Benalla Ensign

Intriguing double



Screening first in the double bill is the haunting, Minamata (MA 15+), starring Johnny Depp, Katherine Jenkins and Bill Nighy. This is a true story based on the life of American war photograph­er Eugene Smith in his later assignment­s for Life Magazine.

In 1971 he undertook the most challengin­g and important assignment of his career. He travelled back to Japan to document the devastatin­g effect of mercury poisoning on the citizens of Minamata.

Screening second is, Percy Vs. Goliath (PG), starring Christophe­r Walken, Christina Ricci and Martin Donovan, based on an actual 1998 lawsuit against 70-year-old Canadian canola farmer Percy Schmeiser.

A major agricultur­al conglomera­te took out the lawsuit when the company’s geneticall­y modified canola was discovered in his crops. This is an epic struggle that impacted on his family, community and farmers across the world.

These two films will screen on Friday, October 22, at 7pm and Sunday, October 24, at 6pm. There is no Saturday night screening.

Two wonderful films for just $14 adult, $12 concession and $8 children under 12.

On Friday, October 29, Dream Horse (PG), will screen as a matinee at 11am. Morning tea


The annual Mt Bruno picnic day, held in the Warby Ranges for more than 130 years on the last Saturday of October has will be served from 10.30 am. The great value ticket price is just $10, which includes morning tea.


October 30 and 31

Screening first is the delightful film, Dream Horse (PG), starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis. It’s the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town Welsh bartender Jan Vokes.

With very little money and no experience Jan convinces her neighbours and friends to chip in their meagre earnings to buy and help raise “Dream”.

Screening second is, The Last Vermeer (M), starring Australian actor Guy Pearce. This is a captivatin­g drama set just after World War II.

These two films will screen Saturday, October 30, at 7pm and Sunday, October 31, at 6pm.

Swanpool is run entirely by volunteers, so help them by booking online so COVID-19 tracking can be maintained. You can use your pre-paid tickets online; just go to the cinema website to book. Masks must be worn.

The candy bar opens 30 minutes before screening. Fresh coffee, snacks and choc-top ice creams are available. Pastries are available for a light meal at interval. EFTPOS available. ▯ For more informatio­n, go to www. swanpoolci­ or phone the cinema on 03 5768 2415.

reluctantl­y been cancelled due to the impossibil­ity of complying with the COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

The Mt Bruno picnic committee regrets this decision but looks forward hopefully to greeting everyone back for the 2022 picnic day activities.

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