2020 Season of International Cinema


February 19th


(Belgium/France)  122min  2018  Colour  Rated M  Director – Gilles Lellouche (Subtitles)

A group of 40-something guys, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool’s first ever synchronized swimming team – for men. Braving the scepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by a fallen champion trying to pull herself together, the group set out on an unlikely adventure, and on the way will rediscover a little self-esteem and a lot about themselves and each other. (Amalgamated)

March 18th

RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(USA)  98min  2018  Colour  Rated PG  Director – Julie Cohen & Betsy West

AGM will be held before this screening. At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has built a lengthy legal legacy as a pioneer in gender equality. RGB explores the inspiring and unique personal journey of this diminutive quiet warrior’s rise to the USA’s highest court – and her impact along the way – changing rules, shaping the laws and becoming an unexpected pop-culture icon.       (Roadshow)

April 15th


(USA)  134min  1942  B&W  Rated G  Director – William Wyler

A glowing Greer Garson (Best Actress) commands the screen as Mrs. Miniver, a middle-class British housewife whose strength holds her family together as World War II literally hits their home. Walter Pidgeon her husband, seems to be the prototype for future TV dads in this affecting portrait of love. MRS. MINIVER is filled with colorful characters, snappy dialogue, and sensational plot twists.    (Roadshow)

May 20th


(Japan)  130min  2008  Colour  Rated M  Directors – Yojiro Takita  (Subtitles)

DEPARTURES is a delightful journey into the heartland of Japan as well an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan’s cultural heritage. Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a devoted cellist in an orchestra who is suddenly left without a job. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.          (Amalgamated)

June 17th


(UK/Canada/USA)  98min  2018  Colour  Rated PG  Director – Jon S. Baird

Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song – a grueling theatre tour of post-war Great Britain and Ireland. After an inauspicious beginning their friendship and performances shine through, making their audiences laugh whilst winning the love of legions of adoring fans.     (Roadshow)

July 15th


(France/Cyprus/Belgium/Lebanon/USA)  118min 2017  Colour  Rated M  Director – Ziad Doueiri  (Subtitles)

The internationally acclaimed new film from multi award-winning writer/director Ziad Doueiri, 2018 Oscar-nominee THE INSULT is a thrilling new legal drama centering on a minor incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee turns into an explosive trial that ends up dividing the two communities.    (Roadshow)

August 19th


(Australia)  96min  2017  Colour  Rated PG  Director – Paul Damien Williams

GURRUMUL is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road. Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music. (Amalgamated)

September 16th


(UK/Russia/China/Japan) 116 min 2019 Colour Rated M Director – Danny Boyle

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious 12 second global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing The Beatles songs to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation. (Roadshow)

October 21st


(Switzerland)  96min  2017  Colour  Rated M  Director – Petra Volpe  (Subtitles)

Switzerland 1971 where women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats and the potential end to her marriage, but she convinces the women in her village to go on strike.        (Roadshow)

November 18th


(USA)  129min  1962  B&W  Rated G  Director – Robert Mulligan

Alabama in the 1930s. The children Scout and Jem play in the street, while their lawyer father Atticus Finch defends a black man accused of raping a young white woman. The nature of the trial, taking place in the racist culture of the Deep South, leads the local townsfolk to turn against Finch and sees his family become the victim of a series of terror attacks. Based on the novel by Harper Lee.    (Roadshow)

December 9th


(USA) 89min  2003  Colour  Rated M  Director – Tom McCarthy

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

A very subtle but sweet drama about three loners who meet up and become close friends, The Station Agent is full of emotion, humour, and wonderful characters. An excellent film focusing on the friendship of three very lonely people. A quiet joy with breathtaking performances.    (Roadshow)