Charm­ing film

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Screen­ing this week­end is the highly ac­claimed Aus­tralian film, Ladies In Black (PG) star­ring a stel­lar cast of much-loved Aus­tralian tal­ent.

Bruce Beres­ford has faith­fully recre­ated a charm­ing and amus­ing glimpse of Syd­ney in the 1950s.

The mu­si­cal tells the story of book­ish school leaver Lisa who joins the sales staff in fash­ion­able depart­ment store F.G. Goode’s.

Dur­ing a sum­mer that changes her life, she be­friends the colour­ful women of the women’s cloth­ing depart­ment.

Each is on the precipice of change — fac­ing in­de­pen­dence and work­ing for a liv­ing.

Screen­ing sec­ond in the double bill is, A Fantastic Woman (M) from Chile.

Ma­rina is a young trans­gen­der woman liv­ing in San­ti­ago, who works as a singer and wait­ress.

Fol­low­ing the sud­den death of her older male part­ner, her life is thrown into tur­moil.

Mourn­ing the loss of the man she loved, she finds her­self un­der in­tense scru­tiny from those with no re­gard for her pri­vacy.

The two films will screen in a double bill on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24, at 7 pm and Sun­day, Novem­ber 25, at 6 pm.

Af­ter­noon matinee

There will be a Sun­day af­ter­noon matinee at 1.30 pm of Ladies In Black (PG). Tick­ets are just $10 and in­clude af­ter­noon tea fol­low­ing the film.

Com­ing soon

Screen­ing dur­ing the week­end of Novem­ber 30 and De­cem­ber 1 and 2 will be, The Merger (M) de­scribed as ‘‘a love­able Aus­tralian yarn’’.

Troy Car­ring­ton, a for­mer pro­fes­sional foot­ball player re­turns to his home town, Bodgy Creek, where the drought won’t let up and jobs are scarce since the mill clo­sure.

He is per­suaded to coach the hap­less lo­cal footy team.

He teams up with Angie who runs a nearby refugee sup­port cen­tre and re­cruits the new arrivals to save the team.

The Merger will screen as a Fri­day af­ter­noon matinee on Novem­ber 30 at 1.30 pm. Tick­ets are $10 and in­clude a cuppa and bis­cuit fol­low­ing the show, which starts at 1.30 pm.

The double fea­ture of films on Satur­day and Sun­day nights in­cludes The Merger and the sur­pris­ingly de­light­ful French film, See You Up There (MA).

In this in­trigu­ing black com- edy/drama, Niels Are­strup Al­bert, a French In­fantry­man, and fel­low sol­dier Edouard are al­most buried alive in a mor­tar ex­plo­sion dur­ing the last days of World War I.

Re­turn­ing to civil­ian life dif­fi­cult for Edouard as he gravely dis­fig­ured.

Edouard, with the help of Al­bert, con­cocts a dar­ing scam to sup­port them­selves in a so­ci­ety that wants to for­get the bro­ken liv­ing ghosts of WWI. is is

Come along to the Wide-An­gle Film Fes­ti­val on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, at 2 pm.

Be treated to an hour of short films that share the per­spec­tives of peo­ple with dis­abil­ity with the whole com­mu­nity.

This film fes­ti­val takes its place among the other an­nual cul­tural film fes­ti­vals in Aus­tralia and is sup­ported by Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil.

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

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.swan­pool­cin­ or phone the cinema on (03) 5768 2415.

●Film fes­ti­val

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