Outings to films are arranged on the first Tuesday of each alternate month. Commonly we attend the Nova Cinema, Carlton; however the Kino Palace Cinema, Melbourne, is an alternate venue. Members often stay to enjoy luncheon together to discuss the film. Films are commonly chosen by popular vote at the preceding normal Club meeting.
The films enjoyed by members in 2016 were Joy (in February), The Daughter (April), Goldstone (August) and Sunset Song (October). Sunset Song tells the harrowing tale of a daughter of a Scottish farmer coming of age in the early 1900s. For further information click the image at right.
In February 2017, thirteen members attended a screening of the Italian comedy, Perfect Strangers. It concerns seven long-time friends who get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles. Our members enjoyed the film, finding it funny, revealing but sad too.
In April, fourteen members attended the harrowing Danish film Land of Mine. The events portrayed in the movie have been inspired by real events. It is believed more than 2000 German soldiers, mostly young men, were forced to remove land mines in order to gain their freedom and more than half of them lost their lives.
In June, a number of members attended a screening of Viceroy’s House. This film concerns the final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, as he is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.
Some members and guests enjoyed the film Paris Can Wait at Cinema Nova in August. This is an engaging film about Anne (Diane Lane), the wife of a successful movie producer Michael (Alex Baldwin), who takes a car trip from the south of France to Paris with one of her husband’s associates, Jacques (Arnaud Viard). Anne and Jacques travel through Provence then Lyon and Burgundy. In each place they go to various French restaurants and the food and wine is showcased beautifully, not to mention the beautiful countryside and architecture.
In October, some of the group gathered at the Nova Cinema decided to see Ali’s Wedding, whilst others went to see Mountain. Both of these are excellent films. Ali’s Wedding is the true life story of the actor, Osamah Sami, who plays Ali. He is a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric’s eldest son and, after a “white lie” which spirals out of control, he must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian-born Lebanese girl.
Mountain contains wonderful cinematography of mountaineers and the highest peaks in the world. This is accompanied by inspirational words and music arranged by Richard Tognetti and played by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
For the first Film Outing for 2018, in February, some members and friends attended a screening of Sweet Country, and others went to see Phantom Thread. Sweet Country is a new film by Warwick Thornton. It is an Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defence and goes on the run as posse gathers to hunt him down.
Phantom Thread is a drama set in London’s couture world in the 1950s. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day Lewis) is a renowned dressmaker, who lives with his sister (Lesley Manville). Women come and go through Woodcock’s life until he meets a young waitress (Vicky Krieps) who soon becomes his muse and lover. For information about these films please click on the images.
The next Film Outing will be held on the first Tuesday of April 2018.
For further information (or suggestions) about film outings, please email here.