The Children Act

The Children Act is a riveting drama adapted by Ian McEwan from his best-selling 2014 novel.

Monday, November 26, 2018  |  7:00 p.m. at the Norwood Theatre                                                      ~ Doors and Reservation desk open at 6:15 ~

Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci in The Children ActFiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Stanley Tucci) is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.

105 minutes

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While Whitehead, as a young man torn between the teachings of his church and the untapped possibilities of adulthood, delivers a performance both disturbing and touching, and Stanley Tucci exudes warmth as Thompson’s restless husband, it’s Thompson who carries the film, both literally – she’s rarely off-screen – and emotionally.
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Presenting another fine film focusing on 2 of the 3 Rs …  Colette

EARLY SHOW ADDED! Monday, November 12th at 4:00 p.m.                                             ~ Doors and Reservation desk open at 3:30 ~

Monday, November 12, 2018  |  7:00 p.m. at the Norwood Theatre                               ~ Doors and Reservation desk open at 6:15 ~

Keira Knightley in ColetteAfter marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

111 minutes

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“A radiant, riveting Keira Knightley meets every challenge the title role of French novelist Colette throws at her — and there’s a nonstop onslaught of them.”                        Peter Travers,  RollingStone


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Maria Duncalf-Barber wins prestigious TIFF Award

A huge congratulations to longtime Spinning Reels volunteer, Maria Duncalf-Barber, who is the proud — and very deserving — recipient of a nation-wide award from the Toronto International Film Festival for her important contribution to the Film Circuit through Spinning Reels.

Below is the text of her nomination, written by Carol Quinn and the Spinning Reels board, longtime volunteers who also deserve a huge pat on the back. Congratulations to you all!

The inimitable Maria Duncalf-Barber

The shy and reserved Maria Duncalf-Barber at TIFF.

Maria Duncalf-Barber is a one-woman dynamo of our film group, Spinning Reels, and we have benefited greatly in many ways. She has an outstanding rapport with our community. If you need something done, ask Maria – if she can’t do it, she knows someone who can!

As a professional counselor, she has worked tirelessly with the local high school youth mentoring them as well as actively promoting the arts. Maria is also a dedicated booster and supporter of our local youth guiding and mentoring them in times of need.

Maria has been on the board of Spinning Reels for 13 years. She holds the position of Vice President for the last eight years and Sponsorship Facilitator for over a decade.
As Sponsorship Facilitator she arranges for 16 sponsors annually to support Spinning Reels. She has been very successful as the group shows a film every two weeks.
At the end of the year the board gives charitable monies to the libraries, senior centres, the local Manna Food Bank and the Bursary.

As Maria loves film, and works closely with young people in the community, it was her idea to formulate the Spinning Reels Bursary Scholarship to enable students in Muskoka to apply for a grant of over $1,000 to aid them in their post secondary education in film, animation, television, theatre art production or digital media studies.
This began in 2009 and this year will be the tenth year of the Bursary. Maria is happy and excited that young people in the community have this opportunity to enable their future.

Over the ten years with help from a board member and the board’s permission, she has presented over $14,000.00 to over 14 students in the community.
Each year she writes an article on the winning recipients that have been published in the local paper. Plus, she would send a copy to TIFF and they would publish it in their annual magazine.

Maria is proud of the work she does for Spinning Reels and says she can trace back her love of movies to her childhood. As the eldest of eleven she used to sit in the dark and watch TV with her mother in England when all the siblings had gone to bed. Being in the theatre watching movies these days reminds her of being close to her mother and having her all to herself. The theatre is her favourite place to be and when the lights go down she always feels the excitement in the air.

As a freelance writer for the local magazines she ensures that Spinning Reels events are covered by written word and photography events in the papers.
Maria will continue to be on the board of Spinning Reels and continue the good work, as it has become one of the greatest parts of her life.

Maria is a true community activist and a passionate lover of film. Through this passion she is able to convey the importance of this art form and the way that it educates, informs and connects all of us to the wider world.

Our community is so fortunate in having such a valued and enthusiastic member. Maria is a first class, honest, dedicated volunteer and she deserves to be nominated for this achievement.

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The Bookshop

Can a film be a page-turner? The Bookshop just might be.

Monday, October 22nd, 2018  |  7:00 p.m. at the Norwood Theatre

Emily Mortimer in The Bookshop

The year is 1959 when a free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one?

the cast of The Bookshop

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113 minutes

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive, Elegy), The Bookshop acts as a love letter to literature and the importance of dreams. As independent bookstores face competition from corporate giants and the arts continue to prove themselves a force of change, this film is as timely today as ever. You won’t want to miss this wistful ode to the power of a good book.                                Film Circuit



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Our upcoming film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

“From its first elegantly shot frame, you know Puzzle is going to be something special.”
– Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

Monday October 15th, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. at the Norwood Theatre

the stars of Puzzle

Sony Pictures Classics

Producer Marc Turtletaub (Loving; Little Miss Sunshine) makes his directorial debut
with Puzzle, the story of an unassuming housewife (Kelly Macdonald) who comes to recognize her unspoken hopes and dreams through the unlikely avenue of competitive jigsaw-puzzling. It is a warm human drama about people picking up the pieces of their lives and trying to put them back together on a path to happiness — whether it is Agnes or Robert (Irrfan Khan) the “puzzler” she teams up with in jigsaw tournaments.

103 minutes

trailer for Puzzle

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Turtletaub goes deep on character, allowing Macdonald and Khan to reveal details of their lives, and also their dreams and fears, in a manner that’s as natural as the charming piano score.                               – Peter Howell, The Toronto Star



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And the winners of the 2018 Student Bursary are….

Sandy Yudin, Mitchell Brock, Maria Duncalf Barber

Mitchell Brock with Sandy and Maria of Spinning Reels

We are happy to announce that this year Spinning Reels has selected two promising graduates to receive the 2018 Spinning Reels bursary. Drumroll please… the recipients are: Mitchell Brock and Preslee Bertrand.

Mitchell attended BMLSS where he participated in Improv and school plays as well as a number of PRISM performances of Shakespeare in Annie Williams Park under the tutelage of Robin Clipsham. He is off to York University to study acting and film. “Thanks to Spinning Reels and this bursary I will be able to put the award towards buying my books for the course. I can get four of them,” he said, adding, “This will make my experience easier and better for my first year at York.”

Preslee (sorry no picture!) attended St. Dominic and has been accepted to Canadore College in North Bay to study film editing and learn about advanced visual and audio editing. Both of them plan to join Canada’s thriving film industry as soon as they can.

Mitchell and Preslee, we wish you much success!

About the Spinning Reels Student Bursary

We are committed to helping the next generation of creators, and every year we select one or more students who are moving on to their post-secondary education to receive a Spinning Reels Student Bursary.

Do you know someone in his or her last year of high school who is planning their post-secondary studies in an arts-related field such as theatre, multimedia, photography or filmmaking?

Contact Spinning Reels at to receive information about how they can apply for a Spinning Reels student bursary.

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Leave No Trace

the stars of Leave No Trace

Will (Ben Foster), an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, lives with his thirteen-year-old daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), in a public park outside Portland, Oregon. They live in almost total isolation, only entering town for occasional food and supplies. Will makes their money by selling his VA-issued painkillers to other veterans. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.

109 minutes

Official trailer for Leave No Trace

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“Once again, Granik introduces us to a kind of family that cinema rarely captures believably, and she does so with a style that’s both lyrical and realistic at the same time, anchored by a pair of unforgettable performances.”                                                 –  Brian Tallerico, Roger


Monday September 24, 2018

7:00 p.m. at the Norwood Theatre

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Mary Shelley

Elle Fanning, star of Mary ShelleyMARY SHELLEY tells the story of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) and her fiery, tempestuous relationship with renowned romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth.) The pair are two outsiders constrained by polite society but bound together by a natural chemistry and progressive ideas that are beyond the boundaries of their age and time. Mary and Percy declare their love for each other and much to her family’s horror they run away together, joined by Mary’s half-sister Claire (Bel Powley.) In the midst of growing tension within their relationship during their stay at Lord Byron’s (Tom Sturridge) house at Lake Geneva, the idea of Frankenstein is conceived when a challenge is put to all house guests to write a ghost story. An incredible character is created, which will loom large in popular culture for centuries to come, but society at the time puts little value in female authors. At the tender age of 18, Mary is forced to challenge these preconceptions, to protect her work and to forge her own identity.

120 minutes

Monday, September 10th

7:00 p.m. at the Norwood

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Finding Your Feet

the cast of Finding Your Feet                 What a way to end the Spinning Reels season!

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra couldn’t be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling. But it turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet… and romance.

Finding Your Feet is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy proving that it’s never too late to start again.     Cineplex                     

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111 minutes

Monday, May 28th, 2018  

7:00 p.m. at the Norwood Theatre


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The Norwood is a fourth generation family-run theatre serving Muskoka for over 90 years, and is the host for all Spinning Reels movies. Presenting first run movies in a vintage building. Contemporary visual, sound and seating in climate controlled comfort. Open year round.








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Meditation Park

the cast of Meditation ParkIn her latest feature, Mina Shum directs an all-star cast including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar. Set in Vancouver, Meditation Park tells the story of a devoted wife and mother (Pei Pei) who is forced to reassess her reverence for her husband after she finds another woman’s thong in his laundry. Her efforts to find out the truth send her on an unexpected journey of liberation.

Sandra Oh and Cheng Pei Pei

“Shum mines her favourite theme — immigrant experience in Canada — in what seems at first to be a gentle slice of life but eventually develops a powerful emotional force.”
– Susan G. Cole,  NOW Magazine

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90 minutes

Monday, May 14th, 2018

7:00 p.m. at the Norwood Theatre


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