live.org.au/film/

Email sent to registered class members on:
Saturday 20 February 2021

U3APP FRIDAY FILM – “An Education” – 1pm Friday 26 February 2021

Hi Everyone

FRIDAY FILM
The Friday Film for this week is called “An Education”.
View it here https://beamafilm.com/watch/an-education before this Friday.

ZOOM DISCUSSION
Join the ZOOM discussion at 1pm Friday 26 February 2021 with the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83414165912?pwd=Wjc4eUZhbVY3ZFE4Qm9CalFmOXpBQT09

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip

A LIBRARY CARD IS NEEDED TO WATCH FILMS FOR FREE
“An Education” is available on a streaming service called BEAMAFILM.
Beamafilm is an Australian company based in Redfern in Sydney.
Films are free to watch but you need a login.
To obtain a login you need a council library card.
A Port Phillip Library card is ideal, but any library will do.
If you don’t have a library card you can get one with this link.
https://library.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Using_the_library/Joining_the_library
(On weekends the library service can undergo maintenance so may not be available)
The Port Phillip Library pays BEAMAFILM about $2 for each film you watch.
To login to BEAMAFILM all you need is the Library Card Number.
Create your login with the following link. https://beamafilm.com/loginLib

ABOUT BEAMAFILM
BEAMAFILM has over 1000 films on their website.
All are free to watch if you have a library card.
Each week BEAMAFILM sends a newsletter announcing new films on their service.
Below you can see the last newsletter they sent me.
BEAMAFILM never bothers you with other advertising, it is a genuine, free, service.

FRIDAY FILM EMAILS
All Friday Film emails sent in 2021 are on this page www.live.org.au/film


Email sent to registered class members on:
Monday 15 February 2021

U3APP FRIDAY FILM change from “My Octopus Teacher” to “Two Days, One Night”

Hi Everyone

Some class members have reported problems watching the assigned film for discussion this Friday.
If some class members report the problem chances are others have it too (I have it myself now).

THE PROBLEM
“My Octopus Teacher” has a “cycling” problem.
It is probably caused by the server being overloaded.
The problem manifests as long pauses with a rotating circle.
It makes the film unwatchable.
So a new film has been assigned.

WATCH IT ON YOUR COMPUTER
The new film is “Two Days, One Night”.
It can be watched on SBS ON-Demand anytime with the following link.
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/755318339534/two-days-one-night

WATCH IT ON YOUR TELEVISION
The film will be shown at 7.45pm on your TV on SBS World Movies (Channel 32) this Wednesday night.

ZOOM DISCUSSION
The ZOOM discussion at 1pm Friday 19 February 2021 remains unchanged.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83414165912?pwd=Wjc4eUZhbVY3ZFE4Qm9CalFmOXpBQT09

Sorry for the change but it was necessary.

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip


Email sent to registered class members on:
Saturday 13 February 2021

U3APP Friday Film – “My Octopus Teacher” – 1pm Friday 19 February 2021

Hi Everyone

The film for this week is a documentary called “My Octopus Teacher”.
Yes, it’s a peculiar name, but rated very highly at 8.3 on IMDb.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12888462/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
On Rotten Tomatoes critics rank it as 100%, and the audience at 95%.
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_octopus_teacher
I’ll explain more about IBDb and Rotten Tomatoes at the start of this Friday’s session.
Suffice to say any filmmaker would be very happy with scores like 8.3, 100% and 95%.

Below are the links to watch the film during the week, and to attend the discussion.
Additional information for discussion (unrelated to the film) is below the black line.

FRIDAY FILM
“My Octopus Teacher” can be viewed for free on the following link. http://www.documentarymania.com/player.php?title=My+Octopus+Teacher
Documentary Mania has over 8,000 documentaries that are completely free to watch.
You don’t need a free login! Why do they do it? I have a theory I’ll explain on Friday.

ZOOM DISCUSSION
Join the ZOOM discussion at 1pm Friday 19 February 2021 with the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83414165912?pwd=Wjc4eUZhbVY3ZFE4Qm9CalFmOXpBQT09
Note that the ZOOM link is different from the one that we used in 2020.

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip


HOSTING A FRIDAY FILM
“My Octopus Teacher” was recommended by class member Julie Butcher.
Julie was going to host this session but had to withdraw due to other commitments.
Anyone who would like to host a session to discuss a film please contact me.
All I need is the name of the film and a link if possible. I will do the rest.

INTERNATIONAL MOVIE DATABASE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMDb

ROTTEN TOMATOES
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotten_Tomatoes

FRIDAY FILM EMAILS
All emails sent to Friday Film Class Members are published on www.live.org.au/film/


Email sent to registered class members on:
Saturday 6 February 2021

U3APP Friday Film – “Pink Floyd – The Wall” – 1pm Friday 12 February 2021

Hi Everyone

The assigned film for this week is “Pink Floyd – The Wall”.
Links to watch the film, and to attend the ZOOM discussion, are above the dotted line.
Additional information about the film is below the dotted line.

FRIDAY FILM
“Pink Floyd – The Wall” can be viewed on https://vimeo.com/ via the following link.
https://vimeo.com/groups/565619/videos/281984569 or the film is also available
on https://www.documentaryarea.tv/ on the following link.
https://www.documentaryarea.tv/player.php?title=The%20Wall
No login is required for “Vimeo” or the “Documentary Area”website.

ZOOM DISCUSSION
Join the ZOOM discussion at 1pm Friday 12 February 2021 with the link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83414165912?pwd=Wjc4eUZhbVY3ZFE4Qm9CalFmOXpBQT09
Note that the ZOOM link is different from the one that we used in 2020.

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip

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FRIDAY FILM EMAILS
Every Friday Movie email is posted on http://live.org.au/film/
If you don’t receive an email on Saturday look on this webpage.
Your email will probably be in your SPAM or JUNK folder.
Fish it out, and send a reply to me, this will solve the problem.
If you send me an email your email program will add me as a contact.
Next time I send you an email it will then arrive in your INBOX.

INTERNATIONAL MOVIE DATABASE
To assess if a film is worth watching try looking them up on two websites.
The first is https://www.imdb.com/ the International Movie DataBase.
IMDb has over 65 million entries including a description of every film ever made.
The IMDb entry for “Pink Floyd – The Wall” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084503/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
For “The Wall” over 76,000 people who watched the film have given it an 8.1 rating.
As a rule of thumb anything above 7.5 is good, and anything above 8.0 is fantastic.

ROTTEN TOMATOES
The second website that rates films is Rotten Tomatoes https://www.rottentomatoes.com/
This is Rotten Tomatoes’ “Pink Floyd – The Wall” entry https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/pink_floyd_the_wall
Rotten Tomatoes has roughly 1.8 million entries.
The first rating for “Pink Floyd – The Wall” is 69% from 26 reviewers.
The second rating is 89% from 50,000+ audience ratings.
Any rating above 80% is very good.
Obviously many of the 26 reviewers did not like it.
Rotten Tomatoes reviewers work for newspapers, TV stations and on-line film websites.
Reviewers assess films differently than members of the audience.
They can give high ratings for terrible films, and low ratings for good films.
Trust me, “Pink Floyd – The Wall” is a good film.
However it is very powerful and not for the fainthearted.


Email sent to registered class members on:
Saturday 30 January 2021

U3APP Friday Film – Wild Tales – 1pm Friday 5 February 2021

Hi Everyone

This is the standard email I will send every Saturday.
It will assign the film to watch during the following week.
Watch it on your Smart TV, computer, iPhone or iPad.
We will discuss the film on ZOOM the following Friday at 1pm.
Please email me if you have problems watching the film, or using ZOOM.

FRIDAY FILM
Wild Tales can be viewed on SBS OnDemand via the following link.
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1828333635918/wild-tales
You will need to create a free login to view SBS OnDemand films.
You only need to do this once. If you have a problem contact me.

ZOOM DISCUSSION
Join the ZOOM discussion at 1pm Friday 5 February 2021 with the link below.
Note that the ZOOM link is different from the one that we used in 2020.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83414165912?pwd=Wjc4eUZhbVY3ZFE4Qm9CalFmOXpBQT09

NOTE: Every Friday Film email is posted on
http://live.org.au/film/

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip


Email sent to registered class members on:
Saturday 23 January 2021

U3APP Friday Film – Free Netflix Films

Hi Everyone

Each Saturday U3APP Friday Film class members will receive an email.
Usually, it will announce the film for next Friday’s ZOOM discussion.
But today it is just to get everyone in the habit of reading their emails.
For simplicity, all emails will be published on this page http://live.org.au/film/
This is so you won’t have to hunt around in your Inbox for previous emails.

Today I have two messages.

Free Netflix Films
Netflix offer a few of their films on a free-to-watch link.
This is the link https://www.netflix.com/au/watch-free
There is no login required, no registration, nothing like that.
It really is free, with a complete series of some very good films.
Netflix hopes you will like these films and acquire a paid subscription.

First Film for 2021
At 1pm on Friday 5 February 2021 we will discuss the film “Wild Tales”.
It is currently free to watch on SBS OnDemand by clicking on this link.
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1828333635918/wild-tales

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip


Email sent to registered class members on:
Saturday 16 January 2021

Hi Everyone

I thought I would get into the habit of sending everyone an email on Saturday as this will be the norm once Friday Film classes begin in February 2021.

There are films on TV now that are shown “live to air” but only remain on the channel’s free streaming service for limited time. One such film is “The Turning” that was on ABC 22 on Friday night and is now only on ABC iView.

In “The Turning” 17 Australian directors create chapters of the hauntingly beautiful novel by Tim Winton. The overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives. (2012)

“The Turning” does not appear that it will be repeated on ABC 22 but it is still available on iView until 7:00am on 31 January 2021. It heartily recommends that you watch it before it expires. See now on ABC iView at https://iview.abc.net.au/show/turning

We won’t be discussing “The Turning” in our ZOOM first session on 5 February. The film we will discuss then is “Wild Tales”, details of which you will find in the email below.

Over the past week 7 new people have joined the Friday Film class which now has 93 members. For these 7 people, and for those who may have missed last week’s email, it is repeated below.

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip


Email sent to registered class members on:
Saturday 9 January 2021

Hi Everyone

Welcome to Friday Film for 2021. At the time of writing this email there were 86 people registered for the class. Many of you are new to the class so I think it best if I explain how the class operates.

But first, if you have no problems accessing online streaming services, or using ZOOM, go straight to point 7 below for details of the film we will discuss at our first session at 1pm on Friday 5 February 2021.

1 – The way Friday Film used to operate

By way of background Friday Film has been running at U3A Port Phillip for several years. We used to all watch a film together, beginning at 1pm on Friday, in The Hall at the Mary Kehoe Centre. We would then discuss the film as a group, then pack up the chairs, then adjourn to the Sandbar Cafe on Beaconsfield Parade for coffee and a chat. Hopefully sometime in 2021 we can return to this format, but until then COVID-19 restrictions have meant we have had to change how the class is run.

2 – The way Friday Film must operate now

We now watch films on the internet in our homes. All films are free to watch, no paid subscriptions are needed. Some of the streaming services we use are YouTube, SBS On-Demand, ABC iView, Kanopy, Beamafilm and Vimeo, but there are several others. All films are viewable on your computer, iPad, smartphone or smart TV for free. Each week a different film, from a different free streaming service will be assigned to watch. We will then discuss the film as a group, using ZOOM, the following Friday at 1pm.

3 – Notification of the film to watch

On the Saturday preceding the film discussion I will send you an email notifying you of the film you need to watch to prepare for the discussion the following Friday. There will be a brief description of the film, and a link, that when clicked, will play the film on your computer. You need to keep an eye out for this email or if you miss it, search for “U3APP Friday Film” in your email inbox, or possibly spam folder.

4 – The film discussion on ZOOM

On Friday, at 1pm, we all login to ZOOM to discuss the film. All I ask is that you are there for a 1pm start, and that you have your first and second name under your image so I can mark the U3APP Class role. I will lead the discussion and to raise important points about the film and issues that it deals with. Those who wish to speak need to raise their hand. You can then speak in the order in which hands were raised. We usually finish the ZOOM session by 2pm, but if you need to go early for any reason that’s fine.

5 – Help watching films and using ZOOM

In 2020 there were over 100 people registered for Friday Film. Usually only 30 people turned up for the discussion on ZOOM. What happened to the other 70 I never found out! Perhaps they just like to watch the film, or maybe they had computer trouble watching the film and gave up. Perhaps they cannot get ZOOM to work on their computer. Whatever the reason in the weeks before the first discussion session I would like to help anyone with any problems with watching the first film.

6 – Contact me now if you need help

So please email or phone me. I don’t publish my email of phone number on the internet as for every bona-fide enquiry I will get a 100 spam emails or phone calls. Please contact me via this CONTACT form and I will respond within a day. Once we are in contact we have the rest of January to sort out any issues and get you up and running watching the first film and using ZOOM on your computer.

7 – The Friday Film to watch before the first session on 5 February 2021.

The first film for 2021 is Wild Tales. I have now seen it 3 times in various Film Groups and it never fails to entertain me.

Wild Tales is an Argentine black comedy, in Spanish, with English subtitles. Made up of six stories, it is a fresco of rage, fury, deception, and revenge about people crossing the line into madness when faced with perceived injustice. A lover’s betrayal, a return to the repressed past, and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to lose control and cross the line that divides civilization and barbarism.

Wild Tales is available on SBS On-Demand via this link.
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1828333635918/wild-tales

David Robinson
Class Facilitator
U3A Port Phillip