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Civic Cinema : The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour


All $25
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Thursday 11 May 2023, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


The Playhouse

Civic Theatre

375 Hunter Street

Newcastle 2300

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Presented by Civic Theatre Newcastle, Rhapsody Pictures, Big Name Studio and Prodigi House

The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour - Special Event Screening + Q&A with Key Cast, Director & Cinematographer

An existential mishmash of Spike Milligan and Jacques Tati with an Australian flavour, this is absurdist comedy at its weirdest and most charming. 

Winner - Best Film at the Sydney Underground Film Festival and nominated for an Innovation Award at the 70th Melbourne International Film Festival. 

Neville Umbrellaman is a verbose, velvet-voiced intellectual who hosts a late-night radio show from his parents’ garage. The alter ego of Rabindranath Chakraborty, Umbrellaman is deeply committed to the program, a labour of love and fantastical fancy that masks deeper, more tragic truths. Luckily, he’s got plenty of eccentric guests to help him out, from folk singer Kenneth Wong and Terry the neighbour to French baker Yvette and Chakraborty’s secret crush, Sabrina D’Angelo. But is anybody tuning in?

This adaptation of Nitin Vengurlekar’s lauded stage show of the same name is a rare gem of independent local filmmaking. Starring Vengurlekar as Chakraborty/Umbrellaman – reprising the role he also played onstage – the film builds on the warped whimsy of award-winning director Platon Theodoris’s debut feature Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites, enabling him to stake a claim as one of the country’s most distinctive and curious filmmakers. The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour is a hilarious, wonderfully weird delight.

The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour was listed in the top 10 Australian films of 2022 by Screen Hub  also took out the Number 1 spot on The Curb's list for Best Australian Films of 2022  :

Join Key Cast, the Director & the Cinematographer for this one-off Special Event Screening in Newcastle.

Running time 77mins + Post Film Q&A  30-45mins
Rating CTC
Cast: Nitin Vengurlekar, Sabrina Chan D'Angelo, Alison Bennett, Joyce Edmonds,  Teik-Kim Pok, Peter Gizariotis,


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