Special Screening Townsville Cinema Group

The Townsville Cinema Group began as a film society at James Cook University in 1962.

The Group brings unusual, challenging and off-beat films to the screen.

Engaging and thought-provoking films are shown from all corners of the globe. There is a screening every second Thursday. Become a member now.

The Shoplifters

2018 | Japan | In Japanese with English subtitles. | Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda | 121 min

Film followed by complimentary Opening Night Drinks

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7.00pm Note: NEW Start Time

Winner Palme d'Or Cannes 2018

Members of a Japanese family shoplift to make ends meet. When they open their doors to a beleaguered young girl, the reasons for the family’s habit and their motivations come under the microscope.

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Summer 1993

2015 | Spain| In Catalan with English Subs | Dir: Daniel KulschinskiLaia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí | 94 min

Note NEW Start Time

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7.00 pm

Winner Berlin FF - Best First Feature

After her parents die, a six-year old leaves bustling Barcelona to live in the country with her aunt and uncle. Life is a challenge; the surrounding nature is mysterious, if not dangerous. Her life will never be the same.

“There is quiet wisdom in this. What a lovely film it is.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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2018 | Argentina, Brazil, Spain, | In Spanish with English subtitles. | Dir: Lucrecia Martel | 115 min

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8.40pm

Rotterdam Film Festival Journalists Award

An officer seeks a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating. His situation is delicate. He must submis-sively accept every task entrusted to him by successive governors who come and go as he stays behind.

“A mordantly funny and relentlessly modernist critique of colonialism.” Glenn Kenny, RobertEgbert.com

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C'est La Vie !

2018 | France | In French with English subtitles | Dir: Olivier Nakache | 116 min

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7.00 pm

In the wake of his wife’s death, tradition prohibits a kind, hapless man from raising his son alone. His rabbi grants him one special week with his son to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood.

“Haunting and beautiful, full of laughter and sadness.” Mark Kermode, The Guardian

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2018 | USA | In Yiddish, English.. with English subtitles. | Dir: Joshua Z Wienstein | 82 min

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 9.00 pm

The Party

2018 | UK | In English | Dir: Sally PorterTimothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson | 71 min

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7.00 pm

Janet hosts a gathering to celebrate her political ascension but her husband Bill seems preoccupied. Other guests have their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill gradually unravels the soiree.

“A wicked chamber piece, delightfully retro and highly contemporary.” Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail

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2018 | USA | In English | Dir: Spike Lee | 128 min

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8.20 pm

An African American police officer successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader.

“Racism isn’t just black people’s fight, it’s everyone’s fight.” Stephanie Zacharek, Time

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2018 | Australia | In English, Pushto with English Subs | Dir: Benjamin Gilmour | 78 min

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7.00 pm

AACTA Award - Best Indie Film

An Australian soldier returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga. “Its very existence seems to constitute an act of compassion.” Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian

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2018 | Germany, Ukraine | In Ukrainian, Russian w English subtitles | Dir: Sergei Loznita | 121 min

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 8.20 pm

Cannes FF - Un Certain Regard Directing

A hybrid war blends armed conflict, crimes and looting by separatist gangs. War is called peace, propa-ganda is erected in truth and hate claims to be love. The grotesque and the tragic are like life and death.

“A dangerous world where lawless fanatics have assumed control.” David Stratton, The Australian

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2018 | France | In French with English subtitles | Dir: Xavier Legrand | 93 min

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7.00 pm

Venice Film Fest. Silver Lion

The mother in a recently separated couple is willing to permit her 17-year-old daughter to decide living arrangements for herself, but is desperate to keep her 11-year-old son away from his father

“The experience, worth every minute expended, is impossible to forget.” Kenneth Turan, LA Times

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Backtrack Boys

2018 | Australia | In English | Dir: Catherine Scott | 100 min

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 8.40 pm

Sydney Film Fest. - Best Documentry

Three boys are headed toward ‘juvey’ until they meet up with a jackaroo and hit the road with his dog jumping team. The dogs help tame their wild ways as the boys strive to turn their lives around.

“It’s impossible not to become emotionally invested.” Jake Watt, Switch

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The Guilty

2018 | Denmark | In Danish with English Subs | Dir: Andrey Zvyagintev | 85 min

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7.00 pm

Sundance FF - Audience Award

After yet another transgression a cop has been demoted to working the phones. When a terrified woman calls to say she’s being abducted, he will need to use all his ingenuity to find her before it’s too late.

“Its crackling clever screenplay allows us to unravel a mystery in real time.” Wendy Ide, The Observer

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2018 | Iceland | In English | Dir: Joe PennaMads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir | 97 min

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 8.30 pm

A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek in hopes of making it out alive.

“Howling lamentations at the unforgiving sky is entirely acceptable.” Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian

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The Wife

2018 | Sweden, UK, USA | In English & Swedish with English subs. | Dir: Bjom RungeGlenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons | 100 min

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7.00 pm

Golden Globe - Best Actress

Behind any great man, there’s always a greater woman. A highly intelligent, perfectly devoted wife spent 40 years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband.

“A smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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The Divine Order

2018 | Switzerland | In German, English, Italian with English subs. | Dir: Petra VopleThomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard | 96 min

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 8.50 pm

Boston Indie Film Fest. - Grand Prize

In 1971 in a remote Swiss village a young housewife is well liked by everyone – until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women’s right to vote, an issue “A conventional but exceptionally warm crowd-pleaser of a movie.” Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

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Leave No Trace

2018 | USA, Canada | In English | Dir: Debra Granik | 108 min

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 7.00 pm

A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

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