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

WHEN: 7.20pm for 8pm

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, April 21, 2017

MAHANA Friday 5th May 2017

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Pics and Flicks
is proud to present

Mahana

An engrossing narrative on a grand scale



From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s.

Director:

Lee Tamahori

Writers:

John Collee (screenplay), Witi Ihimaera (novel)

Stars:

Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning
Mahana is the story of a powerful rivalry between two Maori families who make their living as shearers around Gisborne, on the east coast of the north island, in the early 1960s. In the history of Maori films, it is a landmark – it succeeds as an engrossing narrative on a grand scale about quotidian lives. It's neither paean to Maori spirituality (although there is a little of that), nor a film about the white oppression of Maori culture (although there's a little of that too). So much for what it isn't. What it is is a complete and convincing world, rooted in its own time and soil and way of thinking.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

LA BELLE SAISON Friday 7th April 2017


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Summertime (La Belle Saison) presents a well-acted, beautifully framed period romance that offers a refreshing perspective on its era in the bargain.


A young woman (Izia Higelin) moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a feminist leader (Cecile de France) in this drama set in 1970s France. Catherine Corsini writer/director.

Rating:not yet rated

  • Genre:Art House & International, Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:Catherine Corsini
  • Written By:Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss

  • "The film is distinguished by magnificent photography by Jeanne Lapoirie and by the insightful screenplay by the director and Laurette Polmanss. It's enjoying a very limited cinema release, but is well worth checking out."
    David Stratton, The Australian 16 Sept 2016.

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    TRUMAN Fri 3rd March 2017

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    On hearing the news, ex-pat Tomás flies from Canada to Madrid to spend four days with his old friend Julián. In terms of plot there’s some bickering about the past plus a day-trip to Amsterdam to visit Julián’s son, and that’s about it. But don’t be dissuaded, Truman offers much, much more.

    This is a film about the troublesome mechanics of friendship, of ageing and the inevitability of dying. Foremost it’s about being human, about courage and generosity. And that’s what makes it so warm. At the centre of the film are two knockout performances by two of the best actors working in Spain - Javier Cámara (Talk To Her) and Ricardo Darín (Wild Tales). There’s not a moment in this film that doesn’t ring true as they reconnect the past and set about the business of the present.

    It’s not exactly easy business either as Julián finalises his will, draws a line on how much hospital intervention he wants (none), prepares funeral arrangements and most significantly, tries to find a new home for Truman the dog who will certainly outlive his owner. With Tomás looking on as non-judgementally as he can, his friend defies convention to define the terms of his own mortality. Gutsy stuff. Provocative too.

    Yet despite the rather dark world of Truman, the film beats with a surprisingly sunny and uplifting heart. Director Cesc Gay sees to that, a writer with past form revealing middle-aged men. He avoids the mawkish and the sentimental to create memorable characters who quietly deal with what needs to be done, and paradoxically find a way to enjoy themselves doing it. These are men firmly in touch with their emotions but there’s no renting of cloth and barely a tear (on screen at least) as they face the simple reality that their time – notably Julián’s – is coming to a close. Therein the courage, the generosity and power of Truman; an often funny film that shows how bitter-sweet enriches all our lives.

    // COLIN FRASER

    Previewed at Verona Cinemas, Sydney, on 28 July 2016
    STARRINGRicardo Darín
    Javier Cámara
    Dolores Fonzi
    DIRECTOR
    Cesc Gay

    WRITER
    Cesc Gay

    COUNTRY

    Spain (subtitles)
    CLASSIFICATION
    MA15+
    RUNTIME
    108 minutes
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    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT 3rd February 2017


    Pics and Flicks has chosen an award-winning Colombian film to begin our 17th year of great films at Gerringong Town Hall.

    Embrace of The Serpent
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    Inspired by the real-life journals of Theodor Koch-Grunberg (portrayed by Jan Bijvoet) and Richard Evans Schultes (Brionne Davis), the film charts each man’s treacherous and life-changing journey. Though decades apart, both are guided through the labyrinthine rivers and jungles by the same native shaman, Karamakate (Nilbio Torres, and later Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama), the last surviving member of his tribe, who takes them deeper and deeper into a heart of darkness.
    Recalling such visionary films as Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT grips with suspense and revelation as it meditates on both the beauty of nature and the devastating impact of colonial interference on native culture. The spectacular widescreen black and white cinematography and evocative sound design combine to depict the landscapes and characters with an hypnotic, mythical sense of wonder.
    At once blistering and poetic, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is truly a one-of-a-kind accomplishment with a power described by several critics as ‘Kubrickian’. It demands to be experienced on the big-screen.

    El abrazo de la serpiente
    Director: Ciro Guerra
    Cast: Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis
    Duration: 124 mins
    Country of Origin: Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina
    MMature themes and violence
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    ★★★★1/2
    “Something magical. One of the most beautiful films in a long time. Guerra directs the film with great clarity. The river sequences are simply awesome, in the beauty and power of the settings, and in David Gallego’s majestic cinematography. It is a lament for what has been lost in the Amazon, and an eye-opener for what is still there. A major achievement.”
    Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE

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