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 20, 2015

WILD TALES 4th Dec 2015

 

- an Argentinian portmanteau movie that is a tinderbox of delights

Review for Cannes Film Festival 2014




The Guardian film review
Damián Szifron’s anthology of tales of revenge is a splendidly anarchic portrait of a world on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Fired by “the undeniable pleasure of losing control”, Szifron’s satirical compendium owes as much to the American TV show Tales from the Crypt as to the scandalous European subversions of Luís Buñuel. From aeroplanes to cars, from cafes to sitting rooms, bourgeois repression is not so much dissected as gleefully detonated from within. Here are stories of lives destroyed by parking fines, of road-rage insults escalating into apocalyptic Duel-like confrontations, of white wedding parties descending into something more akin to the final scenes from Carrie – all defined by the sudden and violent breakdown of “polite” behaviour. The results are shocking and sharp as a knife, but be warned – the unfolding real-life tragedy in the Alps casts a grim unforeseen shadow over the opening segment.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics concensus:  Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER 6th November 2015





Inspired by real events, this is a black comedy about 20 years of history of Sicily from 1970s to 1990s, mocking mafia bosses and restoring the generosity of the heroes of anti-mafia. Its focuses on Arturo, a young boy who grows up in Palermo and tries to conquer his beloved Flora.

Directed by Pif (Pierfrancesco Diliberto)
Written by Michele Astori, Pif & Marco Martani
Starring Pif, Cristiana Capotondi, Alex Bisconti, Ginevra Antona, Claudio Gioè, Barbara Tabita, Rosario Lisma, Antonio Alveario
Italy, rated M, 90 mins

Monday, September 28, 2015

WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED 9th Oct 2015

Due to a sellout of the 3rd October screening of this documentary, Pics and Flicks is presenting an encore performance of this wonderful film about the life of local boy, Orry Kelly, Oscar-winning Hollywood costume designer.


Orry-Kelly behind the scenes with Ava Gardner for One Touch of Venus, 1948

Tickets are $10 from Pics and Flicks at its screening on 2nd Oct, or at the door on the night, unless sold out.


Pics and Flicks supporters with annual memberships can attend this 9th Oct screening at no extra cost - just bring your membership card.  An extra film for your $60 annual price - how good is that!

Critic Comment:
Revered Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong has unearthed a fascinating story with her profile of Orry-Kelly (Orry George Kelly), costume designer to the stars during Hollywood’s golden age. Australians love to claim a celebrity as their own, so it’s intriguing that Kelly’s story has not been told before now.
A boy from Kiama, Kelly made the move first to New York and then Los Angeles, trying his hand at acting before settling on costume design and finding a home with Warner Bros. He dressed everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, earning three Oscars in the process.
The film is worth it for the archival footage of gorgeous gowns alone, but Armstrong makes it clear that Kelly’s talent was not just for glitz. His long partnership with Bette Davis is a case in point – Kelly worked with Davis to hold back the studio’s attempts to blandly glamourise her. The outfits he designed both tailored to her body shape and said something about her characters.   Julia Scott-Stevenson SBS

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA 2nd October 2015

Gerringong Pics and Flicks

presents
Clouds of Sils Maria
Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years earlier. Back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young woman who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.
She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. Maria confronts her personal demons and prepares for the most important role of her life. Set in the scenic splendour of the Swiss Alps, Clouds of Sils Maria is propelled by tour-de-force performances from three actresses at the top of their game.
Rating: R (for language and brief graphic nudity) Genre: Drama Directed By: Olivier Assayas Written By: Olivier Assayas




Runtime:
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a trio of powerful performances from its talented leads, Clouds of Sils Maria is an absorbing, richly detailed drama with impressive depth and intelligence.
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Friday, August 14, 2015

X + Y Screening Fri 4th September 2015


X + Y




 

Synopsis

Preferring to hide in the safety of his own private world, Nathan struggles to connect with people, often pushing away those who want to be closest to him, including his mother, Julie. Without the ability to understand love or affection, Nathan finds the comfort and security he needs in numbers and mathematics. Mentored by his unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr Humphreys, it becomes clear that Nathan’s talents are enough to win him a place on the British team competing at the highly revered International Mathematics Olympiad. Being part of a team and one which has a real chance of winning seems like it could change Nathan’s life forever. But when the team go to train in Taiwan, Nathan is faced with a multitude of unexpected challenges, not least the new and unfamiliar feelings he begins to experience for one of the Chinese competitors, the beautiful Zhang Mei. From England to Taipei and back again, this inspiring and life-affirming story follows the unconventional and hilarious relationship between student and teacher, whose roles are often reversed, and the unfathomable experience of first love – when you don’t even understand what love is. [BBCFilms synopsis.]

Genre: Drama, Comedy    Directed By: Morgan Matthews    Written By: James Graham
Run Time 111minutes

Sunday, July 19, 2015

SALT OF THE EARTH Screening 7th August 2015

Pics and Flicks
is proud to present
Salt of the Earth



Movie Info

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer. (C) Sony Classics


Review Stephen Carty, Radio Times

This evocative, Oscar-nominated documentary pays tribute to Sebastiao Salgado, the celebrated Brazilian photographer... He has witnessed his fair share of human suffering, having documented the devastating effects of starvation, poverty, war, displacement and genocide. As you might expect, the film is filled with images of his photographic work, which are accompanied by detailed commentary from the man himself... It is extremely moving in places, and some of the monochrome pictures are genuinely breathtaking. The Salt of the Earth certainly won't be for everyone, but it offers a haunting, reflective, thought-provoking portrait of a remarkable individual.
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material including disturbing images of violence and human suffering, and for nudity) Genre: Documentary, Special Interest Directed:
Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado Written:
Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier

Thursday, June 11, 2015

WHIPLASH Screening Fri 3rd July





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An ambitious young drummer (Miles Teller) at a prestigious music academy clashes with a hard-driving instructor (J.K. Simmons) in this sizzling drama that is already one of the year’s most talked-about films.
"There are no two words more harmful than 'good job.'" This sentiment — spoken by a music teacher to a young student — sows the seeds of a harsh tutelage in Whiplash, a cautionary tale about the pursuit of excellence.
In his second feature film, writer-director Damien Chazelle pits revered and feared jazz conservatory instructor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) against drumming prodigy Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller). Vying for a core position in Fletcher's elite ensemble, and aspiring to no less than greatness, Neyman will do anything to secure first chair. Before long, reason is abandoned and civility deserted, and the blistered and bleeding Neyman succumbs to Fletcher's abusive teaching techniques. But Neyman has a couple of surprises up his sleeve, and things will get progressively nastier — both on and off the stage — before their scorching musical showdown.
Teller and Simmons fairly leap off the screen with arresting physicality. Their performative rhythms mesh with Chazelle's stylish, syncopated directing to suffuse the film with an anxious energy that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats, while Tom Cross's staccato editing makes the film play like its own brilliant piece of music.
Winner of both the US Grand Jury and Audience Awards at 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Whiplash announces Chazelle as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the US in recent years. At once fierce and precise, the film begs the question: how far would you go to achieve perfection?
CAMERON BAILEY for Toronto Film Festival 2014

Film Information

Director(s): Damien Chazelle
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 106 minutes
Rating: 14A

Cast & Credits

Executive Producer: Jason Reitman, Jeanette Brill, Couper Samuleson, Gary Michael Walters
Producer: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak
Production Company: Right of Way Films
Principal Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Max Kasch, Damon Gupton
Screenplay: Damien Chazelle
Cinematographer: Sharone Meir
Editor: Tom Cross
Production Designer: Melanie Paizis-Jones

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOLIES BERGERE screening Friday 5th June, 8pm


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 Folies Bergere

Brigitte and Xavier are a couple of cattle farmers living and working together in Normandy. They have always got on well but now that their two children have left the household routine and weariness have set in. One night, Brigitte, who has been invited to a party by a group of Parisians in the house next to their farm, lets herself be wooed by Stan, a witty, cool attractive young man. Some time later, giving a visit to a dermatologist as an excuse, she goes to Paris to meet him. But things do not go according to plan...

Name    Folies Bergere (or La ritournelle)
 
Genre    Comedy
Running time     98 min
Director     Marc Fitoussi
Screen writers     Marc Fitoussi, Sylvie Dauvillier
Actors     Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Michael Nyqvist
OFLC rating     M
Year     2014
Language   
 French

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LIVING IS EASY 1ST May 2015





Gerringong Pics and Flicks 
presents:

Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)

 

Director and Screenplay : David Trueba
Music: Pat Metheny
Producer: Cristina Huete
Cast: Javier Camara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
Classification: M
Duration: 108 mins
Country: Spain

Language: Spanish

Review by David Stratton
In 1966, Antonio, Javier Camara, who teaches English at a school in a small town in La Mancha, is obsessed with The Beatles, to the point that he has his class recite the lyrics from "Help!" in English. When he learns that John Lennon is making a Richard Lester film, HOW I WON THE WAR, in Almeria, in the south of the country, he decides to go there to try to meet him. Along the way he picks up a couple of runaways - three months pregnant Belen, Natalia de Molina, who has left a home for unmarried mothers, and Juanjo, Francese Colomer, who has left home after a fight with his policeman father over his long hair.
This terrifically enjoyable film takes its title from the lyrics for "Strawberry Fields Forever", a song John Lennon wrote while he was filming in Spain. It's a comedy, but a comedy with a dark edge that reminds us how life was in Spain back then, under the despotic Franco regime, and how casual violence perpetrated by authority figures on the weak was the order of the day. The ever-optimistic Antonio is not to be deterred from his mission while at the same time giving support and friendship to his two young companions, both of whom go through life-changing experiences. David Stratton The Film Show 



Monday, March 9, 2015

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT 10th April 2015



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Explore human emotions around issues of work and survival.

Starring Marion Cotillard, Oscar nominee for leading actress, in this French film.

The Dardenne brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre, have made some of the most affecting films of the past couple of decades with two Palm d'Ors to their credit. Their latest is TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, starring Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a young working class wife and mother, who, just as she is recovering from depression and preparing to go back to work, learns on Friday afternoon that her factory co-workers have voted to accept a one thousand euro bonus by agreeing to her redundancy. A last-minute plea to the manager by a friend ensures a recount first thing Monday morning. Sandra has the weekend to try to convince her fellow employees to change their minds and support her. Everyone has a reason for wanting or needing the cash, some understandable, some selfish. But many of them feel torn by their decision. (Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies, ABC)
Initial release: May 21, 2014 (France)
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Running time: 95 minutes
Awards: European Film Award for Best Actress
Screenplay: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
 
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Concensus:  Another profoundly affecting work from the Dardenne brothers, Two Days, One Night delivers its timely message with honesty and clear-eyed compassion.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

PRIDE 6th March 2015




 

PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. (C) CBS

Awards: scooped the outstanding debut award at the Bafta Film Awards. 
Nominations: GLAAD and GALECA UK. 
Rating:
R (for language and brief sexual content)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Matthew Warchus
Written By:
Stephen Beresford
Runtime:

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Did You Miss a Pics and Flick screening last year?


We thought you might be interested to know that we're about to donate DVDs of some of the recent Pics and Flicks screenings, to the Kiama Libraries.

We do this regularly so you should be able to find DVDs of many of our screenings over the last 10 or so years - all in the library for members to borrow! Look for the Pics and Flicks sticker on the DVD.

If you missed one of our films or would like to see one again then here's your chance!

The latest donations are:
Nebraska
The Great Beauty
Still Life
Stories We Tell
Blancanieves
The Gilded Cage
Flickerfest 20th Anniversary DVD

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

THE LUNCHBOX 6th Feb 2015