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Byron Shire
February 28, 2024

Cinema

Cinema: Poor Things

With so many shades of Frankenstein, and featuring Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe and Ramy Youssef, Poor Things is set in Victorian London. Medical student Max McCandles (Youssef) becomes an assistant to the eccentric surgeon Dr Godwin ‘God’ Baxter (Dafoe) and falls in love with Godwin’s ward, Bella (Stone), a childlike young woman…

Flickerfest back in Mullum

The annual Flickerfest and iQ Inc three-day festival of short films is at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from Thursday, February 29 to Saturday, March 2.

Cinema: Priscilla – her story

In 1959, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu was living with her family in Bad Nauheim, West Germany, where her father was stationed in the US military. At a party on the base Priscilla meets 24-year-old renowned singer Elvis Presley, who has been drafted into the military at the peak of his fame

Bangalow Film Festival’s fourth season

World-class films with small-town charm? You got it – the Bangalow Film Festival is taking over from March 7 to 16.

Cinema: Wonka

https://youtu.be/otNh9bTjXWg?si=cIRWV-n9VC5aDslO If you are old enough you’ll remember Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka & the...

Cinema: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Director James Wan and Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa – along with Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman – return in the sequel to the highest-grossing DC film of all time: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Cinema: Anyone But You

Anyone But You tells the story of the love, or not, between Bea and Ben. While trying to secure a bathroom key at a coffee shop, Bea, a law student at Boston University, meets Ben, who works in finance at Goldman Sachs. The two have an instant connection, and spend the day together, ultimately falling asleep together on Ben’s couch and so it begins…

Cinema: Napoleon

In 1793, amid the French Revolution, young army officer Napoleon Bonaparte watches Marie Antoinette beheaded by the guillotine…

Trolls Band Together

If you’re after a film for the whole family these school holidays, try the third film in the Trolls trilogy. After two films of true friendship and relentless flirting, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) are now officially, finally, a couple (#broppy)! As they grow closer, Poppy discovers that Branch has a secret past.

Where Aussie screen takes centre stage on the Gold Coast

The Australian Academy presents the inaugural AACTA Festival – with more than 70 film, television, music, gaming, pop culture and family events coming to the Gold Coast.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. 

Screening: The last two weeks at Longlee

Susie Forsters’ film about palliative care is showing again at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall on Thursday, November 30 at 7pm.

From the Deep South to the Far North

A Message from Tasmania: ‘If you care about what you eat, be careful what you buy.’ A campaign to protect some of Australia’s most pristine waterways from industrial destruction is being launched nationally at the Brunswick Picture House on Friday evening at a live music and video event.

Southern Blast in Byron

Surfrider Foundation Australia – the not-for-profit agency dedicated to the protection of Australia’s oceans – has launched a series of film events across Australia’s east coast to raise support for their campaign to Save The Southern Sea from fossil fuel exploration. Their 12th stop will be at Byron Community Theatre on 30 November.

The last two weeks at Longlee

Local filmmaker Susie Forster’s extraordinarily candid documentary draws back the blinds to reveal the last two weeks of Victorian artist Lee Stephenson’s life, as she chooses to die at home with the support of her family. The gentle message of the film is dying at home can ultimately be a healing experience for the family, and that state-funded palliative care is available to us all, for free. 

Cinema: Freelance

John Cena, Alison Brie and Juan Pablo Raba play a game of cat and mouse in this action/comedy about a freelance journalist and her protector in a mythical Paldonia, and a coup to remove the even more mythical dictator Juan Venegas.

Cinema: Party at Fred’s place

Can you survive five nights? The terrifying horror game phenomenon becomes a blood-chilling cinematic event, as Blumhouse – the producer of 3GAN, The Black Phone and The Invisible Man – brings Five Nights at Freddy’s to the big screen.

Cinema: Dumb Money

Dumb Money is a 2023 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo. It is based on the 2021 book The Antisocial Network by Ben Mezrich and chronicles the GameStop short squeeze of January 2021. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, and Seth Rogen.

Cinema: Killers of the Flower Moon

Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone lead an ensemble cast in Killers of the Flower Moon, an American epic revisionist Western (telling it a bit more like it is, with less ‘Howdy Pardner’), crime drama directed and produced by Martin Scorsese, who co-wrote the screenplay with Eric Roth.

Sir Anthony Hopkins film opens British Film Festival

The 2023 Cunard British Film Festival returns to Palace Cinemas this November with a stunning selection of films from the British Isles. This year’s line-up boasts an array of dramas, comedies, true stories and documentaries, featuring several of Britain’s finest, much loved acting and filmmaking talents.

Cinema: Expend4bles

A clay model pretending to be Sylvester Stallone (it is actually Sly) heads up the cast for the fourth instalment in The Expendables franchise –  Expend4bles (see what they did there?). 

Cinema: The Creator

The Creator – against the backdrop of a war between humans and robots with artificial intelligence, a former soldier finds the secret weapon, a robot in the form of a young child.

Cinema: Battle of the sea folk

Yes, it’s school holidays so there are lots of films with ‘G’ in the rating, and Ruby Gillman – Teenage Kraken is definitely on the list. Sometimes the hero you are meant to be lies just beneath the surface.

Cinema: Stanno arrivando gli italiani!

Palace Cinemas are thrilled to announce a great lineup for the 2023 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival showcasing an incredible selection of new Italian cinema celebrating the country’s language, stories and culture. 

It’s Greek and it’s fat full of fun

From writer and director Nia Vardalos, the worldwide phenomenon My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s third instalment was released to the wild last Friday and is screening in Palace Cinemas this week with a brand-new adventure. 

Cinema: Sydney Film Festival on Tour

The Travelling Film Festival, founded by David Stratton almost 50 years ago, returns to The Regent Murwillumbah for one weekend only, 8–10 September!

Cinema: Sound of Freedom

This is not an easy film to watch – as the trailer tells us, ‘this is the fastest-growing international crime network that the world has ever seen, it has already passed the illegal arms trade and soon it’s going to pass the drug trade. Why? Because you can sell a bag of cocaine once. You can sell a child up to 10 times a day’.

Asteroid City

How they didn’t crack up laughing making this I’ll never know. Picture (literally) this: A stellar ensemble cast including Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan, and Jeff Goldblum, in a lusciously stylised Bagdad Cafe-esque arid landscape, on steroids, WITH asteroids in a yellow haze – this film is a recipe for awesome!

Cinema: The Miracle Club

I’ll just leave this here – Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates and Laura Linney. Really, that’s all you need to know about The Miracle Club to put this film on your cinema priority list.

Cinema: Barbie is just everything!

‘While there were some really fun moments, there were some very poignant and thought-provoking scenes. Margot Robbie, America Ferrera and all the Barbies were fantastic. Go Barbie! And go Ruth Handler for creating a doll that has created so many memories for children big and small.’

Cinema: Oppenheimer 

Oppenheimer is the story of American scientist J Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Cinema: Law of the Land 

After three sold out screenings in the Northern Rivers since March, Luku Ngärra: The Law of the Land is returning for one final encore at The Regent in Murwillumbah on Sunday 30 July at 5.30pm. 

Cinema: No Hard Feelings

No Hard Feelings is a 2023 American ‘sex comedy’ film directed by Gene Stupnitsky. It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Andrew Barth Feldman.

Ballina Fair Cinemas is now part of the Palace Cinemas family

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_ZLwuO2eg8   Palace Cinemas are the new owners of Ballina Fair Cinemas say they are proud to be preserving Ballina’s cherished community cinema, where they’ll continue...

A showcase of Nordic cinema

The full 2023 Saxo Scandinavian Film Festival program, presented by Palace, has been launched with a vibrant selection set to ease the winter chill....

Cinema: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQfMbSe7F2g Harrison Ford returns as the legendary hero archaeologist in the highly anticipated (or not) fifth instalment of the iconic Indiana Jones franchise – for...

Cinema: Elemental

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXzcyx9V0xw Set in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic elements of nature, Elemental is a great PG rated Romeo and Juliet trope where fire element Ember Lumen...

Fire danger period to end early for Northern Rivers

Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley are among the local government areas (LGAs) that will see an early end to  the Bush Fire Danger Period.

Israel Palestine

Audacious, humane, sensible, permanent. Achieving such a solution to the present Middle East crisis would require persons of state, that, unlike the current ones...

Byron Dog Rescue: 20 years of lifesaving love and dedication

Celebrating two decades of compassion and dedication to our four-legged friends by Byron Dog Rescue.

Stolen ute, ransacked service station and vandalised police cars

Stolen Brunswick Heads ute allegedly taken on wild adventure ransacking service station and being party to vandalising police cars before being abandoned in the bush at Coraki.