Sunday, June 11, 2017

"I, Daniel Blake" Steps up on the 15th of June

Just as the best plans of mice and men can go awry so can those of your favourite Film Society.

Due to an unanticipated availability issue June's offering will be the acclaimed British drama I, Daniel Blake. As Daniel was scheduled for later in the year this means our second half screenings will be somewhat shuffled.

But rest assured we will still be enjoying some of the best films from around the world - just in a different order.

So come along at 6:30 on Thursday to enjoy some quality Koonara wines, some finger food and bright conversation before settling down at 7:00 for some great drama.

Updates to our screenings will be made over the next few days.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dheepan Rates 3.4 Stars in The Starbox

The moving story of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees battling to establish themselves in a foreign land scored a respectable 3.4 on Thursday's Star Box rating.

A slightly smaller turnout this month were challenged, entertained and at times confronted by the struggles and finally, literal battles of Dheepan and his "family" fleeing from the conflict in their homeland to the harsh realities of some of France's less picturesque residential areas.

The enjoyment of the evening, of course, being greatly enhanced by the delights of the Wood Blocks Wines which preceded the showing.

Saturday, March 18, 2017



A less than subtle dig at the Italian obsession of pursuing a cushy public service job for life, with a generous pension and the seeming impossibility of termination once secured.  Luca Medici stars as Checco Zalone, a middle-aged slacker who goes to great lengths to hold onto his pen-pushing position.

Love, however, might just bring him undone ...

Striking a delicious balance between non-stop gags and some very pointed cultural criticism, the phenomenal success of Where Am I Going? is proof that 90 minutes of hilarity is the perfect antidote to the worlds doom and gloom.

In  just 2 weeks "Quo Vado" became the highest earning movie in Italian Cinema history grossing 60million Euros, the equivalent of Star Wars.

Genre: Comedy of the laugh out loud type.
Starring: Luca Medici
Director: Gennaro Nunziate
Language: Italian (sub titled)
Running Time: 86 minutes.

Coonawarra's Penley Estate is our winery for this months screening and will be delighted to offer tastings. 

The doors to the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre open at 6:30pm
Charlies Bar closes at 6:55
We screen at 7 pm

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"EYE IN THE SKY" (UK 2016) 16th March 2017


Reels Film Society brings you the politically charged thriller 

When UK intelligence officer Colonel Powell (Helen Mirren) discovers the terrorists she is tracking are planning a deadly suicide attack, her mission escalates.  A drone pilot is poised to engage when suddenly a young girl appears on the scene.  As he risks everything to save her, the impossible decision of when to strike gets passed up the command chain of politicians and lawyers as the seconds tick down. Should an innocent life be sacrificed to save hundreds more?
With a terrific ensemble cast this nail biting journey into the moral and political conundrums of collateral damage and drone warfare, where every decision comes at a steep price.

Alan Rickman's last movie

Excellent, intelligent and extremely well crafted. (David Stratton, The Australian)

"Taut, tense and tightly paced"

Ratings: IMDb: 7.9          Rotten Tomatoes: 83%/95%
Genre: Thriller
Director: Gavin Hood
Language: English
Running time: 149 minutes
Classification: M

Screening Thursday 16th March 2017 at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.  We open the doors at 6:30 and we screen at 7 pm

This month's featured wine is CAROLINE HILLS from the cool climate and the gently rolling slopes of the hundred of Caroline and crafted by 2 of our regular patrons, Terry and Helen Strickland.

A reminder for those who have yet to pay their annual membership subscriptions for Reels 2017 season of cinema now is the time.  Don't risk missing out on the REELS event of the year, the MEMBERS ONLY film night where we screen RAMS at the historic COOLA STATION at Kongorong on Thursday 30 March 2017.  NOTE: RAMS has won over 40 International Awards.

To reserve your seat and if you want a return trip on a chartered bus to Coola, please email or call Jill Austin Email: Phone: 0408819 994 or check out for more details.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Reels screen "CAPTAIN FANTASTIC" Thursday 16th February 2017

Sadly, no "Raising of The Red Lantern" this month but we are pleased to bring to REELS members



Just released on DVD in January this year "Captain Fantastic" has come off a strong run in cinemas in capital cities around Australia and is rated high on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes websites.

This is a funny and heartfelt journey of a devoted father raising his six children well and truly off the grid in the American wilderness.  Ben (Viggo Mortensen) from the Lord of the Rings, Far From Men etc teaches his kids survival skills and home-schools them with a challenging curriculum and a healthy does of anarchy.  To give you an insight they don't celebrate Christmas but instead celebrate Noah Chomsky Day.. If you don't know who Noah Chomsky is, you will have to look it up like I did.
But tragedy strikes and the family is forced to leave their self created Eden and it is then that Ben begins to question the choices he has made for his family.
Adventurous and immensely enjoyable, this is a refreshing take on the challenges of parenthood.

Starring: Viggo Mortenson and a captivating bunch of young actors (inc. an Australian talent) and watch out for an excellent supporting performance from Frank Langella.
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Language: English
Rating: M
IMDb 7.9  Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Running Time: 118 minutes

Doors open: 6:30pm
We screen at 7pm
Between 6:30 and 7pm we welcome further membership renewals while you enjoy a light snack and the opportunity to savour some of the very best of our regional wines.  Don't forget you can renew online to avoid Q-Fever and to keep onside with our front of house people.

This month we are delighted to welcome the Di Giorgio Family Wines of Coonawarra to Reels Film Society.  Lets be Frank, where else can you get to experience a great night amongst friends  and lovers of fine cinema, over  a bite to eat and enjoy some of the very best wines from our own piece of paradise.

Can you believe this?
There is a great incentive for renewing your Annual Reels Membership this month.  As a treat, your film society offers you a BONUS screening in March.  2 movies in March, one at the SRHT on the 16th (Eye in the Sky) and one on the 30th March (RAMS).

Could there be a better place to show RAMS than the historic and magnificent Coola Station woolshed at Kongorong?  We think not. So if you have taken out an annual membership put this in your diary immediately.  If you have not, renew right now to be part of this unique experience.  Reels Film Society will put on a bus from Mount Gambier to Coola and back if interest is there.  Our thanks to the Ellis family at Coola for adding another dimension to the Reels experience.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"WALKING THE CAMINO" USA 2014 Screens Thursday 19th January 2017



Six ways to Santiago follows various pilgrims from ages three to 73, as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot - with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind.  Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart and soul into their physical trek to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and most importantly. their personal journey to themselves.

Whatever their motivation, no one can predict just how their paths will unfold.  What personal demons or angels they will face, or what transformations they will undergo by trail's end.

Called "A brilliant documentary" by Martin Sheen, this multiple award-winning film has been selling out screenings worldwide.

IMDb rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 83% Audience rating
Genre: Adventure/Documentary
Director: Lydia B Smith
Running Time: 84 minutes (for 500 miles, thats approx. 360 mph by my calculations in the comfort of your theatre seat!)
Language: English
Rating: PG

Screening at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre Mount Gambier on Thursday 19th January 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm
We screen at 7pm

A warm welcome to one of Reels Film Society's long standing patrons, 
Balnaves of Coonawarra 
who will provide a selection of their wine for tasting on Thursday.

Monday, December 12, 2016


Screening THURSDAY 22nd December 2016
Note: 4th Thursday

Finished the Christmas shopping?  Then come to REELS Film Society screening of the hilarious and heart warming "What We Did On Our Holiday" at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre and end 2016 with a laugh.

A hilarious journey through an unforgettable family holiday as a couple attempts to keep their impending divorce a secret from their extended family.  Doug (David Tennant) and his wife take their 3 children to the Scottish Highlands for his father's (Gordie-Billy Connolly) birthday party, where it is soon clear that when it comes to keeping their divorce under wraps their children are their biggest liability.

"You will laugh, you'll will cry and you'll probably end up booking a holiday to the beautiful Scottish Highlands.'

IMDb rating: 6.9
Starring: David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Billy Connolly
Running Time: 91 minutes
Language: English
Rated: PG

Please note: What we did On our Holiday screens on the 4TH THURSDAY this month.
Doors open at 6:30 and we begin our holiday movie at 7pm.

This month's wines are brought to you by Jonathon and Heather Kidman of Coonawarra, so come along, relax with a comedy and a glass of Banks Thargo wine.