WHEN: First Friday night of each month (except Jan)

WHEN: 8pm [Doors open 7.20pm]

WHERE: The Gerringong Town Hall, Fern Street, Gerringong.

Cost: $10 per person or buy a personal subscription - 11 films for $60! 10-film multi-tickets also available for $75 - to share or use for yourself!

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

WOMAN ON THE 6TH FLOOR

(French with English Subtitles)


Friday March 2, 2012, 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Review by Margaret Pomeranz
Fabrice Luchini is a French actor that always engages, although his ability to play contained uptight men who meet their own comeuppance is fast becoming a cliché. In this he is a stockbroker, Jean-Louis, who adheres to a rigid schedule of a perfectly cooked egg before he sets off to work. His wife Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain) is running up against their maid, a left-over from the regime of his mother who died only a short time ago. In the dust-up the old maid quits which leaves this bourgeois house devoid of anyone to do the real work. Suzanne's friends recommend one of the many Spanish women who are floating around Paris in the early 1960's, refugees from Franco's oppressive regime. No sooner are Jean-Louis' eggs cooked perfectly by Maria (Natalia Verbeke) than he becomes involved in the lives of the serving women who live on the 6th floor in his building, where the plumbing is appalling and all sorts of matters need the intervention of a good-hearted bourgeois, which Jean-Louis becomes, mainly because of the charms of Maria.

This is very superficial, crowd-pleasing fare with a large dollop of sentimental paella thrown in for good measure. Almodovar stalwarts like Carmen Maura and Lola Duenas feature in the maid's quarters but it is Luchini and Kiberlain who ground this film in some sort of 1960's reality. They are both meticulous in their performances.

It is enjoyable on a certain level but the simplistic representation of these warm-blooded women cracking open the frigidity of the French middle class becomes a bit hard to swallow after a while. Jean-Louis' succumbing to their charms is occasionally discomforting. You are left with a degree of sympathy towards Suzanne but try as you might it's hard to want the best for Jean-Louis. It's even harder to embrace the feel-good contrived ending.

Margaret: three-and-a-half stars David: three-and-a-half stars

Sunday, February 5, 2012

"GASLAND"

SPECIAL SHOWING

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2012 

Pics and Flicks is assisting Transition Towns Kiama to bring this highly acclaimed documentary to the community.

Starts 7.30pm Gerringong Town Hall 

Entry is by gold coin donation. Pics and Flicks membership does not cover this film.
 
Coal Seam Gas Extraction has become a major issue worldwide as this form of mining spreads rapidly in rural and residential areas. This issue has immediate relevance for Kiama and the Illawarra as extensive Gas Exploration leases cover much of the Illawarra area.  "GasLand' presents the effects of coal seam gas mining and how this impacted on certain American communities.

THE DOCUMENTARY: The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the US. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas". But is gas drilling safe? 

When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. 

This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown, this film is an eye-opening insight into an industry that is currently spreading through regional Australia.

In association with the screening, speakers will discuss CSG exploration and extraction in our region, as well as the progress on renewable alternatives.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3: This Australian film received fourteen nominations for AACT awards and won the cinematography award.

THE HUNTER

Rated M
Review by David Stratton
Martin David, WILLEM DAFOE, a modern-day soldier of fortune, rendezvous in Paris with a mysterious man, Jacek Koman, who hires him to travel to Tasmania and attempt to locate a Tasmanian Tiger - although the animal is believed to be extinct, there are rumours that one has been sighted - and its DNA, whether the animal is dead or alive, represents a fortune to vested interests.

In a remote part of the island state, Martin moves into a room in the home of Lucy Armstrong, FRANCES O'CONNOR, mother of two small children; Lucy is still grieving over the fact that her husband, Jarrah, went missing some time ago. While Martin sets about methodically setting traps for the tiger, Lucy and her children are watched over in a possessive way by their neighbour, Jack Mendy, SAM NEILL.

Based on a novel by Julia Leigh, director of the recent film SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE HUNTER is a compelling and beautifully made film from director Daniel Nettheim. You could describe this as an environmentalthriller, but don't expect a fast-moving one; Nettheim rightly takes his time to establish the methods and skills of Martin as he methodically sets about laying traps for an elusive, possibly non-existent, Tasmanian Tiger.

It's a pity, in a way, that an Australian actor couldn't have been cast in this role, but Willem Dafoe is, as always, very effective, and Frances O'Connor and Sam Neill are excellent in support. Young Morgana Davies proves that her stellar performance in THE TREE was no flash in the pan - she's a very talented child star as is Finn Woodluck who plays her uncommunicative brother. But the real star of this quietly gripping film is Tasmania itself, an extraordinary wilderness landscape gloriously photographed for the wide screen by Robert Humphreys.

Further comments

DAVID: Margaret?

MARGARET: He's done a fabulous job with this film and so has Daniel Nettheim.

DAVID: Yes, I think they have.

MARGARET: Daniel has been working in television for a long time after making his first film, ANGST, and he comes up with this and it's so assured. It's just lovely to see and I defend Willem Dafoe. I really love him and I think he's great in this role.

DAVID: I think he's good but I always think it's a shame when a leading role in an Australian film can't be played by an Australian actor.

MARGARET: It's the pragmatics of the industry. That and it's sort of like...

DAVID: I never quite understand that.

MARGARET: No, it's tough but, for me, it works because it's almost like Dafoe's face is a reflection of this wilderness. He's got that sort of face.

DAVID: The film is very good, yes.

MARGARET: But, it's an emotional journey too, because this is a man removed from humanity in a way. A real loner and this contact with the family is the other subtext of the film. I think it's really beautiful. I'm giving it four stars.

DAVID: I like it very much too. I'm also giving it four stars.