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Film Club: Petite Maman

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The Film Club runs at 7.30pm on the first Saturday of each month at Coledale Community Hall. 

Regularly hosted by local film expert Graham Thorburn and open to anybody interested in seeing, thinking, and having fun talking about films; each Film Club session will start with some background information about the film – the times and context of its making, the people who made it, and something notable about the content or techniques of the film – perhaps even a bit of gossip. After the film screening, there will be a chance to discuss the film. 

December's film is PETITE MAMAN. PETIT MAMAN (2021) is an exquisite little gem from probably the best writer/director around, Celine Sciamma. This poetic parable quietly and fearlessly creates multiple levels of meaning through a deceptively simple ‘what if?’ that explores the profound moments of realisation in a child’s journey to accepting her beloved grandmother’s death. It’s heartbreaking, but at the same time deeply hopeful.

Attendance is $7 for SCWC & Screen Illawarra Members, and $10 for general admission. Entry fee includes tea & coffee.


Film Club is a community event. We encourage people to get involved by coming early to help us set up, or staying to helping pack chairs away.

Graham Thorburn has had a very long career in film and television, as an actor, producer, writer and academic, but principally as a director. He mostly worked as a director for short-run TV drama (over 70 prime time hours), but he also produced and directed Countdown and created, produced and directed BeatBox. Graham was the third President of the Australian Screen Directors Association (now the Australian Directors Guild) and served in various other executive positions for ten years. He was Head of Directing, then Head of Teaching at AFTRS for 11 years. Before that he wrote and delivered course work in acting, writing and directing for the screen at UTS, NIDA and AFTRS, and has chaired international undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and teaching assessment panels.

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