Newcastle German Kino Society (NGKS)

 “The Royal Exchange Theatre”, Newcastle, 4th Monday each month (Feb-Nov)

Welcome to our 2014 Film season and planned screenings. We have tried to include a variety of genre/topics and hope you will enjoy the films on offer. Where available I have included classification (not many), however we advise patrons make sure to check suitability.
Please note that slight changes may occur due to film availability on selected dates. A more detailed program, including synopsis for all the films, will soon be available on our venue’s “The Royal Exchange” website  and mailed out to mailing list members.

Claudia Speight
On behalf of NGKS


24 February             Lila Lila/My Words, My Lies, My Love (Germany 2009, 103min, Romantic     Comedy, English subtitles)

24 March                Die Blechtrommel/The Tin Drum (Germany 1979, 142min, MA 15+, black comedy, English subtitles)

28 April                Winter Tochter/Winter’s Daughter (Germany 2011, 90min, family drama/road movie, English subtitles)

26 May          Die Fremde/When We Leave (Germany 2010, 115 min, MA15+, drama, English subtitles)

23 June         Der Ganz Grosse Traum/Lessons of a Dream (Germany 2011, 113 min, drama/football, English subtitles)

28 July                 Der Himmel Ueber Berlin/Wings of Desire (Germany 1987, 122 min, drama/romance, English subtitles)

25 August               KOKOWAAH (Germany 2011, 133 min, comedy/family drama English subtitles)

22 September            Lichter/Distant Lights (Germany 2003, 103 min, drama, English subtitles)

27 October              Schlafkrankheit/Sleeping Sickness (Germany 2011, 91min, drama, English subtitles)

24 November             Westwind/West Wind (Germany, 2011, 90 min, drama/romance, based on true story, English subtitles)

How to find screenings rights holders

I was recently contacted by a film society which was organizing a film festival but was having problems finding the copyright holders for the films that they wanted to show. As every film society knows, you have to get permission from the copyright holders before you can screen a film but if the screening rights aren’t held by the two big companies (Roadshow and Amalgamated) it can be very hard to identify who to contact.

As announced in the latest InFilm, the Federation’s committee is developing a database of DVD films and their distributors. This is not aimed at films held by the big distributors but at the hard to find titles. The more information we get from members the better the database will be so please send us a list of DVD titles you have screened and their distributors.

Meanwhile I will share the advice I gave to the film society that contacted me, in the hope that it will be useful to other groups.

The people who own the screening rights are usually the distributor or the producer. The two best sources of information about who has the screening rights are:

1) To get the Australian distributor (if there is one), look at the film’s entry on the EzyDVD website

2) To get the name of the producing company, you can go to the IMDB Database


We have been contacted by a few people regarding this post. That always makes me very happy.

Sharon from Friend’s Flix Film Society says that her first port of call when tracking down a distributor is

She says that it works well at least for DVD’s. you do a search for the film and it comes up with a whole range of information (including reviews) – Australian Distributor is almost always there and usually correct. If its not then it points you in the right direction and the person you contact will usually know who to pass you on to.

e.g., Search for ‘The Artist’


New Bulletin from the NFSA lending collection

While the dust from our AGM is clearing, now is a good time to share the latest Bulletin for Borrowers from the NFSA.

The NFSA’s catalogue of available licensed DVDs extends to over 1,400 titles, plus about 50 on blu-ray, In the last 12 months the NFSA have licensed over 100 Australian films for screening plus added over 90 German DVDs from the Goethe Institut – with more titles being added daily. Of course, they still have thousands of 16mm films available to those societies that choose to also screen on film.

Read the Bulletin here

NFSA Lending Collection Bulletin August 2013

NOTICE of 2013 AGM

 All member societies are warmly invited to attend the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Federation, which will be held at the Australian National University on Saturday 31 August 2013. The meeting will start at 12.30pm.

The AGM is completely open to ideas, so if you have any suggestions on how the federation can improve things for you and other members, please let us know so they can be put on the agenda.

The business of the meeting will be to receive reports of the Federation’s activities during the past year, to conduct elections of office bearers and other Executive members, and to consider any matters of which due notice has been given. This is also a call for nominations of candidates for election, which may be made in writing and received by the secretary before Tuesday 13 August. Candidates can also be nominated from the floor of the meeting.

Each member society is entitled to be represented at the AGM by two delegates who are members of the society they represent. If you can’t send delegates you can appoint a proxy who will vote on your behalf. A proxy doesn’t have to be a member of your society. To appoint a proxy you need to complete the Proxy form and mail or scan/email it to reach the secretary by Tuesday 27 August.

New membership year

In the next day or two all members will receive a letter containing information, and a membership renewal form.

Our new membership year starts on 1 July and runs until 30 June next year. This means that all subscriptions need to be paid by 30 June (there will a period of grace to allow for any unexpected glitches in the new system).

Unlike previous years, you don’t have to make any calculations, because all societies now pay the same amount, $50, regardless of how many members you have. And you can now do everything online, so the whole process can be completed in just a few minutes.

As in previous years, the renewal process is in two parts.

Part 1. Complete a membership renewal form. This can be done online  You can also use the form attached to the letter referred to above or print the form from our electronic form page.

Part 2. Pay your membership subscription. This can be done by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or by cheque. If you pay by cheque, it has to be mailed to the treasurer.

We believe the changes, especially the option to do everything online, will make life a lot easier for everyone. And our treasurer will be eternally grateful if you can make your payment by EFT.

Rick’s Picks

In my role as Vice-President of the Federation. I have been working with the staff of the NFSA to identify films that are in the NFSA Non-Theatrical lending collection but aren’t, in my opinion, being borrowed as much as they deserve to be.

 This is the first of what will hopefully be a regular column where I draw attention to the many excellent films in the Non-Theatrical Lending Collection, available in 16mm prints.

The criteria for the choices are films of quality, prints in good condition (because rarely booked), and the rights not expiring anytime soon. It is hoped that some more bookings of the films will encourage the development of the Collection.


Director: Fritz Lang. Screenplay:Alfred Hayes, from the novel “La Bete Humaine” by Emile Zola. With Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Gloria Grahame. Also Available on DVDhuman_desire_xlg

Made by Fritz Lang immediately after “The Big Heat”, “Human Desire” is somewhat overshadowed by the success of that film. It is a remake of Jean Renoir’s 1938 “La Bete Humaine”(The human beast) with Jean Gabin. In the Renoir film the protagonist is a psychopathic sex murderer, which created problems in 50s USA. In this version Glenn Ford plays a Korean War veteran returning to his job as a railroad engineer. He gets drawn into a sordid affair with a violent railroad supervisor’s wife, leading to a murder. Lang uses the railroad yards and trains to striking visual effect.

The 16mm print of Human Desire was acquired from a collector only 3 years ago and is in great condition.


Director: Hugo Fregonese. Screenplay: Sydney Boehm from a story “Affair at St Albans” by Herbert Ravenal Sass. With Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Lee Marvin, Richard Boone, Peter Graves, Tommy Rettig.

Raid_1954Set during the American Civil War. Van Heflin plays a Confederate officer who enters a Northern town, pretending to be a Canadian businessman, intending to spring a surprise raid. He gets drawn into the life of the town when he falls for a glamorous widow, played by Anne Bancroft. “War makes younger widows”. Her son, played by Tommy Rettig, the star of “The 5000 Fingers of Dr T”, becomes attached to him.

Ironies abound in this fine screenplay, as the officer becomes a town hero when he is forced to shoot one of his men who is about to blow their cover. The scene where Van Heflin, in Confederate uniform, tries to “explain” the rationale for war to a devastated boy is very powerful.

Peter Graves spent many years in Australia, filming the “Whiplash” TV series. A lovely Technicolor print of a little seen underrated minor masterpiece.


Director: John Ford. Screenwriter: Laurence Stallings, based on three short stories by Irvin S. Cobb. With: Charles Winninger, Stepin Fetchit, Dorothy Jordan, John Russell, Arleen Whelan, Milburn Stone.

“The Sun Shines Bright” is one of John Ford’s greatest films, yet is little-known even among Ford fans. Set in Kentucky in the 1900s, it is a flavoursome picture of small town life, riven by guilty secrets, racial tension and the still open wounds of the Civil War. Little-known actor Charles Winninger gives a magnificent performance as ageing Judge Priest, a warm-hearted yet wily character, standing for re-election, for what will be the last time, against the forces of “progress”, representeddcm142_Sun-Shines-Bright by carpetbagger Milburn Stone.

The print of THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT is the version slightly shortened for “B” picture (!) cinema release but all the great scenes are intact. In a just world, Winninger would have won an Academy Award. The scene where the judge stands up to a lynch mob, and (especially) a lengthy funeral sequence, are among the greatest in all cinema. Ford described “The Sun Shines Bright” as “really my favourite, the only one I like to see over and over again”.


Director: William A. Wellman. Screenplay: Hope Loring, Louis D.Lighton. With: Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper. Silent with inter-titles.

“Wings” won the first Academy Award in 1927, the last silent film to do so until “The Artist” in 2011. It has never been surpassed in its recreation of aerial combat. Wellman, himself a former World War 1 combat pilot, insisted that the combat footage be recreated without the use of models and process shots. The full co-operation of the army ensured authentic simulation of trench warfare.

The simple plot has two airmen competing for the love of the same woman. The two men join the Air Corps in WW1, and become aces. The then rising star Charles “Buddy” Rogers forms a triangle with big star Clara Bow (the “It” girl) and Gary Cooper in a small but stand-out part.

Wings01Unlike many silent films in the NTLC the print of WINGS does not have a music soundtrack. Silent films were never meant to be shown silent. See this not as a threat but as an opportunity. Audiences love silent films with live music accompaniment. Make an occasion of it! A small group of music makers can prepare a score, or a single instrument, usually a piano, works well. Some pianists, especially jazz pianists, are good at improvising. Or a score can be made up using existing music.

John Lanser, from the Workshop Film Group at Willoughby in Sydney, has done numerous scores this way, and would I’m sure be happy to advise.

Richard Keys

More information added to website

Since launching in late February, this website has received 229 different visitors and 1268 page views, which is very encouraging. We have recently added new pages that cover screening rights and a guide to help anyone thinking about starting a film society.

The site is a continuing work in progress. If you think something can be improved, let us know. Likewise if there’s a topic you would like to see featured, request it or send in your material.

Also, The InFilm Bulletin for April has come out and you can find it here.

It covers the launch of the Illawara film Society, The program of the Blacktown Libraries film club, a brief description of the Robert Altman films that are in the NTLC and more.