Dark tale of obsession

October 21, 2017

Shirley Swallow and Kevin Smith Husband and wife owners of the Swanpool Cinema. They are retiring after 20 years.

Screening first in this weekend’s double bill is the dark romance My Cousin Rachel (M).

Obsession is the theme of this fine adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic tale in which resentment and jealousy turn into infatuation and unbridled passion.

A young Englishman travels to Tuscany plotting revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, until he falls under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Screening next is Wilson (MA15+), the story of a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter he has never met.

In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.

These films will be shown on Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday 6pm.

Come along and support a matinee fundraiser for the Companions for People Living with Dementia on Saturday with a showing of My Cousin Rachel at 1.30pm.

This worthy group is a supported by Cooinda Village. Tickets are $18 and include a delicious afternoon tea following the screening.

Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson star in Alone In Berlin (M), the first film screening on October 27, 28 and 29.

This true story unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of Berlin in 1940. When Anna and Otto’s son is killed they start carrying out small acts of anti-Nazi subversion. Far from being mere victims, their small protests seriously unsettle the Nazi hierarchy and the closing scenes are a tribute to the power of two human ‘‘grains of sand’’.

Poultry lovers will enjoy the second film, Chicken People (PG).

Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. Chicken People documents the colourful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders.

There are many struggles and triumphs, for both humans and their chickens, on the road to the National Poultry Show.

The Swanpool volunteers have been busy making their famous choc-top ice creams for the new cinema season. The candy bar opens half an hour before each screening and at interval.

●For more information go to or phone Swanpool Cinema on 57682415.

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