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The Reel McCoy Film Group

Screening world cinema and forgotten gems since 1990

The Reel McCoy Film Group is a not-for-profit film society that since 1990 has been catering for people interested in cinema, particularly those who like to see timeless classics and overlooked gems at low cost.

Membership is $50 per annum, $35 for 6 months, or $20 for 3 months. Membership runs from the date of joining.

With grateful support from



Canberra Museum and Gallery
Members of CMAG are welcome to join the Reel McCoy at a substantial discount:
membership for a year for only $20.


Screenings are held in the Theatre of Canberra Museum and Gallery, usually on the second and last Sundays of each month at 1:00 pm.

Next screening:

Sunday, 27 August 2017 at 1:00 pm

THE APARTMENT
USA · 1960 · 125 min.
Director Billy Wilder
Cast Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

In order to secure promotion, CC Baxter (Lemmon) allows his married superiors to use his apartment for trysts with their girlfriends. However, problems arise when his boss Mr Sheldrake (MacMurray) starts going to Baxter's apartment with Baxter's dream girl, elevator operator Fran Kubelik (MacLaine). Re-teaming actor Jack Lemmon, scriptwriter I.A.L. Diamond, and director Billy Wilder a year after Some Like It Hot, this comedy-drama is sharper in tone and more satirical but has a romantic heart of gold. The Apartment received 10 Academy Award® nominations and won 5 Oscars® including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing.


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Programme for second half of 2017:

Sunday 9 July

MEDIUM COOL
USA · 1969 · 110 min.
Director Haskell Wexler
Cast Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill

A daring blend of documentary and drama, Medium Cool shows the interaction between real life and the media in the summer of 1968 as Chicago readies itself for the Democratic National Convention. Directed by legendary documentary maker Haskell Wexler, we see the developing relationship between worldly TV journalist John (Forster) and a young war widow from West Virginia, Eileen (Bloom). John learns that he is implicated in the mix of political opposition, violence, and state repression. An extraordinarily important cultural landmark of the 1960s, Medium Cool retains both its relevance and its aesthetic and political force.


Sunday 30 July

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
USA · 1967 · 104 min.
Director Stanley Kramer
Cast Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Katherine Houghton

When Joanna Drayton (Houghton), a free-thinking white woman, and black doctor John Prentice (Poitier) become engaged, they travel to San Francisco to meet her parents. Matt Drayton (Tracy) and his wife Christina (Hepburn) are wealthy liberals who must confront the latent racism the coming marriage arouses. In the same year this film was released (1967) the US Supreme Court invalidated State laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is remembered today for two significant reasons: it was the first Hollywood film to portray an interracial romance that had an optimistic ending, and the film featured a dream cast that included Spencer Tracy in his final screen performance.


Sunday 13 August

BLOW-UP
UK · 1966 · 111 min.
Director Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles

This elliptical, many-layered film looks at fashionable life in 1960s swinging London. It follows a successful fashion photographer (Hemmings) who seems to have it all: success, money, and influence. However, as the camera focuses on him over a couple of days, it becomes apparent he is a jaded, lonely man suffering a crisis of meaning. He is jolted out of his ennui when he begins to realise that he has accidentally photo­graphed what could be a murder. Certainly there is a young woman (Redgrave) who is desperately keen to retrieve the photographs. As he struggles to understand what is happening, the film switches tantalisingly between the reality of his life and his obsessive artistic imagination.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 27 August

THE APARTMENT
USA · 1960 · 125 min.
Director Billy Wilder
Cast Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

In order to secure promotion, CC Baxter (Lemmon) allows his married superiors to use his apartment for trysts with their girlfriends. However, problems arise when his boss Mr Sheldrake (MacMurray) starts going to Baxter's apartment with Baxter's dream girl, elevator operator Fran Kubelik (MacLaine). Re-teaming actor Jack Lemmon, scriptwriter I.A.L. Diamond, and director Billy Wilder a year after Some Like It Hot, this comedy-drama is sharper in tone and more satirical but has a romantic heart of gold. The Apartment received 10 Academy Award® nominations and won 5 Oscars® including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing.


Sunday 10 September

THE COMMITTEE
UK · 1968 · 58 min.
Director Peter Sykes
Cast Arthur Brown, Jimmy Gardner, Paul Jones

The Committee follows an enigmatic young man (Jones) through the confusing, depersonalised world of institutions in late 1960s Britain. Denied a commercial release on completion, the film has become a legend among lovers of underground and cult cinema.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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PERFORMANCE
UK · 1970 · 105 min.
Directors Nicholas Roeg and Donald Cammell
Cast James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg

A gangster on the run (Fox) seeks shelter in the run-down mansion of a reclusive rock-star (Jagger) and his girlfriend (Pallenberg). The relationship between the three blends succour with rivalry, sexual ambiguity with self-understanding, and mystery with revelation. Performance is a unique tale which will appeal to music lovers nostalgic for the '60s, as well as to serious filmgoers who love dense, sinister storytelling.


Sunday 17 September

THE TALE OF RUBY ROSE
Australia · 1987 · 100 min.
Director Roger Scholes
Cast Melita Jurisic, Chris Haywood, Sheila Florance

In the late 1970s, director Robert Scholes met and photographed many people who had lived all their lives in the harsh environment of the Tasmanian Highlands. He was researching for a book that was never completed, and he decided to turn the material into a feature film instead, The Tale of Ruby Rose. Set in the 1920s, it centres around the title character, who lives with her husband and stepson in the Tasmanian mountains. Her time consists of staying at home, mainly due to her fear of the darkness. But one day she decides to fight that fear and travel alone, back to her heritage.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 15 October

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
USA · 1947 · 97 min.
Director Orson Welles (Also producer and screenplay author)
Cast Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glen Anders

Orson Welles directed this offbeat thriller in which he stars as Michael Ohara, a wandering Irishman hired as a deckhand for an upcoming cruise by lawyer Arthur Bannister (Sloane) and his wife Elsa (Hayworth). One of the great femmes fatales, Elsa doesn't let murder or marriage interfere with her maritime manoeuvres as Michael gets tangled in a crazy web of plots and intrigue on land and aboard the yacht Circe (in reality Errol Flynn's yacht Vaca). This film is best known for its crazy house/hall of mirrors location which is a triumph of surrealist set design and one of Orson Welles's best scenes.


Sunday 29 October

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
USA · 1989 · 104 min.
Director Woody Allen
Cast Martin Landau, Claire Bloom, Anjelica Huston, Woody Allen, Alan Alda

Woody Allen was nominated for Oscars® for both Best Director and Best Screenplay for this film and it is considered to be one of his cleverest scripts. A conventional-seeming married man is threatened with having his long-time affair exposed. We see the lengths to which he will go in order to prevent this happening. Meanwhile, we also see what happens to those around him who don't yield to temptation so easily. Crimes and Misdemeanors has been described as the peak of Allen's filmmaking; it combines wit, gripping storytelling, and a more cynical (or at least more phlegmatic, New York and Jewish) take on the themes in Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.


Sunday 12 November

AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE
USA · 1964 · 28 min.
Director Robert Enrico
Cast Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen

An atmospheric dramatisation of an American Civil War story by Ambrose Bierce. A Confederate citizen waits on the scaffold - but is a miracle at hand? This impressive French film aired in 1964 as an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE
USA · 1951 · 69 min.
Director John Huston
Cast Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin; narrated by James Whitmore

A rare screening of John Huston's classic Civil War film, based on the famous Stephen Crane novel. Ironically, Audie Murphy, the most highly decorated US soldier of World War 2, plays the film's hero, who sees himself as a coward. The film endured a troubled production and was heavily edited by an unsympathetic studio MGM. The back-story of the film's making is told in Lillian Ross's book Picture.


Sunday 26 November

THE GIRL WITH THE HATBOX
Russia · 1927 · 60 min.
Director Boris Barnet
Cast Anna Stein, Vladimir Fogel, Ivan Koval-Samborsky

This silent romantic comedy tells the story of Natasha (Stein), a young country hatmaker who pretends to marry a drifter (Koval-Samborsky) so that he can stay in her room in a city apartment. This film was a big hit by Boris Barnet, one of Russia's leading filmmakers in the 1930s.

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN
Russia · 1925 · 70 min.
Director Sergei Eisenstein
Cast Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy, Grigori Aleksandrov

A dramatic recreation of the mutiny of the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin, an event which led to Russia's 1905 rebellion. This landmark film exemplifies Eisenstein's fascination with montage and turns propaganda into art. It is a must-see for every cinema lover. The Odessa Steps sequence is possibly the most famous movie sequence of all time.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


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