Queenstown Film Society

QUEENSTOWN
Film Society

Tuesdays 8.15 pm at Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtown
from 30 April 2019

Queenstown Film Society is all about movies. Great movies that you wouldn't otherwise get to see on the big screen. Old movies. Obscure movies. World cinema. Documentaries.
 
We're a community organisation that gets together on winter Tuesdays to watch fine movies cherry-picked from the last century of cinema. It’s easy to become a member and great value at just $120 for the season of 20 films. We also offer part-season memberships and three-film samplers. We can't sell single tickets but if you want to get a taste before joining, why not come along to one of our public screenings.

Coming up

30 April 2019
Brazil

Terry Gilliam, UK/USA, 1985, 142 mins (M violence) Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984 and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, this groundbreaking sci-fi satire pits everyman Jonathan Pryce against a world of crushing conformity. “One of the great dystopian science fiction films” – BFI

7 May 2019
Cameraperson

Kirsten Johnson, USA, 2016, 102 mins (M offensive language) Excerpts and offcuts from the cinematographer’s remarkable career evoke an assortment of uneasily resolved questions about ethics and compassion in documentary film. “Mesmerizing” – Washington Post

14 May 2019
Gloria

Sebastián Lelio, Chile, 2013, 110 mins (M Sex scenes, offensive language & drug use) A free-spirited middle-aged woman has a whirlwind relationship with a man she meets in a club. It’s an honest, sweetly poignant look at a type of character neglected in Hollywood. “Gloria is a work of maturity, depth and emotional insight” – Hollywood Reporter

21 May 2019
The Young Karl Marx

Raoul Peck, France/Belgium/Germany, 2017, 118 mins (M violence) An engrossing biopic about how Karl Marx, struggling family man, and Friedrich Engels, son of an industrialist, came to create the Communist Manifesto. Entry to public by donation.“Bracing and dramatic” – LA Times

28 May 2019
It Happened One Night

Frank Capra, USA, 1934, 105 mins (PG) A feisty runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert) and a cynical newspaper reporter (Clark Gable) meet cute in this racy Depression-era romp. “Every line of dialogue is calculated bliss, the chemistry between the leads is magnificent.” – Time Out

4 June 2019
Zama

Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain, 2017, 115 mins (M violence, nudity) The brilliant Argentinian auteur delivers a feverish period piece about a Spanish bureaucrat relegated to colonial South America. “Beautiful, hypnotic, mysterious and elliptical” – New York Times

11 June 2019
Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder, USA, 1950, 110 mins (PG) Fledgling screenwriter William Holden stumbles into the mansion of faded silent-film superstar Gloria Swanson in Wilder’s poison pen letter to Hollywood. “The blackest of all Hollywood’s scab-scratching accounts of itself.” – Time Out

18 June 2019
Mulholland Drive

David Lynch, France/USA, 2001, 147 mins (R16 violence, sex scenes) An aspiring actress, a beautiful amnesiac and a hotshot director at the mercy of the mob. “Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium.” – Criterion

25 June 2019
Faces Places

Agnès Varda and JR, France, 2017, 94 mins (M) Octogenarian French director Varda takes to the road with the young photo-muralist JR to create new artworks around France in this charming doco. “A joyful celebration of the urge to create art and celebrate life.” – Screendaily

2 July 2019
Housebound

Gerard Johnstone, NZ, 2014, 107 mins, (R13 violence, horror scenes & offensive language) Delinquent heroine Morgana O’Reilly finds more than she bargained for when she is placed under home detention. “A marvellously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy” – Variety

23 July 2019
The Legend of Rita

Volker Schlöndorff, Germany, 2000, 103 mins (M violence, sex scenes & nudity) The riveting true story of a 70s West German terrorist who escapes to the East with the help of the Stasi. Entry to public by donation.“Dramatically gripping…Superbly played by a cast mostly of unknowns” – Variety

30 July 2019
I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck, France/USA, 2016, 93 mins (M violence & offensive language) This Oscar-nominated documentary is an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin.

6 August 2019
Tanna

Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, Australia/Vanuatu 2015, 104 mins (M violence, offensive language) Two Australian filmmakers collaborate with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who’d never seen a movie to create this luminous tale of forbidden love and continuously evolving tradition.

13 August 2019
The Divine Order

Petra Volpe, Switzerland, 2017, 96 mins (M sex scenes, sexual references) A young housewife campaigns to organise the women of her town to petition for the right to vote (in 1971!). “A crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure” – Variety

20 August 2019
Lady Macbeth

William Oldroyd, UK, 2016, 89 mins (R16 violence, offensive language, sex scenes) Florence Pugh is mesmerising as she transmutes from nervous bride to femme fatale in this bracing British period drama based on a 19th century Russian classic. “A barbed feminist fable of class, cruelty and sexual power” – New York Times

27 August 2019
Girl Asleep

Rosemary Myers, Australia, 2015, 77 mins (M offensive language) A weird and wonderful coming-of-age comedy set in 70s suburban Australia. “An effervescent yet astute splash of teen life that delights the eyes, warms the heart and tickles the funny bone” – Screendaily

3 September 2019
Hiroshima Mon Amour

Alain Resnais, France/Japan, 1959, 90 mins (R16) A French actor (Emmanuèle Riva) falls for a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) while on shoot in Hiroshima. “A cornerstone film of the French New Wave, Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time.” – Criterion

10 September 2019
Ash Is Purest White

Jia Zhang-ke, China, 2018, 141 mins (R13 violence) This epic gangland romance is set against China’s relentless modernisation in the 21st century. Screens in cooperation with the Confucius Institute, Victoria University of Wellington. “Clever, subversive and hugely ambitious” – Slant

17 September 2019
The Virgin Suicides

Sofia Coppola, USA, 1999, 97 mins (R16 sexual themes, content that may disturb) A dream vision of 70s teenage girlhood unfolds in a languorous haze as the boys who knew them attempt to puzzle together the mystery of the lives – and deaths – of the five Lisbon sisters.

24 September 2019
In a World

Lake Bell, USA, 2013, 93 mins (R16 violence, offensive language, sex scenes) Lake Bell writes, stars and directs this sharp and hilarious satire on sexism in the film industry set amongst the curious world of Hollywood voiceover artists. “As surprisingly tender and wise as it is deftly wise-cracking” – Denver Post

All screenings at Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtown, at 8.15 pm. The programme is subject to change without notice. Admission is members only; we cannot sell single tickets. There are no bookings, so get there early to be sure of a seat. French films are screened in cooperation with the Institut Français and the Embassy of France. German films are screened in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

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Die Stille nach dem Schuß

23 July 2019
The Legend of Rita

Volker Schlöndorff, Germany, 2000, 103 mins (M violence, sex scenes & nudity)

The riveting true story of a 70s West German terrorist who escapes to the East with the help of the Stasi. Entry to public by donation.“Dramatically gripping…Superbly played by a cast mostly of unknowns” – Variety

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30 July 2019
I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck, France/USA, 2016, 93 mins (M violence & offensive language)

This Oscar-nominated documentary is an astonishing, challenging and utterly contemporary examination of race in the United States entirely from the writings and interview footage of civil rights icon James Baldwin.

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6 August 2019
Tanna

Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, Australia/Vanuatu 2015, 104 mins (M violence, offensive language)

Two Australian filmmakers collaborate with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who’d never seen a movie to create this luminous tale of forbidden love and continuously evolving tradition.

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13 August 2019
The Divine Order

Petra Volpe, Switzerland, 2017, 96 mins (M sex scenes, sexual references)

A young housewife campaigns to organise the women of her town to petition for the right to vote (in 1971!). “A crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure” – Variety

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20 August 2019
Lady Macbeth

William Oldroyd, UK, 2016, 89 mins (R16 violence, offensive language, sex scenes)

Florence Pugh is mesmerising as she transmutes from nervous bride to femme fatale in this bracing British period drama based on a 19th century Russian classic. “A barbed feminist fable of class, cruelty and sexual power” – New York Times

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27 August 2019
Girl Asleep

Rosemary Myers, Australia, 2015, 77 mins (M offensive language)

A weird and wonderful coming-of-age comedy set in 70s suburban Australia. “An effervescent yet astute splash of teen life that delights the eyes, warms the heart and tickles the funny bone” – Screendaily

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3 September 2019
Hiroshima Mon Amour

Alain Resnais, France/Japan, 1959, 90 mins (R16)

A French actor (Emmanuèle Riva) falls for a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) while on shoot in Hiroshima. “A cornerstone film of the French New Wave, Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time.” – Criterion

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10 September 2019
Ash Is Purest White

Jia Zhang-ke, China, 2018, 141 mins (R13 violence)

This epic gangland romance is set against China’s relentless modernisation in the 21st century. Screens in cooperation with the Confucius Institute, Victoria University of Wellington. “Clever, subversive and hugely ambitious” – Slant

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17 September 2019
The Virgin Suicides

Sofia Coppola, USA, 1999, 97 mins (R16 sexual themes, content that may disturb)

A dream vision of 70s teenage girlhood unfolds in a languorous haze as the boys who knew them attempt to puzzle together the mystery of the lives – and deaths – of the five Lisbon sisters.

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24 September 2019
In a World

Lake Bell, USA, 2013, 93 mins (R16 violence, offensive language, sex scenes)

Lake Bell writes, stars and directs this sharp and hilarious satire on sexism in the film industry set amongst the curious world of Hollywood voiceover artists. “As surprisingly tender and wise as it is deftly wise-cracking” – Denver Post