Queenstown Film Society

QUEENSTOWN
Film Society

Tuesdays 8 pm at Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtown
from 4 May 2021

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 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

4 May 2021
Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee | USA | 1989 | 120 mins | M offensive language | Tensions reach boiling point on the streets of Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year. “Funky, entertaining, packed with insight and political in the best, most responsible sense” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

11 May 2021
A Matter of Life and Death

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger | UK | 1946 | 104 mins | PG adult themes | David Niven plays a WWII fighter pilot caught between a B&W heaven and a glorious Technicolor earth in this compelling hybrid of romantic fantasy and wartime propaganda. “One of the most audacious films ever made” – Roger Ebert

18 May 2021
The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Joe Talbot | USA | 2019 | 121 mins | M language | Jimmie Falls dreams of reclaiming the regal Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of gentrified San Francisco. “An indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America” – NY Times

25 May 2021
Border

Ali Abbasi | Sweden | 2018 | 108 mins | R16 sex scenes, nudity, violence, sexual abuse themes & content that may disturb | A thrillingly unpredictable blend of crime drama and supernatural romance. “A disturbing horror movie which has a real ruthlessness in following horrible sub-plots to logical ends” – Kim Newman

1 June 2021
In the Aisles

Thomas Stuber | Germany | 2018 | 126 mins | M violence | Franz Rogowski and Sandra Hüller head a superb cast in this tender, lyrical film about friendship and romance on the night shift in a wholesale market.  “A poignant and richly sympathetic film.” – Guardian

8 June 2021
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Alexandra Dean | USA | 2017 | 104 mins | M nudity | A revelatory and entertaining portrait of an inventor known as the embodiment of Hollywood sex and glamour. “The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.” – Hedy Lamarr

15 June 2021
Capharnaüm

Nadine Labaki | Lebanon | 2018 | 123 mins | M violence, offensive language & drug use | A runaway boy sues his parents for bringing him into the world in this tale of against-the-odds resilience. “Nadine Labaki’s journey through the slums of Lebanon thrills with compassion and heart.” – Time Out

22 June 2021
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Heperi Mita | New Zealand | 2018 | 95 mins | Exempt | A richly personal portrait of Merata Mita, pioneering Māori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film, by her youngest son. “It wasn’t money or power or war that decolonised the screen. It was a mother’s love.” – Heperi Mita

29 June 2021
System Crasher

Nora Fingscheidt | Germany | 2019 | 125 mins | M offensive language & content that may disturb | A gripping tale of a nine-year-old on the edge. “Helena Zengel is terrifying as a violent problem kid who tests the limits of everyone around her in this compelling German drama.” – Guardian

6 July 2021
Birds of Passage

Cristina Gellego & Ciro Guerra | Colombia | 2018 | 125 mins | M violence, offensive language & sex scenes | The traditions of indigenous Wayúu are shaped by a matriarch seeking a place in the drug economy of the 1970s. “A textured and utterly unique re-imagining of the family crime saga” – Sight & …

6 July 2021
Birds of Passage
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27 July 2021
Model Shop

Jacques Demy | USA | 1969 | 97 mins | M sexual themes | The French maestro’s short tenure in Hollywood produced this seldom seen feature starring Anouk Aimée and Gary Lockwood as an architect facing the draft. “One of the great movies about LA” – Time Out

3 August 2021
Tehran Taxi

Jafar Panahi | Iran | 2015 | 82 mins | PG offensive language | Pretending to be a taxi driver negotiating the streets of Tehran, the internationally acclaimed filmmaker makes a fascinating movie about his own role as a forbidden storyteller and life in Iran today.

Monday 9 August 2021
Sweet Country

Warwick Thornton | Australia | 2017 | 113 mins | R16 | Wanted for murder after killing a white station owner in self-defence, an Aboriginal stockman escapes into the perilous outback. Starring Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. “A milestone for Australian indigenous cinema” – Screendaily

17 August 2021
The Murderer Lives at Number 21

Henri-Georges Clouzot | France | 1942 | DCP | PG violence , coarse language & sexual references | In this droll thriller a police inspector goes undercover to catch a killer who has been stalking the streets of Paris. “Brilliantly witty dialogue, excellent performances and a superb visual aesthetic” – Electric Sheep

24 August 2021
Leviathan

Andrey Zvyagintsev | Russia | 2014 | 141 mins | M violence & sexual references | An involving, magnificently envisaged and blackly funny tale of one man’s struggle in a densely corrupt world. “A killer combination of energy, imagination and visionary cinematic power” – Hollywood Reporter

31 August 2021
Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch | UK/Germany | 2013 | 123 mins | M offensive language | Tom Hiddleston joins Tilda Swinton to play Adam and Eve, blood-sipping lovers since time began, in Jim Jarmusch’s impossibly cool foray into vampirism. “Passionate and consummately chic.” – Screendaily

7 September 2021
School’s Out

Sébastien Marnier | France | 2018 | 104 mins | A substitute teacher becomes fixated on the strange behaviour of students in his class in this oddball French thriller. “An unnerving parable of a world that will not acknowledge or understand the warning signs constantly before its very eyes” – Projected Figures

14 September 2021
Elevator to the Gallows

Louis Malle | France | 1958 | 91 mins | PG low level violence | Featuring an iconic performance by Jeanne Moreau and a celebrated Miles Davis score, this elegant thriller was Louis Malle’s first film. “Consistently engaging, atmospheric noir” – Time Out New York

21 September 2021
I Am Not a Witch

Rungano Nyoni | UK/Zambia | 2017 | 95 mins | PG adult themes | Set in Zambia, the birthplace of writer-director Rungano Nyoni, this strange, engrossing feature addresses the continuing marginalisation of ‘witches’ and the accusations against a nine-year-old girl.

28 September 2021
Roman Holiday

William Wyler | USA | 1953 | 119 mins | G | A princess skips out on her official schedule to enjoy Rome incognito, with an opportunistic reporter in tow. Stars Audrey Hepburn in her first major role, and Gregory Peck. “Chic, charming, vulnerable and very funny” – Guardian

All screenings at Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtown, at 8 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.

Coming up

model shop

27 July 2021
Model Shop

Jacques Demy | USA | 1969 | 97 mins | M sexual themes |
The French maestro's short tenure in Hollywood produced this seldom seen feature starring Anouk Aimée and Gary Lockwood as an architect facing the draft. "One of the great movies about LA" - Time Out

45-Taxi-Tehran

3 August 2021
Tehran Taxi

Jafar Panahi | Iran | 2015 | 82 mins | PG offensive language |
Pretending to be a taxi driver negotiating the streets of Tehran, the internationally acclaimed filmmaker makes a fascinating movie about his own role as a forbidden storyteller and life in Iran today.

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Monday 9 August 2021
Sweet Country

Warwick Thornton | Australia | 2017 | 113 mins | R16 |
Wanted for murder after killing a white station owner in self-defence, an Aboriginal stockman escapes into the perilous outback. Starring Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. "A milestone for Australian indigenous cinema" - Screendaily

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17 August 2021
The Murderer Lives at Number 21

Henri-Georges Clouzot | France | 1942 | DCP | PG violence , coarse language & sexual references |
In this droll thriller a police inspector goes undercover to catch a killer who has been stalking the streets of Paris. "Brilliantly witty dialogue, excellent performances and a superb visual aesthetic" - Electric Sheep

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24 August 2021
Leviathan

Andrey Zvyagintsev | Russia | 2014 | 141 mins | M violence & sexual references |
An involving, magnificently envisaged and blackly funny tale of one man's struggle in a densely corrupt world. "A killer combination of energy, imagination and visionary cinematic power" - Hollywood Reporter

only lovers

31 August 2021
Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch | UK/Germany | 2013 | 123 mins | M offensive language |
Tom Hiddleston joins Tilda Swinton to play Adam and Eve, blood-sipping lovers since time began, in Jim Jarmusch's impossibly cool foray into vampirism. "Passionate and consummately chic." - Screendaily

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7 September 2021
School’s Out

Sébastien Marnier | France | 2018 | 104 mins |
A substitute teacher becomes fixated on the strange behaviour of students in his class in this oddball French thriller. "An unnerving parable of a world that will not acknowledge or understand the warning signs constantly before its very eyes" - Projected Figures

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14 September 2021
Elevator to the Gallows

Louis Malle | France | 1958 | 91 mins | PG low level violence |
Featuring an iconic performance by Jeanne Moreau and a celebrated Miles Davis score, this elegant thriller was Louis Malle's first film. "Consistently engaging, atmospheric noir" - Time Out New York

I_Am_Not_A_Witch

21 September 2021
I Am Not a Witch

Rungano Nyoni | UK/Zambia | 2017 | 95 mins | PG adult themes |
Set in Zambia, the birthplace of writer-director Rungano Nyoni, this strange, engrossing feature addresses the continuing marginalisation of 'witches' and the accusations against a nine-year-old girl.

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28 September 2021
Roman Holiday

William Wyler | USA | 1953 | 119 mins | G |
A princess skips out on her official schedule to enjoy Rome incognito, with an opportunistic reporter in tow. Stars Audrey Hepburn in her first major role, and Gregory Peck. "Chic, charming, vulnerable and very funny" - Guardian

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