Cinema Screening

Cinema Paradiso
189 Ocean View Road, Ettalong Beach

$25 (entry) – $45 (entry + book) + booking fee

Saturday 4 June 2022 | 6pm

Festival Patron and Central Coast local Margaret Pomeranz will host an evening of conversation and film at the much-loved Cinema Paradiso, Ettalong.

Margaret Pomeranz presents:
Candy, film-screening & conversation

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Candy film screening & conversation

Based on the 1998 book of the same name, the 2006 film Candy charts the descent into heroin hell with young star-crossed addicts, Candy and Dan. As their increasing dependency leads them to prostitution and desperation, not even their fierce love can stop the wreckage. Critics at the time noted the film’s ‘intense sensuality,’ saying the performances of Heath Ledger as Dan and Abbie Cornish as Candy were ‘terrifyingly real.’ Please join us to revisit this Australian classic with BAFTA-winning screenwriter (and author of the original novel), Luke Davies, alongside much-loved cinema doyenne Margaret Pomeranz.

Movie screening of Candy at 6pm, followed by in-conversation and book-signings with screenwriter and novelist Luke Davies.

Margaret Pomeranz presents: Candy, film-screening & conversation

Saturday June 4, 6pm

Cinema Paradiso, 189 Ocean View Rd,
Ettalong Beach
$25 – $45 (with book Candy)
+ booking fee


Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz AM co-hosted The Movie Show on SBS and At The Movies on ABC with David Stratton for nearly three decades. She has served as a member of the Advertising Standards Board, is a past president of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been both president and vice-president of Watch on Censorship. Margaret also presented a movies and a review program Screen on Foxtel. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University and was selected for the Playwright’s Studio at NIDA, after which she began writing for television, radio and film. She joined the newly established Special Broadcasting Service in 1980 as writer/producer, which led to her being appointed producer for David Stratton’s movie hostings. Some years later, in 1986, they were able to get The Movie Show up and running. The duo moved to the ABC in 2004 to establish At The Movies.

Luke Davies

Luke Davies

Luke Davies is the author of three novels, the cult bestseller Candy, Isabelle the Navigator and God of Speed, as well as five books of poetry, including Running with Light, winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, Totem, which won the Age Book of the Year Award, and Interferon Psalms, which won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. His film and television credits include Catch-22, Beautiful Boy and News of the World. Davies was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the BAFTA, for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2016 film Lion.

About the Movie

Candy film screening & conversation


A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle – and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

Australia, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Neil Armfield
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush

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