Love­able Aussie yarn

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Screen­ing this week­end is the funny Aus­tralian film, 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 bill this Satur­day and Sun­day evening is, The Merger and the sur­pris­ingly de­light­ful French film, See You Up There (MA).

In this in­trigu­ing black com­edy/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 World War I. This is a fas­ci­nat­ing film. The two films will screen in a dou­ble bill on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, at 7 pm and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, at 6 pm. is is

Film fes­ti­val

Come along to the WideAn­gle 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.

Com­ing soon

Aus­tralian ac­tress Rose Byrne stars with Ethan Hawke and funny man Chris O’Dowd in a comic ac­count of life’s sec­ond chances, Juliet Naked (M), on De­cem­ber 7 and 8.

There is no cin­ema on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, as Swan­pool hosts the tra­di­tional Car­ols by Can­dle­light.

The film, Juliet Naked (M), is filled with good mu­sic and laughs, but no nu­dity.

An­nie is stuck in a long-term re­la­tion­ship with Dun­can, an ob­ses­sive fan of ob­scure rocker Tucker Crowe.

When the acous­tic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago sur­faces, its re­lease leads to a life-chang­ing en­counter with the elu­sive rocker him­self.

There will be a Fri­day af­ter­noon mati­nee of Juliet Naked (M) on Novem­ber 30 at 1.30 pm. Tick­ets are just $10 and in­clude af­ter­noon tea fol­low­ing the film.

In the dou­ble bill the sec­ond film is a nail-bit­ing story of po­lit­i­cal in­trigue, Beirut (MA).

Set in 1980s Beirut, Ma­son Sk­iles is a for­mer US diplo­mat who is called back into ser­vice to save a col­league from the group that is pos­si­bly re­spon­si­ble for his own fam­ily’s death.

Mean­while a CIA field agent who is work­ing un­der­cover at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy is tasked with keep­ing Ma­son alive and en­sur­ing that the mis­sion is a suc­cess.

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.

●Wan­garatta RSPCA, 1 Con­nell St, phone (03) 5722 2874.

●Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4: Be­nalla Gar­den Club Meet­ing at Be­nalla Bowls Club. Start­ing 7.15 pm. Trad­ing ta­ble opens at 6.30 pm. Guest speaker is An­nette Kennedy from Bass Val­ley African Vi­o­lets. This is also an op­por­tu­nity to buy a Christ­mas gift for a friend or your­self. Vis­i­tors most wel­come. Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, 7.45 pm for 8 pm­start: Thoona CWA Christ­mas Car­ols at the Thoona Hall. En­try is free and if you can, bring a plate to share. Af­ter­wards en­joy a good coun­try sup­per and chat. Lo­cal mu­si­cians will also be play­ing for you to sing along to. Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 28, 2 pm: Sit and Knit. Fri­day, Novem­ber 30, 10.30 am: Story Time. Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3, 10.30 am: Tod­dler Tales. Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5, 2 pm: Sit and Knit. Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, 10.30 am: Story Time Ses­sion — How to read with your child.

For more de­tails, phone Be­nalla Li­brary on 5762 2069. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

Amus­ing: Rose Byrne stars in a comic ac­count of life’s sec­ond chances, Juliet Naked, screen­ing at Swan­pool Cin­ema on Novem­ber 30 and De­cem­ber 7 and 8.

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