Iconic Cinema spanning the Digital Divide


Smokescreen brings to life iconic and influential films from the history of cinema. In 2018, Smokescreen will be exploring a series of 10 films, each a classic in the sense that each of them is timeless, universal and archetypal.  Smokescreen takes place at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in the Drama Room in the Community Arts Centre.
Please contact Reception for ticketing enquiries 6801 444.
Originally a Thursday night institution, Smokescreen moved to Saturday afternoons at 4.00pm last year, marking the beginning of a new and ongoing partnership with the Old Bank Bar & Restaurant. Filmgoers are now invited to meet at the Old Bank after the conclusion of Smokescreen for a lively discussion about the film and a FREE standard drink.
The Smokescreen Blog

February 27, 2018

Cinema is always at its most popular during times of strife, when our world is out of balance, off kilter. We look to the escapism of the cinema to fuel our fantasies, our imaginings, and our diversions.  But what if the world we escape to is just as problematic as our reality?  Aside from romance, crime is the most popular subject for film, so why are we are we escaping to such a dark places?

Last month we laughed through...

February 1, 2018

The Ladykillers may seem like a strange film to launch this season of Smokescreen, but it represents much of the tone of this year’s program. It is dark and absurd, archetypal of a number of cinema tropes and styles (black comedy, British cinema, the caper) and it is one of those ‘Classic’ films that we may have heard of, but never quite got around to seeing.

For me, this is one of the fascinating aspects of the idea of the "cl...

October 20, 2017

What makes a film a 'Classic'? Why do some films define and shape cinema more than others? Classics move beyond being the first of their kind or even the most typical of their kind. Classics, the films we return to over and over again, rise to the top because they become universal. They speak to a truth and experience that we all share. In 2018, Smokescreen will be exploring a series of 10 films, each a classic - timeless, uni...

August 28, 2017

In last year’s Smokescreen series, we featured Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s tender film Happy Times, a story of an endearingly persistent retired steel worker’s attempt to woo a woman by taking care of her blind step-daughter; however, that film is one of his more obscure ones. He is much better known for his masterful cinematic works such as Red Sorghum, Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, or his martial arts epics like Hero...

August 1, 2017

To be completely honest I’m not sure why Paradise Lost appears on so many “must-see-cult-movie” lists.

The term ‘cult’ suggests that whatever its describing taps into a slice of society in a way that is as unexpected as it is deep. The people who partake in the ‘cult’ of a film can recite lines word for word, mimic the on-screen action and soundtrack, or just generally attempt to make themselves a part of the movie – a real lif...

July 19, 2017

Paradise Lost opens with grainy crime scene footage. Trees and bracken jerk back and forth across the screen. A dark hollow seems to hide a creek, its muddy bed barely recognisable as the camera sweeps from one end to the other. Then, just as you think that this is the typical mood setting you get at the start of lots of documentaries, the thin naked body of a young boy comes into view. The camera doesn’t linger, it just takes...

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W. westernplainsculturalcentre.org

E. contact@westernplainsculturalcentre.org

T. 02 6801 4444

F. 02 6801 4449

OPEN DAILY: 10am - 4pm

GALLERY CAFE: 9am - 4pm

Open until 6pm Friday Afternoons


Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

The Gallery Cafe also closed Christmas Eve.


You can register your visit online or upon arrival at reception. 

(some special exhibitions may be ticketed)

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