at 6 pm.
Swanpool Community Cinema stays cool in the summer heat with the solar energy powering the air-conditioning.
A back-up generator ensures that screenings go ahead even if the power is down.
Savour a delicious cool treat when choosing from the many flavours of handmade Swanpool choc-top ice-creams.
Hot pastries, hot chocolate and real coffee are also available.
For more information, go to www.swanpoolcinema.com.au or phone the cinema on (03) 5768 2415.
●Weekend not to miss
An outstanding double feature is screening over the weekend of February 16, 17 and 18. We all know of Winnie the Pooh but what do we know of his creator A A Milne? In the first film we are given a rare glimpse into the author’s life and relationship with his beloved son in, Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG). Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books, bringing hope and comfort to England after World War I. With attention on Christopher, what will be the cost to his family? The second film is the darkly comic drama, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA 15+). After months have passed without a suspect in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command officer Dixon, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle begins. Wednesday, February 7, 9 am: Thomas Street Ladies Racquetball Round Robin. All welcome even if you haven’t played before or for a long time — come and have a go. Thursday, February 15, 9.30 am to 11 am; Saturday, February 24, 9.30 pm to 12 pm; Monday, March 5, 4 pmto 6.30 pm: Benalla Food Cooperative open day — selling nonperishable foods, we encourage the responsible use of our Earth’s resources and support Australian producers. Benalla Uniting Church, Carrier St, (opposite Coles) in the old kindergarten hall. For more information, phone 0438 624 866.
Thrilling: Frances McDormand stars in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.