3rd December 2022


The newest neo-realist film by Italian American writer/director Jonas Carpignano, To Chiara is also his third set in the Calabrian region, in the small coastal town of Gioia Tauro. It’s the latest entry in a series that explores the area’s mix of residents, segueing from refugees from North Africa in 2015’s Mediterranea to the Romani community in 2017’s A Ciambra, and now to the ‘Ndrangheta. Call the latter the mafia, call them an organised crime syndicate, call them just part of living Southern Italy — whichever you pick, Chiara has always just considered them her loved ones without knowing it. Learning how her dad pays the bills and why he’s now a fugitive, gleaning that her mother (Carmela Fumo) must be aware, trying to uncover where Giulia stands, attempting to cope with everything she thought she knew crumbling in an instant: that’s what this gripping and moving film has in store for its young, headstrong, understandably destabilised protagonist from here. (Sarah Ward)

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Cinema Paradiso is looking for more volunteers. If you are interested please contact us.

About Us

The club is part of the Federation of Queensland Film Societies and is a not-for-profit organisation. Cinema Paradiso – Mission Beach Film Club Inc is run by volunteers.

Once a month we will bring the cinema to Mission Beach, offering a wide range of films for all tastes, from Hollywood to Bollywood, from mainstream to art house.

Films are shown on Saturday evenings at C4 next to the Vistor Center on Porter Promenade. Screening starts at 7 pm, socialising (doors open) from 6.30 pm. We often get together at the Village Green for an after-movie chat.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please let us know what you would like to see on the big screen! Email: missionbeachfilmclub@gmail.com

Our committee members are:

Kerry Green  — President & Movie Librarian
Gitta Yelds — Treasurer & Advertising
Cynthia Williamson — Secretary & Advertising
Madeleine Beekman – Committee Member



We are a not-for-profit organisation and operate by membership only. If you wish to see our films, please become a member. Annual, quarterly and short-term memberships are available in advance or at the door on screening nights. Visitors are welcome and can join us for 2 screening before signing up as a member.