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The Westdale Film Clubs

Do you love the art of cinema as much as we do?  Join one of our Film Clubs or Film Talks!

Film Clubs and are free, interactive meetings on Zoom where participants discuss a particular genre of film with local industry experts, filmmakers, and special guests.

Dates, times and genres of Film Clubs, as well as registration information are listed below.  If the film club that you are interested in is full, please email us at filmclubs@thewestdale.ca with your interest and we will place you on a waiting list.

Film Talks are also free to attend on Zoom.  Please see below for a list of upcoming Film Talks.

 

The Elevated Film Club is full.  Please email us at filmclub@thewestdale.ca to be placed on the waiting list.

The Hollywood Classics Film Club is full.  Please email us at filmclub@thewestdale.ca to be placed on the waiting list.

The International Film Club is full.  Please email us at filmclub@thewestdale.ca to be placed on the waiting list.

Join the Francophone Film Club!  Please see the dates and the film topics below. 

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September 2022

The Father

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality. Part of the CIne-Psych series! Opening comments by Dr. Kim Ng. Poetry reading by Matthew MacArthur. The Cine-Psych film making project was started in 2017 by Dr Nadeem Akhtar, a Psychiatrist, film-maker and Associate Professor at McMaster University. The aim of the…

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Mariupol: Unlost Hope

$20/PERSON PROCEEDS TO UCC HAMILTON HUMANITARIAN FUND Co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Assoc. Hamilton FEATURING: LARYSA ZARICZNIAK ‘SIMILARITIES OF HAMILTON AND MARIUPOL’ MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT INSTALLATION OF UKRAINIAN EMBROIDERY A documentary film of survival narrated in English. MARIUPOL: UNLOST HOPE is a testimony of eyewitnesses of Russia’s War on Ukraine in Mariupol. Three women and two men who lived in Mariupol during the first month of the invasion tell of what they saw, how they felt and their…

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We Were Children – Free Admission

Free admission for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Reserve your ticket online or get a free ticket at the door. Warning: this film contains disturbing content and is recommended for audiences 16 years of age and older. Parental discretion, and/or watching this film within a group setting, is strongly advised. If you need counseling support, please contact Health Canada. In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of…

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nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. Free Admission

Free admission for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Reserve your ticket online or get a free ticket at the door. On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their…

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October 2022

Elvis

From Oscar-nominated visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “Elvis”, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks. The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and…

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

FEATURING: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard, Sharon Robinson, Rufus Wainwright and many others SYNOPSIS: HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is a definitive exploration of singersongwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.” This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major…

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Hamilton Originals with Dave Rave

This event has been rescheduled from August 8. Ticket holders from the original event can still redeem their tickets for the new date with no additional actions required.  Songwriter Dave Rave, lead singer for noted Canadian punk band Teenage Head, dubbed “Canada’s Nick Lowe”, has rocked the world from Hamilton, Ontario all the way to Russia. New York City-based, Rave can lay claim to being the first Canadian artist (The Dave Rave Group) signed to a Russian label (Melodiya). Teenage…

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Artless

Hosted by Nathan Fleet with special guests Jeremy Major (Director & co-writer) and Christena Hampson (co-writer & star)  Explore original Canadian films with a connection to our great city. Local filmmakers will join us to discuss their work and answer your questions.     Nathan Fleet  Nathan Fleet is the executive director of the Hamilton Film Festival and the owner/operator of the new Hamilton School of Media Arts. He has a passion for spotlighting filmmaking in his hometown, Hamilton.   Directed by Jeremy…

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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

Part of our The Way of the Sword: Samurai Film Talk Series! Hosted by Ryan Ferguson   Samurai, the sword-bearing warrior, has been one of the central images of Japanese Cinema from its inception. The Way of the Sword is a look at the films on the fringe of mainstream samurai and chanbara cinema. These darker, stylized films found their place at late-night screenings and have indelibly influenced cinema and pop culture.   Ryan Ferguson   Ryan Ferguson is a film programmer and…

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Smyrna, My Beloved

Screening courtesy of the Greek International Film Festival Tour of Canada (GIFFT) The historical incidents and facts that preceded and occurred during the occupation of the city in 1922 by the Turkish army, including the massacre of the local Greek and Armenian population, are recounted through the lives of the Baltatzis family members.

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We’re All in This Together

Hosted by Alysha Main with special guests Katie Boland (Director) and Amy Jones (Writer)   Explore original Canadian films with a connection to our great city. Local filmmakers will join us to discuss their work and answer your questions.     Directed by Katie Boland   Starring Katie Boland, Martha Burns, Alisha Newton  Part of our Hamilton Original Films Talk Series! When a young woman’s mother survives plummeting over a waterfall in a barrel, she receives international attention thanks to the internet. With her…

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My Bloody Valentine

Hosted by Fred Fuchs with special guest George Mihalka (Director)  Explore original Canadian films with a connection to our great city. Local filmmakers will join us to discuss their work and answer your questions.     Directed by George Mihalka   Starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck   Part of our Hamilton Original Films Talk Series! The rural Canadian town of Valentine’s Bluffs has a dark secret. 20 years ago, during the town’s annual Valentine’s Day dance, one of the town’s…

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Double Indemnity

Part of our Film Noir Classics Series! Hosted by Fred Fuchs  Film Noir is a style of filmmaking characterized by such elements as cynical heroes, stark lighting effects, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and underlying existentialist philosophy. Host Fred Fuchs will introduce each film and share the story behind the film's creation.    Fred Fuchs  A successful Hollywood film producer for years, Fred is the founder and Chair of the Board of the Westdale Cinema Group.  Watch the movie and…

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20 Feet From Stardom

Immerse yourself in a big-screen audio-visual experience with the greatest moments in music ever captured on film. Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries and concert films, with a live performance by a musical guest.  Alysha Main  Alysha Main is a Music Supervisor, Event Manager, DJ, and Podcaster who has been working in the entertainment industry for 20 years. Her career has taken her…

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Drunken Cinema: The Lost Boys

35th Anniversary Screening! 4K Restoration! What happens when you mix together the ’80s, the two Coreys, babes, bikes and a lot of blood? You get one of the best vampire movies ever made! Drunken Cinema invites you all to SANTA CARLA (a.k.a. The Westdale) to participate in an interactive movie game in celebration of “The Lost Boys!” Re-live the vampires’ keen fashion sense, Kiefer Sutherland’s goosebumps-inducing evil laughter and of course THE FROG BROTHERS in a great theatre with a…

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Harvest of Songs: A Neil Young Tribute for the Bruce Trail

Fundraiser Concert for the Iroquoia Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Our first concert after the Pandemic, the third of the series. Beginning in the south, the Iroquoia Section of the Bruce Trail hugs the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquoia, following the winding path of the Niagara Escarpment, and forming a horseshoe around the western end of Lake Ontario. While the Trail passes through a densely populated area (the City of Hamilton), for the most part the hiker will be…

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Breathless

Part of our World Masterworks: Crime and Punishment Series! Hosted by Jeffrey Bender  Jeffrey Bender will be your guide as he takes you worldwide to the seedy underbelly of international cinema and a rogues' gallery of murderers, thieves, gangsters, and unruly mobs!  Jeffrey Bender  Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs at The Westdale. He returns to our theatre to continue the World Masterworks Series, where he will introduce us to the best of international cinema. …

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CIne-Psych: The Week/END and Can I Help You? Short

Cine-Psych brings a one of a kind show with two original short films and an original live play. The night will begin with Cine-Psych's short film "The Week/END," followed by a live performance of their play, "The Break Room." After that, there will be a screening of another short film titled "Can I Help You?" It's three shows in one that will certainly be loved by psychology students and social science fans alike, and it is one of the few…

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Based on a Broadway Musical of the same name, Rocky Horror Picture Show is a macabre musical comedy about a young couple who find themselves stranded in a rainstorm after their car breaks down. They approach a castle to phone for help, but find themselves at the mercy of a cast of outrageous characters, the leader of which is an alien cross-dressing mad scientist from the planet Transsexual. The couple also discovers a Frankenstein-esque laboratory, where an artificial muscle man…

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November 2022

Vivre Sa Vie

Celebrate Jean-Luc Godard with a Film Talk after the screening. Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard’s greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute, her downward spiral depicted in a series of discrete tableaux of daydreams and dances. Featuring some of Karina and…

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Shantero Productions presents LUNCH AT ALLEN’S

MURRAY McLAUCHLAN, CINDY CHURCH, MARC JORDAN and IAN THOMAS ARE LUNCH AT ALLEN’S Lunch At Allen’s is a musical powerhouse comprising four remarkable Canadian talents: Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. As individuals, they have written for or sung on over 25,000,000 CDs, penning hits for Josh Groban, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, America, Santana, Cher and Rod Stewart, as well as Murray’s Farmer’s Song, Marc’s Marina Del Rey and Ian’s Painted Ladies, just to name a few. These…

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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

Part of our The Way of the Sword: Samurai Film Talk Series! Hosted by Ryan Ferguson   Samurai, the sword-bearing warrior, has been one of the central images of Japanese Cinema from its inception. The Way of the Sword is a look at the films on the fringe of mainstream samurai and chanbara cinema. These darker, stylized films found their place at late-night screenings and have indelibly influenced cinema and pop culture.   Ryan Ferguson   Ryan Ferguson is a film programmer and…

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Pierrot le Fou

Celebrate Jean-Luc Godard with a Film Talk after the screening. Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

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The Photographer

https://vimeo.com/469563676?fbclid=IwAR2gWuJX5v3HonhwytVvx5_bGVtlME2dEzpgzfM41VtWrHDYKYgN8-SlQcU Hosted by Nathan Fleet with Calvin Keo (Director)  Explore original Canadian films with a connection to our great city. Local filmmakers will join us to discuss their work and answer your questions.     Nathan Fleet  Nathan Fleet is the executive director of the Hamilton Film Festival and the owner/operator of the new Hamilton School of Media Arts. He has a passion for spotlighting filmmaking in his hometown, Hamilton.   Directed by Calvin Keo   Part of our Hamilton Original Films Talk Series!…

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Part of our World Masterworks: Crime and Punishment Series! Hosted by Jeffrey Bender  Jeffrey Bender will be your guide as he takes you worldwide to the seedy underbelly of international cinema and a rogues' gallery of murderers, thieves, gangsters, and unruly mobs!  Jeffrey Bender  Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs at The Westdale. He returns to our theatre to continue the World Masterworks Series, where he will introduce us to the best of international cinema. …

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Monterey Pop

Immerse yourself in a big-screen audio-visual experience with the greatest moments in music ever captured on film. Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries and concert films, with a live performance by a musical guest.  Alysha Main  Alysha Main is a Music Supervisor, Event Manager, DJ, and Podcaster who has been working in the entertainment industry for 20 years. Her career has taken her…

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Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream tells the grim tale of a family torn apart by substances. Sara (Ellen Burtsyn) becomes addicted to prescription amphetamines- which are prescribed to her for binge eating, while her son, Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend, Marion (Jennifer Connelly) and his friend, Tyrone (Marlon Wayans), all suffer from heroin addiction, despite their dreams and aspirations. The melancholy drama shows the harsh realities of substance use and how grueling the experience is for all who are involved, along…

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December 2022

Lady Snowblood

Part of our The Way of the Sword: Samurai Film Talk Series! Hosted by Ryan Ferguson   Samurai, the sword-bearing warrior, has been one of the central images of Japanese Cinema from its inception. The Way of the Sword is a look at the films on the fringe of mainstream samurai and chanbara cinema. These darker, stylized films found their place at late-night screenings and have indelibly influenced cinema and pop culture.   Ryan Ferguson   Ryan Ferguson is a film programmer and…

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Sunset Boulevard

Part of our Film Noir Classics Series! Hosted by Fred Fuchs  Film Noir is a style of filmmaking characterized by such elements as cynical heroes, stark lighting effects, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and underlying existentialist philosophy. Host Fred Fuchs will introduce each film and share the story behind the film's creation.    Fred Fuchs  A successful Hollywood film producer for years, Fred is the founder and Chair of the Board of the Westdale Cinema Group.  Watch the movie and…

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Shine a Light

Immerse yourself in a big-screen audio-visual experience with the greatest moments in music ever captured on film. Host Alysha Main will take the audience on a journey through the liner notes and deep cuts from the most beloved music documentaries and concert films, with a live performance by a musical guest.  Alysha Main  Alysha Main is a Music Supervisor, Event Manager, DJ, and Podcaster who has been working in the entertainment industry for 20 years. Her career has taken her…

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Tokyo Drifter

Part of our World Masterworks: Crime and Punishment Series! Hosted by Jeffrey Bender  Jeffrey Bender will be your guide as he takes you worldwide to the seedy underbelly of international cinema and a rogues' gallery of murderers, thieves, gangsters, and unruly mobs!  Jeffrey Bender  Jeffrey Bender has hosted The Hollywood Classics and International Film Clubs at The Westdale. He returns to our theatre to continue the World Masterworks Series, where he will introduce us to the best of international cinema. …

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