Good music and laughs

By Benalla Ensign

Australian actress Rose Byrne stars with Ethan Hawke and funny man Chris O’Dowd in a comic account of life’s second chances, Juliet Naked (M), screening this weekend.

The film is filled with good music and laughs but no nudity.

Annie is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan, an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe.

When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.

There will be a Friday afternoon matinee of Juliet Naked (M) on December 7 at 1.30pm. Tickets are just $10 and include afternoon tea following the film.

In the double bill the second film is a nail-biting story of political intrigue Beirut (MA).

Set in 1980s Beirut, Mason Skiles is a former United States diplomat who is called back into service to save a colleague from the group that is possibly responsible for his own family’s death.

Meanwhile, a CIA field agent who is working undercover at the American Embassy is tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring the mission is a success.

The two films will screen in a double bill on Saturday, December 8, at 7pm. There is no cinema on Sunday, December 9, as Swanpool hosts the ever-popular Carols by Candlelight.

Film festival

Come along to the Wide-Angle Film Festival tomorrow, Thursday, December 6, at 2pm.

Be treated to an hour of short films that share the perspectives of people with disability with the whole community.

This film festival takes its place among the other annual cultural film festivals in Australia and is supported by Benalla Rural City Council.

Coming soon

Screening on the weekend of December 17 and 18 is a film full of bubbly, frothy fun filmed in a French Chateau, C’est La Vie! (M).

This charming French comedy is about a disgruntled caterer working his last wedding event.

Max is just trying to get through the night, but has to deal with a cast of off-beat characters and a girlfriend who is flirting with a young server.

C’est La Vie! will screen as a Sunday afternoon matinee on December 18 at 1.30pm. Tickets are $10 and include a cuppa and biscuit following the show, which starts at 1.30pm.

The second film screening in the double bill on Saturday and Sunday evenings is a quirky comedy from New Zealand, The Breaker Upperers (M).

Fifteen years ago, Mel and Jen discovered that they were being two-timed by the same man.

Bitter and cynical, they became friends and formed a small business called ‘‘The Breaker Upperers’’: breaking up couples for cash.

Now in their late 30s and with a booming business, Mel develops a conscience when they run into an old victim.

This is a fun romp described as being ‘‘made by women for women’’ including the ‘‘uccents ‘n’ ull!’’

The candy bar always opens half an hour before screening, with hot coffee, hot chocolate and treats available for purchase.

●For more information, go to or phone the cinema on (03)57682415.