Taking place at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in the Drama Room in the Community Arts Centre, Smokescreen brings Dubbo residents the opportunity to witness iconic and influential films from the history of cinema.
In 2019, Smokescreen focused on films that were based of timeless pieces of literature, they explored the age old question of - Is the book really better than the film? The theme for 2020 is ‘From the Playwright’s Desk’. Films that were originally written for, and presented on the stage. Usually taking place in only a few locations, these ‘limited setting’ films bring the focus on the psychology of the characters. And in their confinement, there is little escape.
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Saturday 8 August | 4.00pm
Written by Jerome Laurence & Robert E. Lee and directed by Stanley Kramer.
Inherit the Wind is inspired by the famous Scopes Trial of 1925, in which a Tennessee high-school teacher, John Scopes, was arrested and prosecuted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. It was a violation of a state law prohibiting the teaching of any theory that denied the biblical account of divine creation. What ensues is a courtroom battle between those who believe the Bible is literally true and those who believe, as Spencer Tracy’s character puts it, that "an idea is a greater monument than a cathedral."
Starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly
A Streetcar named Desire (1951)
Saturday 5 September | 4.00pm
Written by A Streetcar named Desire and directed by Elia Kazan
It tells the story of a southern belle, Blanche DuBois, who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background seeking refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated New Orleans apartment building.
Starring; Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden
The Caretaker (1963)
Saturday 3 October | 4.00pm
Written by Harold Pinter and directed by Clive Donner
Whilst renovating his dilapidated home Aston (Robert Shaw) invites an irritable and devious vagrant (Donald Pleasence) to stay. But, when his ill-tempered brother Mick (Alan Bates) returns, an ominous yet darkly comic power struggle between the trio commences.
Starring; Alan Bates, Donald Pleasance, Robert Shaw.
Wait until Dark (1967)
Saturday 7 November | 4.00pm
Written by Frederick Knott and directed by Terence Young
A recently blinded woman is terrorised by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.
Starring; Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Efrem Zimbalist, Jack Weston