Audacious and irreverent
Screening this weekend is the thought-provoking and funny, The Death Of Stalin (MA15+).
This audacious, irreverent satire delves deep into the bowels of Russian politics and picks off scabs.
When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader.
This cleverly made British film is ultimately about character and how human nature can be twisted by the combination of fear and greed.
The second film is described as, ‘‘a joyful celebration of life’’ from France, Faces Places (G).
Renowned film maker Agne`s Varda and photographer JR form a delightful creative friendship through art as they work together to shoot a film in rural France.
Through encounters and chance prepared projects, they reach out to others, listening, photographing, and sometimes putting people on posters.
Throughout the shoot Agnes and JR’s friendship develops as they tease each other and laugh about their differences.
These films will screen on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at 6 pmand on Sunday, June 24, at 5 pm.
On June 29 at 1.30 pm there will be a Friday afternoon matinee of Phantom Thread (M), starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
In 1954 London, renowned fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock creates dresses for members of high society.
His charisma and genius are matched by his obsessive controlling personality. Tickets are $10 and include afternoon tea.
Screening on the weekend of Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, is Phantom Thread (M) and Darkest Hour (PG).
Starring in Darkest Hour is Lily James, Gary Oldman and Ben Mendelsohn.
Newly elected British Prime Minister Winston Churchill must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight for liberty and freedom eight months into World War II.
With a sceptical king, an unprepared public and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must endure his darkest hour and rally the nation.
St Kilda Film Festival
This year’s St Kilda Film Festival will be held on Saturday, July 7.
Proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, the St Kilda Film Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day.
Come and see exceptional films by emerging artists on the big screen at Swanpool.
There will be two sessions with an intermission starting at 7 pm. Normal ticket prices apply.
The hardworking Swanpool Cinema volunteers will have a Winter break after Saturday, July 7, with screenings starting again on Friday, September 7.
Swanpool Community Cinema Candy bar opens half an hour before screening time for cinemagoers to enjoy the open fire and real coffee or hot chocolate. Hot pastries can be ordered for an interval snack and there are always the delicious handmade choc-top ice-creams.
For more details, visit www.swanpoolcinema.com.au or phone the cinema on (03) 5768 2415.
Thought-provoking and funny: Dermot Crowley, Paul Whitehouse, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and Paul Chahidi in a scene from The Death of Stalin.