Heartbreaking portrait

By Benalla Ensign

Screening this weekend is a vibrant yet heartbreaking portrait of life on the fringe, The Florida Project (MA15+).

This is the story of precocious six-year-old Moonee and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure.

Living at a motel in the shadow of Disney World, Moonee is seemingly oblivious to the struggles of adults around her, including her mother Halley and motel manager/father- figure Bobby played by Willem Dafoe.

Screening second is a chilling thriller, Wind River (MA15+).

It follows rookie FBI agent Jane Banner who teams up with a local game tracker Cory Lambert with deep community ties and a haunted past.

Together they investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in rural Wyoming in the hope of solving her mysterious death.

This American film will certainly appeal to fans of Scandinavian noir — bleak stuff but riveting.

These films will screen on Saturday, April 21, at 6pm and on Sunday, April 22, at 5pm.

There will be no films on Friday, April 20.

Friday matinee

Don’t miss the Friday afternoon matinee on April 27 starting at 1.30pm of Darkest Hour (PG).

Tickets $10 each includes afternoon tea/coffee and a biscuit following the screening.

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Screening on the weekend of April 27, 28 and 29 is the captivating, Darkest Hour (PG) starring Gary Oldman, Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas.

During the early days of World War II the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight for his ideals: the liberty and freedom of a nation.

Screening second by popular demand is Victoria and Abdul starring Judi Dench.

Abdul arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

The two forge an unlikely friendship that her staff try to destroy.

As their friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

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, go to or phone the cinema on (03)57682415.