Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Reel life with film and chat

- By CHELSEA PHIPPS

❝Some films are sensationa­l, some are informativ­e, some are shockers. But that’s all

part of it. — Graeme Dick

They’re fans of the flicks.

It’s a love of movies and discussion that brings the Deniliquin Film Society together, as it has done for many years.

The society was originally founded in 1994, and functions as a not-for-profit community group, run by a volunteer committee.

Its aim is to screen significan­t films, classics, those that are critically acclaimed, or difficult to access locally, such as foreign language films and documentar­ies.

When the society was first formed, films were screened in 16 mm in the then-NSW Department of Agricultur­e building in Charlotte St.

Then in 1998, regular screenings moved to the Edward Theatre and were projected from the lighting box at the back of the theatre.

Apparently, members were occasional­ly visited by possums during these screenings.

In 2006, due to problems with the sound quality of 16 mm films, a decision was made to screen more films in DVD format.

Screenings then moved to Intereach Neighbourh­ood Centre, and now the group has just recently relocated the films to the South West Arts building.

Fast forward 25 years later, the group’s fondness for film hasn’t dissipated.

It was this passion for the pictures and the post-film chat, as well as mid-meeting snooze, that saw Graeme Dick take the lead of the group several years ago.

‘‘As a member of the Deniliquin Film Society, I attended an AGM where I fell asleep and woke up the president,’’ he said with a laugh.

And despite being thrown into the role, the movie buff has enjoyed it.

‘‘I was out of my depth and had a lot to learn but thanks to the committee they supported me in my newfound position.’’

And over that time, many flicks have been presented.

‘‘Over the years we have watched many and varied films,’’ Mr Dick said.

‘‘We try to have a mix of foreign films, documentar­ies and of course local content — Australian films.

‘‘Some films are sensationa­l, some are informativ­e, some are shockers.

‘‘But that’s all part of it.’’

And the following discussion about the film is what makes it so great.

‘‘There’s always someone who loves the worst film and dislikes the good ones,’’ Mr Dick said.

‘‘That’s called having an opinion, and there’s been many lengthy discussion­s on the film once it has ended— sometimes not.

‘‘Sometimes it’s a ‘thank goodness it’s over’ moment.’’

‘‘This year we have screened Slim and I, Underton, Framing the View, and Parasite,’’ Mr Dick said.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has recently put the brakes on things for a little while.

‘‘We are not operating at the moment like many groups due to COVID, but the next film is waiting in the pipeline.

‘‘We’ve also changed our venue and are now screening at the South West Arts building, second Friday of the month.

‘‘Doors open at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start.’’

For inquires, call 0427 897 258.

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