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.

The Song Keepers

2017 | Australia | Naina Sen
| 85 min

Townsville Cinema Group supports NAIDOC Week.

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7.15 pm

In the central desert west of Alice Springs, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is being preserved by a special women's choir. ‘Engaging women and beautiful singing.' David Bradley, Adelaide Review

We Don't Need a Map

2017 | Australia | Warwick Thornton
| 85 min

Townsville Cinema Group supports NAIDOC Week.

Thursday, July 12, 2018, following 1st Film

Enables Australians to see the five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history, providing an insight into the spiritual importance held by Aboriginal people. 'A deceptively astute, free-wheeling journey into unknown histories and an unconsidered present.' Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age


2015 | Germany | In German with English Subs | Daniel Kulschinski
Features the String Quartet "Quator Ebene" | 94 min

Townsville Cinema Group supports Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7.15 pm

We follow the exciting Quatuor Ebène and see a unique testimony of the conflicting desires, sufferings and joys of music making. An interpersonal story rich in exquisite intuition. It cannot help but make us think. ‘An honest and fascinating insight into musical life rarely seen by the public.’ Kathryn Stott, Artistic Director, AFCM

Orchestra Class (La Melodie)

2017 | France | In French with English subtitles. | Rachid Hami
| 102 min

Thursday, July 26, 2018, following 1st Film

A distinguished, but disillusioned violinist begins teaching music in a working-class suburb. One shy student learning to play in the orchestra is fascinated with the violin and discovers that he has talent. ‘The youngsters have raucous energy and give gritty momentum.’ Mark Adams, Screen Daily

Final Portrait

2017 | UK, France | In English & French | Stanley Tucci
Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush, Clémence Poésy | 90 min

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7.15 pm

A celebrated artist encounters his old friend, an American critic, and asks him to sit for a portrait. Flattered, the friend agrees but the chaos of the artist's life and self-doubt takes over. 'Rush dominates with force and charisma.' Ann Hornaday, Washington Post


2015 | Germany | In English | Julian Rosfeldt
Cate Blanchett | 94 min

Thursday, August 9, 2018, following 1st Film

Cate Blanchett in 13 vignettes -- timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements. Anchor-woman to homeless man, Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance. ‘Spirit and poetry is shrinkwrapped into humble everyday actions.' Toby Fehily, The Guardian


2017 | Israel, Switzerland, France, Germany | In Hebrew with English Subs | Samuel Maoz
| 113 min

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 7.15 pm

An affluent Tel Aviv couple must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son's desolate military post and they learn he was killed in action. 'Bursts with integrity and tough honesty, even in its most light-hearted moments.' Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

The Florida Project

2015 | USA | In English & Spanish with English Subs | Sean Baker
Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, | 104 min

Thursday, August 23, 2018, following 1st Film

The summer break of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times. 'Beautiful, heartbreaking and unassumingly masterful.' Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

2017 | Indonesia | In Indonesian with English Subs | Mouly Surya
| 93 min

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7.15 pm

A widow fights back when her cattle is stolen. On a journey of redemption and empowerment she travels across the big sky island of Sumba, Indonesia. 'One of the most ravishingly beautiful films at Cannes.' Tara Brady, Irish Times


2017 | Ireland, UK | In English | Sebastian Lelo
| 114 min

Thursday, September 6, 2018, following 1st Film

A woman returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. 'A transcendent ode to passion. Surrender to it!’ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

I Got Life (Aurore)

2018 | France | In French with English subtitles | Blandine Lenoir
Agnès Jaoui, Thibault de Montalembert, Pascale Arbillo | 89 min

TCG & Alliance Française de Townsville presents films from 2018 French Film Festival

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7.15 pm

A middle-class waitress endures a mid-life crisis. She must try to keep her head together while dealing with hot flushes, losing her job, her daughter announcing her pregnancy, and bumping into an old lover. ‘Indomitable, care-worn, optimistic, resilient and achingly real.' Paul Byrnes, SMH

Mr. Stein Goes Online

2017 | France | In French with English subtitles | Stephanie Robelin
| 99 min

TCG & Alliance Française de Townsville presents films from 2018 French Film Festival

Thursday, September 20, 2018, following 1st Film

A 75 year old widower discovers online dating. Using the profile picture of his grand-daughter's boyfriend, he meets a young woman who is charmed by his elegant conversations and intimate confessions. 'A grey-audience dream, showing how oldsters still have power.’ John Hopewell, Variety


2017 | Russia | In Russian with English Subs | Andrey Zvyagintev
| 127 min

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7.15 pm

Caught in a spiral of vicious slanging matches and eager to be with their new lovers, a couple are only held together by their 12-year-old son. When he doesn’t come home, they are forced into an increasingly desperate search. ‘Brutal, uncompromising, stunningly crafted and extraordinarily observant.’ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio

The Breaker Upperers

2018 | New Zealand | In English | Madelaine Sami
Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston | 90 min

Thursday, October 4, 2018, following 1st Film

Bitter and cynical after being two-timed by the same man, a pair of women set out to break up couples for cash. Business is booming but one partner develops a conscience, putting everything to the test. 'Laugh-out-loud funny and at times wonderfully subtle.’ Francesca Rudkin, NZ Herald

BPM (Beats per Minute)

2017 | France | In French with English subs. | Robin Campillo
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel | 143 min

Join us after the film with complimentary drinks & nibbles.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7.15 pm

Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act Up-Paris activists fight general indifference. A newcomer has his world shaken up by a radical militant who throws his last strength into the struggle. 'Protests, meetings, club nights, and affairs…nothing, not even death, seems inevitable.' Anwen Crawford, Australian Book Review