Com­pelling dou­ble

Benalla Ensign - - Community Voice -

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.swan­pool­cin­ 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.

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