Survival against odds

March 09, 2018

Don’t miss the inspiring film, Breathe (M), starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy and Diana Rigg, screening this weekend.

Don’t miss the inspiring film, Breathe (M), starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy and Diana Rigg, screening this weekend.

This is the wonderful true story of Robin Cavendish who contracted polio at the age of 28 and was confined to a bed and given only months to live.

With help from his wife Diana, her brothers, and the ground-breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from hospital and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.

Robin’s experience also led to a medical innovation now common all over the world.

The second film screening is The Secret Scripture (M) starring Rooney Mara, Theo James and Vanessa Redgrave.

The Secret Scripture is based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted 2008 novel by Irish writer Sebastian Barry and directed by his compatriot Jim Sheridan.

A psychiatrist examines Roseanne McNulty, an elderly Irishwoman living in a mental institution, and learns more about her past in the process.

Set in two time periods, there are flashbacks that detail Roseanne’s love triangle with a fighter pilot and a priest.

These films will screen on Friday, March 9, at 7pm and on Sunday, March 11, at 6pm.

Screening on the weekend of March 16 and 18 is the delightful and surprising Lucky (MA15+).

This is the disarmingly tender journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town.

Having outlived and out-smoked all his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards what is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

The second film screening is, In This Corner Of The World (M).

This animated film begins near Hiroshima in 1933 when Suzu, a girl of 11 lives with her parents and siblings in a village by the sea.

By 1940 she is 19 and married.

Her new home is with her husband’s family over the mountains.

Life is tough and day by day, the war comes closer to home.

There is a masterful control of pace, mood and character through animation.

Suzu is very real in her emotions, so our concern for Suzu never wavers.

There are no films screening on Saturday night, March 17, as there is a Rock ‘n Roll Night to be held in the Swanpool Hall from 7.30pm.

There will be a live five piece band, ‘‘Rattler’’ with admission just $20.

On Sunday, March 18, there will be the Swanpool Swap Meet and Village Market starting from 8.30am.

Swanpool Community Cinema Candy bar opens half an hour before screening time for cinema goers to enjoy real coffee or hot chocolate and other snacks.

Hot pastries can be ordered and served at the interval and there are always the delicious handmade choc-top ice-creams.

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

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