Saturday Night Program

Cinema Paradiso
189 Ocean View Road, Ettalong Beach

$25 – $35 + booking fee

Saturday 12 June 2021 | 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: Holding The Man, film-screening & conversation

8:00pm – 9:00pm


First, we fell in love with the warm-hearted memoir by Timothy Conigrave, which was dubbed an “Australian classic” by writer Benjamin Law.

Then, we were treated to a film adaptation by Australian director Neil Armfield, with a screenplay by Tommy Murphy.

And now, we can relish an intimate and no-holds-barred conversation about the story and the creative process of bringing Holding the Man to the screen with local cinema doyenne Margaret Pomeranz, joined by lauded Director Neil Armfield.

A screening of the movie will be followed by a lively chat for film-lovers and bibliophiles alike, finished with a chance to have the memoir signed. Please join us!

Movie screening at 6pm, followed by in-conversation and book-signings.

Margaret Pomeranz presents: Holding The Man, film-screening & conversation

Saturday June 12,


Cinema Paradiso, 189 Ocean View Rd,
Ettalong Beach
$25 – $35 (with book) + 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.

Neil Headshot

Neil Armfield

Neil Armfield is a leading Australian director of theatre, opera and film. He was co-founder of Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre and its Artistic Director for 17 years, during which time he directed over 50 productions.

Neil’s notable productions include Cloudstreet (toured to London twice, Dublin, Zurich, New York), Hamlet (toured Australia starring Richard Roxburgh), Diary of a Madman (with Geoffrey Rush, toured to Moscow, St Petersburg, New York), Exit the King (Sydney and Broadway, winning Geoffrey Rush a Tony), The Book of Everything (toured to New York), The Judas Kiss (toured Australia starring Bille Brown in 1999 and in 2012 with Rupert Everett) and The Secret River, adapted for theatre by Andrew Bovell.

Neil directed the television miniseries Edens Lost for ABC TV in 1988, which won 4 AFI awards including Best Director and Best Mini Series; 2 telemovies for the ABC in 1996 – The Fisherman’s Wake (which won an ATOM Award for Best Original TV Production), and Coral Island.

In 2005 he directed and co-wrote the feature film Candy, starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish, which screened in competition at the Berlinale and played twenty other international festivals. He won Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI Awards and an AWGIE for Best Screenplay.

Neil has won 2 AFI Awards, 8 Helpmann Awards, and many Sydney Theatre, Victorian Green Room and Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards. He has Honorary Doctorates from Sydney and NSW Universities, and in 2007 was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia.

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