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Colette

Drama

Wednesday 13 March 2019
10.00 am, 2.30 pm, 5.00 pm & 7.15 pm
Directed by Wash Westmoreland
UK/USA Biography/Drama
111 mins
M

After marrying successful Parisian writer Henry Gauthier-Villars, known commonly as "Willy" (Dominic West), Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghost-write for him. Colette, in turn, pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionising literature, fashion and sexual expression. 

The life of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette makes for fascinating drama in a nuanced and inspiring film with a luminous central performance. Much of what makes this film so fascinating is the not-quite-villain-but-certainly-not-hero role Willy plays. The obvious read is that Willy exploited Colette in ways bordering on cruelty. (He even locks her in a room and shouts “write!” when her initial Claudine novel demands a follow-up.) Westmoreland’s film doesn’t exactly excuse him, but does offer context about his contributions to Colette’s initial success as well as a realistic portrayal of how women writers were perceived at the time.

REVIEWS

“Knightley and West have a tremendous chemistry: two very smart and worldly performances that suggest that Colette and Willy did enjoy something like a real love affair.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

“It is funnier than you might expect and a timely look at prejudice and the creative process.” -Jamie East, The Sun (UK)

“It's a modest but handsome production, lovingly photographed by Giles Nuttgens and mostly filmed in Hungary, with period trappings that seem authentic in every respect.” - David Stratton, The Australian

 

Upcoming Events & Info

STUDENT VIDEOS

In 2017 NFS purchased and donated two Canon digitial cameras to Noosa District High School for their Film, Television and New Media students.  Here is one of the genre trailers presented at their end of year 'Noscars' event - Agent of A.S.S. by Ben Axiak.

NOOSA 5 Screenings

Don't miss The Chaperone,Top End Wedding and Poms and coming up at the end of May, Rocketman. For details and screening times, please visit the Noosa Cinemas  website.
 

SCREENING TIMES

Wednesday screening times are 10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:15pm.  Monday screening times are 10:00am and  6:30pm (with allocated seating).  Please give yourself plenty of time to park and buy your choc tops!

Diarise these Dates for 2019

May 22, 27; June 12, 17, 26; July 17, 22, 31; August 14, 219, 28; September 11, 16; October 9, 23, 28; November 13, 18, 27; December 11.