39 members attended Barossa Film Club’s screening of “La Femme du Boulanger” last Friday evening. It was a deligjhtful film, filled with very real and human characters. The only glamorous people in it were the young wife and the handsome shepherd she ran off with – the rest were orinary-looking villagers we could all identify with. We had 37 “Starbox” votes, giving an average rating of 4.57 out of 5, which is high. Next film: “In a Better World” on March 19th.
Screening 7.30 pm Friday 19th February:
“La Femme du Boulanger” (“The Baker’s Wife”}
This is an undisputed classic from the Golden Age of French Cinema. A simplr story: Aimable the baker is married to a much younger Aurelie. Aurelie runs off with the local hunk and Aimable refuses to bake any more bread until she returns. Faced with the crisis the villagers set about getting her back. Husband and wife are eventually reconciled in one of the greatest scenes ever put on film and Amiable resumes baking “le pain extraordinaire”.
Seating is limited so please book with Allan Pearce 0417002 708 ot email@example.com
Like most Film Clubs and other voluntary groups Barossa Film Club virtually closed doiwn in 2020, with only 2 films being shown. The Annual General Meeting was held in November and a new Committee elected. Imelda Carson stepped down from the President’s position after 9 years at the helm, but is still a Committee member. We have a great programme for 2021, with our first screening of “La Femme du Boulanger” (“The Baker’s Wife”) on Friday 19th February. We will still be screening in the Faith College Wine Centre, commencing at 7.30 pm. However, obviously covid restrictions will continue to apply and therefore it is vital that you book your seat in advance, by contacting our new Front of House Allan Pearce on 0417 002 708 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will no longer be able to offer supper but you are welconme to bring your own drinks and food.
Because we were not able to show many films last year, the Committee has decided to carry over the 2020 Membership fees to 2021, so last year’s members will not have to pay a new fee. Membership is obtainable at the door.
Here’s to a great year of films in 2021. Please come and join us!
Barossa Film Club has reached a significant milestone of seventeen seasons since it was founded in 20o3 by long time Barossa resident and arts supporter, Paddy Carter, as a branch of the Barossa Arts Council. The very first film was screened on 21st February 2003 in the Brenton Langbein Theatre (part of the Faith Secondary College). The short film was “James Joyce – Poet and novelist” made in UK in 1988 and the main feature was a Chinese film “Ju Dou” directed by Zhang Yi_mou and released in 1993. The April feature was 1997 French film “Ridicule” and the next screening was the 1997 Mike Leigh film from the UK, “Topsy Turvy”.
Initially, there were six screenings for the year and annual membership subscription was $30. There was an enthusiastic take-up of membership by 48 people and it is interesting that there are 4 people who are still members 17 years later: Paddy Carter (who is a life member), Susan Raven, Ingrid Glastonbury and Pam O’Donnell.
Obviously, this initial format has been successful. The Club’s annual membership fee is now $35, which includes ten screenings, and films are still shown at the Faith College, albeit in the Wine Centre rather than the theatre. We are still a branch of the Barossa Arts Council and our emphasis is still on films which are interesting because of their historical value or their rarity or their intellectual value. Members still debate the merits of the films shown which can lead to some interesting discussions.
Our first screening for 2020 will be on 21st February, with the acclaimed Taiwanese film “Eat Drink Man Woman”. Wine and cheese will be offered to attendees, as at our last meeting in November ( a delicious spread of coffee and cake is available at our other meetings0. The evening commences with a short film at 7.30 pm and then the main feature is shown after a break for refreshments. Membership is obtainable at the door.