The revolutionary sounds of Queen

By Benalla Ensign

Screening this weekend is the toe-tapping Bohemian Rhapsody.

The film is made moving and engaging by the truth of its story as it traces the meteoric rise of the band Queen.

The band is famous for its songs, revolutionary sound, and the near implosion of its extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury whose life spirals out of control.

Critics say Rami Malek absorbs Freddie Mercury completely in an Oscar-worthy performance, which drives the film’s power and its heart.

Queen’s reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury is facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band to one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.

Bohemian Rhapsody (M) will screen as a Sunday afternoon matinee on January 13 at 1.30pm. Tickets are $10 and include a cuppa and biscuit following the show.

Screening in the double bill on Saturday and Sunday evening will be Bohemian Rhapsody and Can You Ever Forgive Me? (M).

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, a best-selling celebrity biographer and cat lover, who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead and Estee Lauder.

When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the market place, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack played by Richard E Grant.

The double bill will screen on Saturday, January 12, at 7pm and Sunday, January 13, at 6pm.

Coming soon

Emma Thompson is at her best in the recently released film, The Children Act (M) screening on January 18, 19 and 20.

In the midst of a marital crisis Fiona, a High Court Judge, must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer, despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons.

Fiona visits Adam in hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

This beautifully crafted British film explores many modern issues and tugs at the heartstrings.

The second film screening is the unusual and gripping, A Simple Favour (M).

A stylish post-modern noir film based on the 2017 novel by Darcy Bell.

The story centres around Stephanie, a mummy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance from their small town.

Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean in this thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.

Two recent release Australian films will be featured during the Australia Day weekend of January 25, 26 and 27, including In Like Flynn (MA15+), the story of film star Errol Flynn’s early years in Australia as a rouse-about, an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womaniser and gold prospector.

Special screenings

Swanpool Community Cinema is delighted to team with Benalla Rural City Council and Swanpool LandCare Group to bring you special preview screenings of the latest documentary film by award winning film maker Genevieve Bailey, featuring Benalla Rural City’s very own rural outreach worker Ivan Lister.

Happy Sad Man is a disarmingly honest documentary that draws back the curtain on the complex inner worlds of men from across Australian life — from Bondi Beach to the outback, farmers to war photographers and challenges the way we think about masculinity today.

Swanpool Cinema is hosting two screenings of the film, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Genevieve Bailey and Ivan Lister.

These sessions will be on Thursday, January 31, at 1.30pm, followed by afternoon tea.

And Friday, February 1, at 7.30pm, followed by supper.

Tickets are $10, which includes a donation to the Rural Outreach Program.

These events are supported by Benalla Health, and a generous grant from ‘‘Looking Over The Farm Gate’’.

The candy bar always opens half an hour before screening, and the cinema volunteers have stocked the freezers with the famous home-made Swanpool choc-tops using the delicious flavours of Haagen Das ice-cream.

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