Shoplifters received a warm welcome and an appreciation score of 83.66 per cent. Some comments from members: Best yet: difficult to shake off the effect of this one.” Slow, studied, totally absorbing. Extraordinary performances. A proper piece of cinematic artistry.” “Beautiful: clever and sensitive exploration of the true nature of love and family.” “Excellent film. Certainly made me think about different perspectives of right and wrong.” “A very sensitive film, [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 19 November at 19:45 is a departure from our usual programming. The first in our CFS Extra films, three older pictures designed to illustrate a theme, Ninotchka is an early romantic comedy, released in 1939 and starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. The theme this year is called Red Alert! It consists of three comedies dealing with the rivalry between the US and Soviet Russia. [cont'd.]
Our first new film, unannounced at the beginning of the season, will be Apollo 11. We will be showing it on Tuesday 3 December at 19:45. Apollo 11 is a remarkable documentary about the first mission to the moon, directed by Todd Douglas Miller and constructed from archive footage, photographs and audio recordings made on the ground and by the astronauts during their trip. The story is told with no [cont'd.]
A generally favourable response to Sweet Country, with a few sharp exceptions. It achieved an appreciation score of 79.19 per cent. Some comments: “A visually captivating film. A reminder of how appallingly the native Australians were treated. A moving film.” “Revealing account of racism in Australia.” “Such a powerful piece. We need more films that show the brutality of British colonialism.” “Shocking in many ways. Good for the filmmakers. Not [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 5 November at 19:45, is another intriguing tale of urban Japanese life by CFS favourite Hirokazu Kore-eda. A couple working part-time supplement their inadequate income by shoplifting, with help from the whole extended family. Then they open their doors to a young girl they find abandoned. An insightful, touching film in the realist tradition.