Reactions to Wajib

11 December 2019 John Morrish 0

A warm response to Wajib, our final film of the year, and an appreciation score of 83.76 per cent. Some comments: “A wonderfully observed and paced view of Palestinians in Israel.” “Wonderful insight into Palestinian life.” “Liked the family tensions played against the backdrop of Palestinian problem.” “Could have been set anywhere. It’s about family relationships, not Palestine.” “A super film. I loved being in their Nazareth life.” “Great, funny, [cont'd.]

Reactions to Apollo 11

4 December 2019 John Morrish 0

The response to Apollo 11 was out of this world, with an appreciation score of 94.44 per cent, albeit on a lowish attendance figure of 205. That puts it in the top 10 of films we have shown over the last 20 years. Some comments: “Good to see real footage; well crafted film.” “Truly excellent film; epic; brilliant mix of original footage and new film and photos, colour and black [cont'd.]

Reactions to Ninotchka

20 November 2019 John Morrish 0

A rapturous reception for Ninotchka and an appreciation score of 84.55 per cent. Not bad for an 80-year-old film. If anyone is curious about the three-sentence pitch that launched the film, here they are: “Russian girl saturated with Bolshevist ideals goes to fearful, capitalistic, monopolist Paris. She meets romance and has uproarious good time. Capitalism not so bad, after all.” Some of your comments: “Thanks; a bit of comic relief. [cont'd.]

Reactions to Shoplifters

6 November 2019 John Morrish 0

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.]

Reactions to Sweet Country

30 October 2019 John Morrish 0

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.]