The movies are coming back to The Crossing Theatre cinemas.

Screenings will begin on Thursday this week.

Among the first films to be screened are ‘Rams’, ‘Slim and I’, ‘Honest Thief’, and ‘After We Collide.’

The COVID pandemic forced the closure of cinemas, and virtually every other public venue, across Australia.

In the case of cinemas, this meant not only that films were not able to be shown, but the production studios around the world to hold off on the release of their new films and in many cases suspend the actual film making as film crews and actors maintained their social distancing.

However, things are slowly getting back to normal and the return of local movies will be welcomed.

Patrons are urged to maintain the required health protocols, of course.

Rams – Australian comedy/drama

Rams is a 2020 Australian comedy-drama film directed by Jeremy Sims, written by Jules Duncan, and starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton. It is a re-imagining of the Icelandic drama film Rams (2015) by Grímur Hákonarson.

In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), left, are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart.

When Les’ prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

Rave reviews for documentary on Slim and Joy

‘Slim and I’ is a 2020 Australian documentary film directed by Kriv Stenders about the life of Joy McKean and Slim Dusty, left, Australia’s most successful husband and wife singer-songwriter duo.

The documentary came about through the passion of Slim and Joy’s grandson James Arneman, who had compiled an archive of old footage of the family’s touring days.

The family was approached by film producer Chris Brown before director Kriv Stenders joined the project. Stenders said: “The idea to tell their story through the lens of Joy was something that I found very interesting about this project and made me want to be involved the documentary. I knew very little about Slim and Joy, but I listened to their music and read the books about their lives and discovered such an incredible story that needed to be told.”

Slim and I was released in Australian cinemas in September.

The world premiere took place in Kempsey, New South Wales, close to where Slim Dusty grew up.

The Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley attended the red carpet event.

Joy McKean also attended along with children Anne and David Kirkpatrick, director Kriv Stenders and producer Aline Jacques.

Following its Australian premiere, the film received rave reviews.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Paul Byrnes gave it four stars and called it “pure joy, in more ways than one”.

The Australian newspaper review by Stephen Romei called it a “brilliant love story” and an “utterly charming film”, and also gave four stars.

Anthony Morris for Screenhub gave it four stars and wrote: “This fast moving, insightful and always entertaining film is firmly a tribute to Joy, and rightly so: if Slim Dusty was ‘the man who is Australia’, she was the woman who made the man.”[5] Out in Perth gave it four and a half stars and wrote “After viewing this very Australian story, you are left questioning why this wasn’t made years ago.” Slim and I will be screened at The Crossing Theatre.

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