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!

Any questions? Email us at picsandflicks@gmail.com

Friday, November 1, 2013

KAWASAKIHO RUZE (Kawasaki's Rose) Screening 6th December 2013

Kawasaki's Rose is "A soul-searching and brilliantly-acted Czech drama that confronts our beliefs and feelings about memory, idealism, and forgiveness."


Daniela Kolarova and Martin Huba
Jana, played by Daniela Kolarova, and her husband, Pavel (Martin Huba), are interviewed for a documentary when Pavel receives the "Memory of the Nation" award, but the documentary threatens to reveal personal secrets and divide a family.





Kawasakiho Ruze is a drama about family and politics, the role of memory in relationships, and that of jealousy, arrogance, love, loyalty and betrayal.

Pavel, a distinguished psychiatrist is about to receive an award for his life's work and his role as a dissident. His handsome wife and adoring grown daughter are pleased the honour is coming his way but Ludek, his son-in-law who is employed on a documentary crew filming Pavel, resents that his own family, rooted in Czechoslovakia's Communist past, ended up on the wrong side of history while his wife's is now la crème de la crème. When Ludek discovers that Pavel may have collaborated with the secret police in order to silence a romantic rival, the plot thickens immeasurably. 

KAWASAKI'S ROSE considers the ways in which the past never stops informing the present, especially in societies where secrets were the way of life and professional or personal success could depend upon a single well-placed piece of information, be it true or false. -- (C) Menemsha





Film Type: Art House & International, Drama
Jan Hrebejk
Petr Jarchovsky

With: Martin Huba, Lenka Vlasakova, Daniela Kolarova, Milan Mikulcik, Antonin Kratochvil
In Czech with English subtitles

Friday, October 11, 2013

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Screening Friday, 1st November 2013



Movie Info

Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship - from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up. -- Official Site
Unrated,


Steven Soderbergh
Richard LaGravenese

Cast includes:
  • Michael Douglas as Liberace
  • Matt Damon as Scott Thorson
  • Dan Aykroyd as Seymour Heller
  • Rob Lowe as Dr. Jack Startz
  • Debbie Reynolds as Frances Liberace
  • Scott Bakula as Bob Black


Comment by Judith Lucy, At The Movies:
I love this movie and one of the most impressive things about it is the way that Soderbergh, screenwriter Richard LaGravenese and Michael Douglas have managed to give us a fully fledged person in Liberace and not just a camp caricature. We see his talent and his narcissism (there is a scene involving plastic surgery that is both funny and downright creepy) but also his generosity and love of Scott. And it is this relationship that carries the movie. As over the top as Liberace's life is, as much time as he and Scott spend sitting in his spa drinking champagne, we always believe the journey their love for each other takes them on. Special mention must go to the film's art director, Patrick M Sullivan, who has managed to capture the kitsch of Liberace and the seventies but who has also helped create a beautiful looking film. Michael Douglas is sensational but all the performances are great. What a treat to watch a movie that is squarely aimed at adults. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

A LATE QUARTET screening 4th October 2013

Some of America's finest actors give their all in this movie we call 'Performance'.



A film by Yaron Zilberman  
featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir





A Late Quartet is visually and musically rich. But above all there are the performances, individually and as an ensemble, and they're pitch perfect. Philip French UK Observer

Film Synopsis
Christopher Walken plays an elderly cellist who’s aware he’s suffering from Parkinson’s disease. When he tells the other members, they react in different ways.
The first violinist (brilliantly  played by the least-known actor, Mark Ivanir) is a dry perfectionist, whose emotions are channelled into classical music. With cold practicality, he simply sets about finding a replacement.
The second violinist (an on-form Philip Seymour Hoffman) is more passionate — and more insecure and egotistical. He demands to alternate as first violinist.
His wife (the ever-reliable Catherine Keener) realises this would be a mistake, and wonders if they should disband the quartet — especially when she finds out her husband has had a one-night stand with a gorgeous young flamenco dancer he met while out jogging.
To undermine the group further, the couple’s highly musical daughter (played by the beautiful, soon-to-be-a-star Imogen Poots) develops a crush on the first violinist. Needless to say, her parents are unimpressed when he succumbs to her attractions.

The Music
"An obvious glory of the film is its music. Beethoven’s No.14, Op.131 is one of his most profound late quartets, and its colours illuminate the drama that develops, right up to the climactic concert.
The film does two things miraculously well. First, it takes us behind the scenes and convincingly shows us how a musical ensemble works — or fails to work. Anyone who has performed music with other people — even in a rock group — will recognise themselves in these characters. Secondly, A Late Quartet cleverly dramatises its central message, which is that some combinations of  people are much greater than they could ever be on their own or in another group." A Late Quartet: Marvellous maestros By Chris Tookey  UK Daily Mail


Friday, August 2, 2013

SAMSARA Screening Fri 13th September NOTE CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO ELECTION




Filmed over five years in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA is a new, non-verbal documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of BARAKA.

Samsara
  • "Bewilderingly powerful.
    SAMSARA is pure cinema.”
    American Cinematographer
 


Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka and Chronos were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means "the ever turning wheel of life" and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, Samsara subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern. -- (C) Oscilloscope
PG-13
Don't miss this stunning visual documentary.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

RUST AND BONE Screening Friday 2nd August 2013

Rust and Bone

De rouille et d'os

 
A film by Jacques Audiard
one of the most acclaimed French films of 2012
WINNER, Best Film - BFI London Festival, 2012
 
Lonely and destitute, Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) leaves the north of France for his sister's house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam. When Ali lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things quickly start to look up for the itinerant father and son. Then one night, after breaking up a fight in the club, Ali meets the radiant Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), and slips her his number after dropping her off safely at home. Though Stephanie's position on the high end of the social spectrum makes romance an unlikely prospect for the pair, a tragic accident at Marineland robs her of her legs, and finds her reaching out in desperation to Ali. Her spirit broken by the same tragedy that took her legs, Stephanie gradually finds the courage to go on living trough transcendent moments spent with Ali -- a man with precious little pity, but an enormous love of life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/de_rouille_et_dos_2012/ 
R,
Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain

Monday, July 1, 2013

DRIFT Screening Friday 8th July 2013

Drift

Drift Poster for USA - first glimpse

Movie Info

Australia, 1970s. The Kelly brothers, Andy (28) and Jimmy (22), have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world's most challenging and dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride. Free-spirited Jimmy is a gifted surfer and innovator but he starts to slip toward a life of crime to help the family out of debt. Andy makes a big decision. Quitting a stable job, he bets on Jimmy's surf inventions and his own business skills and launches a backyard surf gear business.  Set in breathtaking locations and inspired by the true story of Australia's legendary surfwear moguls, the film chronicles the rise of surf brands and the expansion of the laidback surf attitude as a global lifestyle. A story of passion and corruption, friendship and loyalty, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, Drift tells a tale of courage and the will to survive against all odds.(c) Official Site
R, 1 hr. 54 min.
Drama
Ben Nott , Morgan O'Neill
We hope to see you on Friday, 5th July.
Part of tickets sales from this screening will be donated to
Gerringong Surf and Life Saving Club
to assist in the purchase of essential life saving equipment

Sunday, May 19, 2013

SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN Screening 7th June 2013



Pics and Flicks

presents:

Searching For Sugarman


Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music 
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Producer: Simon Chinn
Cast: As themselves
Classification: M
Duration: 86 mins
Country: South Africa

Release date: 04/10/2012
Review by Margaret Pomeranz
This fascinating documentary begins in South Africa for a reason. The 1970's singer Rodriguez, about whom little is or was known, failed to make an impression in his own country with two admired but unsuccessful albums, but in South Africa during that time, when Apartheid was in full sway, a stray copy of his first album Cold Play found its way there and spread like wildfire in a country cut off from the world.

His songs inspired resistance to Apartheid and he became a cult hero to many, anathema to others.
Rumoured to have died on stage during a performance, either by self-immolation or by a self-inflicted gunshot, a South African journalist went in search of the truth about the Rodriguez. And that's the story of the film. It is a riveting and moving journey with major surprises along the way. And some great music. Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul creates a mysterious world for the elusive Rodriguez in his home town of Detroit, and manages to track down most of the major players in Rodriguez' life. It's a fine documentary, insightful and beautifully cathartic.

Friday, April 26, 2013

THE ANGELS' SHARE Screening 3rd May 2013

 
Pics and Flicks
is bringing you:
The Angels' Share


"The Angels' Share is a surprisingly delightful, uplifting comedy that successfully blends a charming story of redemption with bits of dark humour and a social message." [Rotten Tomatoes film website]
MA, 1 hr. 41 min.
Drama, Comedy
Ken Loach


Review: 'The Angels' Share'
Review by David Stratton:

Robbie, PAUL BRANNIGAN, is a young Glaswegian, an ex-con though still in his early 20s, who is brought before the sheriff's court on an assault charge. Robbie's girlfriend, Leonie, SIOBHAN REILLY, is pregnant and he convinces the sheriff he wants to reform. As a result, he's sentenced to community service and finds himself together with gormless Albert, GARY MAITLAND, Mo, JASMIN RIGGINS, a thief, and Rhino, WILLIAM RUANE, who has an odd sense of humour, working under the command of Harry, JOHN HENSHAW, a tough but good-hearted man who senses Robbie's potential - and that potential, strange as it may seem, lies in his appreciation of prime quality whisky.

The film has a rough and ready look, but the charm of its battler characters shines through and there's plenty to relish here, even though the plot gets more and more improbable the further it proceeds.
4 STARS

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

FLICKERFEST 2013



22nd INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

FLiCKERFEST presented by RENAULT is coming to Gerringong

Pics and Flicks is proudly hosting three award-winning, creative and inspiring Flickerfest programs of Australian and international short films.

 AT: Gerringong Town Hall on Fri 5th and Sat 6th April 2013 

 PROGRAM:
Friday 5th April,     8pm Best of International 1
Saturday 6th April, 5.30pm   Short Laughs Comedy
                              8pm Best Australian
                    
                              see program details below

TICKETS:
Tickets available at the door only.
$10 per session.  Pics and Flicks members free.
Festival Patrons: Baz Luhrmann, Gillian Armstrong and Claudia Karvan
Festival Director: Bronwyn Kidd
Celebrating 22 years of short film excellence Flickerfest presented by Renault, Australia’s leading short film festival will be rolling in to Gerringong, bringing its 2013 gems. Flickerfest presents another award winning programme of the best of Australia’s and the worlds best short films, Welcome to our world of shorts!
Flickerfest remains Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, ensuring that we continue to present A-list short film programmes recognised amongst the best in the world.
A record 2300 entries were received for Flickerfest 2013, and only the top 100 shorts are selected in official competition, all handpicked to represent the most innovative, creative and cutting edge short films being produced in the world today. This impressive and unprecedented number of contenders from all round the world confirms FLICKERFEST’s reputation as Australia’s largest and most respected short film competition.

 Gerringong Program Details:
Friday 5th April, 8pm Best of International 1
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Best Of International 1 highlights include: the delightful and whimsical Route 43 Miracle from Sweden, a humorous and bittersweet tale about a lonesome Swedish mans longing for something worthwhile; hilarious UK black comedy The Day My Nan Died produced by local Adelaide producer Marion Pilowsky; charming French/Canadian film Herd Leader (Chef De Meute) winner of the audience award at Cannes film festival about Clara who is put in charge of her dead aunts pug dog. Little does she know that these are the first steps in and unlikely friendship. The beautiful and mesmerising animation Oh Willy from Belgium about Willy who when forced to return to his natural roots bungles his way into noble savagery; and Curfew from the USA - winner of Best Live Action Short at this years Academy®Awards.
 Saturday 6th April, 5.30pm Short Laughs Comedy
Short Laughs Comedy showcases the funniest films from Australia and overseas including, Spanish comedy Life Vest Under Your Seat; and the funny & topical social media film Friend Request Pending starring the Queen of stage & screen Judi Dench.
The "Best Of Australian Shorts" programme provides a platform that showcases our amazing Australian filmmaking talents. 
Saturday 6th April, 8pm Best of Australian Shorts
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Best Of Australian Shorts highlights include: Lois - starring Academy®Award nominated acting legend Jackie Weaver, which takes an ordinary women’s story into the realms of greek myth, the quirky and highly crafted animation A Cautionary Tale about a little girl born with a peculiar quirk who must choose between conformity and self expression, starring the voices of David Wenham, Cate Blanchett and Barry Otto and the funny; a slightly twisted black comedy The Captain by award winning filmmaker and stunt man Nash Edgerton and Yardbird winner Of Best Australian Short winner of Best Australian Film at Flickerfest 2013 & In exciting news the Flickerfest Best Australian Short Film Award has just become Accredited to the Academy ®Awards joining our international competition, providing exceptional opportunities for Australian film makers on the world stage.
Don't miss this special opportunity to see an entertaining, inspiring and award winning range of shorts, many of which are world or Australian premieres, and presenting the hottest short films in the world today.
'Ride The Short Film Wave' with Flickerfest presented by Renault.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TOMBOY Screening Friday 1st March 2013

Review by Margaret Pomeranz  on ABC Film Show
Gender identity at the cusp of adolescence is explored in Celine Sciamma’s TOMBOY. Laure, ZOE HERAN, is 10 years old, her family have just moved to a new neighbourhood with her six year old sister Jeanne, MALONN LEVANA. Her mother, SOPHIE CATTANI, is very pregnant, her father, MATTIEU DEMY, works with computers. It is a very loving family. When Laure meets up with Lisa, JEANNE DISSON, she’s mistaken for a boy and she goes along with it. She calls herself Mikael.

The mistaken identity can’t go on forever, school is looming at the end of the idyllic summer holidays. But even Jeanne is talked into going along with the deception.

This exquisite film is as pure as you can get, it’s observational, it’s minimalist, there’s no intrusive music except where it is part of the action. That fragility of a young girl, despite her boyish behaviour, is so painful, it’s been really beautifully and compassionately presented by writer/director Celine Sciamma. The performances are a knockout, they’re truly believably naturalistic. All the kids are great but Zoe Heran is just stunning, as is Malonn Levana as her little sister. This is just a wonderful gem of a film. Makes you glad some people make movies.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

INTOUCHABLES, screening Fri Feb 1, 2013

Join us for our first film for 2013

INTOUCHABLES (2011)    

screening FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2013 at 7.30 for 8pm

French with subtitles



Stars:

 François CluzetOmar Sy and Anne Le Ny | See full cast and crew


Storyline
In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire that is interviewing candidates for the position of his caretaker with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks to Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position to receive his unemployment insurance. Philippe challenges Driss and offers a period of adaptation of one week to him to gain experience helping him. Then Driss would decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the bet and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

"The two heartfelt central performances from François Cluzet and Omar Sy will inject you with happiness" says Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"Oscar-nominated, lauded at festivals overseas and now, one of the most successful French pictures of all time, The Intouchables is simply irresistible." Ed Gibbs in the Sun Herald
"This pleasant, predictable, fact-based tale of an unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic and his carer hits all the sweet spots a feel-good movie must." Jim Schembri 3AW
(Reviews from RottenTomatoes)