December Update

Follow up on last movie “Good Ol Freda ”

Good attendance with 24 members for our last movie of 2017.

This was a great documentary about Freda Kelly and her time as the secretary of the Beatles right from the start. There were lots of old original photos from the early days of them starting as an unknown band in Liverpool and footage of their very first performances. Every member I talked to after the movie mentioned how much they did enjoy Freda’s very personal stories about the Beatles.

It was also quite a coincidence that Paul McCartney was touring Australia at the same time.

Our next film on the 2nd of January is the 1975 drama One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nestdirected by . Milos Forman.

When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicolson) is transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be to a less restrictive environment. But Nurse Ratched runs the ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication, and sessions of electroconvulsant shock therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all of the patients in the ward. The film is based on the novel written in 1962 by Ken Kesey, which explores the ways authorities control individuals, and in particular likens the mental ward to a prison as a means of oppression.

The film won 5 Academy Awards.

So all the best for the festive season and hope to see you all on the 2nd of January for our first movie of the year.



November Update

Follow up on last movie “The Bélier Family ”

Good attendance with 19 members even though it was Melbourne Cup night.

Depicting life on a farm in provincial France this was a beautiful movie; everyone I talked to during supper mentioned how much they enjoyed it. The story was  really good, it was beautifully acted and left you with a good feeling.
It was also a real insight in the life of the deaf and mute and even brought some tears in the eyes of some members.

Our next film on the 5th of December is the documentary/biography “Good Ol Freda” in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. History now notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band’s circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication.

In Good Ol’ Freda, Freda tells her personal stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few films produced with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music.

Hope to see all of you on Tuesday the 5th for this great and entertaining documentary.

October Update

Follow up on last movie “Girl Clock”

Good attendance with 18 members and 5 guests.

I was away and did not see the movie so can not comment personally.
The few people I talked to said the film was well received by most members but not all of them liked it as much though.

One comment I heard is that it was a bit silly; another member mentioned that it was a well made great and funny Aussie movie.


Our next film on the 7th of November is the  2014 French comedy-drama “La Famille Bélier” directed by Éric Lartigau.

This is a heart-felt comedy about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music. In the Belier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful 16 year old Paula. She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm. Her father decides to run for mayor, but Paula’s attentions are with the handsome new boy at school. Paula is played by Louane Emera, discovered on the French edition of The Voice. The film was France’s most popular in 2015.

Hope to see all of you on Tuesday the 7th for this acclaimed beautiful  movie.