Strong women on screen

Benalla Ensign - - Communityvoice -

Screen­ing this Fri­day af­ter­noon will be a mati­nee of Mary Shel­ley (PG), a vis­ually au­then­tic pe­riod piece.

Mary Shel­ley is the story of how the au­thor con­ceived her novel Franken­stein.

Tick­ets are $10 and in­clude a cuppa and bis­cuit fol­low­ing the show, which starts at 1.30 pm.

Mary Woll­stonecraft’s fam­ily dis­ap­proves when she and poet Percy Shel­ley an­nounce their love for each other.

The fam­ily is hor­ri­fied when the cou­ple elope, ac­com­pa­nied by Mary’s half sis­ter. While stay­ing in the home of Lord By­ron at Lake Geneva, the guests are chal­lenged to write a ghost story.

Elle Fan­ning con­vinc­ingly de­picts Mary as a woman who be­comes deeply af­fected by the to­tal dis­re­gard that men had for their fe­male coun­ter­parts in those times. Mary was, ul­ti­mately, recog­nised as an au­thor in her own right af­ter stand­ing against great odds.

On the dou­ble bill on Satur­day and Sun­day nights are Mary Shel­ley (PG) and On Ch­e­sil Beach (MA), star­ring Saoirse Ro­nan and Emily Wat­son.

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his best sell­ing novel, On Ch­e­sil Beach cen­tres on a young cou­ple of dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent back­grounds in the sum­mer of 1962.

Fol­low­ing the pair through their idyl­lic courtship, the film ex­plores sex and the so­ci­etal pres­sure that can ac­com­pany phys­i­cal in­ti­macy, lead­ing to an awk­ward and fate­ful wed­ding night.

●These two films will screen in a dou­ble bill on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 at 7 pm and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28 at 6 pm.

It is a treat to have Di­ane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Ber­gen and Mary Steen­bur­gen all star­ring in Book Club (M) on Novem­ber 2, 3 and 4.

There will be a Fri­day morn­ing mati­nee of this out­stand­ing com­edy. Tick­ets are $10 and in­clude morn­ing tea from 10.30 am with the film screen­ing at 11 am.

Four life­long friends’ lives are turned up­side down to hi­lar­i­ous ends when their book club tack­les the in­fa­mous Fifty Shades of Grey.

From dis­cov­er­ing new ro­mance to rekin­dling old flames, they in­spire each other to make their next chap­ter the best chap­ter.

●In the dou­ble film fea­ture on the Satur­day and Sun­day nights will be Book Club (M) and Amer­i­can Pas­toral (M). Ewan McGre­gor (who also di­rects) and Dakota Fan­ning Star in this story of ‘Swede’ Levov, a leg­endary high school ath­lete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and in­her­its his father’s busi­ness.

Swede’s seem­ingly per­fect life shat­ters when his daugh­ter rebels by be­com­ing a rev­o­lu­tion­ary and com­mits a deadly act of po­lit­i­cal ter­ror­ism dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

Mark Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8 at 7.30 pm on your cal­en­dar and come to a sig­nif­i­cant screen­ing of Jour­ney Beyond Fear (PG).

This film has been made

●●in Aus­tralia by lo­cal Robyn Hughan.

Told through the eyes of a teenage girl and her refugee fam­ily in pur­suit of re­set­tle­ment, this emo­tional roller­coaster takes us from de­spair to joy through hope, hu­mour and love.

The evening In­cludes a live per­for­mance by Alyce Platt (from Sale of the Cen­tury) and a Q&A with lo­cal film­maker Robyn Hughan plus char­ac­ters from the film. Sup­per pro­vided by Ru­ral Aus­tralians for Refugees with tick­ets $15.

The candy bar al­ways opens half an hour be­fore screen­ing, with hot cof­fee, hot choco­late and treats avail­able for pur­chase.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.swan­pool­cin­ema.com.au or phone the cinema on 5768 2415.

●film­maker

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