Captivating film

By Benalla Ensign

Screening this weekend 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.

By popular demand the second film screening is the delightful, 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.

These films will screen on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at 6pm and on Sunday, April 29, at 5pm.

For those people who like to stay in at night there is a 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 May 4, 5 and 6 is Downsizing (M), starring Matt Damon.

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul and his wife Audrey decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to become small and move to a new downsized community called Leisureland — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Screening second is Allied (M) starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as Max Vatan and Marianne Beausejour who as World War II operatives never reveal their true identities.

After falling in love during a risky mission, they hope to leave all that double-dealing behind them and start new lives.

Instead, suspicion and danger envelop their marriage as they become pitted against each other, with global consequences.

There will be a Friday morning matinee on May 4 of Downsizing. Tickets of $10 include morning tea with the film starting at 11am.

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, visit or phone the cinema on (03)57682415.