Dear <<First Name>>,

This weekend is the perfect weekend to head to the movies at Cowra Civic Centre with a smash-hit feature film, a captivating documentary, and a critically acclaimed play captured live from London’s West End. Plus with all tickets this weekend we are including a free glass of wine, beer or soft drink from our bar.

I’m very proud to be presenting The Reason I Jump this weekend. Critically acclaimed with multiple 4 and 5 star reviews, reviewers have described it "As emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold" - Variety and “an immersive portrait of neurodiversity” - The Canberra Times. This very special film shares the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world and will capture your heart, perhaps even shifting how you see the world around you. Don’t miss it!

We are also presenting the first of two screenings of the latest offering from National Theatre Live as part of our ongoing Live Performance on Screen program. These screenings allow audiences in Australia to access incredible stage productions that will never tour to our side of the globe. The experience for audiences in cinemas is excellent as well as affordable, and this Saturday night we present Straight Line Crazy by internationally renowned playwright, David Hare. Described asDramatically gripping and politically thoughtful’ - The Guardian, Ralph Fiennes stars as Robert Moses - the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever. Treat yourself to a night out of really excellent theatre!

Last weekend we had to postpone the screening of Top Dog Film Festival when the film was lost in distribution. It has now arrived and we have rescheduled this to Sunday 2 October at 5:30pm. This is the long weekend and therefore the kids can stay out a little later that day.

We are also announcing some additions to line up of music events in early October with Steve Kilby performing the singles of his band The Church in an intimate solo show in the theatrette, and a double bill of live and local music from Central West bands Civil Hands and Raptor County. Tickets are on sale now for both of these events. Read on for more info.

See you soon!
Cowra Civic Centre


Good Luck To You, Leo Grande | Official Trailer | 2022 [HD]

M - Sexual themes, sex scenes, nudity and coarse language | 97 mins | $14*

Nancy Stokes, a retired school teacher and widow, is yearning for some adventure, some human connection, and some sex. Good sex. Whilst her husband Robert provided a home, a family, something resembling a life, good sex was never on offer. But he’s gone now, and Nancy has a plan: she will find adventure with a sex worker named Leo Grande. In an anonymous hotel room Nancy greets Leo. He looks every bit as good as his picture, but what Nancy wasn’t expecting was conversation as well as fornication. Leo has a view on everything, and though he may not always tell the truth, Nancy finds she likes him. And he likes her.

All tickets this weekend include a free glass of wine, beer or soft drink. ID may be required.

Friday 16 September at 7pm
Saturday 17 September at 4:30pm
Sunday 18 September at 2pm

The Reason I Jump - Official Trailer

M – Occasional coarse language | 82 mins | $14*

"As emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold" - Variety
★★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★★ The List
★★★★★ Film Hounds
★★★★★ Eye for Film
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Empire
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ Total Film

This film is life-affirming and uplifting, and not to be missed. Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe. Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distills these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

All tickets this weekend include a free glass of wine, beer or soft drink. ID may be required.

Saturday 17 September at 2:30pm
Sunday 18 September at 4pm

NT Live: Straight Line Crazy - Official Trailer (AU)

E – Exempt | 180 mins | $25*

★★★★★ ‘Another acting triumph for Fiennes’ - The Guardian
★★★★ ‘
Ralph Fiennes excels in David Hare’s new play’ - Broadway World
‘Stirring, engrossing stuff smoothly directed by Nicholas Hytner’ - WhatsOnStage
★★★★ - Daily Mail
★★★★ - Observer

Ralph Fiennes leads the cast in David Hare’s (NT Live: Skylight) blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever. For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in office through a mix of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created parks, bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors. Faced with resistance by protest groups campaigning for a very different idea of what the city should become, will the weakness of democracy be exposed in the face of his charismatic conviction?

Captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London, Nicholas Hytner directs this exhilarating new play.

All tickets this weekend include a free glass of wine, beer or soft drink. ID may be required.

Saturday 17 September at 6:30pm
Saturday 24 September at 1pm



Blaze (2022) Official Trailer

MA15+ Strong themes and sexual violence | 101 mins | $14*

★★★★★ A Masterpiece. Profoundly generous and empowering. Time Out Acclaimed Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton makes her stunning feature debut, combining live action, puppetry and animation and starring Simon Baker, Yael Stone and Julia Savage. Twelve-year-old Blaze is raised by her caring father, Luke. When she witnesses a brutal crime, Blaze is faced with conflicting emotions of debilitating fear and a desire for justice. As she spirals uncontrollably, Luke does his best to help her through this crisis, but to little effect. An unlikely saviour enters the picture, a dragon – a magnificent Barton creation – that provides solace and courage to Blaze as she finds a path forward.

Friday 23 September at 7pm
Saturday 24 September at 4:30pm


M - Mature themes and coarse language |

92 mins | Norwegian with English subtitles | $14*

Everybody Hates Johan is an explosive comedy about the life of Johan, a small-town loner with a flair for dynamite who finds himself in constant conflict with the rural community. Orphaned at a young age, Johan is brought up by his aunt and uncle and throughout his life, he struggles to find his place in society and cope with his lifelong, unrequited love for the girl next door, whom he nearly blew to pieces during his younger days.

Saturday 24 September at 6:45pm
Sunday 25 September at 5pm

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN RETURN - Official Trailer - Sequel starring Sheridan Smith and Jenny Agutter

PG – mild themes and violence | 99 mins | $14* - includes a popcorn & a popper

Inspired by one of the most beloved British family films of all time, this is an enchanting, moving, and heart-warming adventure for a new generation. 1944 – As life in Britain’s cities becomes increasingly perilous, three evacuee children are sent by their mother to Yorkshire. When the children discover injured American soldier Abe hiding out in the railyard, they are thrust into a dangerous quest to assist their new friend who, like them, is a long way from home.

Friday 30 September at 10am
Saturday 1 October at 11am
Sunday 2 October at 1pm

Bosch & Rockit - Official Trailer

MA15+ - strong coarse language | 107 mins | $14*

Filmed at iconic Byron Bay, against the canvas of Australia’s famous east coast surf beaches and rain forests, Bosch & Rockit is a raw and unapologetic exploration of unconscious parenting and the deeper themes of love, forgiveness and relationships. Set in the late 1990s, before the era of smartphones and social media, Rockit grapples to understand why his Mum’s not coming home, while he embarks on a magical holiday with his father, Bosch, only to discover they’re actually running from the law. Told through the eyes of a young boy, Bosch & Rockit is an incredible journey from boyhood to manhood.

Friday 30 September at 7pm
Saturday 1 October at 1:15pm
Sunday 2 October at 3:30pm

Top Dog Film Festival 2022 - full trailer AU 2mins

CTC | 120mins | $14*

This carefully curated film festival about dogs and their humans, graces Australian screens once again for its sixth year. The Top Dog Film Festival showcases six awe inspiring short films created by independent filmmakers from around the world. Filled with delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of our beloved canine companions, gather together to support senior dogs, watch in awe as dogs come to the rescue, witness a centuries long tradition continue in Greenland, and meet Rodney the adventure loving bulldog.

NEW DATE Sunday 2 October at 5:30pm

DC League of Super-Pets – Trailer 2

PG - Mild animated fantasy violence and coarse language | 106 mins | $14* - includes a popcorn & a popper

In DC League of Super-Pets, Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack—Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

Thursday 6 October at 10am
Friday 7 October at 10am
Saturday 8 October at 2pm
Sunday 9 October at 10am

Embrace Kids - Official trailer

G - Very mild coarse language and references to bullying and discrimination | 79 mins | $14* - includes a popcorn & a popper

Body-image advocate Taryn Brumfitt is a best-selling author and speaker, and the film director behind break-out documentary Embrace (2016). This time she’s talking to school-aged kids and famous friends about body image, bullying, gender identity, advocacy, representation and more. Featuring Taryn’s network of well-known celebrity friends including Celeste Barber, Jameela Jamil, Electric Fields, along with Chico the family dog, Embrace Kids brings together a vibrant collection of stories and voices to entertain and inspire kids and parents alike, showing us that the first step in changing the world, is changing your own mind.

Friday 7 October at 1pm
Saturday 8 October at 4:30pm

Ticket to Paradise | Official Trailer [HD]

TICKET TO PARADISE M - Coarse Language | 104 mins | $14*

Academy Award® winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen as two divorced parents who find themselves on a shared mission to Bali to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they once made – marriage! With can’t look away chemistry radiating from Clooney and Roberts, Ticket to Paradise is a romantic comedy reminiscent of the best from years gone by.

Friday 7 October at 8pm
Saturday 8 October at 6:30pm
Friday 9 October at 5pm
Wednesday 12 October at 10am




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