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.
Tickets are $10 and this includes a complimentary standard drink at the Establishment following the film.
The Establishment is an 18+ Venue only, please check each film for the Classification.
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)
4 September 4pm
Written by Tennessee Williams and 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)
2 October 4pm
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)
6 November 4pm
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