Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:

We had a tremendous turn-out last Friday for THE DRESSER, including several new folks, several of which became members. Join us this Friday, January 14, 2011, for a screening of the Oscar-winning Australian film, SHINE (1996). It was directed by Scott Hicks, primarily a documentarian, releasing 19 of them between 1974-1996. SHINE (1996) was his first feature film and it had 7 Oscar nomination. He went on to direct SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (1999), HEARTS IN ATLANTIS (2001), and THE BOYS ARE BACK (2009). He is also a writer and accomplished photographer who has had three successful exhibits.

The cinematographer was Geoffrey Simpson, fellow Australian, who has lensed 36 films, including THE NAVIGATOR; MEDIAEVAL ODYSSEY (1988), FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (1991), LITTLE WOMEN (1994), UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (2003), and ROMULUS, MY FATHER (2007).

Roger Ebert wrote, “The fact that David Helfgott lived the outlines of these events–that he triumphed, that he fell, that he came slowly back–adds an enormous weight of meaning to the film.”

SHINE  (1996)

Directed by Scott Hicks @ 105 minutes.

The film stares Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Chris Haywood, and Nicholas Bell.

Synopsis: Based on a true story of the virtuoso Australian pianist, David Helfgott–a child prodigy with an overbearing father. We move through the emotional trauma of childhood into madness, and then witness the miracle of his struggle to regain his art, and launch his independence.

Tagline: “A father whose life was his family. A son whose music was his life.”

Geoffrey Rush won the Oscar for Best Actor.

David Stratton of VARIETY wrote, “On the film’s intricate and superbly produced soundtrack, the real-life Helfgott plays the piano for his screen counterparts. Securing the musician’s cooperation was obviously crucial to Jane Scott’s accomplished production, which is also distinguished by Geoffrey Simpson’s fine camerawork and Pip Karmel’s editing, the latter skillfully shaping a wealth of material into a fast-paced, compelling narrative.”

So make some time to join us Friday, January 14, 2011, to see the continuation of our movie theme this month; “Struggling Artists”. Come and enjoy SHINE (1996). The screening will be at 924 Broadway, at street level, in the historic Pythian Temple, across the street from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Come by 6:15 p.m. and enjoy a meal prepared by the Phantom Director and Farishta, with the kind of warmth and fellowship the Tacoma Film Club is known for. Those who feel so inclined, may bring something to add to the meal, wine, cheese, bread, or a dessert. We will hold the club raffle at one dollar per ticket, with the winners receiving first 40% of the raffle revenue, or secondly a fabulous DVD from my personal collection. See you at the movies!



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