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Changing the Script Film Festival

May 3-7, 2016

The AGH in partnership with the McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences is pleased to present Hamilton’s only mental health film festival, Changing the Script. Scheduled during Mental Health Week 2016, the festival features a series of films selected by Psychiatrist Dr. Nadeem Akhtar and AGH Film Curator Ryan Ferguson, followed panel discussions with experts in the mental health field.

All screenings take place at the Art Gallery of Hamilton / Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion.

Black Balloon

Tuesday, May 3
7:00 p.m.

Australia | 2008 | Drama | 102min | 14A

When Thomas’ pregnant mother has to take things easy, his father Simon puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie. Charlie's unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out - in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming.

2008 Berlin International Film Festival - Crystal Bear Winner



Oslo, August 31

Wednesday, May 4
7:00 p.m.

Norway | 2011 | Drama | 102min | 14A

Anders is a fortunate, but deeply troubled man battling drug addiction. As part of his drug rehabilitation program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview, but instead drifts around revisiting old friends. The day grows increasingly difficult as he struggles to overcome personal demons and past ghosts for the chance at love and a new life.

2011 Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection



Wake in Fright

Friday, May 6
8:00 p.m.

Australia | 1971 | Drama | 108min | 14A

Sponsored by McMaster Department of Psychiatry

Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, Wake in Fright is the story a teacher who arrives in a rough outback mining town, planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, as his one night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction.

1971 Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection



Some Voices

Saturday, May 7
7:00 p.m.

UK | 2000 | Drama | 101min | PG

Daniel Craig stars as Ray a schizophrenic trying to adjust to the outside world after being released from an institution.

2000 British Independent Film Awards - Winner, Best Actor




The Tenant

Saturday, May 7
9:00 p.m.

France | 1976 | Drama |126min | R

Sponsored by Hamilton Family Health Team

When Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski) learns that the previous tenant of his new apartment tried to commit suicide by jumping out the window, he begins to identify with her in increasingly disturbing ways.

1976 Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection



Heads up film lovers! Landmark Cinemas 6 at Jackson Square is making some changes to its theatres. While this means amazing comfort in the theatre it also means more limited seating for our Landmark screenings! Check out this article for all the details and be sure to grab your tickets early to avoid disappointment at the door.

Sleeping Giant

Wednesday, May 11
7:00 p.m.

Landmark Cinemas 6, Jackson Square

Director: Andrew Cividino
Country: Canada | 2015
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 89 Minutes
Rating: 14A

2015 Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection
2015 Toronto International Film Festival - Winner, Best Canadian First Feature
2016 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards - Winner, Best Canadian Feature
Vancouver Film Critics Circle - Winner, Best Canadian Film, Best Director of a Canadian Film, Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film

The first feature from Canadian writer-director Andrew Cividino is set in an isolated Ontario cottage community during a bleak midsummer, where the volatile dynamics between three teenage friends-by-chance are gradually pushed towards a potentially dangerous imbalance.


Louder Than Bombs

Wednesday, May 18
7:00 p.m.

Landmark Cinemas 6, Jackson Square

Director: Joachim Trier
Country: Denmark | 2015
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Rating: 14A

Official Selection:
2015 Cannes Film Festival
2015 Toronto International Film Festival

On the eve of an exhibition honouring noted war photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert), whose career was cut short in the wake of her untimely death, a father and two sons grapple with her domestic and professional legacy. Flashbacks of Isabelle's conflated role of wife, mother and photojournalist intermingle with the present-day attempts of the Reeds to manage their grief amid combat of a different kind.


The Sacrifice

Sunday, May 29
4:00 p.m.

Mills Hardware

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Country: Sweden | 1986
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 125 Minutes
Rating: 14A

1986 Cannes Film Festival - Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Best Artistic Contribution, FIPRESCI Prize3

Official Selection:
1986 Toronto International Film Festival
1986 New York Film Festival

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release The Sacrifice, director Andrei Tarkovsky's final film, begins in Bergmanesque fashion on a small, remote island, where friends and family gather for drama critic Alexander's (Erland Josephson) birthday celebration. The revelry is interrupted by a radio announcement: World War III has begun, and Mankind is only hours away from utter annihilation. Each of the guests reacts differently to the news.

Following the screening Dr. Graham Petrie author of The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue will host a talk and Q&A


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