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Published March 14th 2017
Calling all movie buffs
Are you a classic films aficionado? Do you crave to walk down the memory lane and watch the old classics that you grew up with? Do you like foreign films & documentaries that are thought-provoking and open up new worlds? Do you suffer from bouts of nostalgia for your favourite dramas?
Then give Workshop Film Group, Willoughby, a go!
Based in Willoughby, in the Lower North Shore of Sydney, the Workshop Film Group is run by a bunch of enthusiastic people dedicated to increasing an awareness and appreciation of the seventh art by presenting a wide variety of documentaries, shorts and features.
Workshop Film Group dates back to 1968 and is the second oldest film society in NSW, still going strong, for the past 36 years.
The films are screened in the premises of Workshop Arts Centre on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 7.45pm start for 8pm screening. The films are borrowed from the National Film & Video Lending Service, managed by the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.
I visited the Club on 3rd March to watch "Maude & Harold", a 1971 USA classic cult comedy starring Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Cyril Cusack, Vivian Pickles. The story is about an 80-year old woman, full of life, who crosses path with a teenager and almost ends up getting married to him.
Before the screening of the movie, by digital projection, one of the Club members introduced the film to the viewers. After the film ended, complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits were served followed by a robust discussion about the movie.
Some of the movies lined for the coming weeks are:
17 March 2017 Cries and Whispers, 1972, Sweden, drama
7 April 2017 Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, 2015, USA, comedy drama
21 April 2017 Max et Les Ferrailleurs (Max And The Junkmen), 1971, France/Italy, romantic crime drama
6 May 2017 The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951, USA, science fiction
19 May 2017 The Guard, 2011, Ireland, comedy crime thriller
2 June 2017 The Blue Lamp, 1950, 16mm, UK, crime drama
16 June 2017 The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers, 1946, USA, film noir melodrama
Since 1975, the group has organised a three-day residential film event during the October long weekend in Katoomba, Blue Mountains. The October 2016 Katoomba film weekend was the 41st continuous occasion the group has held the event.
The yearly Membership is $50 for single and $75 for a couple. The first screening is free and there is no obligation to join - so, why not try it out!