Japanese masterpiece

By Benalla Ensign

A highly acclaimed Japanese masterpiece will be screening this weekend.

Shoplifters (M), has been nominated for 83 international film awards and has won 27 already.

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold.

Osamu’s wife eventually agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces.

Although the family is poor they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.

Shoplifters isn’t just a compelling, engaging story though, it’s also a thought-provoking tale about complex moral issues and ethical doubts, about the real meaning of family and love.

The second film screening in the double bill is a stirring Irish tale, Black’47 (MA15+).

In 1847 battle-hardened soldier Feeney deserts the British army to return home to Ireland where he finds his country ravaged beyond recognition by the Great Famine.

After discovering that his mother died from starvation and his brother was hanged by the British, something snaps, sending Feeney on a relentless quest to get even.

The double feature will screen on Saturday, March 16, at 7pm and on Sunday, March 17, at 6pm.

Coming soon

Screening on the weekend of March 23 and 24 is the latest Mary Poppins film, Mary Poppins Returns (G).

Now an adult with three children in 1930s depression-era London, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan.

Just when all seems lost, he receives a surprise visit from his beloved childhood nanny Mary Poppins who saves the day by taking the family on a magical adventure.

Mary Poppins Returns (G), will screen in an afternoon matinee on Sunday, March 24, at 1.30pm. Tickets are $10 and include afternoon tea following the film.

The second film, Saving Mr Banks (PG) in the double feature on Saturday and Sunday night stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell.

This is the delightful story of how Walt Disney, spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, embarks on a quest to obtain the movie rights to Mary Poppins.

The author, P.L. Travers has no intention of letting her beloved characters become part of the Hollywood scene — until the books stop selling and she needs the money.

Food and film night

Book now for the great value, Friday Food and Film Night on March 29.

Tickets are $30 per head (no concessions), which includes a gourmet two-course meal and the movie, VICE (M).

The wine bar will be available with a choice of local wines.

Doors open 6pm, serving from 6.30pm and screening of the film at 8pm.

The catering is by the Swanpool Catering Team. Phone 0498007988 for reservations by Sunday, March 24.

VICE (M), explores the epic story about how Dick Cheney, a bureaucratic Washington insider who worked in the Nixon White House, quietly became one of the most powerful men in the world while vice-president to George W. Bush.

He reshaped the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

The candy bar always opens half an hour before screening, so patrons can purchase freshly ground coffee, homemade biscuits, sweets and choc-top ice-creams. Pastries can be ordered for a light meal at interval.

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