The Sapphires (2012): a musical/comedy/drama telling the story of four Aboriginal girls from a mission who managed to sing their way to fame as the Sapphires who entertained American troops in Vietnam. This was fitting as our class was during NAIDOC week. Rated as 4/5. (one of the singers retired to Rumbalara, the Yorta Yorta co-op just out of Shepparton. She died a few years ago.)
Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy (2011): This is a drama, mystery and thriller, based on John le Carré's novel. In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6. Rated as 3.5/5.
The Passionate Stranger (1957): This is a story within a story, with the real story shot in black-and-white and the imagined story shot in colour, to help keep you on track. A chauffeur gets the wrong idea when he reads his lady boss's erotic novel and believes the novel is telling a “real life” story and that she is in love with him. Rated as 3-3.5/5
A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood (2019): Based on the real life story of Fred Rogers it offers a message about acceptance and understanding, of a man living a story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. It was less interesting as it was based on the American children’s TV presenter who was little known in Australia. Rated as 2.5/3.
63 Up (2020): Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults he has been interviewing every seven years since they were 7 years old. They are now 63. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years. Rated as 5/5 as it is a favourite series.
We are continuing with this approach for the class as the group is enjoying the variety of films and comments. We would welcome anyone who wishes to participate by sharing thoughts about films they have watched and interested in hearing comments about films others have watched. You can send me a message on firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions are due by 9 December for our next “class”. We will continue this approach for 2021 until we are able access a film at BPACC.