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N'oubliez pas les Papotages de FASS ce samedi à partir de 10:00 a Hazelhurst. Venez papoter en français autour d'un café ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday 10 November 2018 at 10:00

Envie de parler français, tout simplement ? Parler de tout et de rien, de la pluie et du beau temps ? D’échanger dans la langue de Molière en dehors des classes traditionnelles ?

Alors rejoignez-nous au café de la galerie de Hazelhurst à Gymea pour papoter autour d’un café (ou d’un thé !)

Pas de programme, pas de grammaire et une seule règle : interdiction de parler anglais.

Hazelhurst Gallery Café, 782 Kingsway, Gymea

Beaujolais nouveau Tasting

Thursday 15 November 2018 at 6:30pm

FASS has the pleasure of inviting you to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau 2018, with a talk from Mr Jim McMahon, wine specialist.

The cost per person is $40 which includes a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 and a glass of another Beaujolais wine, accompanied by cheese and charcuterie platters.

All welcome including non-members.  Bookings and pre-payment are essential.  Contact us at to reserve your place.

Beyond the Label, Westfield Miranda, 600 Kingsway Miranda

(opposite the deli / fruit and vegetable shop, near Woolworths)


Pétanque !

FASS is looking at organising regular pétanque (or boules) games in the Shire.  This is a great opportunity de play amongst friends but also to socialise with a picnic and a glass of wine or beer!

To get this new activity underway, the pétanque club Boules Artistes is going to help us organise a match or two and give us some training and technique tips!

We suggest the following dates for the first game: 24 November, and 1, 9 and 15 December.

To help us organise, please contact us at to express your interest, let us know the date or dates that you would prefer, and how many people you would  bring with you.  This activity is open to all, including non-members.

Thank you for your support; we are looking forward to developing this fantastic and convivial game in the Shire.


December Movie Night 

Friday 7 December at 7pm

LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR  (The Wages of Fear)

In a remote South American town, four men are hired by an American oil company to transport two truckloads of nitroglycerin to an oil field, to put out a fire. It’s a very hazardous task – the nitroglycerin can explode for the slightest reason, the road is treacherous and the journey is a long one. However, the money is very good and their current situation in the town is rather dire – they will do anything to improve their situation.

This is a Franco-Italian classic, which has been remade twice by Hollywood. It won the Palme d’Or in Cannes and the Golden Bear in Berlin in 1953, and best film at the British Academy Award in 1955. In sumptuous black and white cinematography, this masterpiece is a good way to end our year of French films, and demonstrates why French cinema is different from American cinema.

Rated M

Duration 151 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea


November Movie Night 

Friday 2 November 2018 at 7pm

DEMAIN (Tomorrow)

A forward-thinking take on addressing the demise of the human race, the French documentary “Tomorrow” swaps the usual hand wringing doomsday prophesying in favor of a decidedly more proactive approach. Rattled by an ominous report by Bay Area professors Elizabeth Hadly and Anthony Barnosky warning of the looming realities of a tipping point concerning the state of the planet’s ecosystem, actress Mélanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”) and activist Cyril Dion rolled up their sleeves and grappled with a way to share their concerns with a world “already fed up with catastrophes”.

Listening to the news and their daily crop of climate and environmental disasters, it is easy to get anxious about the future of our children and grandchildren. This great documentary, released in 2015, does not throw you further into despair, but on the contrary, offers solutions and a vision of a future with radical changes at all levels proposed by specialists from all corners of the world in energy, agriculture, economy, democracy and education. “Demain”, unusually successful with over 1 million entries in France, has received the Cesar Award for best documentary and has been showed in 27 countries, including Australia.

Rated M

Duration: 118 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea



FASS committee for 2018 / 2019

Our AGM was held on Saturday 13 October 2018 – thank you to all those members who attended.  We look forward to another  year of fantastic and varied events and to enjoying all things French with you all.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any suggestions or feedback,  if you would like to be involved with any aspect of our association, or with the organisation of specific events.

The FASS committee for the coming year is as follows:

President: Marc C

Secretary: Janice B

Treasurer: Bruce O

Public Officer: Bob H

Sponsorship: Marc C

Committee Secretary: Christine M

Membership: Janice  B

Liaison Associations: Anne C

Education coordinator: Anyes M

Events coordinator: Agnès T

Website and social media: Anne C

Film Club: Olivier C

Beginners conversation group: Olivier C

Intermediate conversation group: Bob H

Advanced conversation group: Ron C

Committee: Greg M


Photo Y’v & Co. PRODuct.


The French Association of Southern Sydney (FASS) teamed with Miranda RSL and Jim McMahon, international wine expert, to bring a taste of Provence to the Shire.

On Thursday the 20th of September, over sixty gourmets gathered in the McKenna Hall to savour a four course dinner inspired by the cuisine of southern France and created by Executive Chef, Mr Andrew Harper.  The dishes were matched with French wines selected by Jim McMahon.

It was a delightful evening.  The traditional red, white and blue decor was complemented with lavender and Provencal themes and Hilary’s magnificent photographs of the region screened in the background.  The menu was delicious as were the accompanying wines that had been chosen especially to complement the dishes.  Jim McMahon introduced the wines for us with wit and good humour, and told us of how he became involved in the world of wine and food.  All the while, Christelle entertained us with favourite French songs.  The atmosphere and excellent food and wines led to a lot of laugher and animated conversations.

FASS is grateful to its sponsors, supporters and members who enabled us to organise such a special event, and who help us to promote French culture in the Shire.  It was a honour to have Mrs Jane Luang among our guests, representing one of our sponsors, Dr Lionel Chang, Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.  We were also delighted to welcome Mr John Rowan, President of the Diggers Club who hosted a table of Directors and their spouses.  A special thank you goes to the Miranda RSL, who is another of our sponsors, and with whom we hope to share many more French social and cultural adventures.

Click here to see the photos

Photos by Y’v & Co. PROduct.


Taren Point Public School becomes a member of AAFEBS – the Australian Association of French-English Bilingual Schools

The French immersion programme at Taren Point Public School which is supported by FASS has now been recognised by the French authorities.  The bilingual programme has qualified the school to become a member of the Australian Association of French-English Bilingual Schools (AAFEBS).  Taren Point Public School is one of three NSW schools and 15 Australia-wide to receive this recognition.

The parent-funded program enables participating pupils to be taught the Australian curriculum in French.  Principal Trent Bridgland says the membership will strengthen the school’s immersion program through resource expansion, professional learning and the support of a bilingual school network.  “It will also ensure our school and program is recognised by both our local community and at a national level,” he said.  “We are pleased to be able to offer it in both Kindergarten and year 1 in 2019 and look forward to expanding the program to all year levels in the coming years.”

Picture: John Veage




Saturday 13 October at 10am, Miranda Diggers RSL Club, Kingsway Miranda

Come and support your organisation at our AGM. We encourage members to be an active part of our organisation and to support our activities over the coming year. We look forward to seeing you.

October Movie Night  

Friday 5 October at 7pm


Fred, a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the Paris Metro after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he has just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and conduits of the Metro, Fred encounters a subterranean society of eccentric characters and petty criminals. Despite being pursued by the henchmen, Fred finds the time to flirt with Helena, blow a safe, rob a train, evade the hapless Metro police and start a rock band …

SUBWAY is the second film from the director of La Femme Nikita, The 5th Element, Leon the Professional : Luc Besson. Made in 1985 and featuring some great French actors (Christophe Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Jean Reno to name a few), it is unusual, dazzling and very stylish, using the Paris Metro as its background. Don’t worry too much about the plot and just let yourself carried away in the heart of Paris underground world.

Rated M

Duration 104 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea



Soirée provençale

Thursday 20 September 2018 at 6:45 pm

We invite you to join us for a Provencal evening with live music, at the Miranda Diggers RSL Club on Thursday 20 September 2018, at 6:45 pm.

Enjoy an aperitif followed by a four course dinner.  Each course will be accompanied by wines selected and presented by Jim McMahon, international wine judge.

The cost for this evening is $75 and as seats are limited, get your friends together and book a table to avoid disappointment.

Miranda Diggers RSL Club, Kingsway, Miranda



Saturday 15 September 2018 at 10:00 – NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE

Envie de parler français, tout simplement ? Parler de tout et de rien, de la pluie et du beau temps ? D’échanger dans la langue de Molière en dehors des classes traditionnelles ?

Alors rejoignez-nous au café de la galerie de Hazelhurst à Gymea pour papoter autour d’un café.

Pas de programme, pas de grammaire et une seule règle : interdiction de parler anglais.

Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea



The 2018 FASS – Dominelli Renault Awards for excellence in Year 12 French

In light of our aim to promote the French language in our area, FASS is very happy to present awards this year, for the very first time, to the top Year 12 French students in Sutherland Shire High Schools.  These awards have been made possible by our GOLD Sponsor, Dominelli Renault in Kirrawee.

This year, the awards have gone to 4 deserving students at Caringbah, Port Hacking and Kirrawee High Schools.

We wish these students all the very best as they prepare to sit their HSC exams.  We congratulate them on their hard work and excellent results in French and we hope that their interest in French will continue in the future.


September Movie Night

Friday 7  September 2018 at 7pm


An un-chronological look at the life of the Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf (1915-1963).  Her mother is an alcoholic street singer, her father a circus performer, her paternal grandmother a madam.  During childhood, she lives with each of them.  At 20, she is a street singer discovered by a club owner who is soon murdered, coached by a musician who brings her to concert halls, and then quickly famous.  Constant companions are alcohol and heartache.  The tragedies of her love affair with Marcel Cerdan and the death of her only child belie the words of one of her signature songs, “Non, je ne regrette rien”.

Marion Cottilard plays Piaf in this biographical film, also featuring Gérard Depardieu.  She deservedly received the Academy Award for best actress for this role in 2008, maybe the role of her life in an already brilliant career.  Whether you like Etith Piaf or not, this is a must see about one of the iconic French greats of the 20th Century.

Rating: M 

Duration: 134 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea




Saturday 11 August 2018 at 10:00

Envie de parler français, tout simplement ? Parler de tout et de rien, de la pluie et du beau temps ? D’échanger dans la langue de Molière en dehors des classes traditionnelles ?Alors venez papoter autour d’un café.

Pas de programme, pas de grammaire et une seule règle : interdiction de parler anglais.

Venez nous rejoindre chez Monsieur Paisleys, 88 Cawarra Road, Caringbah



August Movie Night

Friday 3 August 2018 at 7pm


In this Hitchcockian French thriller directed by Claude Chabrol in 1973, marital infidelity once again leads to murder. Set in a small village, the plot gets underway when Mayor Paul Delamaire (Claude Piéplu) discovers that his wife Lucienne (Stéphane Audran) is cheating on him. Her lover is the mayor’s own deputy, Pierre (Michel Piccoli), whom Delamaire then sets about blackmailing in order to pull off a real estate scam. As might be expected, the ensuing tensions and anger result in homicide. Les Noces Rouges is stylishly directed and contains a fair amount of dark humor.

Inspired by a true story, this movie is not only a crime story, but also a sardonic depiction of politics and bourgeoisie in provincial France 40 years ago.

Rating: MA15+

Duration: 93 minutes

Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea


Sutherland Farmers’ Market Stall

Saturday 14 July 2018 from 8:00am to 1:00pm

It’s the French national day, and FASS is having a stand at the Sutherland Farmers’ Market, from 8am to midday so please drop by and say hello.  The market is full of great stalls with lovely fresh produce, clothing and home wares among other things, so it’s a good opportunity to take a look around if you haven’t already.  The market stall also coincides with our monthly “Papotages” casual French conversation for fluent speakers, so for this month only, this will take place at  our market stand, 10 to 11.  We look forward to seeing you.  Nous espérons vous y voir !  The market is held in the council carpark, behind the Sutherland Entertainment Centre.



Friday 6 July 2018 at 7pm


Several years after leaving the orphanage to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar. She’s both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname Coco from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with Baron Balsan gives her an entrée into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing increasingly popular hats. When she falls in love with English businessman Arthur Capel further opportunities open up, though life becomes ever more complicated

Rating: M
Duration: 105 minutes.

Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea



Come and celebrate the Fête Nationale Française with us!

Let’s share a good dinner in good company, talk about France-Australia friendship and test our culture on the French revolution… We might even sing the French anthem, so be prepared!

When: Sat 14th of July 2018, from 7 PM till late
Where: Bistro32, 32 president avenue, Caringbah
Cost: 95 $ pp

We have arranged an extra dinner for those that missed out but would like to celebrate the French national day.

Saturday 14 July 2018 at 7PM
Bitton Restaurant, 119 Mulga Road, Oatley
Cost: $75 per person


Bush Walk – Coast Bundeena-Otford , Sunday 24th June

Start at: 9am at the car park of the ferry at Bundeena.

End at: Otford after a 6h walk. Because it is not a return walk, we may need a few people to leave their car at Otford prior or have pick up organised.

What to Prepare: Water, Lunch box,  Sunglass, Suncream, hat, hiking shoes, 04 4999 7802.


Come And Enjoy Our French Market 

Do you wish you could find quality French products in your local area? Then mark the 6th May on your calendar because you can’t miss the FASS Frog and Snail French Cultural Market. Discover surprises at every turn as you enjoy the unforgettable tastes of our fine French food and exceptional wine. Relax and be entertained by live music as you browse through a wide variety of books and the latest in fashionable clothing. There is something for everyone, from stunning cars that are sure to amaze to beautiful homewares that will be a stylish addition to any living area, so bring your family and enjoy the rare opportunity to sample the wonders of France right here at home.

Click here to read the Frog & Snail market report

Click here to see the photos