2018 Season of International Cinema

February 21st


(USA/Germany) 113min 2007 Colour Rated M
Director – Gregory Hoblit

Sir Anthony Hopkins (Ted Crawford) trots out another psycho you’ll hate to love in Fracture, a by-the-numbers legal thriller that’s redeemed by electric performances from its two leads. Ryan Gosling positively crackles as Willy Beachum, the cocky public prosecutor looking to add Crawford to his long list of successful convictions, before moving into the lucrative world of corporate law. (ROADSHOW)

March 21st

The Closet

(French) 84min 2001 Colour Rated M
Director – Francis Veber – English Subtitles

(AGM will be held before this screening.)

François Pignon (Daniel Auteuil), an accountant in a condom factory, hears that he is about to be made redundant and decides that to save his job if he pretends to be gay. The ploy works; the management does an about-face and ask François to stay on. Of course, nothing happens as it should, but the changes in François Pignon’s life -and other people’s too- is drastic ! (SHARMILLL)

April 18th

Japanese Story

(Australia) 105min 2003 Colour Rated M
Director – Sue Brooks

Sandy (Toni Collette), a geologist, finds herself stuck on a field trip to the Pilbara desert with a Japanese man, Hiromitsu’s (Gotaro Tsunashima) she finds inscrutable and decidedly arrogant. His view of her is not much better. Things go from bad to worse when they become stranded in one of the most remote regions on earth. Japanese Story has a quiet beauty and power. (ROADSHOW)

May 16th

A Man Called Ove

(Sweden) 116min 2015 Colour Rated M
Director – Hannes Holm – English Subtitles

Meet Ove (Rolf Lassgård), an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse – the quintessential angry old man. Having entirely given up on life, his days are spent in a constant monotony and visiting his beloved wife Sonja’s grave. Ove’s somewhat contend existence is disrupted, with the arrival of a boisterous young family who move in next door. A Man Called Ove is a wistful, heartwarming tale. (ROADSHOW)

June 2oth

Separate Tables

(USA) 100min 1958 B&W Rated G
Director – Delbert Mann

A collection of guests gather at an English seaside boarding house. The landlady, Pat Cooper(Wendy Hiller), is the lover of failed alcoholic writer John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster), whose life is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of his ex-wife, Ann (Rita Hayworth). Also starring Deborah Kerr and Rod Taylor. David Niven and Wendy Hiller both won Oscars for their performances. (ROADSHOW)

July 18th

The Salesman

(Iran/France) 124min 2016 Colour Rated M
Director – Asghar Farhadi English Subtitles

With their old apartment being damaged, promising young actors Emad and Rana, preparing for opening night on their production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” are forced to move into a new apartment. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the couple’s life. Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture. (HI GLOSS ENTERTAINMENT)

August 15th

20 Feet from Stardom

(USA) 91min 2013 Colour Rated M
Director – Morgan Neville

You know their voices but not their names. You sang along with them in the past as you listened to your favourite songs. Theirs were the back-up voices that gave the song its backbone, anonymous artists who got little pay and virtually no credit for their efforts. This is their story, a great one that needed to be told. Winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary, Features. (ROADSHOW)

September 19th

In the Heat of the Night

(USA) 109min 1967 Colour Rated PG,
Director – Norman Jewison

Rod Steiger stars in this classic 1960s crime drama directed by Norman Jewison. Small-town Mississippi sheriff Gillespie (Steiger) is forced to collaborate on a murder investigation with Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), a black homicide detective from Philadelphia who was initially mistaken for a suspect based on the colour of his skin. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor. (ROADSHOW)

October 17th

Perfect Strangers

(Italy) 97min 2016 Colour Rated M
Director – Paolo Genovese English Subtitles

Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When someone makes a proposition: to place their mobile phones on the table and like a Russian roulette, whatever arrives (texts, WhatsApp messages, calls) they would share it with the others. Clearly, this uncommon truth or dare game has no point among friends who share everything with each other. (ROADSHOW)

November 21st

I, Daniel Blake

(UK/France/Belgium) 100min 2016 Colour Rated MA
Director – Ken Loach

Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle UK, Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State.
He crosses paths with a single mother Katie who is battling to keep her two children fed. Both find themselves in no-man’s land, striving to pull themselves out of the welfare bureaucracy of modern day Britain. (ROADSHOW)

December 12th

Singin’ In The Rain

(USA) 103min 1952 Colour/B&W Rated G
Director – Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

Singin’ in the Rain is probably the most treasured musical in the history of cinema. Gene Kelly’s dance sequence, conceived for the title song, is an undiluted joy and remains an iconic cinema moment. But there is so much more to savour. It also stars Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

(Note: Dec. screening a week earlier than usual – 2nd instead of 3rd Wednesday).