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2019 SIX SUMMER FLICKS: Your ultimate guide to this Newcastle film festival

Newcastle Art Gallery Society is throwing down a sick collab with Event Cinemas in Kotara on the 11th SIX SUMMER FLICKS film festival.

The festival kicks off on 15 January and runs until 24 January.

In 2019 SIX SUMMER FLICKS will showcase the best of international cinema with films from the UK, Palestine, Italy, Spain, France and the USA.

Individual tickets are on sale now at or the cinema box office.

Film festival passes are available only from Event Cinemas Kotara (Westfield Kotara Rooftop) Corner of Northcott Dr & Park Avenue. Each of the six films is screened at 6.30pm without cinema promotions.

SIX SUMMER FLICKS is a fund raising initiative of Newcastle Art Gallery Society which assists with the acquisition of works of art for the Newcastle Art Gallery collection.


The Party

Tuesday 15 January – (M) UK 71 mins  Newly appointed Shadow Minister for Health, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate, celebratory gathering of friends. All unravels when her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) makes an announcement. The initial festive mood dissipates as secrets are unleashed with each guest’s revelation. The film was awarded the Guild Film Prize at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. 

Wajib -The Wedding Invitation

Wednesday 16 January – (M) Palestine 96mins  Begrudgingly Shadi returns from Rome to his family home in Nazareth. He fulfils the tradition of wajib or duty by driving across the city with his father to deliver invitations to his sister’s wedding. This witty, entertaining film gives an illuminating glimpse into Palestinian life while addressing a universal theme – father and son relationships.

Quanto Basta

Thursday 17 January – (15+) Italy 92mins  An accomplished chef, Arturo is quick-tempered and has done time for violence. A community service order sees him assigned to a cooking class at a centre for young people with autism. Here he meets Guido, a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome, who has a talent for cooking and a perfect palate. 


Tuesday 22 January – 1993 (PG) Spain 95mins  Frida, traumatised by the death of her parents is taken from her home in Barcelona to the Catalan countryside to live with her uncle, his wife and their daughter, Anna. Not knowing how to express her sadness at this upheaval, Frida targets her young cousin. Director Carla Simón has crafted a sensitive portrait of grief and its after effects, told through the eyes of a six year old girl. 

Return of the Hero

Wednesday 23 January  (PG) France 90mins  It is 1809 and the dashing, charming Captain Neuville leaves for war after proposing to wealthy, naïve Pauline. Her sister Elisabeth writes the letters that the Captain had promised to write to his fiancée. In the letters she creates a war hero, who dies in battle. When the Captain unexpectedly returns, he is welcomed as a hero rather than the con man that he truly is. 

Juliet, Naked

Thursday 24 January  (M) USA/UK 106mins  
Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) is obsessed with the music of faded pop star Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke) much to the despair of his long-suffering partner Annie (Rose Byrne). After Annie posts a candid critique of Tucker Crowe’s CD Juliet, Naked on the internet, the three meet. Adapted to film from a Nick Hornby book, the story is intelligent and engaging. “…easygoing and constantly diverting entertainment.” David Stratton, The Weekend Australian.

Written by Newcastle Live

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