Passionate relationship

By Benalla Ensign

Julie Walters and Annette Bening star in the first film screening this weekend, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (M).

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame in 1978 Liverpool.

What starts as a vibrant affair turns into a deeper relationship.

Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

Screening second is Happy End (M) starring Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

A well-off French family who live in a bourgeois bubble in Northern France, are oblivious to the human misery unfolding in the migrant camps around the port town of Calais, close to their home.

The story is more about the human condition than family, in an age of obsessive, digital self-regard and increasing social immobility.

These films will screen on Saturday, June 2, at 1.30pm and 6pm and on Sunday, June 3, at 5pm. Please note that there will be no Friday night screening and that the Saturday afternoon matinee is only, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.

Screening first on the weekend of Friday, June 8, Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, is the delightful British film, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (M).

A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island at the end of World War II.

The author decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

The book is told by way of letters and is a beautiful story of love, friendship and sadness of friends lost.

Screening second is, Early Man (PG) starring Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.

A plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence.

Lord Nooth plans to take over their land and transform it into a giant mine, forcing Dug and his clan to dig for precious metals.

They must unite their people to defeat the mighty enemy — the Bronze Age.

Film festival

Book now for the Swanpool Environmental Film Festival 2018 on Saturday, June 16, at 1pm.

Three thought-provoking films; Living in the Future’s Past, Paper Trail and Living the Change are screening.

Highly regarded speakers and an interactive panel session are also part of the program.

For more details, see the cinema website.

Afternoon tea and dinner are included with catering by Swanpool Catering Team. Tickets are just $30, but bookings are essential, so phone 0498007988.

Swanpool Community Cinema Candy bar opens half an hour before screening time for cinema goers to enjoy real coffee or hot chocolate. Hot pastries can be ordered for an interval snack and there are always the delicious handmade choc-top ice-creams.

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