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The Shape of Water (Sunday, February 24, 2019 @ 4.00 pm)

Synopsis: At a secret facility in the 1960’s a lonely female cleaner forms a relationship with an amphibious creature being held in captivity by the government.



Where Am I Going? (Sunday, February 24, 2019 @ 6.40 pm)

Synopsis: A middle-aged bureaucrat in the Italian government has his cushy job threatened by cutbacks. He tries anything to keep his job – including relocating to the Norwegian Arctic!



Book Week (Sunday December 16, 2018 @ 6.30 pm)

Synopsis: A jaded high school English teacher who wants to write a best seller must make amends to everyone around him and try and be a better person. Filmed around Katoomba and the Blue Mountains.



Two Is A Family (Sunday December 16, 2018 @ 4 pm

Synopsis: A playboy finds himself out of his depth when an old flame leaves him with a baby to raise which she claims is his.



LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL - 19,20,21,27 & 28 October


This is a FREE event.

All screenings will be held in the Black Box Theatre (upstairs of the Community Arts Centre), corner Wingewarra and Gipps St.

Friday, 19 October 2018 

Join us for the launch of the 2018 Latin American Film Festival.

6.30 pm: Welcome Reception and Festival Opening

7.30 pm: Screening of Buen Dia, Ramon (GOOD DAY, RAMON, Drama - Mexico)


Saturday, 20 October, 2018

2.30 pm: A Shadow to the Front (Historical drama - Peru)

5.05 pm: The Claim (Documentary - El Salvador)

8.00 pm: The Dicaprio from Corozopando (Comedy - Venezuela)

Sunday, 21 October, 2018

2.30 pm: 60 Km/Hr (Documentary - Uruguay)

4.30 pm: Redemption (Drama - Paraguay)

7.30 pm: Benny (Drama - Cuba)

Saturday, 27 October, 2018

1.30 pm: September, A Silent Cry (Drama - Guatemala)

3.00 pm: A Secret in the Box (Documentary - Ecuador)

4.30 pm: Mother (Drama - Colombia)

7.30 pm: Gonzaga: From Father to Son (Drama - Brazil)

Sunday, 28 October, 2018

3.00 pm: Mirage (Thriller/Drama - Costa Rica)

4.40 pm: The Life of a Fish (Drama - Chile)

7.30 pm: T(Crime/Drama - Argentina)


Click here to download PDF of program.





GOOD DAY, RAMON (Mexico) – Tells the heart warming  story of a young man from a small Mexican town who travels to Germany to find work to support his family and becomes stranded without shelter or money. He struggles to survive on the streets until he meets Ruth, a lonely senior citizen with whom he develops an astonishing and touching friendship that transcends borders and prejudices.

CROSSING A SHADOW (Peru) – Inspired by real events and set in the 20th century, this is the story of Enrique Aet, a young Peruvian engineer who seeks to connect the Amazon rainforest with the rest of Peru. While constructing roads and bridges, Aet has an accident which causes him to return to Lima. There he meets Doris a young bourgeois with whom he falls in love. He embarks on a trip to Europe and becomes a competent telegraph construction engineer. When he returns to Peru, he struggles to win the confidence of his native country to adopt the progressive ways of life in the Old Continent.

THE CLAIM (El Salvador) – A documentary about Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo, Archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated by the death squads in 1980. Pope Francis’s decision to pave the way for Romero’s canoniszation created much division and controversy in the ecclesiastical institutions. The importance of Romero transcends that of El Salvador and in his honour the United Nations celebrates on 24 March each year the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.

THE DICAPRIO FROM COROZOPANDO (Venezuela) – In the little town of Corozopando, the Mayor has always wanted to bring world recognition to his tiny town. Notwithstanding this farfetched aspiration, one night the prophecy of a spirit magically convinces the Mayor and his community to place their hopes in a child named Rubin, imposing on him the responsibility of bringing fame to the town. They called Rubin the “DiCaprio of Corozopando” and to hold faith with the town’s hopes, he proceeds to assume the responsibility given to him doing everything possible to bring the town fame and fortune.

60KMPH (Uruguay) – A documentary about the dream of Mario Sabah and his children to travel the world in their Mehari (small SUV car). During the 4 year journey, and without any financial support or sophisticated equipment, they travelled through 45 countries making this quaint travelogue as they ventured onwards.

REDEMPTION (Paraguay) – Jose Villabia is a former combatant of the El Chaco war between Paraguay and Bolivia during the 1930s and has discovered he has terminal cancer. He receives a visit from Marlene, the granddaughter of a man who fought alongside Jose in the El Chaco war. Marlene is seeking to find the truth about her grandfather through her contact with Jose. Despite some initial reluctance, Jose decides to embark on a trip with Marlene to discover the truth and unearth memories and secrets of the past.

BENNY (Cuba) – Based on the life of Benny More, during the 1950s when More leaves the Orchestra of Duany and starts his own “Banda Gigante”. Following his success in Mexico he becomes caught up in events connected to Batista’s coup in Cuba. He tours Venezuela and suffers the machinations of a vengeful businessman and later meets up with a former band member fallen on hard times.

SEPTEMBER, A SILENT CRY (Guatemala) – In the 1980s, Teresa loses her mother as well as her hearing in a terrorist’s bomb blast. Her father, Joshua, takes up the role of sole parent having to comes to terms with the proper conditions in which to bring up a deaf girl. Teresa has to leave school because she fails her music class. As she grows into womanhood she is determined to burst the overprotective bubble of her father and  seek her own path of enlightenment.

A SECRET IN THE BOX (Ecuador) – This documentary explores the life and works of Marcelo Chiriboga (1933-1990) an internationally known Ecuadorian writer and member of the “boom” generation. As a youth he was influenced by the Ecuador-Peru war and political compromise and became exiled in East Berlin where he wrote The Imaginary Line (1968) which made him famous in international writing circles but shunned in his own country. This film explores the complex relationships between history and art and also the forgotten aspects of Ecuadorian history, like its military past.

MOTHER (Colombia) – Victoria is an independent woman who lives alone but receives an unexpected visit from her daughter Sara  with whom she has not spoken for some time. She requests a favour of Victoria to look after Sara’s 7 year old daughter Nicole, for a few days. What ensues is a time of rediscovery for Victoria as the infectious youthful energy of Nicole causes Victoria to reconsider her relationship with her daughter.

GONZAGA: FROM FATHER TO SON (Brazil) – A complicated tale about popular pop music icon, Luiz Gonzaga, the King of Balao and his son Gonzaghuinha. As a young man Gonzaga leaves home for Rio in search of new horizons. He meets beautiful Odessa and they have a son but her health deteriorates and Gonzaga decides to go back on the road to secure a better future for his son and heir. This separation of father and son cements a distance between them that leads to a stormy  relationship enhanced by their strong personalities.

MIRAGE (Costa Rica) – Daniel, an insecure painter has lost his way in the world and is guided by his sub conscious on a surreal journey through madness and illusion to overcome his traumatic childhood and retake control over his life.

THE LIFE OF FISH (Chile) – Andre is a travel writer based in Berlin but back in Santiago at a party catching up with old friends. On the surface Andre appears to be living an exciting international life and yet something has drawn him back to Santiago. His friends at the party are bound by a common tragedy, an event which triggered his departure from Chile years ago. There is one person at the party he goes to great lengths to avoid, but is the person he most needs to see.

THE WEIGHT OF THE LAW (Argentina) – Gloria is a lawyer who throughout her career has never been able to successfully defend a client who was not guilty. Her new client seems to be not so different: a man accused of rape in a small town where no one believes his story.



Phantom Thread (Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00 pm)

Set in 1950’s post war London, a famous dress designer for the upper class has his controlled life and career disrupted by a young model. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis and fabulous costumes.



The Death of Stalin (Sunday August 26, 2018 6:45 pm)

A satire on politics set in USSR at the time of Stalin’s death. Who now will become the supreme leader of the Motherland? Or is every candidate too scared to make the first move?



2018 Film Festival, July 1

The Dubbo Film Society proudly presents its annual 1 Day Film Festival.
When: Sunday July 1
Where DRTCC (155 Darling St)

Ticket options

Day Pass $40
1-2 films $20 (pay cash at the door)
3 films $30 (pay cash at the door)
Become a member for $70, which includes:
July Film Festival (5 features)
August Screening (2 features)
October Latin American Film Festival
December Screening (2 features)

Film Festival Schedule

Drama. Iran. Winner of Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2017
Documentary. France.
Lunch Break - Hot Soup available for purchase
Drama. Slovakia.
Drama. Australia.
Dinner Break - Hot Soup available for purcahse
Drama/Comedy. Italy.
8.50pm - Finish


Q: Can I just watch 1 or 2 films?
A: Yes, $20 will allow you to watch up to 2 films of your choice. (Cash at the door)
And $30 will allow you to watch up to 3 films of your choice. (Cash at the door)




BEATRIZ AT DINNER - Sunday 13 May 2018 at 7pm

A Mexican woman in Los Angeles is invited to a dinner party where the guests are self satisfied wealthy white Americans. A film for the Trump era.




THE SQUARE - Sunday 13 May 2018 at 4pm

A satire of art and the art world this film won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film festival. Will have you asking yourself: what is art anyway?



ALI"S WEDDING - Sunday 25 February 2018 at 6.10pm

ALI"S WEDDING - Sunday 25 February 2018 at 6.10pm

  A young man from a Muslim background aspires to be a doctor to help his community but does not get the required marks in his exams. He decides to lie about his results, which causes him more and more problems – especially with his love life.



THE FENCER - Sunday 25 February 2018 at 4pm

THE FENCER - Sunday 25 February 2018 at 4pm

 Set in Post World War 2 Estonia, A young man in hiding from the Russian authorities, gets a job as a sports teacher in a small village and uses his love of fencing to develop a rapport with his young students – and attracts the ire of the school principal. Based on the true story of Endel Nelis, fencing instructor.



WIND RIVER - Sunday 10 December at 4pm

A wildlife officer in Wyoming discovers the body of a young Native American woman while hunting, the FBI come knocking.  A rookie agent is assigned to the case and requires the wildlife officer's aid in the inhospitable, frozen terrain. As the puzzle pieces come together, we build a picture of both the present and past of this unforgiving land.




MADAME - Sunday 10 December at 6.30pm

A wealthy, well connected American couple, move into a manor in Paris. While preparing a luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, she discovers tthere are only 13 guests. So she insists her loyal maid disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers. Too much wine and some playful chat lead to the maid endearing herself to dandy British art broker. Their budding romance soon has the maid being chased around Paris by her employer, reinventing the truth and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.




Festival Opening Ceremony presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala,


DRAMA Black Box Theatre, Western Plains Cultural Centre, 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo



LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL - 13,14,15, 21 &22 October 2017

13 October   6.30pm      FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY

                     7.45pm    THE FOUR BEERS       Guatemala


14 October    3.00pm     BY THE ROAD            Paraquay

                    4.30pm    MARGARITA, THAT SWEET CHAOS                Peru

                    7.45pm    PROMENADE WOMEN   Uruguay


15 October    2.30pm    BOY & THE WORLD       Brazil

                    4.15pm    NO KIDS                     Argentina

                     7.30pm   TAKE ME OUT               Venezuela


21 October     3.00pm    OUR FATHER               Chile

                     5.05pm    DECENT PEOPLE           Colombia

                     8.00pm    IMPRISONED               Costa Rica


22 October     2.00pm    THE BEAUTY OF ALHAMBRA        Cuba

                     4.30pm    ALBA                          Ecuador

                     7.30pm    THE ATTEMPT DOSSIER               Mexico                    

                   For a copy of the full program click here.              



LIKE CRAZY - Sunday 20th August 2017 at 4pm

Two women escape from a mental health clinic in Tuscany and start a road trip adventure that explores their respective pasts and changes their lives.



A MAN CALLED OVE - Sunday 20th August 2017 at 6.30pm

A grumpy, unhappy, retired man man who lives alone after the death of his wife is jolted back to life when a new family moves in next door to him. Based on the bestselling book by Fredrik Backman.



FILM FESTIVAL - HELL OR HIGH WATER - Sunday 9 July at 7.30pm

Two brothers in modern day America resort to robbing banks to save their farm from financial ruin.  



FILM FESTIVAL - PAWNO - Sunday 9 July at 11.30am

 A day in the life of a Melbourne pawnshop and its rich tapestry of customers.



FILM FESTIVAL - QUEEN OF KATWE - Sunday 9 July at 2.00pm

Set in Uganda, follows the story of a young girl who has her life changed when she learns how to play chess.



FILM FESTIVAL - SING STREET - Sunday 9 July at 4.30pm

 A teenage boy forms a band in the hope of impressing the girl of his dreams. Some great pop music accompanies the story.



FILM FESTIVAL - SHERPA - Sunday 9 July at 9.30am

An award winning documentary from Australian Director, Jennifer Peedom about mountain climbing in the Himalayas of Nepal against the calamitous 2014 climbing season.



ROSALIE BLUM - 6.10pm Sunday 28 May 2017

A lonely male hairdresser meets a mysterious older woman whom he thinks he has a connection with and starts following her. Soon she notices him and has her friends follow him in turn. This leads to a series of amusing encounters for all concerned.



THE CONFIRMATION - 4pm Sunday 28 May 2017

A divorced father and his young son spend what would normally be a predictable weekend together – but events change all that and the opposite happens. Stars English actor Clive Owen.



SPOTLIGHT - Sunday 26 February, 6.45pm

Winner of many awards, this film looks at a team of reporters in Boston, USA who are investigating the abuse of children in the Catholic Church. A great cast and a difficult subject are handled with care and empathy.



THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS - Sunday 26 February , 4pm

Set on an isolated island off the Western Australian coast after WW1, the lives of two people are changed forever when a drifting boat carrying a baby washes up on the beach.




            THE LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME  -   8th & 9th October, 2016 -  Dubbo Regional Theatre, Darling Street.
  START   FINISH    Film Duration Country of Origin   Film Title              
  9.30am   12.10pm   160mins   CUBA     Ana              
  12.30pm   2.10pm   100mins   COLOMBIA   Of Love and Other Demons          
  2.30pm   4.00pm   90mins   ECUADOR   Rage              
  4.20pm   5.40pm   80mins   GUATEMALA   La Bodega            
  6.00pm   7.35pm   95mins   MEXICO     Donkeys              
  8.00pm   9.45pm   105mins   URUGUAY   So Much Water            
  9.00am   10.35am   95mins   PARAGUAY   Mangore              
  10.50am   12.05pm   75mins   EL SALVADOR   Malacrianza            
  12.20pm   1.55pm   95mins   VENEZUELA   The Blue Apple Tree          
  2.15pm   3.50pm   95mins   PERU     Sigo Siendo            
  4.10pm   5.40pm   90mins   CHILE     Vacaciones en Familia          
  6.00pm   7.55pm   115mins   BRASIL     The Second Mother            
  8.15pm   9.45pm   90mins   ARGENTINA   Asleep in the Sun            



This is a FREE community event! Fantastico!

Proudly presented by the 13 Latin American Embassies including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela; and hosted by the Dubbo Film Society.

For more information about the films go to



RAMS - Sunday 21st August 2016 at 4pm

A rare film from Iceland where it was made and filmed with a cast of actors both professional and amateur. Two brothers who have not spoken for decades are forced to come together over a crisis affecting the one thing they both love – their sheep flocks. Stunning scenery and woolly jumpers feature prominently.



BROOKLYN - Sunday 21st August 2016 at 6.10pm

 A young Irish woman leaves Ireland on her own seeking a new life in America. Set in the 1950’s and moving between America and Ireland this is a heartfelt film that looks at relationships and what we leave behind when a brighter future beckons



THE BELIER FAMILY - Sunday 15 May 2016 at 6.30pm

The Belier Family is all deaf except for 16-year-old Paula who acts as interpreter for the other family members in the hearing world. This causes problems when Paula wants to be more independent from the family and their dairy farm. A charming film about the importance of family and finding your way in the world.




LOVE AND MERCY - Sunday 15th May 2016 at 4pm

A film about Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys covering his fame in the 1960’s as a composer and musician and his later life as he struggles with mental illness and personal problems. Two different actors portray Wilson at different time periods in this biopic, namely Paul Dano and John Cusack.




ALEX AND EVE - Sunday 21st February 2016 6.35pm

: Alex is a schoolteacher from a Greek background who meets and falls in love with Eve, a lawyer from a Muslim family. Both sets of parents disapprove of this situation and try to keep the two lovers apart. A multi-cultural comedy that features an all Australian cast.



CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA - Sunday 21st February 2016 - 4pm

: An aging actress is asked to perform in the play that launched her career but this time as the older character in the original play. Life imitates art in this look at the creative process, aging and jealousy. Juliette Binoche the French actor leads a great female cast.



MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT - Sunday 22 November - 6.30pm

Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He plans to quickly uncover the truth behind celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her scheming mother. However the more time he spends with her, he starts thinking that she might actually be able to communicate with the other world, even worse, he might be falling in love with her



LIVING IS EASY (WITH EYES CLOSED) - Sunday 22 November 2015 - 4.00pm

Inspired by true events set in 1966. Dedicated school teacher Antonio, is an obsessive Beatles fan and carries his passion into the classroom using their songs to teach his pupils English. When he learns John Lennon is filming Richard Lester’s How I Won the War on the other side of the country, he drops everything and sets out to find the production’s location, hoping that John Lennon can help him to understand the lyrics to the newly released Revolver LP.



11th LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL - 29 & 30 AUGUST 2015, Dubbo Regional Theatre




Porcelain Horse (Ecuador)   9.30am

Shot in a freewheeling, semi-documentary style, the film centres on two brothers from a wealthy but dysfunctional family. Both brothers are drug addicts; the older brother, Paco, is a playboy slacker who narrates the story and the younger brother, Luis, is a hot-tempered singer with an amateurish rock band. After stealing a valuable family horse statuette from their parent’s home to fuel their drug habit, the film follows how consequences of that night change the direction of the brothers’ lives. (Drama)

That Thing You Love (Peru)    11.35am

In order to pay the mortgage, Fortunato and his wife turned their house by the beach into a summer hotel. A bitter woman, Mrs Misterfair, and her gang of freaks living in a lighthouse plan to destroy the life of her childhood sweetheart, Fortunato, who has now completely forgotten her. Mrs Misterfair rents a room with the intention of scaring the other hotel guests and replacing them with members of her gang, thus ruining Fortunato’s chance to save his house. That Thing You Love is an aesthetic and humorous adventure that portrays evil as a consequence of unrequited love and the incapacity of understanding reality beyond one's fears. (Comedy, Drama, Fantasy)

The Accordion’s Voyage (Colombia)   1.20pm

For sixteen years the Colombian accordion virtuoso Manuel Vega and his group have been trying to win the world’s most important Vallenato music festival in Valledupar. For sixteen years, success eludes them. One day a letter arrives: an invitation to play with the Hohner accordion orchestra in Germany. Manuel and his group embark on an epic journey that takes them to the origins of his accordion, a journey that will change their lives forever.After their return to Colombia, Manuel and his group will participate one last time at the Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata. (Feature Documentary)  

The Gift (Chile)   3.05pm 

The Gift is the story of three close friends: Francisco, Pacheco and Tito. Francisco, a recently retired widower is going through a difficult time. To cheer him up, his two friends decide to give him a gift: they invite him to spend a weekend at a hot spring resort in Chillan. As a surprise, they invite Francisco’s school sweetheart, Lucy. But things do not always turn out as planned. The trip will hold many surprises. They will meet Carmen, Nicolas and Martin and this will change everyone’s plans, along with their lives. (Comedy) 

The Acacias (Argentina)   5.05pm

Rubén is a lonely truck driver, who has been covering for years the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yet this time is different. He has a passenger, Jacinta, whom he is taking as a favour for a friend. To his dismay, 8 months old Anahí, Jacinta’s daughter, will also travel with them. It’s not the best beginning. As kilometres go by, the relationship between Rubén and Jacinta will grow. They will slowly seep into each other's soul. None of them talks much about their lives. None asks much either. It’s a journey of few words, but it’s not a silent one. (Drama) 


OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL BY Ambassador of Argentina  H.E. Mr Pedro Villagra Delgado, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps - 7.30 in the auditorium. 


Mr Kaplan (Uruguay)   8.00pm

Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America because of World War II. Now turning 76, he begins to question his worth. One beach bar may, however, provide him with an unexpected opportunity to achieve greatness and recover his family’s respect in the community: its owner, a quiet, elderly German, is suspected of being a runaway Nazi. Jacob secretly recruits Contreras, a more loyal than honest former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they will try to repeat




The Four Cardinal Points (El Salvador)   9.30am

The Four Cardinal Points is a documentary project that aspires to portray four moving stories from northern, southern, eastern and western parts of this Central American country. The objective is to show the cultural, social and ecological diversity of the region – and to create a film that distances itself from media discourses characteristic of Central America often monopolized by violence. From communities near the sea where surf is practiced up to coffee fields, from former guerrilla zones all the way to crafts towns. There are lots to see and tell in such a small country! (Documentary)

Azu (Venezuela)   10.50am


In 1780, an African woman is forced into slavery and sold at an auction. Don Manuel Aguirre, the sugarcane farmer who buys her, becomes obsessed and has no idea her ancestral destiny will disrupt his plantation. A group of slaves flee the sugar plantation and they are now seeking refuge. Action, mysticism and the struggle for identity join in this story with a feminine edge filled with magic and the density of the forests. (Drama, Adventure)


And, However Nevertheless (Cuba)   12.50pm

A boy is late for his Math exam and makes up a fantasy story to justify his lateness. This story provokes chaos amongst students and worries teachers. In order to stop his leadership in the strict school, the Principal forces him into an agreement that suits her: this will be the boy’s only option or else he faces expulsion. The development of events generates doubts over the veracity of his story. (Fiction)

Cloudy Times (Paraguay)   2.45pm

For as long as Arami can remember, her mother suffers from epilepsy and Pakinson’s disease. As the only child of an absent father, Arami had to be responsible for herself and her mother at a very young age. Then, several years ago, she could somehow cut the cord, as she found her own happiness in Switzerland. However, her mother’s health is deteriorating. Will she be able to find a solution for her mother in a country where the caretaking of the elderly is mainly up to their relatives? And if so, should she give up her happiness in Europe and go back to her mother? (Documentary)

In The Middle of Heaven (Mexico)   5.00pm

A young executive, Andrea, gets stuck during a weekend on the roof of the building where she works in the company of Gualberto, a cleaner. True castaways in a sea of concrete and glass, the characters reflect on their lives and their scale of values. The film sets out to show us that we are human beings with emotions and sensibilities that are common to us all, independent of social class. These feelings bring us closer to each other and allow us to grow. (Comedy)

Reaching For The Moon (Brazil)  7.15pm

Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it. (Biography/ Drama/ Romance)