Artgaze Film Club

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. Go into the draw held each film night for a great raffle prize from our sponsors.

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.

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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 memberships are available now. Three month renewable memberships for $15.00 are also available at each official screening. That equates to $5.00 for 3 films. Membership includes regular updates and a discounted $8.00 ticket for your guest  (one guest ticket available per screening). All Members also have exclusive entry into our annual screen your favorite cult movie competition! The winners movie will be drawn in October and will screen in 2015 . 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

Fri April 11th  Artgaze Film  Club & Townsville Classic Films Get together to bring you>

 The Night of the Wild Western

Cash Bar  opens 6.30pm – 12.00 pm.

 7.00 pm Artgaze Film Club presents 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.    

    Intermission: Viva  Western Themed Vinyl in the bar (till 12.00 pm) After interval, Mark Endes of Townsville Classic Films,  presents   Johnny Guitar (1954) 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!



Come to Dinner: Experience a night of opera, performance and film.
Full Throttle Theatre Company with  Artgaze Lab Inc  invite you to enter a magical, theatrical world. We will welcome you on the red carpet with a complimentary glass of champagne accompanied by delectable canapés. Our French-inspired 3 course menu by the award winning Michel’s Restaurant catering team is designed specifically to capture the flavour and emotion of theatre.

Enjoy the soulful glamour of disco funk ensemble Freaky Business with their irresistible, dance grooves and some fabulous guest divas. Chill later in the night with a coffee, brandy or cocktail from the bar, and enjoy the screening of cult feature film DIVA a 1981 French gangster thriller by director Jean-Jacques Beineix, starring soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez.

Support the arts, and experience a night you will never forget!

Dress: Formal Diva, Dandy or Gentleman attire.
Date: Saturday 17 May 2014
Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start bar open until 12.00 midnight
Where: The Old Courthouse Theatre, Corner of Sturt and Stokes St, Townsville CBD.
Cost: $70 per Person. Group discount for tables of 8. Bookings and info More details on this event:
Book online via

contact / (07) 4721 5433(07)  or 0416 980 323

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

Past Movies 2013

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.

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

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: your life is limited and when you reach 30, it is terminated in a quasi-religious ceremony known as Carousel. This system is enforced by “sandmen” : black-clad police operatives who terminate (kill) “runners” (those who attempt to live beyond 30). Logan, a sandman, is sent on a mission to find “sanctuary,” which is a code- word used by the master computer to describe what it believes is a place to which runners have been escaping. Logan begins to question the system he serves.

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) 77 mins. Directed by Ed Wood. Rising to Cult Status following being called the “Worst Movie Ever Made” in 1980, Plan 9 From Outer Space stars Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila “Vampira” Nurmi. In addition it bills Bela Lugosi posthumously as a star, although silent footage of the actor had been shot by Wood for other, unfinished projects just before Lugosi’s death in 1956. The plot of the film involves extraterrestrial beings who are seeking to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. In the course of doing so, the aliens implement “Plan 9″, a scheme to resurrect Earth’s dead as what modern audiences would consider zombies (called “ghouls” in the film itself) to get the planet’s attention, causing chaos.

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 fiancée 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.

The Wizard of Oz ( 1932) Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan, with Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins. It’s an American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that was based on the 1900 children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum