seniors' cinema archive 2008

An ongoing program of quality films for discerning audiences.

Drawing on the best of Australian and international cinema, screenings feature well-crafted, character-driven stories, elegant period dramas, quirky comedies and fascinating documentaries.

Tickets for Seniors (55+) $5
All other tickets $10

miss pettigrew lives for a day

Oscar winner Frances McDormand and talented newcomer Amy Adams team up in this delightful screwball comedy based on the 1938 novel by Winifred Watson.

the visitor

Richard Jenkins excels in the role of a disaffected senior academic whose complacency is unsettled by the arrival of some unexpected tenants.

lars and the real girl

An introverted young man living an uneventful life in a Midwestern town ventures into the realm of courtship with a life-size doll.

the painted veil

John Curran's deeply involving adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's novel offers more than a picturesque literary period piece.


Laurent Tirard takes great liberties with the life of the famed French playwright, crafting a lively and hilarious period romp.

sixty six

Bernie's hopes for his Bar Mitzvah are thwarted by 1966 World Cup fever and his parents' increasingly urgent financial woes.

the edge of heaven

Fatih Akin's award winning drama charts the fate of four Turkish and two German characters whose lives intersect in unexpected ways.

death at a funeral

A dignified send-off for a loved one descends into unbridled chaos when the dearly departed's sons are blackmailed by an American interloper.

the diving bell and the butterfly

Based on the memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Julian Schnabel's film is, quite simply, magnificent.


A resolute (if destitute) young woman is determined to make her fortune as an authoress of high romance novels.

an old mistress (une vieille maitresse)

Awash with intrigue, betrayal and unchecked passion, Catherine Breillat stars in this skilful adaptation of the 19th-century novel of the same name.

in the shadow of the moon

David Sington's stunning film brings together surviving crew members from every Apollo mission to recollect the part they played in the 'Space Age'.

closing the ring

Academy Award-winning director Richard Attenborough returns to the screen with this tale of love, loss and redemption.

snow cake

This intimate drama debuted at the Berlin Film Festival and showcases the under-appreciated talents of Alan Rickman.

away from her

In her directorial debut, Sarah Polley adapts Alice Munro's novel about a couple confronting the effects of dementia on their life together.

irina palm

Marianne Faithfull shines in a film that was a hit at the Berlin and Melbourne film festivals.

twice upon a time

Screen icons Charlotte Rampling and Jean Rochefort together in a sparkling rom com au français!


Joe Wright's masterful adaptation of the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan.

home song stories

Tony Ayres' AFI award-winning drama is set in 1970s Australia and stars Joan Chen.

black book

Paul Verhoeven's boldly conceived World War II resistance thriller.

driving lessons

The Graduate meets Harold and Maude in a comedy starring Julie Walters and Rupert Grint.

curse of the golden flower

A visually stunning epic by Zhang Yimou, director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

copying beethoven

An imaginative exploration of Beethoven's life in the final stages of the Symphony's creation.

lucky miles

Winner, Audience Award for Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival.

my best friend

Daniel Auteuil stars in a charmingly entertaining buddy film directed by Patrice Leconte.


Classy '50s Hollywood noir based on the real-life demise of George Reeves, TV's Superman.

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