Film Screening 13th May, 2001

Poster for The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz 

1:30 PM, 13th May, 2001

  • G
  • 102 mins
  • 1939
  • Victor Fleming
  • Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Wolfe
  • Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

This is the classic musical film version starring Judy Garland. Dorothy lives in Kansas with her Aunt Em. A tornado picks her up and transports her to the Land of Oz. Dorothy and Toto's (her little dog) only hope of returning to Kansas the Wizard of Oz. Following the Yellow Brick Road, she meets the cowardly lion, the brainless scarecrow, and the tin man without a heart, who are also seeking the Wizard. You know the rest and probably the songs too. Did you know the tornado special effects were created by whirling a stocking over a model of Kansas? Or that the horses in Emerald City were coloured using jelly crystals, so scenes had to be shot quickly before they licked them off? Or that the Munchkins earned $50 a week, while Toto took home $125? Or that Shirley Temple was to play Dorothy, but her studio wouldn't release her?

Julie Sienkowski

Poster for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 

3:22 PM, 13th May, 2001

  • G
  • 98 mins
  • 1971
  • Mel Stuart
  • Roald Dahl
  • Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

This is a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka's is the best chocolate factory in the world. Charlie is one of five lucky winners to find a golden ticket hidden in the wrapping of a chocolate bar. This entitles him and four other children (all wonderfully horrible caricature((mdash))this is Roald Dahl) to visit the factory. As the party progresses through the factory, the children disappear one by one((mdash))victims of their own greed and willfulness((mdash))until there is only Charlie left. The images are great((mdash))wonderful bright colours and a gushing river of chocolate. The factory is staffed by Oompa Loompas (with the catchiest tune in the film), and its products are limited only by your imagination. Visiting the Cadbury factory is a real come-down after this film.

Julie Sienkowski