Artgaze Film Club

Artgaze Lab Inc and Full Throttle Theatre partner to bring you – Artgaze Film Club – monthly screenings.

The strange… the beautiful… the cult… the classic… movies from the cinema vault to inspire. Enjoy unique films and documentaries with us and assist to raise funds for next years film program. .

Full Throttle Theatre provides a well stocked bar and great service at each performance with bar profits assisting productions and projects. For more information about Full Throttle performances and events see their website. Artgaze Film Club are members of FQFS – The Federation of Queensland Film Societies and by association, members of ACOFS – the Australian Council of Film Societies. Artgaze Film Club is also a registered member of The National Film and Sound Archive.FQFSlogonfsa logo  Artgaze Film Club offer very low rates for advertising on the screen. All profits go back into hiring films, maintaining the equipment and associated costs. See the Artgaze advertising page.  Artgaze Film Club Membership available now! Annual $50.00 . Three month renewable memberships for $15.00  also available at each screening. That equates to $5.00 for 3 films. Membership includes regular updates and a discounted $8.00 ticket for one guest per film. You can fill out the membership form and make a payment on the door or contact us, and we can send you a form and direct deposit details. Email us at or ring 0416 980 323 . Members can pre-book seats by calling 0416 980 323. 

Upcoming Movies 2014  

Friday Nov 7th: Science Fiction, Feature

Screening: The Man who Fell to Earth (1976)

Friday Nov 7th: Science Fiction Cult Feature
Screening: The Man who Fell to Earth (1976) rated R 18+
Cash Bar/ doors open 6.30pm – screens 7.30pm Sci Fi vinyl in the bar later.
artgaze film club members free/3 month memberships available/walk- ins $8.00

more info 0416 980 323

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet.He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business corporations and other powerful entities on Earth.Space alien (Bowie) crash lands on Earth, seeking help for his drought-stricken planet. By securing patents to advanced technology, he becomes a fabulously wealthy industrialist. However, money and its attendant decadence ultimately exert a stronger gravitational pull.

Bowie seemed perfectly cast as the space traveller, and the film further cemented director Roeg’s status as one of the most unique filmmakers of the 1970′s. Strange and hallucinogenic in parts.

The Man Who Fell to Earth was Bowie‘s first starring role though far from a star vehicle, and much more a movie firmly in place with the ambiguity of narrative immersed in the striking visuals of the Roeg canon. Of course, Bowie’s performance as an extraterrestrial on film inspired no-brainer comparisons to his alien rocker character on stage: Ziggy Stardust, a musical persona he had only just retired in 1973.

Bowie stands out among the other iconic seventies-era players in the film (Rip Torn, Buck Henry and Candy Clark). It’s fitting his character, unlike the others, never ages in the film. It suits the film that the iconic Bowie has grown more immortal with age, continuing to influence generations of musicians.

Often compared to Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi book Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), the original 1963 Walter Tevis novel the film is based on, the Man Who Fell to Earth offers a moral tale about power and corruption.

Friday December 5th: Screen Out Loud!

The Old Courthouse Theatre Screening: Suspiria (1977) & Dracula AD (1972) 

For more local Independent Film check out

The Townsville Cinema Group

Established in 1962, now one of Australia’s oldest film societies. The Cinema Group screen entertaining and thought-provoking limited-release feature films every other Thursday at the Warrina Cineplex. Check out the programme and upcoming screenings.

For more information go to the Cinema Group website.

PAST MOVIES  2013/2014

August 1st: Doctor Who Under the Stars  The Perfume Gardens Screening: Dr Who and the Daleks (1965) & Daleks Invasion Earth , starring Peter Cushing as the Doctor.

July 24th The Masque of the Red Death at the Brewery. Directed by Rodger Corman: starring Vincent Price &  Jane Asher  upstairs at the Brewery  Flinders street, Townsville CBD.  Another  B-Grade Gothic Feature Presented by Artgaze Film Club. Saturated colors, opulent sets  and  a much referenced musical sound track.

Sat July 19th: ‘The Dark Side’ North Queensland Premiere.

We are rolling out the red carpet for the premiere of the Darkside ( by acclaimed Director Warwick Thorton) starring local actress Merwez Whaleboat and a host of respected Australian actors. Bar open 6.30 Canapes, cocktails and entertainment with guitarist and singer/songwriter Luke Thomas. Dress code: glamorous black, formal attire. All Welcome. Includes performances by Luke Thomas and the Island Sensation Dance troupe.

The Darkside (2013). Directed by Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah). The Darkside assembles a collection of poignant, sad, funny and absurd ghost tales from across Australia and brings them to life with some of Australia’s best loved actors. Presented by cast member Merwez Whaleboat, producer Kath Shelper & special guest Ken Dalton. Honest, matter-of-fact firsthand accounts. Illuminating a black perspective of the other side.

The Darkside Stars: Lynette Narkle, Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan, Aaron Pedersen, Jack Charles, Merwez Whaleboat, Deborah Mailman, Shari Seben, and Ben Quilty. (94 mins. Rated PG.) There will be a Q&A  after the film with members of the cast  and the producer. 9.35  Q&A  with Merwez Whaleboat, Kath Shelper, and elder Kenny Dalton  (whose tale is told by Jack Charles).  After Party: retro vinyl funk& reggae good vibes till midnight. Tickets $15.00 can be  purchased on the  the door. Artgaze Film members free. The Darkside trailer

The ‘Darkside’ Premiere Townsville project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia. The program is delivered in partnership with Artslink Queensland. 

Un Chien Andalou (1929). Directed by Luis Buñuel. This short film was the calling card of the two, then unknown artists, Buñuel and Salvador Dali. Intended as an affront and an insult to the intellectual bourgeoisie of the day. A shocking celluloid dreamscape. 19 min, rated M. short interval/ bar open/ vinyl playing 8 pm: Nights of Cabiria  (1957).Directed by Federico Fellini. Oscar winner of Best Foreign Language Film. The film tells the tragic story of the underclasses through an ingenuous  prostitute still hopeful of finding true love in the seedy ruins of Rome.  Followed by the   Gypsy Music  of travelling, acclaimed musicians  Barbod and Eamon   &  drinks in the bar till 12.00 pm.

Saturday June 14th  Walkabout Film Festival with the  Island Sensation Dancers  & Mundy Creek Short presented by Denise Weightman.    The Mundy Creek Regeneration Project Bedevil (1993) An Australian horror film directed by Tracey Moffatt and originally screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. 90mins. Rated PG.  Walkabout (1971) Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Presented by Merwez Whaleboat. Two young white children are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own . They meet a young indigenous boy on Walkabout (a ritualistic separation from his tribe) who cares for them. 100 mins. Rated M.

Free Film Event at Jezzine!
Artgaze Film Club partnered with Townsville City Council Events and Strand Sunset Cinema to bring you our usual cult classics alongside Strand Sunset Cinemas popular family features. Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th May, under the starry skies at the Parade Grounds, Jezzine Barracks. with Friday night screenings of Despicable Me 2 (animation) and 8.40pm ‘The Party’ A clerical mistake results in a bumbling film extra being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired. Stars Peter Sellers. Saturday night screenings 6.30pm The Croods (animation) / 8.30pm ‘The Fifth Element’. Good and evil battle for the future of 23rd century Earth in this visually striking big-budget science fiction epic. Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman.

Diva (1981) directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. An intricate and stylish French thriller starring real life soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez. Also stars Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer.

Viva Maria! (1965) Presented by Todd Barty. Sexy Western, adventure film directed by Louis Malle. ( 119 min.) Two of the most beautiful women in the European cinema of  the 1960′s team up as Burlesque entertainers, (stars Brigitte Bardot &Jeanne Moreau) in a crazy Mexican  revolution road movie.  Johnny Guitar (1954) [Presented by Townsville Classic Films] Runtime 104 min. Johnny Guitar is a Western drama starring Sterling Hayden, Joan Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge and Scott Brady directed by Nicholas Ray. The plot is set in boundless Arizona, where Joan Crawford (Vienna), an aggressive and strong-willed saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery. Outrageously over the top, don’t miss it!

Rocky Horror Picture Show  (1975) 100 mins. A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Director: Jim Sharman  Writers:Richard O’Brien (original musical play), Jim Sharman (screenplay) Stars:Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick.

The Cars that ate Paris  (1974) 91 mins. Directed by Peter Weir.The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy. Stars: Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles. A twisted piece of dark Australian Gothic comedy.

Sunset Boulevard (1950) American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and pro

duced and co-written by Charles Brackett.

It was named after the boulevard that runs through Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California. The film stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent movie star who draws him into her fantasy world where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen.

Easy Rider (1969) 95 mins. Rated MA 15+.A landmark American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and the South. Also stars Jack Nicholson.

Storm Boy (1976) 86 mins. Rated PG. Filmed along the fierce deserted coast of South Australia’s Coorong. A young boy and his father live a reclusive life among the dunes that face out into the Southern Ocean. Storm Boy’s real name in the film is Mike—the moniker “Storm Boy” was given to him by Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil who stars in the film) as an aboriginal man who becomes his friend.  Presented by Mereweze Whaleboat.

Savannah Country Produced and directed by Catherine Hunter. Savannah Country Tells the story of a collaborative exhibition between North Queensland artists Julie Poulsen and Jenny Valmadre. On the road from Cairns and Cooktown lie savannah grasslands and the Desailly Range, the country which was the starting point for these artists. This documentary gives rare insights into the artistic processes as the filmmaker shadows the artists as they move from early conception to completion of a significant body of work

. Jenny Sages: Paths to Portraiture Produced and directed by Catherine Hunter.  Jenny Sages: Paths to Portraiture is a short film featuring interviews with Jenny Sages, her husband Jack Sages, author Helen Garner and National Portrait Gallery Historian, Sarah Engledow. Produced and directed by Catherine Hunter, this film provides insights into Jenny’s life, her inspirations and her approach to painting portraits.

Inland heart-The Photography of Jeff Carter Produced and Directed by Catherine Hunter, Cinematography by Bruce Inglis, Edited by Paolo Febbo. In July 2010, director Catherine Hunter and cameraman Bruce Inglis joined photographer Jeff Carter on a road trip to western New South Wales. Carter was keen to renew acquaintances with people he’d first photographed back in the fifties. On October 25, Carter died aged 82 years, just prior to the opening of a major retrospective of his work, curated by Sandra Byron, for the State Library of New South Wales. This documentary, incorporating his final interviews, draws together the themes and passions of a lifetime of photographic enquiry.

The Gleaners & I “Les glaneurs et la glaneuse” (2000)  82 mins. Rated PG. Directed by Agnes Varda.  Varda (born 30 May 1928) resides in France, and her movies, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary — with a distinct experimental style. Varda is an important voice in the modern French cinema. Her career pre-dates the start of the Nouvelle vague (French New Wave), and  contains man elements specific to that movement that made it famous

Harold and Maude (1971) 91 mins.  Harold and Maude is a 1971 American black comedy romance directed by Hal Ashby. It incorporates elements of dark humour and existentialist drama. The plot revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold (played by Bud Cort). Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and develops a relationship with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon).

Orpheus  (1950) 110 mins. Directed by Jean Cocteau. French language/ English Subtitled. Orpheus (French: Orphée) is a 1950 French film directed by Jean Cocteau and starring Jean Marais. This film is the central part of Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet (1930), Orpheus (1950) and Testament of Orpheus (1960).

Autoluminescent: Rowland S Howard  (2012) 110 mins.  Guitarist, songwriter, artist Rowland S Howard never achieved the stardom of his Birthday Party band mate Nick Cave, but by his premature death in 2009 he’d become an underground legend. Cave, Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch and Adalita all pay tribute in a documentary portrait that’s as remarkable as Howard himself.

The Bride of Frankenstein  (1935) 80 mins. Directed by James Whale. Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.

Eraserhead  (1977) 85 mins. Directed by David Lynch. A surrealist body horror film written and directed by American filmmaker David Lynch. Shot in black-and-white, Eraserhead is Lynch’s first feature-length film, coming after several short works, it tells the story of Henry Spencer (Nance), who is left to care for his grossly deformed child in a desolate industrial landscape. Throughout the film, Spencer experiences dreams or hallucinations, featuring his child and the Lady in the Radiator .

Logan’s Run  (1976) 119 mins. Directed by Michael Anderson. It’s 2274 and on the surface, it all seems to be an idyllic society. Living in a city within an enclosed dome, there is little or no work for humans to perform and inhabitants are free to pursue all of the pleasures of life. There is one catch however: At the age of 30 life is terminated in a quasi-religious ceremony known as Carousel.  Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) 77 mins. Directed by Ed Wood. Rising to Cult Status and regularly called the “Worst Movie Ever Made”.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane  (1962) 134 mins. Directed by Robert Aldritch. Two icons from the golden age of Hollywood, Oscar winners Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, take their famous feud onscreen in Robert Aldrich’s unsettling thriller. In fierce, no-holds-barred performances, Bette Davis portrays aging ex-child star Baby Jane Hudson while Joan Crawford plays Blanche, the crippled sister Jane torments psychologically. As the sisters descend into madness, the tension builds to a shocking ending in this unforgettable classic.

Past Movies 2012

House of Dark Shadows (1970) Feature-length horror film directed by Dan Curtis based on his Dark Shadows television series. In this film expansion, vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) searches for a cure for vampirism so he can marry a woman who resembles his long-lost fiancee Josette (Kathryn Leigh Scott). The series and additional films inspired the 2012 film Dark Shadows directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

Nosferatu (1922) German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Our original silent scratchy version was accompanied by live scores from our favourite bands prog-math rockers Lopaka and experimental synth wizards The Popli Kids both featured on Triple J Unearthed.

Barbarella (1968) French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest’s French Barbarella comics. In the far future a foxy, space-bounty huntress is tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand. Along the way she encounters various unusual inter- galactic types including a buff, angel like male creature. The film was directed by Roger Vadim and stars Jane Fonda, who was Vadim’s wife at the time

Beyond The Valley of the Dolls (1970) Starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar, Michael Blodgett and David Gurian, Beyond The Valley of the Dolls was directed by Russ Meyer and co-written by Meyer and Roger Ebert- it’s an American schlock melodrama set in the 70′s.

La Dolce Vita (1960) Starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, La Dolce Vita is the story of 7 days in a passive journalists life in Rome, it was written and directed by famous director Federico Fellini, and was the winner of the Golden Palm at the 1960′s Cannes Film Fest… And one of the characters names is the origin of the term paparazzi that has spread so far and wide!

White Zombie(1932) Black and white film starring Béla Lugosi. It is considered to be the first feature length zombie film. This feature was followed by live music from the deadly and talented PychODecay.

Evil Dead (1981) Written and directed by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell, this original in a series of three has since expanded into other formats such as video games, comic books and even a musical!

Alice (1988) Fantasy written and directed by Jan Švankmajer. Its original Czech title is N?co z Alenky, which means “Something from Alice”. It is a free adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s first  book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). The film combines live action with stop motion animation, and is distinguished by its dark and uncompromising production design.