Taking place at in the Drama Room at the WPCC, Smokescreen brings Dubbo residents the opportunity to witness iconic and influential films from the history of cinema.
The theme for 2021 is ‘From the Playwright’s Desk’. Films that were originally written for, and presented on the stage. Designed to take 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.
See all 10 films for $70 by purchasing a Season Pass, this includes a complimentary standard drink at the Establishment following each of the film.
The Establishment is an 18+ Venue only, please check each film for the Classification.
The Sunset Limited (2012)
6 February 4pm
Written by Cormac McCarthy and Directed by Tommy Lee Jones
A deeply religious ex con saves a college professor from committing suicide. What follows this chance encounter between two men of opposing ideologies is an intense philosophical and spiritual debate about what may be considered true and important about life, or not
Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones
13 March 4pm
Written and directed by Eric Canuel
Barrymore is a two-person play that represents actor John Barrymore as he comes to terms with his acting successes and the depredations of excess. Barrymore rents an old theatre to rehearse for a backer's audition to raise funds for a revival of his 1920 Broadway hit Richard III. This attempted revival however, never took place, but acts as a dramatic theatrical devise for an actor to reminisce about his life and an acting career that saw him named in the 1920s as the “greatest living American tragedian”.
Starring: Christopher Plummer, John Plumpis
3 April 4pm
Written by August Wilson and Directed by Denzel Washington
Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, Fences follows the lives of Try Maxson, his wife Rose and their son Cory. They also care for Maxson's younger brother Gabriel, who sustained a head injury in World War II that left him mentally impaired. Gabe has received a government payout which Troy uses on a down payment on a home for his family, but Gabe has decided to move out and live across the street at "Miss Pearl's" house
Starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
1 May 4pm
Written by Eugene O'Neill and Directed by Sidney Lumet
Long Day's Journey charts a single harrowing day in the summer of 1912 as the Tyrone family, having gathered together in their seaside Connecticut home, confront their bitter failings and long-held resentments. Lost in a haze of alcohol and drug addiction, everyone has something painful and offensive to say, and the silence is even worse.
"By the end of this, you're part of the family. Welcome to hell" Christopher Null (filmcritic.com)
Starring Katherine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards and Dean Stockwell
5 June 4pm
Written by Patrick Hamilton and Directed by George Cukor
After the death of her aunt, Paula is sent to Italy to study to become an opera singer. While there, she meets and falls in love with the charming Gregory Anton. After two weeks of romance the two marry and return to London. On their return, Paula begins to notice strange goings-on: missing pictures, strange footsteps in the night and gaslights that dim without being touched.
As she fights to retain her sanity, her new husband's intentions come into question.
Starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton
Bergman's performance won her Best Actress honours from both the Oscar and Golden Globe voters.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
3 July 4pm
Written by Edward Albee and Directed by Mike Nichols
A bitter, aging couple, aided by the consumption of alcohol, use their young house guests to hurl anguish and emotional insults at each other over the course of a distressing night. 'Old Swampy' and Martha's marriage is showing to be a magnificent wreck as domestic blissfulness is translated to the screen. These characters are working, albeit painfully, through the realities and illusions of their lives.
"The screen has never held a more shattering and indelible drama than Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The Hollywood Reporter (1966)
Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
Inherit the Wind (1960)
7 August 4pm
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)
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)
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)
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