Special Screening Townsville Cinema Group

The Townsville Cinema Group began as a film society at James Cook University in 1962.

The Group brings unusual, challenging and off-beat films to the screen.

Engaging and thought-provoking films are shown from all corners of the globe. There is a screening every second Thursday. Become a member now.

Brigsby Bear

2017 | USA | In English | Dave McCary
Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams | 97 min

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7.15 pm

When a children's TV series abruptly ends, James sets out to finish the storyline. To do that he must learn how to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about.

‘Easily the biggest surprise film of the year and worth every laugh and tear.’ Kyle Kohner, The Playlist

Personal Shopper

2016 | France | In English | Olivier Assayas
Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz | 105 min

Winner of Best Director - Canne 2016 (Tied with Cristian Mungiu, Graduation.

Thursday, April 19, 2018, following 1st Film

A personal shopper refuses to leave Paris until she makes contact with her deceased twin brother. Her life becomes more complicated when she receives a mysterious message.

‘The hairs on the back of my neck bristled.’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


2016 | France, Germany | In French, German with English Subs | Francois Ozon
Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner | 113 min

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7.15 pm

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German woman grieves the death of her fiancé in France. She meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

'A beautiful, emotionally rich story hinging on misunderstandings and misinterpretations.' David Stratton, The Australian

Heal the Living

2015 | France | In French with English Subs | Katell Quillevere
Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, | 104 min

Thursday, May 3, 2018, following 1st Film

A devastating event intertwines the lives of an unfortunate teenager, a weary woman with a degenerative heart condition and a team of compassionate doctors; all perfect strangers, perfectly interconnected.

'This truly is cinema to make the heart beat faster.’ Wendy Ide, The Guardian

Wednesday, May 9

2015 | Iran | In Persain with English Subs | Vahid Jalilvand
Niki Karimi, Amir Aghaee, Shahrokh Foroutanian | 102 min

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7.15 pm

Despite his limited wealth, a man offers $25,000 for donation to a needy person. Events from his past makes it difficult for him to select the recipient.

'A graphic picture of a patriarchal society where women are constantly humiliated and mistreated.’ David Stratton, The Australian

Beatriz at Dinner

2017 | USA | In English | Miguel Arteta
Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton | 82 min

Thursday, May 17, 2018, following 1st Film

Beatriz is an immigrant from Mexico who builds a career as a health practitioner. When she meets a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

'A film that we deserve to watch, discuss and be grateful for.’ Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

Monsieur Chocolat

2016 | France | In French with English subtitles | Roschdy Zem
Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Clotilde Hesme | 110 min

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7.15 pm

The rise and fall of the famous clown Chocolat, the first black circus performer who revolutionised the stagnant circus acts and conquered Paris of the Belle Époque with his exuberance and originality.

'How far race attitudes have changed, how far from enough that still is’ Paul Byrnes, SMH


2017 | Australia | In English | Karina Holden
| 70 min

Thursday, May 31, 2018, following 1st Film

A provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.

'The gravity of ever-worsBlueening situations in our seas hits home with unmistakeable and lasting impact.' Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun

Little Men

2016 | Greece, Brazil, USA | In Spanish & English with English Subs | Ira Sachs
Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García | 85 min

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7.15 pm

Jake is a quiet, sensitive boy with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony and the unlikely pair hit it off. The friendship is put at risk by a rent dispute between their parents.

'Painful, complex, beautifully acted and inexpressibly sad. Film-making this intelligent is such a treat.’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

The Innocents

2016 | France, Poland, Belguim | In French & Polish with English Subs | Anne Fontaine
Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza | 86 min

Thursday, June 14, 2018, following 1st Film

A young intern works with the French Red Cross in Poland at the end of WWII. A Polish nun arrives in the hospital, begginThe innocentsg the intern to come to her convent where several of the Sisters are discovered in the advanced state of pregnancy.

'A potent glimpse of female suffering in the aftermath of war.’ Wendy Ide, The Guardian

20th Century Women

2016 | USA | In English | Mike Mills
Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig | 137 min

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7.15 pm

In 1979 California a determined single mother in her mid-50s raises her adolescent son at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. She enlists the help of two younger women, a free-spirited punk artist and a savvy, provocative teenage neighbour, to help with her son's upbringing.

'I loved the film for its scrapbook structure, its warmth and candour.’ Wendy Ide, The Guardian