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Glad to meet you, kid. You're a real horse's ass.
Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman)
- The Sting (1973)
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February Issue

Classic Film

The Academy Awards

Every February we are bombarded with Academy Award nominations, predictions about winners, the red carpet rigmarole, and a whole series of winners we've never heard of from some obscure categories, breathless reporting about any Australian winners, and finally the terrible jokes and the painful speeches from the winners

What is easy to forget is the celebration of great film.

Well this February, we're going to remember the worthy winners. Our two screenings this month are multi-academy award winners and films which have stood the test of time. Details on each of the films is below
The Academy Awards - a long history of Celebrating achievement in film
Hollywood has had an eye for the history books since it's earliest days, from the hand and footprints at Grauman's Chinese theatre, to the Hollywood walk of Fame, to the immortalisation of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, American film has always ensured that it will not be forgotten. A part of what keeps Hollywwod and its films at the centre of everyone's attention is the Academy Awards and their re-appearance every year.

Although it is really quite a boring self-important night, with no end of boring speeches, our memories are short and we forgive them every year as they introduce us to a new selection of what is mostly very good films and we tune in to see which award winner may be worth a trip to the cinema to see.

While the individual ceremonies are not that interesting, the history of the Academy Awards is much more engaging.

For a short history of the Academy Awards, follow this link.
Guest Presenters
While we are yet to finalise the details, we are in the process of scheduling a number of guest presenters to come to Townsville to coincide with our monthly screenings. The first two of our guests are not household names, but they have been an important part of the Australian film industry
Anthony Buckley (above Left) has been involved with the Australian film industry since the 1960's and has been a producer, director, editor and even an actor. The films he has been involved with include - Age of Consent, Wake in Fright, Caddie, The Irishman, Bliss, BeDevil, Rabbit Proof Fence, and the Oyster Farmer, along with many more. We plan to have him up in August to present two of the films he was involved with.

And Andrew Pike (above Right), the managing director of Ronin films should be with us for our September screenings. Andrew works in the production and distribution side of the film industry and has a long standing love affair with film. Andrew will be selecting the films we screen, and will be taking the opportunity to meet with local filmmakers while he is Townsville

Our third prospective guest needs no introduction.
We are hoping to have David with us in October. David was last in Townsville in 2011 to present a film at a special event for the Townsville Cinema group. He enjoyed the visit and has planned a return, but has understandably been too busy to make it back until now.

Entry to all three events will be via one of our membership options, with first preference for admission going to our annual members

Screening

Saturday, 7th of February

On the Waterfront (1954)


Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.


 
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Screening

Sunday, 8th of February

The Sting (1973)

When a mutual friend is killed by a mob boss, two con men, one experienced and one young try to get even by pulling off the big con on the mob boss. The story unfolds with several twists and last minute alterations.
 
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