Spellbinding performance

May 12, 2018

Screening this weekend is the wonderfully entertaining and savagely dark, I, Tonya (MA15+).

Based on a true story, the elements and characters are so bizarre it would be impossible to invent them.

It’s a film about truth, lies and dreams.

Dreams that turn sour.

A tale of rags-to-riches, dysfunctional families, abusive relationships and second chances.

The humour is vicious.

Australian actress, Margot Robbie gives a spellbinding performance as Tonya Harding, a competitive ice skater who rises among the ranks at the US Figure Skating Championships.

Allison Janney won an Oscar for her compelling performance as Tonya’s mother.

The second film is Beatriz At Dinner (M).

Beatriz is a Los Angeles massage therapist and holistic healer who drives to the seaside mansion of her client Cathy.

When her old car breaks down, she accepts a dinner invitation from Cathy, resulting in a war of words with Doug, a dinner guest who is a ruthless estate mogul who cares more about money than people.

These films will screen on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at 6pm and on Sunday, May 13, at 5pm.

On Saturday May 12 catch up with the Benalla Shorts 2018 Film Festival (MA15+).

An Encore Screening of these entertaining films now comes to the big screen at Swanpool Cinema.

Best Film was iRony written and directed by Perth-based student Radheya Jegatheva.

The local filmmaker award went to Hayley Warnock for her entry Munchies.

Harrison Lane won the student award with Goulies.

The matinee screening at 3pm will comprise two sessions with an intermission. Normal ticket prices apply.

Screening on the weekend of Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, is the delightfully funny, Finding Your Feet (M) starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall.

When ‘‘Lady’’ Sandra Abbot discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair she seeks refuge with her estranged Bohemian sister Bif in London.

Sandra is a fish out of water, but when Bif drags her along to a community dance class, step by step, Sandra finds the courage to reinvent herself.

Screening second is the latest Woody Allen film, Wonder Wheel (PG), starring Jim Belushi, Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake.

This most colourful production is probably the last, release from filmmaker Woody Allen.

The story centres around Ginny, a frustrated one-time actress and three characters.

Their complex lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s, with complications to follow.

Why not support the wonderful work of the Red Cross volunteers and attend the Sunday, May 20, afternoon Fundraiser Matinee screening of Finding Your Feet at 1.30pm.

Tickets are $18, which includes a delicious afternoon tea.

Swanpool Community Cinema candy bar opens half an hour before screening time for cinema goers to enjoy real coffee or hot chocolate. Hot pastries can be ordered for an interval snack and there are always the delicious handmade choc-top ice-creams.

●For more information, visit or phone the cinema on (03)57682415.

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