The Reel McCoy Film Group

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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 would 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 Art Gallery and are usually on the second and last Sundays of each month, at 1:00 pm.

Next screening:

Sunday, 8 May 2016 at 1:00 pm

NOT ONE LESS
(China 1999) 106 min.
Director Zhang Yimou
Cast Minzhi Wei, Enman Gao, Huike Zhang

The teacher in a remote village school is called away for a month and can find no better replacement than his eldest pupil, 13-year-old Wei Minzhi, who is lazy and ill-prepared, but does take her teacher seriously when he tells her not to let even one child run away from school. This film shows that the stylish, often grandiose director Zhang is just as strong in quiet neorealism. Zhang provides a matter-of-fact look at a poor rural area where necessity is the mother of invention. The actors are not professionals, but local people playing characters with their own names.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


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Programme for first two-thirds of 2016:

Sunday 14 February

THE RED CIRCLE
(France 1970) 140 min.
Director Jean-Pierre Melville
Cast Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonte, Yves Montand

Newly released ex-con Corey (Delon) is ensnared by poor choices, mishaps, and old associates and agrees to help rob a fancy Parisian jewellery store. This attracts the attention of a police investigator determined to do his duty. Shot in monochrome, the film’s highlights include an extraordinary and thrilling heist scene that is easily the most ambitious cinematic use of silence since the introduction of sound. The Red Circle is an austere, understated, stylish meditation on chance, character, and justice – an unsentimental and fatalistic masterpiece.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 28 February

NASHVILLE
(USA 1975) 159 min.
Director Robert Altman
Cast Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Una Chaplin, Jeff Goldbum, Lily Tomlin

The lives of twenty-four individuals become entangled over five days as they converge on a combined political rally and music concert in support of a presidential candidate who promises national renewal. A kaleidoscopic succession of scenes – vignettes revealing the motives and backgrounds of the characters, interspersed with performances of country music – forms an astonishing account of an entire society and era. Nashville is beautifully composed, patient in execution, and merciless in its exposure of delusion and pretence.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 13 March

TRUE GRIT
(USA 1969) 128 min.
Director Henry Hathaway
Cast John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper

After the father of 14-year-old Mattie Ross (played by 21-year-old Kim Darby) is murdered, she seeks the help of crusty old "Rooster" Cogburn (Wayne) to avenge her father's death. She is told he is a wild card, but has "true grit". They are joined by Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Campbell) who is seeking a federal reward. Things don't work out as expected. Hathaway shapes the film around his star John Wayne, who won his only Oscar® for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn. More of an icon than an actor, Wayne plays Rooster as the classic movie cowboy.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 20 March

TRUE GRIT
(USA 1910) 110 min.
Directors Joel and Ethan Coen
Cast Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Remaking True Grit over 40 years later, the Coen brothers played up the witty dialogue and characters making an art of their own stubbornness. Of the film’s 10 Oscar® nominations perhaps the most deserved were the dual – and duelling – lead roles, with 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross holding her own against old hand Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. The Coen brothers put the emphasis on the young girl who narrates the film and we learn to see characters through her eyes. Edgier and grittier than the original, Bridges' Rooster Cogburn is portrayed as part of an outlaw world that's disappearing.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 10 April

BELLE DE JOUR
(France 1967) 101 min.
Director Luis Buñuel
Cast Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Jean Sorel, Geneviève Page

Severine (Deneuve) is a respectable, upper-middle-class housewife whose husband (Sorel) admires her moral purity and whose husband’s friend (Piccoli) is intrigued by her icy standoffishness. She also works as a prostitute for a couple of days each week. Spanish-born surrealist director Buñuel returned permanently to Europe with this film, which is perhaps the glossiest of his career. Typically, there are sequences of fantasy hard to tell from real events – which Buñuel uses to explore both his own fetishes and some of Severine’s that he simply made up. Yet the eroticism is inexplicit, and so elegant it’s almost chaste.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 24 April

THE LADY EVE
(USA 1941) 94 min.
Director Preston Sturges
Cast Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, William Demarest

Jean Harrington (Stanwyck) is a con woman who travels first class on a luxury liner with her father (Coburn), fleecing rich travellers in card games. She sets her sights on Charles Pike (Fonda), heir to a brewery fortune, as he comes aboard after a snake-hunting expedition in South America.

Director and writer Preston Sturges made one inspired comedy after another for five years and this is considered his best film. A romantic screwball comedy, it combines sophisticated comedy and slapstick. Sturges gave Stanwyck and Fonda their first comedy roles and capitalised on their chemistry to produce one of Hollywood's most sexy scenes.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 8 May

NOT ONE LESS
(China 1999) 106 min.
Director Zhang Yimou
Cast Minzhi Wei, Enman Gao, Huike Zhang

The teacher in a remote village school is called away for a month and can find no better replacement than his eldest pupil, 13-year-old Wei Minzhi, who is lazy and ill-prepared, but does take her teacher seriously when he tells her not to let even one child run away from school. This film shows that the stylish, often grandiose director Zhang is just as strong in quiet neorealism. Zhang provides a matter-of-fact look at a poor rural area where necessity is the mother of invention. The actors are not professionals, but local people playing characters with their own names.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 22 May

LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN
(USA 1948) 86 min.
Director Max Ophüls
Cast Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians

Set in 19th century Vienna, Stefan Brand (Jourdan) receives an anonymous love letter that changes his life. The film is the story of a woman (Fontaine) and her three encounters with him spread over a lifetime. When he finally works out who his admirer is, it may be too late to prevent a tragedy. Max Ophüls was a German Jew who fled Hitler to work in France, where he made a number of films including the then controversial La Ronde (de L’Amour). He then moved to the USA where he made some great film noirs, especially Caught and The Reckless Moment.

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 12 June

PINOCCHIO
(USA 1940) 88 min.
Directors Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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Betty Boop shorts


Sunday 26 June

THE SNAKE PIT
(USA 1948) 108 min.
Director Anatole Litvak
Cast

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 10 July

THREE IN ONE
(Australia 1957) 89 min.
Director Cecil Holmes
Cast

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 24 July

PEEPING TOM
(UK 1960) 101 min.
Director Michael Powell
Cast

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 14 August

ALL ABOUT EVE
(USA 1950) 138 min.
Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


Sunday 28 August

THE WILD BUNCH
(USA 1969) 145 min.
Director Sam Peckinpah
Cast

DVD courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


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