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September 2018

September soirée – ‘La soupe et le cinéma’

This month’s soirée is something a little different.

We have a great French film to show and we’re making it a ‘Soup soirée’. Our film, ‘The Life Coach’, is a suspense-filled drama-comedy, starring Richard Berry as a life coach, Maximilien Chêne, at his wits end under pressure from mounting gambling debts – and his consequent marriage break-up. He needs to earn money – a lot, and quickly – so he can get his life back together again.

Cue a corporate client who offers him the perfect – but near-impossible – job, to help his boss’ nephew Patrick (Jean-Paul Rouve) close a major business deal. The catch? The nephew must not know he is being coached. If Max can pull it off, he’ll be able to repay his debts and maybe get back with his wife. But when Patrick turns out to be almost impossible to coach, Max realises he must use all the tricks of his trade – and a few new ones – to turn things around.This promises to be something different – soup and baguettes will be supplied, together with nibbles at ‘intermission’. We ask for a $5 contribution towards the food. You are welcome to bring a cushion if you like for extra comfort on your chair.

When: Friday, September 28, 2018 at 6.30pm for 7pm.

Details are in your September 2018 newsletter.





Melbourne French Theatre

Is love better in the afternoon?

The September production of the Melbourne French Theatre, ‘C’est encore mieux l’après midi’ is on again and Alliance Française de Ballarat is inviting members to join them for the matinee performance this Saturday, September 8, at 2.30pm.

Love Is Better in the Afternoon poster

The production is another delightful mix-up – this time concerning lust, deception, mistaken identity and politics – all played out in a hotel run by a prudish manager.

The Government minister, Richard Marchelier, brings his wife to a hotel in the hope of seducing the Opposition secretary into an illicit affair. His assistant, Georges Pigier, tries to help but finds himself stuck in the middle as he mistakenly makes an advance on Richard’s wife! Yes, it’s quite absurd – but great fun!

So book your tickets through the Melbourne French Theatre
website– and this includes pre-show drinks and nibbles.

The venue is La Maison de Maître, at 203-205 Canning Street, Carlton (corner of Neill Street).

See you there!



Our Christmas Dinner

It’s never too early to jot a ‘must do’ date into your diary. This one is our brand new French Christmas dinner which is being planned as we write. The date to inscribe is Saturday, December 8, 2018.

Alliance Française de Ballarat has engaged one of Victoria’s leading caterers to plan a special French Christmas dinner that will be held at The Pavilion, Ballarat Grammar.

The meal will be open to members and non-members alike, with a special price for members.

We will have more information for you in future newsletters, but for now, we are reminding you to set aside that date for a ‘formidable’ way to round off our year. Merci.






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