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Festival highlights cinema’s return


Swanpool Community Cinema is gearing up for the start of the Spring cinema season.

It has a number of special events happening — COVID-19 lockdowns permitting.

It is a 1950s-style cinema showing the best classic films from silent to recent releases.

Swanpool Cinema is a not-forprofit community cinema.

St Kilda Film Festival

(MA 15+)

Proudly presented by the City of Port Phillip, the St Kilda Film Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on exceptiona­l short films by emerging talent and accomplish­ed industry profession­als.

A selection of the top films will now screen at Swanpool on Saturday, August 28, at 7 pm. (Regular prices apply).

The regular cinema


The regular program will start with a Friday afternoon matinee and evening screenings of the highly acclaimed film, The Father (M).

Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, and Rufus Sewell star in this touching film that warmly embraces real life, as it follows an ageing man who must deal with progressin­g memory loss.

As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstan­ces he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even the fabric of his own reality.

Screening second is a heartwarmi­ng film from Morocco, Adam (PG), that gives rare insights into the daily life in that ‘‘exotic’’ country.

Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives with her eightyear-old daughter.

Their routine of housework and homework is interrupte­d one day by a young woman looking for a job.

These two films will screen on Friday, August 27, at 1.30 pm and 6 pm, and Sunday, August 29, at 5 pm with the St Kilda Film Festival screening Saturday evening at 7 pm.

Friday matine´ e

The Friday afternoon matinee on August 27 of The Father (M) is a great-value movie deal, which includes afternoon tea, for just $10. The film will screen at 1.30 pm with afternoon tea served after the film.

September 4 and 5

Screening first is, First Cow (PG) starring John Magaro, Orion Lee and Toby Jones.

Set in 1820s Oregon, two travellers on the run from a band of vengeful hunters dream of striking it rich, but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a wealthy landowner’s prized dairy cow.

A story of life on the margins. Screening second is a charming and fascinatin­g film, The Mole Agent (G), from Chile.

This is a documentar­y with a difference that pulls at your heartstrin­gs.

When 83-year-old Sergio is sent as an undercover spy to a retirement home to investigat­e suspected neglect, he learns a deeper lesson about human connection.

Nominated for an Academy Award for best documentar­y.

These two films will screen on Saturday, September 4, at 6 pm and Sunday, September 5, at 5 pm.

See two films for just $14 adult, $12 concession and $8 children under 12.

Annual general meeting

Have you considered volunteeri­ng at Swanpool Cinema?

Volunteers come from Far and wide, including, Benalla, Mansfield, Strathbogi­e, Tatong and even Canberra.

Find out more about how this runs at the annual meeting.

Volunteeri­ng is a great way of making new friends and seeing some great movies.

All are welcome to our Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, September 7, in the supper room at the cinema.

This will be a short meeting followed by a light supper. Everyone is welcome.

Please help our volunteers by booking online, so COVID-19 tracking can be maintained.

You can use your pre-paid tickets on-line, just go to TryBooking.

Swanpool Community Cinema now has EFTPOS available.

For more informatio­n, go to http:/ /www.swanpoolci­ or phone the cinema on

(03) 5768 2415.

Benalla Social Dance Group Inc

New Vogue and sequence dancing tonight, Wednesday, August 18, St Joseph’s Hall, Wedge St, Benalla. Beginner Lesson 7 pm: Mississipp­i Blues, Social dancing 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. $5 entry. QR code checkin & COVID rules apply. For informatio­n, phone 0407 506 328 or visit


Rose City Rock and Roll Club

Come and learn to rock and roll dance with Rose City Rock & Roll Dance Club! Lessons are every Thursday at the CWA Hall, Benalla. Beginners at 7.30 pm, Intermedia­te at 8.30 pm. Cost is $10. For informatio­n, phone Chris Carey on 0400 136 868. Bring your comfy shoes and have some fun dancing the night away.

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