Art Gallery Society Event: Six Summer Flicks 2020

Daniel WALBIDI Untitled 2005 synthetic polymer paint on linen 70.0 x 54.5cm Gift of Newcastle Art Gallery Society 2010 Newcastle Art Gallery collection Courtesy the artist and Short Street Gallery
Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 January 2020
Each film commences at 6.30pm – no cinema promotions
Film lengths vary

Tickets are now on sale at Event Cinemas Kotara.

Concession tickets and festival passes available to Newcastle Art Gallery Society members, Newcastle Film Society members and valid concession card holders when relevant cards displayed.

Newcastle Art Gallery Society in collaboration with Event Cinemas Kotara is excited to present the 12th SIX SUMMER FLICKS film festival from 13 January to 22 January.

In 2020 SIX SUMMER FLICKS will showcase the best of international cinema with films from Australia, Iceland/Ukraine, Italy/France, France/Japan, New Zealand, and UK/USA.

Individual tickets are on sale at or the cinema box office. Film festival passes are available only from Event Cinemas Kotara (Westfield Kotara Rooftop) Corner of Northcott Dr & Park Avenue. Each of the six films is screened at 6.30pm without cinema promotions.

SIX SUMMER FLICKS is a fund raising initiative of Newcastle Art Gallery Society which assists with the acquisition of works of art for the Newcastle Art Gallery collection.

Download: Six Summer Flicks Flyer

Monday 13 January
Woman at War (M) Iceland/Ukraine
104 mins 

In order to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands of her home, Halla, a fifty year old environmental activist crusades against the building of an aluminium smelter. Using the alias, Mountain Woman, Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war, resorting to petty vandalism and industrial sabotage, actions that could have ramifications on her personal life.

Tuesday 14 January
Rory's Way (M) UK/USA
108 mins

Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) leaves his isolated Hebridean island home for San Francisco to seek medical treatment. He stays with his estranged son and despite their differences they reconnect. Gradually his life is transformed as he bonds with his grandson and meets an elegant fine art museum curator (Rosanna Arquette). Life can hold surprises.

Wednesday 15 January
If Only (15+) Italy/France
104 mins

The film is narrated by 8 year old Alma, who with her two older brothers is packed off from Paris by their mother to spend a holiday in Rome with their father. With childlike innocence, Alma tries to engineer a reconciliation between her divorced parents, but no amount of wishing or hoping can change the family she has been given and the shape that it takes.

Monday 20 January
The Truth (CTC) France/Japan
106 mins

Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is a famous film star, whose memoir causes a stormy confrontation with her daughter, Lumir (Juliet Binoche) who has returned to Paris from New York with her husband, Hank (Ethan Hawke) and young daughter. The film, a meditation on how lies can sometimes be truth and how memory can be deceitful, opened the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

Tuesday 21 January
Bellbird (M) New Zealand
96 mins

Set amongst the rolling hills of northern New Zealand a father and son come to terms with their grief. After the death of their gregarious wife and mother, they find solace in the daily routine of a dairy farm. Love, loyalty and reliance bind them as well as the community that rallies to comfort them. The film premiered at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival.

Wednesday 22 January
Promised (M) Australia
97 mins

It is 1953 when two young Italian children, Robert and Angela are promised in marriage by their fathers. Twenty one years later despite changing times, fading traditions and Angela’s love for another, the expectation that the two families will be joined in marriage is to be fulfilled. Inspired by actual events, can love, like life ever be perfectly arranged?

Daniel WALBIDI Untitled 2005 synthetic polymer paint on linen 70.0 x 54.5cm Gift of Newcastle Art Gallery Society 2010 Newcastle Art Gallery collection Courtesy the artist and Short Street Gallery


  • Single ticket (member/concession) $12
  • Single ticket (non-member) $15
  • Festival pass (member/concession) $60
  • Festival pass (non-member) $72



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