LOCAL PREMIERE: Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen star in Words and Pictures, which screens tomorrow at the Jetty Memorial Theatre.
LOCAL PREMIERE: Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen star in Words and Pictures, which screens tomorrow at the Jetty Memorial Theatre.

Comedy of ideas comes to life at premiere

FILM lovers are in for a treat as the Jetty Memorial Theatre screens the Coffs Coast premiere of stunning new film Words and Pictures tomorrow.

Directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker Fred Schepisi, Words and Pictures stars Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Clive Owen (Closer) as an eccentric English teacher who challenges the charismatic new art teacher, played by Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) in a school-wide debate over which is more powerful, the word or the picture.

What unfolds is a witty and intelligent screenplay exploring the value of good education set against a flamboyant courtship that develops between the two teachers.

But the true battle is against personal demons, as two troubled souls struggle for connection.

Smart, inspirational and entertaining, Words and Pictures is an uplifting and crowd-pleasing romantic comedy drama that will be spark much audience debate about the question it poses.

The New York Times reviewed the film as "a comedy of ideas couched in the format of a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn movie ... the performances by Mr Owen and Ms Binoche have a crackling vitality."

There will be two screenings of Words and Pictures tomorrow at 10:30am (includes morning tea at 10am) and 1.30pm.

The screenings will be the first of a new series of Silver Screen Sessions at the Jetty Theatre.

For bookings see http://www.jettytheatre.com or phone the box office on 6652 8088.



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