Second Thursday of the Month

In the Lyceum Club Rooms, Brisbane CBD

Usually at 9:30 am for prompt start at 10.00am (check individual dates below)

Members and guests welcome

Enquiries to  Circle Conveners, guests email  Members refer to Members Only Page and page 1 of the latest Circles Calendar.


Thursday, 11 February: Tabu

Thursday, 11 March: An address by Peter Sheehan AO on THE NATURE OF DIRECTION IN CINEMA:  WHOSE MOVIE IS IT?

Thursday, 8 April: My Week With Marilyn

Thursday, 13 May: Ten Canoes

Thursday, 10 June: TBA

Thursday,  July: Sometimes Always Never (postponed Covid-19)

Thursday, 12 August: Her

Thursday, 9 September: Witness


Thursday, 16 January:
Gone With the Wind Part 1  

Thursday,  13 February: Ten Canoes

Thursday, 12 March: International Film Festival

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Thursday 8 October, The Salesman (2016)

Thursday, 12 November

Thursday, 10 December

Recent 2019 Circles

December: Divine Order

November: Johnny Guitar

October: Alphaville

September: Jules and Jim

August: Throne of Blood 

July: Shoot the Piano Player  81 minutes

June: The Mouse That Roared 83 mins

May: Mr Smith Goes to Washington 126 mins

April: Hero 

March: Malcolm

February: Talk by Peter Sheehan AO: How We Respond to What We See on Cinema Screen referencing Lawrence of Arabia and Psycho

January: Parts 1 and 2 of Lawrence of Arabia



Thursday, 13 September: Diva 117 mins; a 1981 French thriller film directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, adapted from the novel Diva by Daniel Odier (under the pseudonym Delacorta). It is one of the first French films to let go of the realist mood of 1970s French cinema and return to colourful, melodic style, later described as cinema du look.

Thursday, 11 October: Love Serenade 101 mins. Love Serenade was marketed as a romantic comedy.

Thursday, 8 November: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 124 mins; a 2011 British comedy-drama film directed by John Madden.

Thursday, 13 December: The Grand Budapest Hotel 100 mins; a 2014 comedy film written and directed by Wes Anderson, from a story by Anderson and Hugo Guinness, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig

Recent Circles 2018

August: The Queen of Katwe 124 mins. It is based on the true story of Phiona utesi, the smart courageous kid from the grindingly poor shantytown in Uganda.

July: Rabbit-Proof Fence 93 mins; a 2002 Australian drama film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book Follow the Rabbit –Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara.

June: Newsfront is a 1978 Australian drama film

May: Rebecca – is the classic Hitchcock gothic thriller and a compelling (and haunting ghost story) about a tortured romance

April: The Fall – a 2006 adventure fantasy film

March: Blow-Up – a London fashion photographer who is tired of regular fashion shots in his studio and goes to a park to photograph other more interesting things

February: best five films in the last five years

January: Blade Runner 

2017 Films

December: Christmas Lunch at Georges Seafood Restaurant

November: My Brilliant Career 

October: Excalibur

September: Three Colours: Blue (French: Trois couleurs: Bleu)

August: Casablanca

July: Farinelli

June: tba

May: Breathless (French: À bout de souffle; “out of breath”)

April: Death in Venice

March: Breathless

February: A Red Turtle, introduced by Peter Sheehan AO  About the Film

 When reviewing a fantasy film go to Questions to Consider


2016 Films

December: Mon Oncle

November: Like Water For Chocolate 

October: Gaslight

September: The Station Agent

August: Lacombe Lucien

July: Guest Speaker Dr Lisa Bode, UQ Media Studies Dept Click here for Dr Bode’s Talk to Cinema Circle

June: The Elephant Man 

May: The Lion in Winter

April: Black Swan

March: In Bruges

February: Vertigo directed by Alfred Hitchcock 

2015 Films

November A Separation

October Mrs Dalloway

September Night Cries – A Rural Tragedy by Tracy Moffatt

August The Hours

July The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

June  Bill Cunningham: New York

May  My Left Foot

April David Lynch: Between Two Worlds exhibition –  a combined visit to GOMA with the Art Circle,.

March A discussion of movies and censorship.

February  Twelve Angry Men

Earlier Films and Discussions

Discussion led by Associate Professor Jason Jacobs, Head of English, Media Studies and Art History on The Expressive Usage of Costume in Film and Television; On the Waterfront; The White Ribbon; The Pianist; Combined Event Cinema and Art Circles: Talk at GOMA Cinema B by José Da Silva, Senior Curator, Australian Cinémathèque White Cube / Black Box: Art and the Moving Image; Masquerade an outstanding South Korean movie; The Seventh Seal (96 mins) Ingmar Bergman; A discussion on What makes a good movie? Comment on recent movies Amour, Tabu and The Master – (judged top movies of 2012); Departures, the Gift of Last Memories; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; A Man and a Woman; Kes; The Cherry Orchard; Brief Encounter; To Kill a Mockingbird; The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”; To Kill a Mockingbird; The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie; 1952 version of Moulin Rouge directed by John Huston