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Thursday, 07 November 2019

EVENT SCREENING: Thursday November 7, 6.30pm. Join Australian filmmaking legend Bruce Beresford in conversation following an event screening. Tickets on sale now! ROLLER RINK - VAUDEVILLE - MOVIE PALACE – PLAYHOUSE it all happened... A feature length documentary about Australian popular entertainment across 150 years; of Skating and Dancing, Vaudeville and Moving Pictures. It is the story of entrepreneurs and the grand buildings they created; including two that stood side by side for decades and which shared the same name. Narrated by Award winning Director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Ladies in Black), you will discover a history previously unknown and amazing entertainment footage not seen before.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

A thrilling tale of escape, the Stasi, and the division of Germany, BALLOON finds two families trying to enact a daring plan to fly a hot air balloon out of the GDR. Directed by Michael Bully Herbig and based on a true story, a homemade hot air balloon was the escape route of choice for the Wetzel and Strelzyk families. Secretly building the balloon in a cellar over 18 months, the families’ lift off one night – only to crash just before the border of West Germany. The Stasi are soon in pursuit, and the escape is an increasingly desperate race against time. A film relevant in terms of the 30 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, BALLOON is a look at one particularly spectacular escape attempt out of the thousands that took place from East Germany in the ‘60s and ‘70s – as well as a pertinent study on what it means to be free, and the lengths those who aren’t will go to. German language, English subtitles.

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Thursday, 09 January 2020

A documentary tackling environmental issues whilst following two farmers and their homestead, Apricot Lane Farm, BIGGEST LITTLE FARM shows us an idyllic “what could be” – chasing the dream of a sustainable farm. Filmmaker John Chester, his wife, and his dog have taken to the land to try and live off it: eight years on, the natural world has started rebounding, alive with growth and produce. Chester has created a documentary that shows nature taking the wheel, imbuing the couple’s lives with beauty and possibility, while also guiding them through drought, fire and death. Ultimately, BIGGEST LITTLE FARM offers hope, beauty, and a vision of a natural world we all hope will be our way forward.

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron: a strong female cast tell a strong female story, as the Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet The Parents) directed BOMBSHELL puts the takedown of media mogul Roger Ailes to screen. CEO of Fox News from 1996 to 2016, Ailes was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women – leading to his ultimate fall from grace and resignation. Starring Oscar winners Kidman and Theron as Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly respectively, Robbie as Kayla Posposil and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, Roach’s cast is strong and the relevance in the #MeToo era even stronger.

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

WINNER of the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival's Silver Bear - Grand Jury Prize! The highly anticipated new film from acclaimed French director François Ozon (Frantz, Swimming Pool, 8 Femmes) is a gripping, timely and deeply moving exploration of courage, family, faith, and speaking truth to power. When Alexandre learns by chance that the priest who abused him as a boy is still working with children, he decides to take action to "lift the burden of silence". But the repercussions and consequences will leave no one unscathed. Starring Melvil Poupaud (Laurence Anyways), Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds) and Swann Arlaud (Les Anarchistes), with a screenplay by Ozon and cinematography by Manuel Dacosse (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears).

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019

No politics, sport or geography - just cinema! Film buffs unite, Cinema Nova brings you a monthly movie trivia event. Join us in the Nova Bar for a fabulous evening of laughs, drinks, food, games, surprises and of course trivia. We’ll test your knowledge on all things cinema, from the obscure, to the blockbuster, to the pure art-house to the juicy gossip, so grab a crew, come on down and show off your film expertise. Please note, booking is per team/table. One booking per team. Teams can consist of up to four people. Pease arrive a few minutes early to register your team. Any questions, please email admin@cinemanova.com.au

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Across 2017/2018 Depeche Mode embarked on their Global Spirit Tour, in which they performed to more than 3 million fans at 115 shows across the globe. This new visually-striking film, directed by award-winning filmmaker and longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn, captures the energy and spectacle of the band’s performance from the tour along with a deeper look into how their music and shows have been woven into the fabric of their fans’ lives. Through the deeply emotional stories of six special Depeche Mode fans, the film shows not only how and why the band’s popularity and relevance has continued to grow over the course of their career, but provides a unique look into music’s incredible power to build communities, enable people to overcome adversity, and create connections across the boundaries of language, location, gender, age, and circumstance. Artfully shot and expertly edited, Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest goes beyond the typical concert film, weaving together exhilarating musical performances, filmed at the final shows of the Global Spirit Tour in Berlin’s famed Waldbühne (“Forest Stage”), with intimate documentary footage filmed in fans’ hometowns across the globe.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

Selling out multiple sessions at this year’s Documentary Film Festival, DOSED by director Tyler Chandler is a relevant chapter of the current debate centring around healthcare by way of psychedelic substances. Focusing on Adrianne, a suicidal woman at the end of her tether with prescription drugs – and trying to free herself from the world of heroin – she tries psychedelic medicines such as magic mushrooms and iboga for the first time. Somersaulting into an alternative world of healing that she never expected to find herself in, Chandler’s documentary details a different perspective on healing, addiction and mental health, and a way forward that might help those with no more paths.

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Thursday, 07 November 2019

The story of an Indigenous family dealing with the death of a mother is explored in Imogen Thomas’ debut feature, EMU RUNNER. Also penned and produced by Thomas, her film was created over a period of 15 years, collaborating closely with the people of Brewarrina in western NSW. Gem (newcomer Rhae-Kye Waites) is a nine-year-old girl dealing with the recent loss of her mother – by befriending a wild emu. Her father (Wayne Blair, The Sapphires) struggles to understand and comfort her in the wake of his own grief. A film that touches on loss, family, and Country, EMU RUNNER is a lyrical tale of emotion.

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Saturday, 23 November 2019

“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. Director James Mangold's heart-pounding drama debuted at the Telluride Film Festival where it immediately placed at the head of awards race. Seamlessly blending trackside thrills with an intimate story of a team who would repeatedly put their lives on the line, FORD V FERRARI is top-shelf Hollywood filmmaking led by a stellar cast including Tracy Letts, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe and Nova's own Benjamin Rigby.

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Saturday, 25 January 2020

FRIDA: VIVA LA VIDA is a cinematic documentary that highlights Frida Kahlo’s two souls: the woman, fiercely independent and tormented by love, and the artist, free from the leashes of her physical bounds. Acclaimed actress and director Asia Argento will join us to uncover the two faces of the iconic artist through Frida's own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. Journey deep in the heart of Mexico to explore the heart and soul of Frida Kahlo, including big screen access to her masterpieces in some of the Mexico’s most extraordinary museums. A deep dive into Frida’s art of opposites and dualism - pain and pleasure, darkness and light, moon and sun, life in death and death in life.

Thursday, 05 December 2019

Career con artist Roy Courtney (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets wealthy widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) through a dating website. Carefully crafting a scheme to fleece her of her millions with the aid of his partner in crime (Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter), Roy is surprised to find himself caring for the kindly Betty and second-guessing his plan. Distracted by the reappearance of a past pasty and keenly watched by Betty’s wary grandson (Russell Tovey), Roy’s dilemma will keep you guessing in Bill Condon’s twisted and tricky British thriller.

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

HAPPY SAD MAN is a charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men. Following her smash hit I AM ELEVEN, Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to find more diverse and positive portrayals of men exploring their emotional selves. We journey from Bondi Beach to the outback; we laugh and cry alongside a war photographer traversing global conflict zones, we visit a farmer and outreach worker from rural Victoria, a musical nomad and a sensitive dog-loving artist. Each portrait is an intimate and heartwarming look into vulnerability, friendship and compassion. HAPPY SAD MAN gives unforgettable voice to the complex emotional landscapes we can all traverse. Touching, funny and tender, this must-see documentary is set to shine a light on and change the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today. Exploring hopes, anxieties, joy and darkness the raw vulnerability of these stories will inspire you to hold some of the men in your own life that bit closer.

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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Join us on a visually stunning journey through the daily life of the magnificent Hermitage museum, and retrace two and a half centuries of legendary art and history. Featuring the largest collection of paintings in the world, the Hermitage has been a meeting place for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture, and is forever marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. This November, The Great Beauty star Tony Servillo leads us on a sumptuous and immersive exploration of cultural bridges between the past and the present, featuring some of the world's best art in glorious high definition on the big screen.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Based on true events, director Nils Tavernier (The Finishers) paints a love story set in the late 19th century south of France in THE IDEAL PALACE. Cheval (Jacques Gamblin) is a solitary daydreaming postman who falls in love with Philomène (Laetitia Casta). The pair soon sees the arrival of their daughter, Alice – and Cheval’s entire world is changed. He sets about building Alice a castle of stone with his bare hands, and the project he takes on will form the next 30 years of his life. Persistence, love and legacy are all explored in the tale of one man’s epic undertaking – the pursuit of his ideal palace. French language, English subtitles.

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Sunday, 10 November 2019

During Asma’s wedding night, her brother Jamal and her ex-lover’s brother get into a fight. Jamal kills the guy unintentionally and leaves the scene. Scared and panicked, he hides in his friend’s place. In order to show the killing as a self-defense, Jamal’s brother cuts him but he tells the truth at the court and is sentenced to death. There is no way out of it except for one option: Asma must get a divorce and marry her ex-lover. But this is not the end of the story since Asma is pregnant. Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles Director’s Profile: Born in 1994 in Kerman, Hosein Doumari and Pedram Pouramiri hold BA in Cinema from Soureh University. They have made some short films and ALIVE is the first feature film they co-directed.

Saturday, 09 November 2019

The story takes place in a port town by the Persian Gulf. The captain is a one-armed middle aged loner who is faced with the danger of having his boat confiscated by the customs officials. Thus, he decides to accept an offer to help a group of exiled criminals escape. But the trip takes an unexpected turn... Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Thursday, 07 November 2019

OPENING NIGHT FILM! Ticket includes afterparty. Australian premiere. When mom is terminally ill at the hospital, dad comes along after the long years of absence. Anxious and hesitant, he has got no way but taking his son and his daughter away. But to which destination when he has not managed to build the castle of dreams drawn by mom for the children? Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles. Festivals & Awards: Winner Best Film, Shanghai International Film Festival 2019 Winner Best Actor, Shanghai International Film Festival 2019 Winner Best Director, Shanghai International Film Festival 2019 Winner Best Screenplay, Fajr Film Festival 2019 Winner Best Music, Fajr Film Festival 2019

Saturday, 09 November 2019

Negar and Amirali are going to immigrate, but in the very last moment, they face a critical situation: their son, Bardiya, goes missing. Now it is time to unfold all the family secrets… Director’s View: People think life is always a straight road and exactly when they are confident their notion is right, they fall into a steep slope and if they lose the power to control everything in time, they will surely have a crash… This can destroy many people… Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Saturday, 09 November 2019

There are two close friends, two university girls, going on an excursion to Isfahan. After an accident one of them falls into a coma, for the other one, any confrontation turns to be a new challenge. Confrontations with her own mother, sister, and fiancé, her sleeping friend, her parents and most of all her best friend’s boyfriend who she has been getting closer and closer with. Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Australian Premiere A woman, hell-bent on avenging her sister’s murder, takes 50 men and women from her family on a bus trip to another city for them all to take an oath in front of a judge declaring her brother-in-law is the murderer. But the road has so many twists and turns. Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Sunday, 10 November 2019

One-hundred-year-old Aslan, the head of a death squad in his youth, is living with his other single old fellows in a remote village in the northern-west of Iran. Since he came to the village 45 years ago, no man has ever died in the village! Now, most of the population are old and disabled men. All done with their lives; they believe the only way to bring death back to the village is to commit suicide! But it is not as easy as they think, specially that the government has put officers in charge of keeping an eye on them so they don’t kill themselves. Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Friday, 08 November 2019

After a long time, three sisters come back to their paternal house. They face a caretaker along with their mother struggling with Alzheimer’s. But there is no trace of the father who has disappeared in an early morning. A dead body is found, but none of the sisters are going to identify the body due to the hatred rooted in their hearts. There is a dark secret in the family, but no one intends to talk about it. Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Rahil is a surgeon and has lost her husband during surgery. She decides to kidnap her husband's body and bury him next to his parents based on his will, although his husband’s family disagrees with it. On the way, Rahil confronts the Angel of Death and realizes she no longer has the chance to fulfill her husband's wish. But surprisingly the Angel of Death in his last mission on earth falls in love with Rahil instead of transporting her soul and this is against the rules! Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Saturday, 09 November 2019

An ex bodybuilding champion now personal trainer, finds secret excitement in his life when he accepts to train a young man for the championships; An overweight beauty clinic secretary who lacks confidence in her physical appearance, uses her sexy voice to create a persona for seducing men she feels she could never have; and a dispirited religious singer tries his luck at becoming a wedding singer to increase the chances of finding the love of his life. This is the bittersweet tale of three middle-aged disenchanted characters yearning for love in a city that does not embrace them. Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Friday, 08 November 2019

After a two-month trip, Mahrokh, young daughter of Anousheh family, returns home to her wealthy family mansion in the northern Tehran. She says she has a surprise for her loving mother and father. They find out she is getting married but to whom? She introduces the future husband the very next day but this introduction begins a chain reaction among her loving family! Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Sunday, 10 November 2019

International Premiere Vahid comes to Tehran to stop the surgery of his four-year-old son Soheil but he finds out he has passed away during the surgery. Vahid blames his ex-wife Fahimeh for the death of Soheil, and believes that her selfish decision got his son killed. Soheil's death is a new chapter in the relationship between Vahid and Fahimeh, with all of their unsaid words. Persian (Farsi) language with English subtitles

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Comedy maestro Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do In The Shadows) returns with another slice of oddball hilarity – and this time it’s about Hitler. If you thought the worst man that ever existed couldn’t be made into a black comedy that packs a huge dose of satire and a side of charm, you were wrong. Johannes, or Jojo (Roam Griffin Davis) is a young boy who just wants to be friends with the Führer – so he invents him as his imaginary friend. Played by Waititi himself, Adolf Hitler and Jojo go on adventures, and Jojo’s worldviews are soon tested when he finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their home. Tackling anti-hate satire via the political environment of Nazi Germany and creating a piece of film art is no mean feat, but Waititi manages – and his mix of satire and emotion will take you places you didn’t think you’d go this year.

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Acclaimed Australian actors Mia Wasikowska (Tracks) and Damon Herriman (Once Upon A Time . . . In Hollywood) star in Mirrah Foulkes’ powerful directorial debut. In a visceral reinterpretation of the famous 16th century puppet show, Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story. In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy’s superior puppeteering, but Punch’s driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge.

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

A powerful and thought-provoking true story from director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) about a young lawyer and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan (Michael B. Jordan) might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Oscar winner Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political manoeuvrings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

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Saturday, 07 December 2019

★★★★ The Guardian Recorded live at London's Garrick Theatre in 2015, Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a co-production directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences... The Winter’s Tale stars a remarkable group of actors, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Director Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom) turns his hand to whodunnit: murder mystery flick KNIVES OUT is his latest clever self-penned offering. Assembling quite the cast of Hollywood heavyweights, the film sees a famous crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) murdered at his home; enter Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), who’s brought in to figure out what has gone so horribly awry. Who is a suspect, and who’s just a dysfunctional family member? Red herrings, lies and intrigue steer a rollicking black comedy, also starring Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans and Michael Shannon, that crackles as it unfolds on screen.

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Friday, 01 November 2019

Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o stars in this hilarious zombie-comedy from Australian filmmaker Abe Forsythe. LITTLE MONSTERS follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew’s kindergarten class field trip after taking a serious liking to the fearless schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o). Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world’s most famous kids’ show personality and competition for Miss Caroline’s affections, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad). One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak. Will Dave rise to the occasion and have a chance at Miss Caroline’s heart, or will the zombies get there first

Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Louisa May Alcott’s seminal coming-of-age tale is adapted for the screen by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, 20th Century Women) in her second solo-directed project. The well-loved LITTLE WOMEN is given new lease by Gerwig, breathing a freshness into the story of the lives of Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth, young sisters becoming women in 1860’s New England. With a cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Midsommar’s Florence Pugh and Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet, the film was shot on location in Massuchusetts – where Alcott grew up in real life – and Gerwig’s film will capture the same authenticity and warmth of Alcott’s original story.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Following up the trend of psychological horror films that worm their way into your brain and stay there, the Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala co-directed film THE LODGE is for you if you’ve only just recovered from MIDSOMMAR. Trapped in an isolated snowy winter cabin by way of a blizzard, Grace (Riley Keogh) and her new stepchildren (Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh) await the return of the childrens’ father, Richard (Richard Armitage). Haunted by loss and death, soon secrets are uncovered, past trauma is torn open, and an unsettling and effective horror film unfolds.

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Thursday, 19 December 2019

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me, Biggie + Tupac) returns with his elegiac style of filmmaking with another chapter of music drenched in history: Leonard Cohen’s life. MARIANNE + LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE follows the maverick and his muse - Marianne Ihlen - beginning on the Greek Island of Hydra in 1960, when Cohen was an unknown writer and Marianna a young mother. Joining a community of expat creatives, Leonard and Marianne soon made musical history - but the parts you don’t know are captured here by Broomfield with never-before-seen footage. A portrait of a friendship that lasted fifty years until their deaths, Broomfield bids a sweet “so long” to them both.

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Saturday, 02 May 2020

Met Premiere Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Met Premiere Director Phelim McDermott returns following his now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

New Production The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the company for the first time since 2012, in the title role of the cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity. Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, whose visionary 2013 take on Parsifal was a hit. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Leading sopranos Hui He and Ana María Martínez share the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. The great Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless, alternating with Paulo Szot and Markus Brück. Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favourite.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Soprano Diana Damrau, following her triumph as Violetta in last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, stars as the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto showcase. Star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is her imperious rival Queen Elizabeth I, and the silken-voiced tenor Stephen Costello is the noble Earl of Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.

Saturday, 04 April 2020

New Production One of America’s favourite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves and Frederick Ballentine.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Soprano Anna Netrebko returns as Puccini’s explosive diva, back by popular demand. Tenors Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Brian Jagde alternate as the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritones George Gagnidze and Michael Volle complete the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

New Production After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, set in an apocalyptic pre–World War I environment. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium, with baritone Peter Mattei making his highly anticipated role debut as the title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast also includes tenors Christopher Ventris and Gerhard Siegel and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Private detective Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton) is dealing with a lot: he’s unlucky in love, his friend Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) has just been killed, and he has undiagnosed Tourette’s Syndrome. Faced with an uncertain future, Lionel seeks to get to the bottom of who murdered Frank by using an uncanny ability to remember specific details as well as a determination to avenge the death of his old army buddy. Discovering a vast conspiracy that extends to every corner of New York City, Lionel meets an independent and tenacious young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who may just be the key to solving the entire mystery. Adapted from Jonathan Lethem’s novel, Norton returns to the director’s chair for an intriguing 1950s-set film noir infused with a seductive jazz score. Featuring an incredible cast including Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Mann, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones and Michael Kenneth Williams, Norton’s epic crime drama evokes cinema-classic Chinatown and returns us to a time when the promise of the future was greater than the individuals who might stand in its way.

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Saturday, 07 December 2019

Hansard; noun The official report of all parliamentary debates. See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.

Saturday, 09 November 2019

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Saturday, 01 February 2020

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy PRESENT LAUGHTER. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. Captured live from The Old Vic in London, PRESENT LAUGHTER. is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Oscar nominee Keira Knightley stars in the true story of Katharine Gun – British intelligence specialist and ultimate whistleblower – from acclaimed director Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game, Tsotsi). Intelligence translator Katharine (Knightley) receives an accidental email outlining a blackmail plan by the US to swing the UN Security Council on the matter of going to war with Iraq. Leaking the details to The Observer, Katharine soon realises that more than just her job is now at risk. With an impassioned performance from Knightley and a gold standard array of British actors: Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode and Rhys Ifans, Hood’s feature illuminates a little-known name whose actions should have had larger consequences – and an ordinary woman thrown into very extraordinary circumstances.

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Thursday, 07 November 2019

Pedro Almodóvar teams up again with his long-time collaborators Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz in PAIN AND GLORY, a nostalgic ode to an ageing filmmaker – one who perhaps may echo Almodóvar himself. Salvador (Banderas) is a filmmaker in his 60s, becoming increasingly incapacitated by his body’s limitations and wondering if he has any movies left to make. Reunited with an old estranged friend, Alberto (Asier Etxeandia), Salvador finds himself dabbling in drug use, feeling young again, and reflecting on his relationship with his mother (played in flashbacks by Cruz), as well as his childhood and sexuality. Outstanding in its cinematography and lush in its storytelling, Almodóvar is back with a true return to form with PAIN AND GLORY – and with one of the finest vessels that have been lent to both Banderas and Cruz.

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Thursday, 30 January 2020

From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz in their first full-length feature, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is an unlikely “on the road” buddy movie. Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down Syndrome, has escaped from a residential nursing home in order to attend his dream wrestling school. Pairing up with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), an outlaw on the run, the two become companions and friends. Also starring Dakota Johnson and John Hawkes, the film introduces us to someone who dares to dream – The Peanut Butter Falcon – and weaves a moving story of friendship and self-odyssey.

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Friday, 01 November 2019

Gaza takes us to a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict. Screening with short film, THE CROSSING (11 min): Three siblings face the challenge of trying to cross the Separation Wall to visit their sick grandfather on the other side.

Sunday, 03 November 2019

In this provocative and personal documentary, director Lina Al Abed searches for traces of her missing father. On the face of it, Ibrahim Al Abed was an ordinary Palestinian family man with an ordinary job, living in Damascus. However, Ibrahim was also Rashid, a secret agent for the “Revolutionary Council” (popularly known as the “Abu Nidal Group”). In 1987, he mysteriously disappeared, tragically leaving behind a wife and five children. Screening with short film, IN VITRO (28 min): An otherworldly rumination on memory, history, place and identity set in Bethlehem decades after an eco-disaster.

Saturday, 02 November 2019

Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. From award-winning director Elia Suleiman, a comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which Suleiman asks the fundamental question: where is the place we can truly call home? Screening with short film AREA C (9 min): A young Palestinian boy finds creative ways to scare off violent Israeli settlers.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Ziad Bakri gives an intense, brooding performance as Ziad, who has spent all his adult life in prison for a bungled act of revenge in the name of a friend who was killed by Israeli settlers. Upon release, he returns to his refugee camp home in Ramallah, where he is greeted as a hero. But Ziad is a mess: withdrawn, bitter, racked by guilt and suffering from PTSD. He's bewildered by a new world of mobile phones, iced lattes and hipster bars; and baffled when a Palestinian-American filmmaker (Yasmine Qaddumi) approaches him to take part in her documentary. Jarbawi's taut screenplay balances suspense, politics, romance and surprising comedy, as Ziad reckons with his trauma, his loneliness and his place in the struggle. Screening with short film AMBIENCE (15 min): Following the story of two young Palestinians trying to record a music demo inside a noisy refugee camp.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019

A selection of short films and a panel discussion curated in partnership with 2019 Black-Palestinian Solidarity Conference.

Saturday, 02 November 2019

Waiting for FarajAllah (inspired by Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot) takes us behind the scenes of a play in the making performed by a group of young Palestinians. One by one, we are introduced to a variety of characters - the play’s director, the actors and other ordinary people. Yet as we delve further into each of their lives, the film reveals the startling parallel between the themes of the play and their own - everyone’s waiting for something - a permit to build a house, better work conditions, a starring role in a film. While waiting for FarajAllah, like Waiting for Godot, our heroes await something that may or may not come. Screening with short film OURS IS A COUNTRY OF WORDS (42 min): A film that takes place in Shatila, a Palestinian refugee camp and balances on the thin line between documentary and fiction.

Sunday, 03 November 2019

Riadh is about to retire from his work as a forklift operator at the port of Tunis. The life he shares withhis wife Nazli revolves around their only son Sami, who is preparing for his high school exams. The boy'srepeated migraineattacks are a cause of much worry to his parents. But when he finally seems to begetting better, Sami suddenly disappears

Thursday, 26 December 2019

A slow-burning and exquisitely shot two hours that details the relationship that builds between a painter, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) and her subject Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a reluctant soon-to-be bride who refuses to sit for her portrait. Marianne is commissioned by Héloïse’s mother who gives her an encumbered task: to paint her daughter in secret. Winner of the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay at Cannes, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is full of intimacy, longing, and two luminescent performances from its stars. The result is an immersive portrait in itself, and one that will burn on long after the credits. French language, English subtitles.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Screen stalwarts Mel Gibson and Sean Penn team up to tell the incredible true story of Professor James Murray and Dr William Minor in PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN. A passion project for Gibson of which the making of took two decades, the film is based on Simon Winchester’s book “The Surgeon of Crowthorne”. Murray (Gibson) has taken on the task of compiling words to fill the very first Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century. Receiving scores of entries from one source in particular – Dr William Minor (Penn), an inpatient at a facility for mentally ill criminals. Collaborating on the collection of words, the two men are brought together despite the contrast in their personal circumstances.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Limited event season! Oscar-nominee Adam Driver (BlackKklansman, Paterson) stars in gripping political thriller THE REPORT, in the vein of Zero Dark Thirty and directed by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). Driver plays Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, following the September 11 attacks. The program was found to be brutal and immoral – and Jones was the man who attempted to blow the whistle. Facing a powerful government that wouldn’t be cautioned and an unaware people of America, Jones has a near-impossible task. An ensemble cast fills out the – Jon Hamm (Mad Man), Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Maura Tierney (The Affair). A hit at Sundance, Burns reminds the audience, in a viscerally relevant way, that transparency of government is a timely and crucial issue.

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Saturday, 05 October 2019

MELBOURNE'S HOME OF 'THE ROOM' SINCE FEBRUARY 2010! Written, directed and starring Tommy Wiseau, THE ROOM is like no other film you’ve seen. Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) seems to have it all - a beautiful fiancée, Lisa, great friends and a job with a promotion in the works. But Lisa (Juliette Danielle) isn’t who she seems. Manipulative and restless, Lisa sets her sights on Johnny's best friend Mark (Greg Sestero) and they start a torrid affair and Johnny’s perfect world starts to crumble. Featured on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job! and beloved by comic actors such as David Cross and Alec Baldwin, THE ROOM has garnered a massive cult following, selling out sessions across the US, leaving audiences stunned and wondering “how can so bad, be so good?” Please note that it is a condition of entry to all sessions of THE ROOM that bags must be presented for inspection if requested.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Ken Loach (I Am Daniel Blake) returns with a raw drama representing the heart of modern Britain - and indeed summing up the daily lives of many just trying to support their families and get by. Written by Paul Laverty, Loach’s film tells the tale of a former construction worker turned van driver for a large delivery company. Ricky (Kris Hitchen) lost his building career in the economic crash of 2008, and has two children and his wife Abbie (Debbie Honeywood) to support. When his mate cottons him on to what looks like an easy money earner - delivery driving - Ricky doesn’t realise it’s less about the personal touch, and all about meeting delivery targets. Lumped with debts because of having to rent his own van from the company, Ricky’s life soon devolves into a gut-wrenching account of trying desperately to stay above the line.

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Rockstar Suzi Quatro was an integral part of the fabric of the music scene in the ‘70s, and five decades later is still strumming. Paving the way for women in rock’n’roll, Suzi was a trailblazer: and new doco by Liam Firmager SUZI Q finds the queen fifty years after she first kicked down the glass ceiling. With talking heads by Joan Jett, Sir Tim Rice, Alice Cooper and Cherie Currie – among many others – we hear from Suzi herself as she looks back on a life lived in the fast lane, and one that hasn’t yet slowed down.

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows) makes his non-Japanese language debut with a Paris set all-star drama. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) has enjoyed a long and successful career as an actress and has just released her much-anticipated memoir, entitled THE TRUTH. Travelling to Paris to attend the book launch, her Hollywood-based screenwriter daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) and Lumir’s husband (Ethan Hawke) arrive just as Fabienne takes a role in a science fiction feature about a mother who never ages while her daughter grows older. As the women debate the accuracy of Fabienne’s book, the actress suffers a crisis of confidence as she is faced by the talent of a rising star while also suffering the fallout of not recognising the contribution of others to her career. Fascinatingly depicting the theatrics that occur before and after the camera rolls, Kore-eda’s intimate and heartfelt drama explores the rivalries within both families and careers. Some French language, English subtitles

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Sunday, 01 December 2019

Espresso Cinema event Sunday December 1 – 6.30pm Sponsored by Campari. Show your ticket at the Bar to receive a discounted Campari and soda. Set against the same backdrop as the Mona Lisa, the breathtaking Floating Piers project from international art icon Christo was the most visited and most talked about art event of 2016. The spectacular project saw kilometres of floating, saffron-coloured walkways unfurled across Italy’s stunning Lake Iseo, in what was his most ambitious work yet. It received a staggering 1.2 million visitors in just 16 days as the public flocked to experience the ‘modern miracle’ of walking on water. After the death of his collaborator and wife Jeanne Claude, Christo set about bringing the project life, almost fifty years after the pair had conceived the idea, and following knock backs from multiple countries due to its sheer scale. This time, the small province of Brescia in Northern Italy welcomed it with open arms. This intimate portrait encompasses the epic madness of it all— the complex dealings between art and state politics, engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, the sheer force of nature and a true maverick chasing a dream. Not to mention a small stop off in Rome for some artistic inspiration and to gift the Pope some art… “An installation of stunning beauty and a documentary that delights in capturing the act of creation” Variety English and Italian with English subtitles

Wednesday, 04 December 2019

“I’ve spent 35 years trying to learn how to let go of the destructive parts of my character,” says Bruce Springsteen. “We all have our broken pieces”. In a special one-night only cinematic event that proves The Boss has lost none of his gravity, his new album Western Stars will be marked by the release of a concert film. In lieu of a live tour, Springsteen filmed a show inside a 100-year-old barn, teaming up with director Thom Zimmy (Elvis Presley: The Searcher, The Wire) to co-direct WESTERN STARS. Coupled with woven in scenes of Bruce’s life, footage of his early days with wife Patti Scialfa, and moving themes of love and loss punctuate his live performances. Diving deep into the trials and successes of the rocker’s life, WESTERN STARS is more than just a concert film: it becomes a love letter to love, an acceptance of our own broken parts, and a vibrant look at a man who has a lot left to say. WESTERN STARS offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.

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Thursday, 05 December 2019

Nova exclusive! Described by both friends and enemies as ruthless, unscrupulous and flamboyant, lawyer Roy Cohn was a master manipulator of the highest order. Rising to prominence by assisting Senator Joseph McCarthy in his pursuit of ‘Un-American Activities’ before becoming one of the most successful attorneys of the 20th century, Cohn represented mafia bosses including John Gotti, Aristotle Onassis, Studio 54’s Steve Rubell and Rupert Murdoch, in addition to mentoring future American President Donald Trump. Unfolding like an unpredictable thriller, Matt Tyrnauer’s expose reveals an individual who personally shaped the United States as we know it.

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta is the subject of Icíar Bollaín’s biopic YULI – an adaptation of Acosta’s memoir that follows the young boy, a scrappy juvenile, to the young man as iconic dancer. 10-year-old newcomer Edlison Manuel Olbera Núñez plays young Carlos, tearing energetically around Havana until his dad, Pedro (Santiago Alfonso) forces him to go to ballet school. Prodigiously talented and progressing quickly, Carlos fights off loneliness and doubt – but ultimately is accepted by London’s Royal Ballet, becoming their very first black Romeo. With the man himself cameoing as the older Carlos, Bollaín’s film becomes an energetic and bold study of art, sacrifice, and identity.

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