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seniors' cinema archive 2005

Following on the heels of the annual Seniors' Film Festival (held at ACMI each year in March), Seniors' Cinema screens in ACMI's comfort-enhanced cinemas at Federation Square and offers an ongoing program of quality films for discerning audiences. 

The program for 2005 includes more of the comprehensive range of films audiences have come to expect from Seniors' Cinema, drawing on the best of Australian and international cinema. 

Well-crafted, character-driven stories, elegant period dramas, quirky comedies, fascinating documentaries, a spectacular martial arts epic and a restored British classic all feature in this year's program.

Expect the irrepressible Dame Judi Dench to make a spirited appearance or two as well!

See individual films for special Film Bubs sessions.

Tickets for Seniors (55+) and primary care givers $5
Parents/Grandparents with babies (Tuesday Film Bubs only) $5
All other tickets $10

past screenings

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vanity fair

This sumptuously produced adaptation of the William Thackeray novel is directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). Accomplished young star, Reece Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) brings one of the great female characters of literature ravishingly to life.


la finestra di fronte (facing windows)

Giovanna carries the responsibility for her young family. The strain begins to boil over when her husband brings home an elderly man with amnesia, Simone (Massimo Girotti).



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girl with a pearl earring

An imaginative account of how a real-life work of art by Dutch master Vermeer (Colin Firth) might have come to be created with Scarlett Johansson, a young maid, drawing the fascinated Vermeer into her orbit.


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the motorcycle diaries

Brazilian director Walter Salles (Central Station) based his sprawling yet intimate film on books by a young, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and his friend, Alberto Granado.


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wondrous oblivion

An endearing coming-of-age film set in '60s London among residents of a working class neighbourhood.


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ladies in lavender

Set in Cornwall, Ladies in Lavender marks the directorial debut of veteran British actor, Charles Dance (Gosford Park, Plenty) and features beautifully nuanced performances from leading ladies Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.


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touching the void

Based on the best-selling novel by Joe Simpson, this gripping docu-drama recounts the perilous 1985 attempt by Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, to scale the forbidding west face of the Siula Grande, in the Peruvian Andes.


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my house in umbria

Directed by Richard Loncraine (Richard III), Maggie Smith is splendid in the role of Mrs. Emily Delahunty, a romance novelist living abroad.


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the barbarian invasions

Two decades after Denys Arcand's 1986 hit film, The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, the Montreal-based auteur casts actors from that film's ensemble in a life-imitates-art sequel of sorts.


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my fair lady

The incandescent Audrey Hepburn starred in the role of Eliza Higgins, a down-on-her-luck Cockney plucked from Covent Garden and recruited for the self-actualization workshop of a lifetime by the urbane Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison).


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mrs henderson presents

The incomparable Dame Judi Dench stars in the remarkable true life story of eccentric theatrical entrepreneur Laura Henderson in the latest film by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons). Special advance screenings.


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bride & prejudice

Bollywood's reigning screen queen, Aishwarya Rai, debuts in her English language feature. The film ingeniously fuses Jane Austen's acerbic dissection of social mores with a love story that looks, feels and sounds like a contemporary Bollywood musical.


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a good woman

To bring another year of Seniors' Cinema to a temporary close, ACMI presents encore screenings of the popular film based on Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, starring Scarlet Johansson and Tom Wilkinson.


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since otar left

Ada, her mother Marina and grandmother Eka live together in a ramshackle apartment in modern day Tbilisi, the crumbling capital of the post-Soviet republic of Georgia.


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kitchen stories

A Swedish 'home sciences' researcher is dispatched to collate information about the domestic habits of a cantankerous Norwegian farmer. The irascible farmer exacts his revenge by coming up with ever-inventive ways of thwarting the researcher's methods.


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the weeping camel

Mongolian Byambasuren Davaa and Italian Luigi Falorni co-direct this authentic and affirming portrait of a family of nomadic shepherds living in Mongolia's Gobi desert, who must tend to an albino baby camel whose mother has rejected it.


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the old man who read love stories

Richard Dreyfuss (Mr Holland's Opus) is Antonio Bolivar, a widower with an appetite for romance paperbacks. He is recruited to take part in a hunting expedition that becomes, for him, a personal and increasingly urgent quest to redress the past.


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hero

From acclaimed director Zhang Yimou, (Raise the Red Lantern), Hero is a breathtakingly visual martial arts epic steeped in history and mythology.


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les choristes

Gerard Jugnot appears in Christophe Barratier's debut feature, cast in the role of a music teacher who takes a job in a correctional school for minors in post-World War II France.


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finding neverland

Director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball) fashions a poignant biographical drama of J. M. Barrie, based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan.


 
 
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