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2009 Screening times

Screening 1
Friday 1 May at 7:30 pm

(Double session with Supper)

Screening 2
Saturday 2 May at 9:00 am

Screening 3
Saturday 2 May at 11:00 am

(Lunch break)

Screening 4
Saturday 2 May at 4:15 pm

(Dinner break)

Screening 5
Saturday 2 May at 8:00 pm




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2009 Program

The program is subject to occasional alteration due to changes in film availability.
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Screening 1 - Friday 1 May at 7:30 pm
(Double session)

FRIDAY: Session 1


UK 2008 118 mins. Comedy "M" Dir: Mike Leigh

Sally Hawkins' portrayal of an irrepressible optimist is one of the most touching and captivating performances of the year. Her good-natured approach can certainly irritate some people, but her amusing encounters also offer quite an insight into the sorrows and disappointments of ordinary lives. This film reminds us to value a good heart and a generous nature.

Evan Williams The Weekend Australian

FRIDAY: Late Session, 10:30 pm


France 2008 95 mins. Animated Com/Drama "M" Dir: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Never has life under an oppressive, murderous totalitarian regime been so much fun as in this starkly animated adaptation of Satrapi's graphic novels about a teenage girl growing up in, and eventually out of, Iran. This uplifting, moving fable about the difference between the ideal of freedom and the real thing is a beguiling mix of charm, emotional honesty and broad humour.

Jim Schembri The Age


Screening 2 - Saturday 2 May at 9.00am

Men's Group

Australia 2008 105 mins. Drama "MA" Dir: Michael Joy

This no-budget Australian film about a group of men who meet regularly for therapy is distinguished by fine ensemble acting. Despite being let down by agitated camera-work, it succeeds because it is moving and the problems of these men are addressed with clarity and understanding.

David Stretton The Weekend Australian


Screening 3 - Saturday 2 May at 11.00am

Edge of Heaven

Germany/Turkey 2007 122 mins. Drama "M" Dir: Fatih Akin

This emotional film from the young Turkish-German writer-director is an up-to-the-minute examination of cultural and religious divides. The beautifully structured story involves six characters (three parents and three children, four of them Turkish, two German) and the deceptions, misunderstandings and missed connections which keep them apart. It's impeccably acted and deeply compassionate.

David Stratton The Australian

LUNCH BREAK (1:15 to 2:15)

Yummy home-cooked soup, sandwiches, cakes and slices will be available in the Town Hall for $15.
Be sure to book this on the booking form. Complimentary tea/coffee.

Historic Walk (2:15 to 3:00) Join us for a walk around Buninyong with local historian Anne Beggs-Sunter.
Meet at the Town Hall at 2.10.

Screening 4 - Saturday 2 May at 4.15pm

Man On Wire

UK 2008 94 mins. Documentary "PG" Dir: James Marsh

A riveting documentary about French high-wire walker Philippe Petit, who strung a cable between New York's Twin Towers in 1974 and walked across the chasm. This film, scaling equal heights of imaginative daring, is more than a record of the walk: it's a poetic study of a visionary spirit and the limits of human possibility.

Evan Williams The Weekend Australian

"Man on Wire" won the 2009 Academy Award for Feature Documentary

DINNER BREAK (6.00 to 8.00)

A delicious 2-course African Dinner will be available in the Town Hall Supper Room for $25 per person.
Be sure to book this on the booking form.


Screening 5 - Saturday 2 May at 8.00pm


USA 2007 105 mins. Documentary/Music "M" Dirs: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Prior to the screening of War/Dance there will be a live performance of African Drumming

Every year, over 20,000 schools compete to be shortlisted for Uganda's National Music Competition. The children from Patongo, a camp which houses 60,000 people displaced by two decades of war, are unexpectedly selected to participate. The chance to compete offers a profoundly transformative opportunity to reclaim a measure of joy in their lives.

Boston Globe



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