First film to screen digitally at theatre

Maria Venuti stars in Bathing Franky to screen at the James Theatre next month.Hunter Valley made independent feature film Bathing Franky starring screen and stage icons Henri Szeps (Mother & Son) and Maria Venuti (Fat Pizza) will be the first film to screen at the newly digitalised James Theatre in Dungog.

The screening of the film in the site’s 100th year as a cinema location will utilise the brand new digital projection equipment funded by Dungog Shire Council.

The red-carpet re-launch of the cinema will see cast and crew of the film (including Szeps and Venuti) return to town where much of the film was shot.

Bathing Franky tells the story of a young man who, is captivated by the fanciful and surreal world of a wildly, irrepressible older man and his aging yet compelling mother.

Dungog Shire organic beef farmer and former actor Michael Winchester (Prisoner, Sons & Daughters) wrote the script and is thrilled to see it launch in the region at the James Theatre.

“Bathing Franky was shot using locations in Newcastle, Maitland and Dungog – just around the corner from the James Theatre,” Mr Winchester said.

“It is the perfect place to screen given the support from the local community in making the film possible.”

It is an exciting time in the theatre’s history, celebrating its centenary, preparing for the sixth Dungog Film Festival and also expanding the program of unique film and cultural events.

Adding to this is the recent funding from a State Government grant and the James Theatre Stakes to help restore the building back to its original state.

Chairperson of the James Theatre Community Council Lisa Connors states that Bathing Franky will be one of the first in a whole line up of exciting new developments for the Theatre.

“Usage of the theatre is rapidly increasing with a ukulele workshop just finished and a ten-week film workshop currently underway, a cabaret, Bathing Franky, the film festival, a regional heat of the Bush Poet competition and a wedding in July,” Ms Connors said.

“We aim to develop the James not just as a cinema but a true events cinema, where you don’t just get a movie, but a whole experience”

There will be two screenings in Dungog.

The first will be on Saturday night, June 16, which will include a question and answer session with the stars of the film Henri Szeps and Maria Venuti, followed by a finger food reception behind the screen.

Booking are essential for this screening.

The film will be shown again on Sunday, June 17 at 2pm with tickets on sale at the door.

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