Dubbo Film Society has cast a big gun in a key role of its 30th anniversary celebration of exploring cinema from across the globe.
Film critic and historian David Stratton AM accepted the group's invitation to select and present "must-see" movies for its annual one-day festival next month.
Mr Stratton, renowned for his double act with Margaret Pomeranz in ABC's At the Movies, will be in Dubbo to share the cinematic experience with fellow enthusiasts on July 14.
Audiences will be treated to five films, chosen by Mr Stratton from a shortlist of the more than 400 films the society has screened in its three decades.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Dubbo Film Society's 30th anniversary celebrations," Mr Stratton said.
"Since my teenage years I've been involved with the film society movement in small towns, and I wholeheartedly support the dedication and vision of film societies that bring the best of world cinema to their local communities.
"I'm looking forward to a great day of cinema in Dubbo."
Mr Stratton was one half of SBS's The Movie Show and later At the Movies, becoming a household name in addition to serving on international film festival juries.
Film society president Steve Clayton said the group was thrilled to have Mr Stratton's involvement.
"We have been extremely fortunate to have one of Australia's most respected film historians accept our invitation to both curate and individually present the five films to be screened at our film festival on July 14," he said.
"I am sure that Mr Stratton's attendance at our event is going to provide a very memorable occasion for our members and anyone else wishing to join the film society on the day."
Films to screen on the day include Samson and Delilah, Boy, All About My Mother, Being John Malkovich, and Buena Vista Social Club. To find out more about attending the festival visit dubbofilmsociety.com
Three decades after the film society started, Mr Clayton said he thought members still liked "the cinema experience of coming together to watch a movie on the big screen".
"I know David Stratton has a firm view about enjoyment of cinema in a place, rather than just in a room," he said.
"...That's the way the director has made the film to be seen on the big screen, in the company of others, and I think that's the best way to see it."