Film Discussion Group

Woodend Campus, 35 Williams Street, COALFALLS

Tutor – Rob McGeehan

1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm (can vary so please consult the timetable below)

 Any queries, please phone Rob on 3288 5560 (leave message if not home!)

Or you can phone the U3A office: 3282 7484 – Email:


Saturday, 24 March – 10 am


U3A FDG tries to show great/thoughtful movies, and without doubt this fits that category It is a dystopian film-and for those not familiar with the word, broadly it means a film whose plot (and particularly the ending) is very “dark” (basically the opposite of utopian)

So, a film that is quite the opposite of our last “feel good” “attraction” (Life of Brian). No, I am not trying to frighten you off, as without doubt this is a great filmcinema “magic” at its best, even though the plot is very (very) sobering –showing as it does, both the best (and worst) of human values

Wikipedia had this to say – “In the wake of the European migrant crisis of 2015 and the US Presidential elections of 2016, both which involved divisive debates about immigration and increasing border enforcement, several commentators reappraised the film’s importance, with some calling it prescient”. (Its treatment of “refugees” is maybe a bit too close to “current world” thinking and may make you feel very uncomfortable – so be it!!!!)

It has even been suggested that it maybe has religious overtones as it, “…resonates with the themes of motherhood, birth, rebirth, and redemption in the eyes of God” (Wikipedia).

Heavy! BUT for the thinking film “buff” (that’s all of us, of course) THIS is a film not to be missed

And what did the critics have to say (ok! I know critics are not our favourite people, but they are paid to review, so let’s give then some “space”-again, comments are from Wikipedia)

Richard A. Blake. “It shows what people can become when the government orchestrates their fears for its own advantage. “and”.  Children of Men received critical acclaim;- on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 92% approval rating based on 238 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 8/10.  The site’s critical consensus states: “Children of Men works on every level: (1) as a violent chase thriller, (2) a fantastical cautionary tale, and (3) a sophisticated human drama about societies struggling to live.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 84 out of 100, based on 38 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”.

Well, nuff said. Plueeeese, come and see a terrific film and enjoy our usual morning tea!



24-3 Children of Men drama Leanne Leanne  
31-3 The Hunting Party drama Shirley Shirley/Roberta
07-4 Khartoum drama/historical Daphne Daphne “BONUS MOVIE”
21-4 The Artiste Foreign Nellie Nellie  
05-5 Inherit the Wind classic-Drama/Religious Shirley Shirley  
19-5 Henry 5 (Branagh version) Historical Shirley Shirley
02-6 Henry 5 (Olivier version) Historical Carlene Carlene  
16-6 (Mystery?) ? Daphne Daphne  
30-6 (Mystery?) ? Nellie Nellie  
07-6 MEETING ( + Movie?) ? Norid Norid  
14-6 Downfall foreign/war Mark Mark “BONUS” MOVIE
SPECIAL DAYS 2018        
FRIDAY 30 MARCH 18-Good Friday        
SATURDAY 31 MARCH 18-Easter Saturday        
MONDAY 02 APRIL- Easter Monday        

Let there be no confusion.  I am Rob McGeehan (NOT David Stratton!!)

About ‘At our movies’:

Ever thought you could be a ‘movie critic’- well here is your chance!

Any U3A member is more than welcome to come along. U3A by its nature is a collection of learning activities, so the purpose of selecting and showing moves is clearly educational – we seek to learn what it is that makes a great movie. We have all grown up with movies so no doubt nostalgia has a certain role in selecting what to show, but movies quite clearly evolve along with the subject matter they depict. So, although the movies selected will, I am sure be most enjoyable, the “plan” for each ‘session’ (movie +talk), is for a member to introduce the movie- to talk about why it was selected, who are the ‘stars’, the director (and give some background about them) etc. – and of course the audience will then be invited to contribute whatever they feel is relevant to the discussion.

No – it’s not daunting and everyone is encouraged to participate. Each presentation runs for about 10 – 15mins, but there is no hard and fast rule – whatever the presenter is comfortable with. The ‘sessions’ normally start at 10 am and generally run in total for about 1.5 – 2 hours.

Also, several books are available if you need help – No pressure!

More facilitator really, as the “learning” comes from the presentations given by each of the members. I am, like I am sure you are, something of a movie “buff” with an eclectic taste in movies.

The film group is open to everyone who enjoys films. We meet at 10 am (sometimes at 11 am so see the timetable) in the Woodend Nature Centre.  We have morning tea, and, if it’s a marathon movie day, we bring lunch.

Someone presents the film and then we critique the film afterwards.  Usually to much hilarity and discussion.

I look forward to seeing some great movies in 2016 and to learning from you what it is that you feel makes them great.

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