Thursday, 25 April 2019
Nova exclusive! Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his teen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on blackand-white super 16mm film, 1985 takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family. Barcelona IGLFF 2018: 2018 Winner – Best Feature Champs-Elysees FF: 2018 Winner – Best American Feature Film LA Outfest: 2018 Winner – Outstanding Screenwriting
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Meet The Filmmaker advance screening: Sunday May 19. Join Damon Gameau live in-cinema when he screens and discusses his innovative new documentary 2040, the highly-anticipated follow-up to That Sugar Film. From Damon Gameau, director of That Sugar Film, comes 2040: an innovative feature documentary that looks to both the future in addition to what is vitally important today. Award-winning filmmaker Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future might look like in the year 2040 if humanity simply embraced solutions already available in the present. Blending traditional documentary footage with high-end visual effects to create a compelling and exciting vision of the future, 2040 promises to inspire Australians of all ages. Pre-release private group bookings available - contact our groups coordinator for details: admin[at]cinemanova.com.au
Thursday, 16 May 2019
MEET THE FILMMAKER: Filmmaker Thomas M. Wright and co-writer Erik Jensen will be in conversation following an advance screening on Wednesday 15th May at 6:45pm. Tickets on sale now! Thomas M. Wright (Sweet Country, Top of the Lake) makes his feature directing debut with the award winning ACUTE MISFORTUNE, an adaptation of Erik Jensen’s biography of the late artist, Adam Cullen. Jensen, (founding editor of The Saturday Paper) was an ambitious 19-year-old journalist when he interviewed the infamous Cullen and was invited to write his biography. Working from the artist’s home in the Blue Mountains the two formed a bond that endured, even after Cullen shot Jensen and threw him from a motorbike, until the artist's death four years later at the age of 46. Featuring an acclaimed performance by AACTA Best Actor winner Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, The Babadook) and Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper, The Turning), and executive produced by Robert Connolly (Balibo, The Turning), ACUTE MISFORTUNE reveals the painter and journalist in unparalleled detail. ACUTE MISFORTUNE was named one of the best films of the year by The Monthly and Screen Daily and was the winner of The Age Critics Prize at Melbourne International Film Festival. The Guardian, in a five-star review, called it “An enthralling, complex triumph… The best Australian Bio-Pic since Chopper”.
Thursday, 09 May 2019
Nova Exclusive In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. Nanook and Sedna’s traditional way of life starts changing – slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable deaths and the ice has been melting earlier every year. Chena, who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world – and to their daughter Ága, who has left the icy tundra a long time ago due to family feud. When Sedna’s health deteriorates, Nanook decides to fulfil her wish and he embarks on a long journey in order to find Ága.
Thursday, 09 May 2019
Monthly Matinee event Thursday May 9th – 10.30am - Tickets on sale below. Join us for morning tea, film screening and an in-cinema discussion with host Jan Epstein and Shakespeare scholar Dr David McInnis. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars alongside Judi Dench and Ian McKellen in this compelling historical drama about the final days in the life of William Shakespeare. Written by Ben Elton. The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Aretha Franklin may have ascended, but the Queen of Soul is far from forgotten – and new music documentary AMAZING GRACE reminds us of this while capturing an iconic moment in her life. Following her in 1972 as she recorded one of her greatest albums, the eponymous Amazing Grace, the then 29-year-old combined her prodigious talents with the Southern California Community Gospel Choir to create what would become the most successful gospel album of all time. The Sydney Pollack directed film was long-shelved, but is now finally seeing a release in the wake of Franklin’s death. Replete with never-before-seen footage and candid glimpses of a true musical genius, AMAZING GRACE is an ode to Aretha as well as the vital gospel music movement within ‘60s and ‘70s America. Pre-release group bookings available, contact our groups coordinator for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 27 June 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.
Tuesday, 07 May 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 email@example.com
Saturday, 08 June 2019
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters. Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind. “Art is not a matter of what you see, but what you make other people see.” Edgar Degas
Saturday, 28 September 2019
Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favourite makes a welcome return to the big screen. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this deeply moving film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.
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 thrn 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.
Saturday, 03 August 2019
Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods – the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period – the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.
Thursday, 02 May 2019
Thursday May 2nd, 7.00pm plus Q&A - SOLD OUT Tickets on sale below for: Wednesday May 8 - 7.00pm, followed by Q&A Sunday May 19 - 1.00pm, with filmmaker introduction Friday May 24 - 7.00pm, with filmmaker introduction Special event screenings of FROM MUSIC INTO SILENCE with Q&As/Introductions from filmmaker Farshid Akhlaghi and the protagonist of Akhlaghi's film, Peter Roberts. Let the beauty we love be what we do. -Rumi. For the last 23 years, Peter Roberts has had the most unusual job in Australia. He is the only Australian Music Thanatologist. He plays the harp for people who are facing their last moments of life. Peter’s focus is on the dying process and he helps people to die in peace when often everyone wants them to stay. With the spirit of the Persian poet “Rumi” running through his veins, Peter has one last task to do before he retires. Some Persian language, English subtitles.
Saturday, 18 May 2019
In 1891 Gauguin left Marseille for the Pacific, marking the beginning of a journey towards the essence of life and art, and forging his destiny as one of the greatest modern painters who ever lived. Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost will take us on the trail of a story that has become myth. Through Tahiti and Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, we will experience the landscapes that inspired Gauguin, in the places where he built houses with bamboo and leaves, and discovered light and colours which changed his painting forever. This stunning state-of-the-art cinema event will also bring us to Paris, Bretagne, Edinburgh, and to the most prestigious art museums of the United States, where most of his masterpieces are preserved: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; The National Gallery of Art in Washington; and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Thursday, 17 October 2019
Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller is adapted for the screen by John Crowley (Brooklyn) in an epic tale of a young man’s odyssey following an explosion in the New York Metropolitan Museum. Theo (the young version played by Finn Wolfhard, then later Ansel Elgort) is visiting the Met with his mother when she is killed by an explosion. Taken in by a wealthy family, Theodore gradually restores his life until the sudden reappearance of his absent father sees him move to the Midwest. Harbouring a dark secret that he doesn’t dare share with anyone, Theodore begins a journey that will shape him and everyone around him in irrevocable ways. Starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson, Geoffrey Wright, Finn Wolfhard, Denis O’Hare and Sarah Paulson in a lavishly produced contemporary drama, THE GOLDFINCH is one of the year’s most anticipated films.
Thursday, 06 June 2019
Nova Exclusive! It’s summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate where an extended family of farmers toil under the rule of a domineering marchesa (Nicoletta Braschi). The handsome and hard-working Lazzaro (captivating newcomer Adriano Tardiolo), a young man imbued with a saint-like innocence, is alternately adored and taken advantage of by his fellow labourers. When the marchesa’s self-absorbed son Tancredi (Luca Chikovani) visits Inviolata with his mother for the first time, he senses an opportunity in Lazzaro naiveté and embroils him in an audacious plan that spirals out of control and throws the estate into a complicated chaos that takes everybody by surprise. A deeply-affecting parable that effortlessly shifts between neo and magical realism, Alice Rohrwacher’s multi award-winning tale casts an ethereal, wondrous spell, and confirms her status as one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary Italian cinema. Winner: Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival. Winner: Best Film, Chicago Film Festival. Italian language, English subtitles. Advance screenings May 31-June 2. “Mesmerising. An instant classic. Rohrwacher draws from the past (tapping into literature and folklore as well as film) to interrogate present conditions and future possibilities. This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic. What makes this a great movie, though — a film that acquires new depths of emotion and meaning each time you see it — is the piercing clarity of Alice Rohrwacher’s vision.” - A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Thursday, 06 June 2019
From master filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail) comes an off-world thriller set in the far reaches of space. Monte (Robert Patterson) is a passenger aboard a crude spaceship drifting through space. Tending to the craft's food sources, life support systems and daily reporting, he also plays parent to an infant as they move through the void toward an uncertain future. Co-starring Juliette Binoche, Andre Benjamin and Mia Goth, Denis' visually arresting film is a challenging, confounding and rewarding intergalactic journey that could only have come from this singular filmmaker.
Sunday, 19 May 2019
Presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art. Tickets includes an introduction by curator Sue Cramer who will discuss Burchill and McCamley’s practice and the inspiration they draw from film, and admission to 'Temptation to Co-exist: Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley' at Heide Museum of Modern Art. From master filmmaker David Lynch comes an uncompromising experimental thriller starring Laura Dern, Justin Theroux and Harry Dean Stanton. Named as one of the best films of last decade by Sight & Sound, Lynch developed INLAND EMPIRE over a three year period while shooting on digital video – a medium he felt gave him “more room to dream”. Hollywood actress Nikki Grace (Dern) is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star (Theroux), she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to the confusion is the revelation that the film is a remake of a doomed Polish production, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy involving the two lead performers.
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, 02 May 2019
Advance screening - Tuesday April 30 – 7.00pm. Tickets on sale below. See it first! From director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50) and the screenwriters behind Steven Spielberg's The Post and infamous comedy The Interview comes one of the funniest films of the year. US Secretary Of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is part of a popular administration led by a former actor (Bob Odenkirk) best known for portraying the American President on television. When POTUS decides to return to Hollywood rather than seek a second term, Field is anointed his potential successor. Faced with focus group testing that determines her to be suitably 'attractive' but not 'funny' enough for voters, she hires a spirited left-wing journalist (Seth Rogen) to put her on-track for the Oval Office. Winner of the Audience Award at both SXSW and the Sun Valley Film Festival, Levine's timely political satire skewers the double-standard women in power face as well as the speed with which good intentions are eroded by the influence of big business. Co-starring O'Shea Jackson, Randall Park, Alexander Skarsgard, Ravi Patel, June Diane Raphael and Andy Serkis, LONG SHOT is the political comedy the world needs right now.
Thursday, 19 September 2019
THE TESTAMENTS, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, will be revealed in a global cinematic event. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive cinema broadcast filmed live. The intimate evening will be a celebration of Atwood’s work. A number of remarkable actors (to be announced) will read from The Testaments, allowing audiences to be the first to discover the new book. Exclusive documentary content with rare archive will open a window on to Atwood’s rich and varied career. The Handmaid’s Tale has come to represent a powerful symbol against misogyny and oppression and the evening will reflect on the real-world events that inspired the original story and the alarming political climate which has, in part, inspired this sequel. An evening of conversation and performance filmed live from the stage of the National Theatre, with privileged access to this iconic author. ‘Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.’ With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect. THE TESTAMENTS will be published by Vintage and Penguin on 10 September.
Saturday, 06 July 2019
The convention-shattering production that replaced the female corps with the brunt physical power of a male cohort instead returns in a new imagining of Matthew Bourne’s piece-de-resistance - SWAN LAKE. First staged in 1995, Bourne is back with a re-interpreted version of his ballet: new cast, new stage and new lighting design complete a fresh face on a beloved (but still subverted) version of the traditional Swan Lake ballet. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and turning the timeless pattern of fragile swan ballerinas on its head, Bourne’s SWAN LAKE transforms Tchaikovsky’s love story into one of unconventionality, passion and a showcase of the athleticism of male dancers.
Saturday, 04 May 2019
Don José loses everything to be with the capricious Carmen, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe. Clémentine Margaine stars as opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite superstar Roberto Alagna (who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010) as the passionate solider held in the throes of Carmen’s cruel magnetism Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s thrilling production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire and one of the most popular operas of all time.
Saturday, 27 July 2019
Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, shy and insecure Blanche remains as a novice nun even as her family flees the Reign of Terror, torn between her duty to her convent and fear of the guillotine. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.
Saturday, 29 June 2019
Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written, Die Walküre is an unmissable epic story of monsters, gods, and humans on a superhuman scale. A hugely beloved opera and often sell-out smash hit, the Met is proud to present the second installment of Wagner’s legendary Ring cycle, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Starring Christine Goerke as the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, whose encounter with the mortal twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, sung by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, leads her on a journey from Valhalla to earthbound humanity.
Saturday, 01 June 2019
Marie, adopted daughter of the French army, falls deeply in love with a man who saves her life – a man who just so happens to be from an enemy nation. And so begins Donizetti’s bright and witty tale of love, loyalty and family. Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage. Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts. La Fille du Régiment is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna.
Thursday, 20 June 2019
2 Oscar nominations - Best Foreign Language Film & Best Cinematography A young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime. When he meets fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced he has met the love of his life, but Ellie's father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Inspired by real events and spanning three years of German history, BAFTA winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) returns with this beautifully structured story about truth, art, power, and inspiration. German language, English subtitles
Thursday, 09 May 2019
Nova Exclusive! Ever wondered how you'd fare in the event that the undead took over the globe? Dominique Rocher's award-winning horror will not only leave you shook, but also provides handy hints on how to survive the zombie apocalypse. Anders Danielsen Lie stars as Sam, an unenthusiastic party guest who seeks refuge in a bedroom of his ex's city apartment. Waking to find blood spattered on the walls and the house deserted, Sam discovers that while he was sleeping the world was overtaken by the undead. Trapped in a multi-storey building surrounded by flesh-eaters on all sides, Sam must contend with limited supplies, bordom and loneliness.
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Downton Abbey, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society) lead in All About Eve, filmed live for cinemas from the West End in London. All About Eve is adapted by Ivo van Hove from the 1950 film by Joseph L Mankiewicz starring Bette Davis, and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage version with set and lighting design from Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and music from double Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey, alongside Tom Gibbons’ sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG. All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…? Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.
Saturday, 15 June 2019
Filmed live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama. Directed Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things). Directed by Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things). America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Saturday, 31 August 2019
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish–Lehman Brothers–spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be filmed live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10thBirthday season.
Saturday, 03 August 2019
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in London in this timely and moving story.
Thursday, 16 May 2019
An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
Saturday, 13 July 2019
If only museums could talk! This stunning new event film would like to do just that: let the Prado speak for itself. Celebrating its 200th birthday in 2019, the Prado Museum will tell the story of its life, and take you on a spectacular journey in Madrid covering six centuries of Spanish history. History told through art, through the eight thousand masterpieces housed in the Museum’s collections, and the story behind each one. A painting is canvas, colour, matter, and form, but it is also the story of men and women, painters and kings, palaces and queens, wealth and misery, body and soul.
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s fast-paced thriller follows a crooked politician whose lavish lifestyle, based on bribes and illegal business, threatens to bring down his entire party after a newspaper exposes him to the public eye. Manuel (Antonio de la Torre) is a politician who enjoys a life that kickbacks afford. He eats at fancy restaurants, parties with his friends on yachts, and provides a luxurious lifestyle for his family. Manuel brazenly bribes, extorts, and pays off anyone who threatens to expose the activities of his inner circle. When he is singled out to take the fall for a case of fraudulent government contracts, Manuel decides to sell out his whole party to avoid jail time, and puts many lives at risk. Co-written with Isabel Pena, THE REALM portrays Spain’s current political world with a revealing look at systemic governmental corruption and the political elite. Spanish language, English subtitles
Thursday, 06 June 2019
Monthly Matinee event Thursday June 6th – 10.30am - Tickets on sale below. Join us for morning tea, film screening and an in-cinema discussion with host Jan Epstein. Special guest to be announced shortly! Inspired by the extraordinary true story of Melita Norwood, Red Joan is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman’s sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award® winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement, until one day her tranquil existence is shattered when she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history. Cambridge University in the 1930s, and the young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo (Tom Hughes). Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: Would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace?
Saturday, 04 May 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.
Saturday, 04 May 2019
Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind. Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.
Saturday, 17 August 2019
"To whom should I complain?" When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.
Saturday, 22 June 2019
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.
Thursday, 25 April 2019
Returning to Cinema Nova for ANZAC day, including a featurette hosted by Peter Jackson. On the centenary of the end of First World War, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson presents an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you have never seen it. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums’ archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line: their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime. Jackson and his team have used cutting edge techniques to make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday. The transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Venice. 1576. The plague spreads rapidly. Those with money and property fled. But one man remains faithful to his city. He is Venice’s most devoted painter –Tintoretto. Tintoretto, A Rebel in Venice tells the story of the painter Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto, from the early years of his artistic career until his death in 1594 in the city that inspired and challenged him. This visually spectacular new art film explores Tintoretto as the true mirror of Venice. A one of a kind genius, open-minded, restless, brave and with a strong love for freedom, unstable and elusive, he reflected the true spirit of the lagoon city. Now the artist dubbed “a proto rockstar” by David Bowie and “the first film director in history” by Jean-Paul Sartre can finally be experienced up close in a stunning state-of-the-art cinema experience, featuring special guest Peter Greenaway and narrated by Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter.
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Take a glimpse into the early days of the man who brought us tales of hobbits, elves and one particular ring with TOLKIEN, the new biopic from Dome Karukoski (Tom Of Finland). Nicholas Hoult plays master of fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien as his younger self: an orphaned young man finding love, friendship and himself in early 20th century Britain. Falling in with a group of outcasts that become his firm friends, Tolkien finds himself drawn into the fray of WW1 – shattering his life as he knows it, and directly impacting on his creation of The Lord of the Rings series. TOLKIEN is the story of how one man found an entirely new world, while trying to navigate the horrors of a war-torn real one.
Thursday, 02 May 2019
Engaged and in love, Lauren and Ned have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory, reunite her parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding. As the couple travel through the wild beauty of Australia’s Northern Territory landscapes they meet unforgettable characters, find fulfilment and Lauren learns why her mother had to leave to find home. TOP END WEDDING is directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Cleverman) and features a stellar ensemble cast including AACTA Award nominee Kerry Fox (Bright Star, Cloudstreet), Ursula Yovich (The Code, Australia), Shari Sebbens (Thor: Ragnarok, The Sapphires), Huw Higginson (Janet King, The Bill) and Elaine Crombie (Top of The Lake, Black Comedy).
Thursday, 20 June 2019
From director David Robert Mitchell comes the film that follows It Follows – his sophomore effort UNDER THE SILVER LAKE. Sam (Andrew Garfield) is thrown headfirst into a strange world of coincidence, crime and murder when his mysterious new neighbour Sarah (Riley Keough) vanishes one morning. Set against the noir-ish setting of Los Angeles and leading him on a goose-chase around the city, Sam will discover that nothing – even Sarah’s identity – is as it seems. Mitchell’s film is a surreal, 140-minute mystery thriller that might have divided critics, but is certainly extravagant in its ambition and cinematography.
Thursday, 25 April 2019
Nova Exclusive! Dive headfirst into the dizzying world of haute couture with Pietra Brettkelly’s documentary about one of its emerging major players - Chinese designer Guo Pei. Kiwi director Brettkelly (A Flickering Truth, Maori Boy Genius) follows Pei as she prepares her debut collection for Paris Fashion Week. From her roots as the daughter of a communist soldier, to her education at Number 2 Light Industrial School, to dressing Rihanna for the Met Ball (in a dress that weighed 25 kg and took 2 years to make), YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN weaves a colourful vision of Pei and her talent. Her quiet force guides an opulent and ambitious aesthetic, set to make its mark on the high fashion world. Some Chinese language, English subtitles