Enjoy visually wondrous ode

February 24, 2018

Screening first this weekend is a unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom.

Mountain (G), is narrated by Willem Dafoe who asks the question — Why do mountains hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives?

This feature documentary explores the troubled and triumphant history of our timeless fascination with the highest mountains in 22 countries.

It is a meditation on nature that leaves viewers with the chance to create their own message.

The second film has been meticulously crafted over a seven-year period.

Loving Vincent (M) is a visually wondrous biographical ode to the great impressionist and an animation like no other, comprised of 65000 frames individually hand-painted by over one hundred artists.

The screen shimmers in this first entirely oil-painted animation feature in history.

Set 12 months after the death of Vincent van Gogh the narrative weaves together a group of disparate characters who all posed for the artist in a story that explores the nature of his death.

These films will screen on Friday, February 23, and Saturday, February 24, at 7pm and on Sunday, February 25, at 6pm.

Starring on March 2, 3 and 4 is Melissa George, Ewan Leslie and Ed Oxenbould in The Butterfly Tree (M) one of the most eye-catching and beautiful Australian films for some time.

Evelyn, an ex-burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Ali and his teenage son, Fin.

When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are re-opened over the death of Fin’s mother.

Through the vivacious Evelyn, Fin learns the power of forgiveness and gives up his goddess in return for a family.

In this seductive and heart-warming story, both men will discover the power of selfless love.

The second film screening is Dancer (M).

Filmmaker Steven Cantor examines the life and career of Ukranian-born ‘‘bad boy of ballet’’ Sergei Polunin.

Sergei became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at the age of 19.

But two years later, at the height of his success, he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely.

The film considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.

Swanpool Community Cinema stays cool during summer with solar energy powering the air-conditioning.

Savour a delicious cool treat when choosing from the many flavours of handmade Swanpool choc-top ice-creams. Hot pastries, hot chocolate and real coffee are also available.

■For more information, go to or phone the cinema on (03)57682415.

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