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, December 5, 2014

PICS AND FLICKS TAKES A SUMMER BREAK!





Pics and Flicks has no film screening in January as we take a break to enjoy the festivities with  families and friends.

We look forward to seeing you at our next film on Friday 6th February 2015.

We thank you for the pleasure of your company through 2014 and hope that some of the films you've seen have:
  • challenged your mind, 
  • moved your heart and 
  • lifted your spirit

 - these are the goals of Pics and Flicks.

With our best wishes to you for a happy and peaceful festive season.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

STILL LIFE 5th December 2014

Pics and Flicks is proud to present:
Still Life

Still Life
WINNER – 2013 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Art Cinema Prize for Best Film, Best Director (Horizons) &
Pasinetti Critics’ Prize
WINNER – 2013 REYKJAVIK FILM FESTIVAL – Best Film
WINNER – 2014 EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL – Best Actor
WINNER – 2014 VOICES FILM FESTIVAL – Grand Prix & Best Actor



Don't ignore the quiet ones; this film hides a tenderness and humanity that is extraordinarily powerfulA delightful and tender tale of a man who cares for the lonely dead, this film – which won Best Film at last year’s Venice Film Festival – is so far from the action-orientated Hollywood blockbuster that it’s an important reminder of just how wonderfully diverse filmmaking can be. Contemplative and graceful, it’s also a showcase for English character actor Eddie Marsan who plays John May, a council worker who has – for 22 years – been looking after the affairs of those who have died alone: people with no friends or family to decide what to do with possessions, body or memories.

In a turn that pays tribute to thousands of unremembered lives, Marsan's performance could hardly be more perfect. It's in large part thanks to his wonderful work that Still Life resonates to the degree that it does. If more filmmakers entrusted their projects to actors like Marsan, their movies would be all the better for it.  http://www.screenwize.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CHARLIE'S COUNTRY screening 14th November 2014


Join us for the third instalment of Rolf de Heer's Aboriginal film trilogy.
 


Winner Best Actor: Un Certain Regard at Cannes (David Gulpilil)
Rolf de Heer's latest collaboration with David Gulpilil is an honest yet uplifting depiction of modern Australian indigenous culture.
Blackfella Charlie (Gulpilil) is getting older, and he's out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don't generally make much sense, and Charlie's kith and kin seeming more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in doing so sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.
Charlie's Country took Cannes by storm.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

THE GILDED CAGE screening 3rd October


The Gilded Cage































"The Gilded Cage focuses on a diligent Portuguese couple, who have long made France their home. Maria Ribeiro (Rita Blanco) works as a concierge in an upmarket residential complex in Paris, while her husband, José (Joaquim De Almeida) is a respected, hard-working foreman for a nearby construction company. They live modestly with their adult daughter, Paula (Barbara Cabrita) and teenage son, Pedro (Alex Alves Pereira) in the ground-floor apartment of said complex, with Maria seemingly on call 24/7.
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Evidently, Maria and José have become indispensable to their respective bosses. So much so, that when they receive surprising news from Portugal – an unexpected inheritance has left them a sprawling family estate, which would allow them to retire early and live comfortably – the Ribeiros are faced with a dilemma. Not only must they hand in their notice, but they also face tearing Paula and Pedro – who both favour France over Portugal – away from their adopted homes."

  Film critic and entertainment writer, The Age.

Genre Comedy

Running time 91 min 
 
Director Ruben Alves

Screen writer Ruben Alves, Hugo Gélin, Jean-André Yerles
 
Actors Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud

Year 2013 
 
Language Portuguese, French, English




Saturday, August 2, 2014

NEBRASKA screening 5th SEPTEMBER

 



Review by David Stratton
Woody Grant, BRUCE DERN, is a stubborn, crotchety old man who lives in Billings, Montana. He's become convinced he's won $1 million in a sweepstake and is certain he has to front up at an office in Lincoln, Nebraska, 1,367 km away, to collect his winnings. Woody refuses to believe his wife, Kate, JUNE SQUIBB, or son David, WILL FORTE, when they tell him it's just a promotion and he hasn't won a thing. Woody is so determined to get to Lincoln that David, a salesman who recently broke up with his girlfriend, finally agrees to drive him there - but there are several detours along the way.


Bruce Dern is at the top of his game in this film.  
It’s not often an actor gets the best role of his career at age 77, especially when that actor is Bruce Dern, who has more than a dozen great performances on a resume that dates back to the 1960s. But in Alexander Payne’s latest film, Dern is nothing short of magnificent. What a joy it is to watch him playing such a miserable SOB. 

Shot in beautiful tones of black and white (and silver and gray), “Nebraska” is steeped in nostalgia, regret and bittersweet moments. Yet it’s also a pitch-perfect cinematic poem about the times we live in.


Monday, April 28, 2014

No film screenings in May, June and July 2014

Dear Pics and Flicks supporter,
Have you heard that Council is replacing the roof of the Gerringong Town Hall?
This means that we are unable to screen films for the next three months which is not good news however we do have one piece of great news!
Kiama Council has resolved to work with Pics and Flicks Inc to provide high quality digital projection equipment so that our 14 years of great local cinema can continue into the digital future.   We will be sharing the cost and providing our projection expertise to ensure the best outcome for us all, especially you, the cinema goer.

HUGE sigh of relief and much appreciation of Council's support!!





If you happen to know or meet any of our Councillors, you might like to thank them for this support?
However, right now there's a lot of work to be done to be ready for our next screening in August and we're looking forward to seeing you then. We'll be in touch again with our usual reminder email as soon as possible.
Members: do you have a current membership that overlaps these months of close down?  Don't worry because we will be adjusting the dates to extend your membership for the months of screenings that you'll miss.  We're printing you a new membership card that you can pick up at the ticket desk in August.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

STORIES WE TELL Screening Friday 7th February 2014

Come and join us for the first film of the 2014 season.

**Please note that we will not be screening films for a few months, from around April-May, while the Town Hall gets re-roofed**


It looks as if we may have shown our last movie off 35mm film stock....this month’s movie, as many in the future, will be from DVD or another digital format

Gerringong Pics and Flicks

presents

Stories We Tell

A film by Sarah Polley

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Review from urbancinefile

STORIES WE TELL 

SYNOPSIS: Sarah Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving.
Review by Louise Keller:
The facets, the secrets and the different perspectives of love are put under the microscope in this deceptively simple yet devastatingly complex portrayal of a family. The fact that the personal revelations we hear are those of director Sarah Polley's own family and many of the key players play themselves and bare their souls, changes the nature of the work. Most interesting is the way memory, time and perspective puts a different slant on the same events as the complex strands of truth, lies and suppositions are exposed.

When the film begins, we are unsure where the conversations with family members and key players will take us. There is the preliminary banter as nerves, self-consciousness and apprehension of recounting events from a personal point of view is canvassed. Very quickly, we learn the film's focus and star is the only cast member who is absent and appears through archive footage. Especially memorable is her rendition of the song Ain't Misbehavin'. Diane Polley (enigmatically played by Rebecca Jenkins), the warm, vibrant, always laughing, dancing mother who died of cancer when Sarah Polley was 11 years old, is the pivot around which all the events swirl. She was "a woman of secrets, artfully hidden" and it those secrets that are revealed together with the resulting impact. The beguiling scenes in flashback, when Diane sings

Shot on Super 8, Polley has structured her film in a haphazard, non-linear way which allows it the kind of freedom to soar like a kite, choosing which puff of wind on which it wants to rely. Technically, the sleight of hand and seamless integration of the present and the past, is brilliant. Diane's husband Michael Polley, former actor and writer is foremost centre stage, whose version of events may sound rather formal, as he reads what he has written from a sheaf of pages, but they are totally candid. He openly states his inability to counter Diane's disappointment of him - his inability to love her (physically and otherwise) in the way that she needed. One person always loves more, they say. Then there are the 'artfully hidden' secrets and a secret lover affair, based on longing which becomes long lasting and meaningful. As we hear, even a secret love affair needs witnesses to reaffirm it. Also crucial to the drama are other players, including members of the extended family, colleagues and former communist film producer, Harry Gulkin.

There are many moments when I was moved to tears - when raw truths involving emotions, are delivered by family members in spontaneous, unrehearsed fashion. Polley has crafted a rare jewel of a film that reveals much about her own family, and offers something special for others too, creating a shaft of light illuminated by honesty and disclosure, as the smoke and mirrors of previously unspoken memories are erased. While we may all be the central character in our own story, the big picture mosaic offers a somewhat different perspective.
GENRE: Documentary
DURATION: 93-108mins (depending on which website you trust)
 http://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s3849675.htm