I Am Woman

 I am Woman is the story of Helen Reddy, who in 1966 landed in New York with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. Within weeks she was broke. Within months she was in love. Within five years she was one of the biggest superstars of her time, and an icon of the 1970s feminist movement, who wrote a song which galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.

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A Star is Born

After falling in love with struggling artist Ally, Jackson, a musician, coaxes her to follow her dreams, while he battles with alcoholism and his personal demons.

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Elvis that’s the way it is

In this 2001 re-edited version of the 1970 concert documentary, Elvis Presley's first non-fiction film, Elvis returns from thirteen years of concentrating on movie roles to perform his "Summer Festival" run of shows in Las Vegas. As the film opens, Elvis is rehearsing a new ensemble, the TCB (Taking Care of Business) Band. The film follows Presley through rehearsals, relaxation and performance and looks at the fan culture surrounding the shows.

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She Shears

Sheep shearing has traditional been a male dominated industry. In the 1980’s there where over 15,000 fulltime sheep shearers in New Zealand, only 5 of those where female. She Shears follows four female shearers in the build up to the Golden Shears, the world’s most prestigious shearing competition. Sheep shearing has traditionally been a man’s world so there’s no women’s only event but these girls won’t have it any other way. For these women, competing requires enormous tenacity and much back breaking work but driven by passion and a competitive spirit they love taking their beloved occupation to the next level.

To win the Golden Shears is every shearer’s dream, but for our characters, it’s also a chance to demonstrate their skills and determination. As the competition draws nearer, the women must contend with exhaustion, injury and self-doubt - and for them, family obligations are an ever-present demand.

Win or lose, heartbreak or joy, what persists is their passion for what they love to do most - shearing.

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Where: St James Theatre, Irk Street, Gore

Cost: $6 per screening

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Screening Times:

Monday 25 May 
10.30am I am Woman
1.00pm   Elvis that’s the way it is

Tuesday 26 May 
10.30am She Shears
1.00pm   I am Woman

Wednesday 27 May
10.30am  I am Woman
1.00pm   A Star Is Born

Thursday 28 May
10.30am  A Star Is Born
1.00pm    I am Woman

Friday 29 May
10.30am  Elvis that’s the way it is

1.00pm    I am Woman


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