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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thrilling audiences from the Toronto Film Festival to Fantastic Fest, go on a multiple horse-power ride with this Australian made debut feature focusing on a turf war brewing between rival motorcycle gangs. Paddo (Ryan Corr) has been the glue holding together the Copperheads Motorcycle Club while the gang’s president Knuck (Matt Nable, who also wrote the screenplay) serves time in prison. Not only that, Paddo has significantly increased the club’s lucrative money laundering racket. But trouble is on the horizon when Knuck is released and resents his protégé’s success, and when a blunder by Paddo’s brother attracts negative attention from rival bikie gang leader Sugar (Aaron Pedersen), the scene is set for gang warfare both within and without. Taking his cues from Shakespeare, director Stephen McCallum orchestrates a who’s who of local talent, crowned with a powerhouse performance from rising star Abbey Lee as Paddo’s ambitious and scheming girlfriend Katrina, who is not about to let her man be swept aside by Knuck’s machinations.

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Thursday, 01 November 2018

In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Backtrack is the youth program run out of jackaroo and champion dog jumping trainer Bernie Shakeshaft's shed on the outskirts of Armidale. It's a place for troubled kids to safely continue their education while learning trust, support for one another and to have faith in a world that has forgotten them. When Shakeshaft recruits Zach, Alfie and Rusty to join him on a cross-country journey with his famed dog jumping team, it's the last chance for the three boys to halt a quick journey to jail and prove to the world that they are more than just delinquents with no future. Director Catherine Scott embedded herself for two years in this world and has crafted an inspiring and heart-warming coming-of-age tale. BACKTRACK BOYS is a film about a generation of young Australians from the fringes of society eager to become more than their circumstances would suggest.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Academy Award nominees Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet and Amy Ryan star in a heartfelt drama from director Felix Van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown), based on the bestselling memoir by David & Nic Sheff and adapted by Luke Davies (Lion, Candy). David (Carell) is the loving father of Nic (Chalamet), a bright and engaged child who has endured a more troubled life as an adult. Gradually seeing his son become victim to addiction, David attempts to maintain their relationship as they experience different sides of the difficult cycle of survival, relapse and recovery.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother Holly (Julia Roberts) welcomes her beloved son's return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm's way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family's downfall.

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Thursday, 01 November 2018

Rami Malek gives a career-defining performance as music icon Freddie Mercury in the triumphant feel-good musical drama BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Working as a baggage handler at Heathrow airport, Farrokh Bulsara (Malek) offers his vocals to a band that has just lost their lead singer. Causing a stir with his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave range, Farrokh soon changes his name to Feddie Mercury and the band Queen is born. Touring the world with Brian May (Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello), Queen's unconventional style divides critics but sees the band attract some of the largest concert audiences in history. His star rising and the world at his fingertips, Mercury's personal life becomes increasingly public and the price of fame begins to add-up. Co-starring Aiden Gillen, Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Nova Exclusive! Everyone has had a teacher that has inspired them – and equally everyone has had a teacher who seemed to want to be anywhere other than at the front of a classroom. Sydney writer/director Heath Davis presents a devious comedy of a disgraced writer trying to rebuild their career while suffering the indignities of trying to teach teenagers. Nicholas Cutler (Alan Dukes) was once the enfant terrible of the literary world. Now he’s trying to deflect students’ attention away from their iPhones and get them reading actual books. Outraged that all the kids these days are interested in is cheap shlock, Nicholas writes a pulpy zombie novel – and to his surprise publishers are interested. But what should be a redemptive time of triumph for Mr Cutler is threatened by the most chaotic event in every school year: Book Week. Based on Davis’ own experiences as a teacher, and filmed in the gorgeous Blue Mountains, BOOK WEEK is a wry and biting comedy with a sense of community at its heart.

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Thursday, 08 November 2018

Jared (Lucas Hedges), the only child of a Baptist pastor, is forcibly outed to his parents following an encounter with a boy in college. Unable to accept that their son is gay, Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program, or be permanently exiled by his family, friends and his faith. Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, this is an insider’s perspective on how gay conversion camps operate, explosively exposing the harm they cause to both to those who are forced to attend, and the people who place them in this environment of continual denial and shame. Directed, written and co-starring Joel Edgerton, alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, BOY ERASED tells the true story of a young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.

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Thursday, 06 December 2018

Melissa McCarthy stars in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel, who turned to forgery when her style of writing fell out of fashion. It’s a hard, lonely life, being a writer. But what if you could find a way to make money by passing off your own writing as the work of far more famous authors? Lee Israel made a name for herself writing biographies on the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Estee Lauder, but changes in reading tastes have lately found her books languishing in bargain bins. Desperation causes her to start writing letters, purportedly by famous people, and selling them for quick cash as celebrity ephemera. Abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant), Lee soon finds herself raking in money – and quickly sinking into a scheme that is far more than she can handle. Lead by impressive talent behind the scenes with director Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and writer Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? is a typewriter thriller that should see McCarthy garner high acclaim come awards season.

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Emma Thompson gives one of the best performances of her career in a moving drama of a woman embroiled in a moral dilemma in which a child’s life hangs in the balance. High Court Justice Fiona Maye is used to presiding over cases where she must act as a Solomon whose decisions irrevocably effect people’s lives. But a case that comes before her involving gravely ill 17-year-old Adam (Fionn Whitehead) is a unique quandary. Adam’s parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses, and are refusing to allow him to have a blood transfusion that could save his life. Adam appears to share their beliefs, but Fiona has the power to order that the treatment go ahead against his and his family’s wishes. Taking an unorthodox tact, Fiona decides to visit Adam in hospital, and an unlikely bond springs up between them. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel, and directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), THE CHILDREN ACT is a deeply humane film that grapples with the morals of belief and who should hold power over a life.

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Friday, 11 January 2019

Director: David MacDonald Starring: Patricia Laffan, Hugh McDermott, Hazel Court, Peter Reynolds, Adrienne Corri A Martian seductress (wearing a PVC bondage outfit and fabulous 50s make-up) lands her flying saucer on the Scottish moors and starts rounding up men to use as breeding stock back home. What might have been just a cheaply made, dully scripted and badly directed 50s British sci-fi movie – and there’s nothing wrong with that! – is elevated to the realms of the sublime by Laffan in the title role. Whether shooting people with her ray gun (a special effect to be sure!) or sneering lines like “It amuses me to watch your puny efforts!” this is one of the most glorious camp performances you’ll ever see. The supporting cast includes Hammer Horror scream queen Hazel Court, Fraser from “Dad’s Army” and Devil Girl’s robot accomplice who looks like a refrigerator with legs. Cinema Fiasco presents movies with live commentary. If you want to see this movie without humorous interruptions you should go seek an alternative presentation – and medical advice. “Wallis and McLeod’s wonderfully eccentric dynamic combined with some of the worst films ever made make this a truly unique film-going experience” – BEAT magazine “The Margaret and David of bad movies” – ONSTAGE MELBOURNE “My tummy was sore from laughing by the end of this and I thoroughly recommend it as a fun Friday night out” – THE GROGGY SQUIRREL

Friday, 15 February 2019

Director: Albert Band Starring: Jose Ferrer, Michael Pataki, Reggie Nalder, Jan Shutan Soldiers digging around some Romanian ruins stumble upon Count Dracula’s burial chamber and unleash his terrifying vampire Doberman, Zoltan. In need of a new master, Zoltan takes a trip to America where the last of Dracula’s ancestors has just taken his suburban family on a camping trip. Suspicions arise when a sinister hearse starts tailing the family’s Winnebago and dogs in the area turn up dead with bite marks on their throats. This ludicrous take on the vampire legend features a pack of blood-sucking bow wows whose eyes glow in the dark and hilarious scenes of undead doggies digging themselves out of the grave. Oscar winner (!) Jose Ferrer leads a cast of sleazebag favourites including Michael Pataki and the eternally creepy Reggie Nalder. “Voof! Voof! I vant to suck your blood!” Cinema Fiasco presents movies with live commentary. If you want to see this movie without humorous interruptions you should go seek an alternative presentation – and medical advice. “Wallis and McLeod’s wonderfully eccentric dynamic combined with some of the worst films ever made make this a truly unique film-going experience” – BEAT magazine “The Margaret and David of bad movies” – ONSTAGE MELBOURNE “My tummy was sore from laughing by the end of this and I thoroughly recommend it as a fun Friday night out” – THE GROGGY SQUIRREL

Friday, 14 December 2018

Director: John Guillermin Starring: Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, Peter Elliott, John Ashton, Peter Michael Goetz In this thrilling sequel to the 1976 remake, it turns out King Kong didn’t die after falling off the World Trade Centre but rather ended up on life support in a university science department. Following an artificial heart transplant – and a blood transfusion from the newly discovered Lady Kong – the big ape is up and about in no time – and, with a new lady in his life, falling in love! Probably the stupidest Kong movie but definitely the funniest, with hilarious scenes of gorilla-suited stuntmen tossing Tonka trucks around miniature sets, Kong munching on alligators and a posse of rednecks, and romantic interludes between Kerwin and Hamilton that are even sillier than the ones between Kong and his mate. The heart transplant scene is especially compelling. Cinema Fiasco presents movies with live commentary. If you want to see this movie without humorous interruptions you should go seek an alternative presentation – and medical advice. “Wallis and McLeod’s wonderfully eccentric dynamic combined with some of the worst films ever made make this a truly unique film-going experience” – BEAT magazine “The Margaret and David of bad movies” – ONSTAGE MELBOURNE “My tummy was sore from laughing by the end of this and I thoroughly recommend it as a fun Friday night out” – THE GROGGY SQUIRREL

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

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, 06 December 2018

Nova Exclusive! From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately nightmarish depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. A troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote location to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns fateful as the dancers discover that their drinks have been laced with LSD. Following their journey from jubilation to chaos to full-fledged anarchy, crushes, rivalries, and violence combine to create a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, this is Gaspar Noé's most brazen and visionary statement yet. French language, English subtitles

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

A critical and audience favourite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Best Director prize, and already touted as a major 2019 Oscar contender, Paweł Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Ida is a ravishing, music-fuelled romance charting two mismatched lovers caught between East and West in 1950s Europe. In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is commissioned by the Soviet state to form a musical ensemble to help rekindle national pride. Whilst touring the villages in search of talent he meets the much younger Zula (Joanna Kulig), a fiery and charismatic singer with a past, and the two fall passionately in love. When a performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity for escape to the West, a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain. As the years march on, Wiktor and Zula – whether through political circumstance or personal impetuosity – struggle to find their moment in time. Spanning 15 years across Warsaw, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, and inspired by the real-life story of the director’s own parents, COLD WAR meticulously recreates the era with virtuosic black-and-white visuals, and a terrific soundtrack that is used judiciously to signify the passage of time and shifting relationships. Warmly lyrical, impossibly romantic and visually stunning, COLD WAR is one of the films of the year. Polish, French, German & other European languages, English subtitles

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Thursday, 06 December 2018

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Tuesday 13 November, 6.45pm. Advance screening followed by a Q&A with director Sue Thomson. Moderated by Stephen A. Russell. Nova Exclusive! LGBTQIA+ seniors have been pioneers in many ways, beginning the fight for equality in an era when being queer could land you in jail, lose you your job or worse. But as they have aged, some started going back into the closet in nursing homes or when accessing aged-care services, owing to feeling unsafe in these environments. Created by All The Queens Men, The Coming Back Out Ball was a glittering red-carpet evening to celebrate these pioneers and their achievements, and to combat invisibility for LGBTIQ seniors. Hosted by cabaret legend Robyn Archer and with a guest list including Carlotta, Deborah Cheetham, Gerry Connolly (as the Queen) and a who’s who of Melbourne’s elder LGBTIQ community, it was a night to remember!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Celebrated Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa (My Joy, In The Fog) returns with a blacker than black satire set in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine that won the Best Director award in this year’s Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Split into thirteen vignettes, Loznitsa explores the corroding effects of nationalist politics in the midst of the contemporary conflict of Russia’s incursions into the Ukraine. A man won’t accept it when his vehicle is requisitioned by the military. A German journalist is confronted with fascist taunts from Russian soldiers. A woman slandered in a newspaper comes after a councilman with a bucket containing revenge. A horrific beating merges into a grotesque wedding that accelerates into a nightmare. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, Loznitsa’s latest eagle-eyed work blends mockumentary, fake news, humour, horror, and urgent moral messages to create a sprawling treatise on the current state of the world that is as brilliant as it is tragic. Ukrainian and Russian language, English subtitles.

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

From two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman), Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in a dark ‘whodunnit’ thriller of familial ties that pulls no punches. Laura (Cruz), a Spanish woman who has been living in Buenos Aires, returns to her family’s estate outside Madrid for her sister’s wedding with her two children in tow. But her trip home is about to be thrown into chaos, when Laura’s headstrong teenage daughter is kidnapped in the middle of the night’s celebrations. Desperate for any help in discovering her daughter’s whereabouts, Laura reaches out to Paco (Bardem), an old flame who is now a successful winemaker on land purchased from Laura’s father. “Everybody knows” that Laura broke Paco’s heart, but as demands from the kidnappers appear, what else about this secretive and destructive family does “everybody” know? The opening night film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Farhadi’s latest is a work of masterful melodrama, unravelling a family’s decades of rancour, resentment and sins until there is nowhere to hide. Spanish language, English subtitles

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

After being a Box Office sensation in the UK, EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE is the new hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. John McCrea, Rebecca McKinnis, Tamsin Carroll, Shobna Gulati, Lucie Shorthouse and Lee Ross lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band that will ‘sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance’ (Financial Times). With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ (The Times) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and ‘hilarious’ book and lyrics ‘with delightful punch’ (Whatsonstage), by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been wowing audiences and critics alike. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

Thursday, 01 November 2018

PRIVILEGE MEMBERS SCREENING: Tuesday 30 October, 6.30pm. Tickets available below! "How the **** did we get here?" asks Michael Moore as Donald Trump defies the expectations of the media, pollsters, opponent Hilary Clinton and, seemingly, his own party by becoming the 45th President of the United States. In his latest critically acclaimed documentary, Moore seeks to answer this very question while considering the present state of democracy. Laying the blame for the 2016 Presidential election outcome at the feet of some very unexpected suspects, Moore highlights the rise of state governors who put corporations ahead of their constituants, student movements born out of gun violence, and the grass-roots campaigns seeking to upset 'business as usual' politics at the American mid-term elections. An amusing, alarming and always fascinating provocation about the so-called "death of the American Dream", Fahrenheit 11/9 is the must-see follow-up to the Moore's Oscar winning Bowling For Columbine and 2004's Palme d'Or winning Fahrenheit 9/11.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Plunge once more into the magical wizarding world of J.K. Rowling with the exciting new instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series. Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has escaped. Making good on his threats to gather followers in his war against non-magical beings, Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former pupil Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in the fight against dark wizardry. But the gentle and naïve magizoologist is unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines will be drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the closest of friends and family, as the wizarding world becomes ever more divided. With an extended cast including Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Zoë Kravitz, the latest magical tale from the Harry Potter universe is a thrilling adventure where the battle between good and evil escalates to the point of no return.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after finding a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

A police officer (Jakob Cedergren) with a chequered past is assigned to dispatch duty, only to be drawn into a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. Grippingly crafted in the vein of Locke and other single-location thrillers, Gustav Moller's award-winning thriller will keep you guessing until the final frame. Danish language, English subtitles

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Thursday, 11 April 2019

In November 2008, a wave of devastating terrorist attacks throughout Mumbai catapulted the city into chaos. Frantic tourists fled to the one place they believed would be safe. The renowned Taj Mahal Hotel. Only to discover the famed institution was the primary target. But many more would have been killed if not for the extraordinary heroism of a few ordinary hotel staff members who valiantly risked their own lives to protect the lives of guests. This is the astonishing true story of the victims and survivors. Directed by Anthony Maras and starring Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs, Dev Patel, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Anupam Kher. Some Hindi, Punjabi and other foreign languages, English subtitles.

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

A surprising coming of age documentary following four women who have had their lives dramatically changed by their passion for the music of a particular boyband, I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story seeks to discover what drove these fans to become so obsessed with their chosen boyband. Whether The Beatles, Take That, the Backstreet Boys or One Direction, each musical group drove their fans into a frenzy through the alchemy of harmonies, choreography, distinctive attire and music videos. Attempting to decode what made these performers and their music so influential, Jessica Leski's Australian-produced documentary is a funny and moving insight into popular culture, teenage obsession and how every generation has their own special crush.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Limited event season! Pack multiple packets of tissues for the most anticipated anime weepie of the year! Adapted from the popular novel by Yoru Sumino, I WANT TO EAT YOUR PANCREAS is a unique friendship drama between a self-imposed loner and a cheerful, popular girl who share a secret. Our protagonist, ‘Me’ (Mahiro Takasugi), is obsessed with books and interested in little else – certainly not in other people. Presuming that others are as little concerned with him as he is in them, Me positions himself on the outer of his high school’s social scene. But his solitary state is upended when he accidentally picks up a secret journal penned by a classmate, Sakura Yamauchi (Lynn), and discovers that she is suffering from a terminal illness that she has told none of her friends about. Delighted to have a person to confide in who literally has no one else to tell, Sakura muscles her way into Me’s life, and the secret between them draws them together in more ways than one. Japanese language, English subtitles

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Premiere screening, followed by a Q&A hosted by Corinne Grant with special guests Robyn Hughan (Director), Steve Warne (Co-Producer), Joyce Chia (Refugee Council of Australia) and author, educator and human rights advocate, Arnold Zable. Plus music live in cinema from Alyce Platt who will perform songs from the soundtrack. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl and her refugee family in pursuit of resettlement, this emotional roller coaster takes us from despair to joy through hope, humour and love - shattering prevailing stereotypes. A character driven film, featuring three magnetic daughters. Filmed over 7 years in Malaysia and Australia, it’s an extraordinary psychological study of the effects of refugee status. Some foreign languages, English subtitles

Thursday, 08 November 2018

March, 1918. C-Company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers (Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge) and their cook (Toby Jones) distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with his dread of the inevitable. A young new officer, Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), has just arrived, fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting – not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer.

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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Delve into the turn-of-the century Vienna artworld and tour through exhibitions of Klimt and Schiele’s legendary works. 1918. As the roar of the First World War cannons is dying out, in Vienna, the heart of Central Europe, a golden age comes to an end. The Austro-Hungarian Empire is beginning to disintegrate. Since the dawn of the century, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele have fundamentally changed the feeling of art, through a new way of painting that portrayed the restlessness, fears and desires of mankind. Taking place across five stunning exhibitions with never-before-seen access, Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche recounts this extraordinary moment in art history – a magical moment for art, literature and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the depths of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. Presented in pristine high definition, this glorious big screen experience is a must-see for art lovers and film lovers alike.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Nova Exclusive! Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time on the cusp of her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. Some Japanese language, English subtitles

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

From the director of Weekend and 45 Years, Andrew Haigh, comes the moving tale of a boy who befriends a fading racehorse. Charley (Charlie Plummer) is the son of a single father (Travis Fimmel) who makes a living working in warehouses across the American north -west. Taking a summer job working for a washed-up horse trainer (Steve Buscemi), Charley befriends a racehorse named Lean On Pete that many believe is past his prime. Winner and nominee for multiple international awards, Lean On Pete is a heartfelt drama about the mysterious connection that can be felt between humans and animals; particularly in our time of need. Co-starring Chloe Sevigny, Amy Seimetz and Steve Zahn.

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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

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Saturday, 06 April 2019

For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great real-life 18th-century actress who is adored by many, but who loves only the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections who will stop at nothing to win his love; Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet, Adriana’s faithful friend; and Carlo Bosi as the duplicitous Abbé.

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, 08 December 2018

Bar owner Minnie looks after a crew of rough miners while fending off the unwanted attention of the local sheriff. When a tall, mysterious stranger walks into the bar, it looks as if her life is about to change. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West (complete with gunfights, poker games and stagecoach robbers), alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

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.

Saturday, 09 March 2019

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont.

Saturday, 09 February 2019

When a compulsive thief is caught red-handed and blackmailed into marriage, the strange new arrangement might hold the key to unlock her mysterious past. Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based the novel which inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed psychological thriller, has its U.S. premiere at the Met this season. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role opposite Christopher Maltman as her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland, Iestyn Davies as his brother Terry, Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Marnie’s mother. Costume design is by Madonna's collaborator of twenty years, Arianne Phillips, who created every item seen on stage in this stylish, vivid production. Robert Spano makes his company debut conducting. Marnie is a co-commission and co-production with English National Opera, where the production premiered in 2017.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Blessed with immense physical strength, Hebrew leader Samson is sworn to defend his people and his faith from the Philistines. But when the Philistine Dalila sets out to seduce him, he is powerless to resist. Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of Samson et Dalila in 20 years. Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 production of Bizet’s Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Presented with a Q&A with director Caitlin Koller. After the untimely death of their old college pal, five friends (and one new girlfriend) descend upon the Wisconsin summer home they frequented in their 20s. The creep factor at the cabin is high, with a thumping in the crawl space, blood spurting from the pipes, and a cockroach infestation in the guest bedroom. When a storm moves in, trapping them in the woods, they find themselves faced with the ultimate human dilemma, to kill or be killed, in order to make it to morning. 30 MILES FROM NOWHERE is a thriller about what fear does to the human brain, and how an ordinary citizen becomes an unwitting soldier. Screens with Short Film: THEY CAN’T HEAR YOU Luke Creely | Australia A young woman is held captive, bound, and given an ultimatum by her captor - find a way to escape in only a few minutes, or be killed.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

A 30th anniversary screening of Rolf de Heer's​ cult film, plus a Q&A with actors Nicholas Hope and Natalie Carr. Confined to a two-room slum for his whole life, Bubby knows only of the existence of himself and his religious mother, who shares the bath, and her bed, with her son. But when Bubby's long-lost father (an alcoholic priest) returns home, and to his wife's bed, the jealous Bubby is driven to head out into the world. Abused and exploited by everyone from feminists to prison inmates, a policeman, animal lovers and the Salvation Army, Bubby, armed only with the few phrases he's learnt from his mother, has a tough entry into an inhospitable world. But others soon warm to this innocent idiot savant, and Bubby starts to find a place in the poisoned world from which he was confined. 

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Presented with a Q&A with director Robbie Studsor. It’s been 6 long years since the hit and run accident that put disgraced former detective Edmond Bloom in a wheelchair and killed his wife Juliette. With the killer never identified, Edmond spends his days pouring over clues under the care of his submissive 20-year-old daughter Charlotte whom he indirectly blames for the tragedy. On a hot summer’s day, a broken and remorseful stranger appears claiming to be the driver of the car the night of the accident and begs Edmond for either forgiveness or punishment. With the killer now revealed, Edmond can finally get closure on what happened. The problem is, Edmond didn’t catch him and there’s no way he will let 6 years of hard detective work go to waste. Instead of seeking retribution for the past, he concocts a selfish and dangerous plan involving himself, the stranger and his daughter. Guilt, desire and resentment surface as the plan spirals out of control... Screens with Short Film: COCKY Aaron McLoughlin | Australia 2018 A pet cockatoo hatches a plan to end the mundane conversations in his life.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Australian Premiere A technology-driven  psychological  thriller  set  in  the  world  of  webcam porn.  It  follows  Alice,  an  ambitious  camgirl,  who  wakes  up  one  day  to  discover  she’s  been  replaced  on  her  show  with  an  exact  replica  of  herself.  As  this  copy  begins  to  push  the  boundaries  of  Alice's  internet  identity,  the  control  that  Alice  has  over  her  life,  and  the  men  in  it,  vanishes.  While  she  struggles  to  regain  what  she's  lost,  she  slowly  finds  herself  drawn  back  to  her  show  and  to  the  mysterious  person  who  has  taken  her  place. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

OPENING NIGHT EVENT. Ticket includes a drink on entry. Join us for the Australian premiere of this highly anticipated, nail-biting crime thriller directed by S. Craig Zahler (Brawl In Cell Block 99, Bone Tomahawk). A stolid, old guard policeman, Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and his volatile younger partner, Anthony (Vince Vaughn), find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arming tactics become the media's special du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Australian Premiere. Enjoy a 4K restoration of this post-apocalyptic sci-fi classic directed by John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes and  Harry Dean Stanton. It’s 1997 and Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the United States president crash lands into the city centre after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plissken to rescue the president, who is being held hostage.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

4K Restoration. Victorian Premiere. Directed by Sam Raimi. Ever thought of taking your girlfriend away for the weekend? Maybe to some secluded spot in the country so you can spend some quality time together, but then ended up hacking her to pieces with a chainsaw after she’s become possessed by a grotesque, flesh-eating demon resurrected by spells from The Book Of The Dead? Ash Williams has. Trapped in a dark world of flying eyeballs and deadly severed limbs, axe wielding Ash Williams will be pushed to the edgeof his sanity as he fights to survive against the unspeakable, supernatural forces intent on having him dead by dawn.

Friday, 23 November 2018

SEAN and ALEX go on the run after Alex has a close encounter with mysterious orbs of light that leave her with extraordinary powers. As they flee from their families, the police and a covert government agency, Alex and Sean find themselves at the center of an unprecedented event in human history. First contact. But as her powers grow stronger and more dangerous, Sean must decide whether staying with Alex and discovering the truth behind her transformation is worth dying for.

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Presented with a Q&A with director Ian Haig. THE FOAMING NODE essays the discovery and emergence of new bodily organs in meticulous and captivating detail. We follow the last remaining observers, members of a cult of sorts, who have experienced both the transmissions of The Foaming Node, and their own personal and strange bodily transformations. They discuss exactly how the changes associated with The Foaming Node have affected them, telling fascinating, visceral, detailed tales that reach beyond science, alternative medicine, and corporeality. Screens with Short Film: THALAMOS Andrew Jaksch | Australia 2018 A team of astronauts make an ill-fated journey to a deserted space station.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

4K Restoration. Australian Premiere of this supernatural horror directed by John Carpenter. Antonio Bay, California has turned a hundred years old and is getting ready to celebrate its centennial year. But as the residents of the small, quaint harbour town begin to prepare for the festivities a mysterious cloud of fog appears upon the shore and begins to make its way across Antonio Bay, leaving a trail of horrifying slaughter which hints to the blood soaked history of the town.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Australian Premiere. Cinema’s ultimate provocateur, Lars von Trier, returns with a jaw-dropping serial killer thriller starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough. USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge - a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

CLOSING NIGHT - Australian premiere! Oslo, 1987. Seventeen year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create “true Norwegian black metal” with his band, MAYHEM. He’s joined by equally fanatical youths - Dead and Varg. Believing that they’re on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he’s earned for the group’s violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score and ultimately determine who the darkest black metal musician is.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Luz, a young cabdriver, fleeing a crazy passenger, drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police precinct. A demonic entity follows Luz into the apparent safety of the station, randomly possessing those around her, determined to stay close to the object of its affection and inject itself into her heart… one way or another.

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

World Premiere, plus special guest star Matthew Victor Pastor for a live in cinema Q&A. A tale of a psychopathic murderer, the Milk Man, who kills innocent women. Sent to stop him is Pinoy Boy, the worlds deadliest Filipino. Meanwhile, Angelo is a down on his luck filmmaker. How do these stories connect? Find out in MAGANDA! PINOY VS MILK MAN. Screens with short film: The New Jerusalem ’98 Kiefer Findlow | Australia

Sunday, 25 November 2018

You know whom to call when you have ghosts. But who do you call when you have monsters? The Monster Squad – A group of young kids devoted to protecting their suburban neighborhood from monsters and ghouls. Count Dracula escapes Van Helsing and adjourns modern day Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Black Lagoon’s Gillman. The ghouls are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Standing in their way – The Monster Squad!

Friday, 23 November 2018

In this twisted horror anthology, five strangers are drawn to an abandoned theater and forced to watch their deepest and darkest fears play out before them. Lurking in the shadows is the Projectionist, who preys upon their souls with his collection of disturbing films. As each reel spins its sinister tale, the characters find frightening parallels to their own lives.

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Australian Premiere. Sarah Montrose is a conflicted, mysterious woman who meets the philosophical, smooth-talking Lewis Blake. Handsome and captivating, Lewis is the bait in a sick and twisted game conjured up with his low-life-rich-kid housemate, Kenneth. When the men’s sexual game backfires with wild abandon, Sarah is forced into an unlikely and bloodied alliance. And when her fragile psyche is threatened by a monster, she calls on all her strength and cunning to do battle with a psychopath, and her own inner demon. Screens with short film: Blackwood Andrew Montague | Australia

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Victorian Premiere Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother's room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and and comic book pal Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Girls to the Front! Join our crew of Final Girls as they battle monsters, pervs and gender misconceptions in MONSTER FEST’S female led program of horror shorts. SPOTLIGHT Joe Savage | UK WHAT METAL GIRLS ARE INTO Laurel Vail | USA ALEXIS Brodie May Rowlands | Australia HELSINKI MANSPLAINING MASSACRE Ilja Rautsi | Finland PIE Adria Tennor | USA MY FIRST TIME Asaf Livni | Israel THE GAZE Ida Joglar | USA A/S/L Benjamin Swicker | USA

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Terrifying, hilarious and brazenly weird, MONSTER FEST’S program of horror and hybrid-genre shorts featuring stories of the dead, the undead and those in between. POST MORTEM MARY Joshua Long | Australia THE BLOODY BALLAD OF SQUIRT REYNOLDS Anthony Cousins | USA THE STARE Louisa Weichmann | Australia GACHA GACHA Dave Jackson | Australia/Japan THE COST OF LIVING Tom Nicoll | UK MYSTERY BOX Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund | Sweden THE DEAD MAN SPEAKS Marcos Mereles | Netherlands WE SUMMONED A DEMON Chris McInroy | USA MILK Santiago Menghini | Canada FRIENDSGIVING Samantha Kolesnik | USA CUT OFF Ryan Cauchi | Australia WHO’S THAT AT THE BACK OF THE BUS Philip Hardy | UK

Saturday, 24 November 2018

MONSTER FEST’s showcase of student shorts from some of the best film schools around the country, featuring the work of current students and 2017 graduates. ATONIA Kate Murray | Australia L’HOTEL BOUCLE Abby Iverson | Australia THE LOVERS Ryan Kendall | Australia NEUROPLUG Caleb Turland | Australia NIGHT SHIFT Giuliame Crisologo | Australia THE GOOD BOY Matthew Clarke | Australia VELVET Jordan Avery | Australia COLONY Catherine Bonny | Australia THEM Samantha Weston | Australia DARKNESS CALLS Ben Munkacsi | Australia

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Murder City's Trash peddler, Dick Dale, presents another sordid program of the sickest, most twisted and goriest films he could get his grubby mitts on from around the globe. Cinematic atrocities and disasterpieces sure to drive you to the depths of hell and hilarity. When it comes to TRASHARAMA, if it ain't right, it's PERFECT! GRANNY David Burrowes | Australia GUARDING OF HELL Frank Appache | Canada THE JERRY SHOW Stephen Stull | USA VAMPIRE HOOKER HOTEL Nathan Hill | Australia HUMAN Vanessa Gudgeon | Australia CRYPTO Clint Cure | Australia THE FIRST DATE Adam Webber | Australia THE CONGREGATION Chrzu Lindström | Finland I’M FILTH Kurk Dirt | UK DAEMENRUNNER Kiah Roache-Turner | Australia CONDUCTOR Alex Noyer | USA BFF GIRLS Brian Lonano | USA

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Victorian Premiere. This heartfelt documentary explores the power of cult film told through the lens of the 1987 classic THE MONSTER SQUAD and the impact it has on fans, cast, crew and the industry. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist’s epic adventure into the Mora family’s secret past. Philippe Mora investigates his father Georges’ clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother Mirka’s miraculous escape en route to Auschwitz. Includes an introduction by Heide curators Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan, and admission to the Heide exhibition Mirka Mora: Pas de Deux— Drawings and Dolls.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

★★★★ “Sharp, funny and subversively political” – The Guardian ★★★★ “Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness” – Independent Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss Alan Bennett's ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer). The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. ALLELUJAH! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

Saturday, 02 February 2019

★★★★ “Simon Godwin directs a terrific and epic production filled with passion.” – The Guardian ★★★★ “Spectacular tragedy. Go see it. You Won’t be sorry” – The Times “Eternity was in our lips and eyes.” Filmed live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Do I run? This is the question which is facing Pauline Gibson. She has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare? David Hare (Plenty, Skylight, Stuff Happens) was recently described by the Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English.’ His explosive new play portrays the history of a twenty year intimate friendship and its public repercussions. Siân Brooke (Doctor Foster, Sherlock) plays Pauline. Neil Armfield, Co-Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival, returns to direct.

Saturday, 03 November 2018

★★★★★ ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’ (Daily Telegraph) Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends. Please note: This production features the use of strobe lighting.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. Starring Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance). It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

The Sundance Kid is hanging up his boots – but not before one last heist. Robert Redford starts in (so he says) his last film role as an unrepentant bank robber who breaks out of jail in order to continue his crime spree and live life by his own rules. Based on a true story, Redford portrays Forrest Tucker, a repeat offender who has escaped from prison multiple times over his storied criminal career. Now aged 70, he has just made a daring escape from San Quentin. Pursued by a detective (Casey Affleck) who is obsessed with Forrest’s commitment to the craft of crime, the charming robber launches right back into orchestrating heists with his Over The Hill Gang (Tom Waits and Danny Glover). Co-starring Sissy Spacek and Elisabeth Moss, and directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story), THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN is an invigorating caper that not only stands comfortably alongside Redford’s earlier westerns, but also acts as a fine capstone to a legendary career.

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Thursday, 08 November 2018

Limited event season! A fantastical adventure filled with super cute anime penguins! PENGUIN HIGHWAY is a playful, magic realist romp about supernatural penguins that may not be as they seem… Aoyama is a serious 10 year old boy who records all of his day to day experiences in his notebook. One day in May, penguins inexplicably appear in his home town, despite being located a long way from the sea. When Aoyama sees “Big Sis" –a young woman who works at a dentist's office – drop a soft drink can which inexplicably turns into a penguin, he decides to investigate and resolve the mystery behind these strange events. Together with his classmates, Aoyama happens upon a strange phenomena which is surely the key to these goings-on. Will their investigation bear fruit, and just how is “Big Sis" linked to these occurrences? Japanese language, English subtitles

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Nova Exclusive! Kelly Macdonald gives a marvellously nuanced and understated performance as a housewife who discovers she has an unusual talent: the ability to finish jigsaw puzzles in record time. Agnes is a lonely, retiring soul who barely leaves the tight sphere of her family home with her husband and sons. When she is gifted a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, Agnes discovers that she can complete puzzles with almost terrifying speed. Emboldened by her new interest, she travels to New York City to buy more puzzles and meets Robert (Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox), and is invited by him to compete in puzzle tournaments (yes, they’re a thing!). A gentle, cosy tale of a timid woman experiencing independence for the first time, discovering hidden depths and beginning to see the pieces of her own life in a new light, PUZZLE is a refreshingly charming, low-key drama in a CGI-oversaturated world.

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Saturday, 06 October 2018

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, 15 November 2018

Winner: Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival 2018. From master Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda comes an uplifting tale of small-time criminals who take in a child they find on the street. Shoplifting to make ends meet, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter her, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of the child after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them. Japanese Language, English subtitles.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Nova Exclusive! The debut film from Boots Riley, activist and frontman rapper of political hip-hop band The Coup, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is a surreal, comedic ride through an alternate universe version of Oakland, California, and raises a fist against the erosion of workers’ rights and the unrelenting march of late-capitalism. Things aren’t going great for Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield). Unemployed and living in a garage belonging to his Uncle Sergio (Terry Crews), Cassius’ debts are piling up. In desperation, he takes a job telemarketing for a company called RegalView and, encouraged by his co-worker Langston (Danny Glover) to use his ‘white voice’ on calls, Cassius quickly becomes a highly successful employee. But his swift promotion up the corporate ladder puts him at odds with his artist girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), and the higher he climbs the more bizarre, disturbing and completely freaky his world becomes. With a gonzo performance from Armie Hammer as a sinister tech bro billionaire and the voices of David Cross, Patton Oswalt and Lily James, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU was a huge surprise hit in the U.S., and is the loud, comic, cosmic shout in the dark that cinema and the world sorely needs.

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Milena travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom. Soon, he doesn't want her to leave. Stuck in time, father and daughter try to mend their fractured bond, but their connection is fragile, like the strange, colourful gems he digs up from the earth

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Thursday, 08 November 2018

NOVA FILM CLUB: Thursday 25 October, 6.40pm. See an advance screening then join Film Club host Koko in the Nova Bar after the screening for discussion, drink specials, and bonus film passes. From master filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) comes a reinterpretation of the iconic giallo horror by Dario Argento. The year is 1977 and West Berlin is gripped by the ongoing terrorist negotiations between police and the Baader-Meinhof group. American dancer Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) arrives in the city as residents exist on the edge of panic, no longer certain of whom to trust. Successfully auditioning for revered choreographer Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton), Susie is put up in the living quarters of another dancer who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Exhibiting a strength and skill that transfixes Blanc, Susie begins a regime of training that will prepare her not only for the stage, but for something far more sinister. Meticulously crafted and cast by Guadagnino, the filmmaker's reimagining of the horror classic is amongst the most anticipated films of the year. Some German and French language, English subtitles.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Nova Exclusive! The new film from Palme d’Or-winning Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), THE WILD PEAR TREE follows the homecoming of a young writer and the colliding destinies and competing concerns of fathers and sons. Sinan (Aydın Doğu Demirkol) is an aspiring writer who returns to the village he grew up in, and while his image of his childhood home grew rosy in his absence, being confronted again by its realities quickly causes Sinan to feel restricted and for resentment to build inside him against people, especially his blustering father Idris (Murat Cemcir). An inveterate gambler in debt to everyone in town, Idris embodies the messy chaos that Sinan wants to completely avoid in his own life. But Sinan is making problems for himself in other ways: despite his arrogance, his literary talents may not be as golden as he believes them to be. Turkish language, English subtitles

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Thursday, 01 November 2018

Nova Exclusive! Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine) makes his assured feature directorial debut with a drama based on Richard Ford's novel. Sensitive 16-year-old Joe (Ed Oxenbould, Paper Planes) is the only child of Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal), a housewife and golf pro living in small town 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother embark on her own adventure, causing him to question whether their family will outlast the looming natural disaster. Melbourne International Film Festival: Opening Night Selection.

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