Gripping true story

By Benalla Ensign

Hotel Mumbai (MA15+), starring Dev Patel, is screening this weekend.

It is a gripping true story of humanity and heroism.

The film vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India.

As the world watches on, a desperate couple is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.

Hotel Mumbai will screen in an afternoon matinee on Sunday, May 19, at 1.30pm. Tickets are $10 and include afternoon tea following the film.

The second film in the double bill on Saturday and Sunday evenings is, McKellen: Playing The Part (M).

Built upon a 14-hour interview, the film is a unique journey through the key landmarks of actor Ian McKellen’s life.

From early childhood into a demanding career as an actor that placed him in the public eye for the best part of his lifetime.

McKellen emerges as a clear eyed, impish utterly professional and pragmatic optimist.

The double feature will screen on Saturday, May 18, at 6pm and on Sunday, May 19, at 5pm.

There will be a special screening on Friday, May 24, of Clipped Wings and The Merger (M).

Clipped Wings is Hayley Warnock’s short film about Swanpool Football and Netball Club.

The Merger (M) stars Kate Mulvany and John Howard.

In The Merger former pro footballer Tony Carrington returns home and ends up coaching the hapless local footy team. Tickets are $10 and include supper.

Screening first on the weekend of May 25 and 26 is, On The Basis Of Sex (M), an inspiring and spirited true story that follows the young lawyer Ruth Ginsburg.

The second film screening, The Promise (M) is ultimately about surviving. A very special Sunday afternoon Australian matinee on May 26 will have the single feature screening of, We Don’t Need A Map (M) directed by Warwick Thornton.

Guest speaker, Chris Thorne will speak about the Southern Cross, which is a totem deeply woven into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.

Presented by Violet Town and District RECOGNISE group, tickets are $10, which includes afternoon tea.

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.