U3A Northern Illawarra Film Appreciation Group


Venue – Excelsior Hall, Thirroul Library and Community Centre, 11.30 – 3.00 each Wednesday during term commencing  1st May (Convenor – Virginia Cawsey (vcawsey@gmail.com)

Leader – Rick Thompson.

These sessions are about discussing the film(s), not simply watching them.  A discussion follows each screening.  Short films or excerpts may accompany some programs

From Term 2  we will start screenings at 11.30. This will give us the opportunity to watch longer films and discuss them afterwards as we have the venue until 3pm.

May 1   RAGING BULL, USA, 1980, (129 mins). Directed by Martin Scorsese with Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriaty. Adapted from Jake LaMotta’s 1970 memoir of his career – his rise and fall and turbulent personal life beset by rage and jealousy.

May 8   THE SHINING, USA/UK, 1980, (146 mins). Directed by Stanley Kubrick, with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. Based on Stephen King’s 1977 horror novel of the same name it tells of a caretaker in an off-season hotel that is haunted and his son who has psychic abilities (“the shining”).

May 15   BLADE RUNNER, USA/ Hong Kong, 1982, (117 mins). Directed by Ridley Scott with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young, it is an adaptation of Philip Dick’s 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Set in a dystopian Los Angeles of 2019 when a fugitive group of replicants escapes back to earth and burnt-out cop, Rick Deckart, reluctantly agrees to hunt them down.

May 22 – RAN, Japan/ France, 1985, (162 mins). Directed by Akira Kurosawa. The plot derives from Shakespeare’s King Lear and legends of the daimy? M?ri Motonari. It stars Tatsuya Nakadai as an aging Sengoku- period warlord who decides to abdicate in favour of his three sons.

May 29  Cancelled due to Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival

June 5    JEAN DE FLORETTE, France, 1986, (120 mins). Directed by Claude Berri and based on a novel by Marcel Pagnol with Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil and Yves Montand. Two local farmers in Provence plot to deprive a newcomer out of his newly inherited property. In 1986 it was the most expensive French drama ever made.

June 12 –THE LAST EMPEROR, Italy, 1987, (163) mins. Directed by Bernadi Bertolucci. This Oscar winning film traces the life of Pu Yi, the last Chinese emperor, from his origins in the Forbidden City to his forced abdication in 1912.  

June 19 – AKIRA, Japan, 1988, (124 mins). Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo. Based on Ôtomo’s 1982 manga of the same, this action animation tells of Sh?tar?, whose childhood friend acquires telekinetic abilities after a bike crash and threatens to destroy Neo-Tokyo. The film was a breakthrough for animation in audience and techniques. Animation was previously considered only for children.  

June 26 –  A FISH CALLED WANDA, UK/USA, 1988, (108 mins). Directed by Charles Crichton, with John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin. This slapstick black comedy follows a gang of diamond thieves double-crossing each other in order to recover hidden diamonds and a femme fatale, Wanda, who uses seduction as a means of locating the loot.

Download current programme from here:  U3A NORTHERN ILLAWARRA FILM APPRECIATION – TERM 2

Visitors are welcome. Guests not wearing a U3A name tag will be asked to contribute $5 as a temporary membership. These sessions are about discussing film and film issues, not simply (if that is possible) watching them. A discussion session follows each screening.  Short films or excerpts may accompany some programs.