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Thursday, 25 April 2019

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

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

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 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

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Thursday, 09 May 2019

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.

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Thursday, 21 March 2019

HAL ASHBY RETROSPECTIVE: 'Being There', (1979). Director Hal Ashby's screen adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski's novel of a simple-minded gardener raised by television continues to gain followers forty years after it was first released. Peter Sellers, giving one of his most nuanced performances, stars as Chance the gardener. Having spent his whole life within the confines of a high-walled mansion, Chance's only knowledge of the outside world has been gleaned from network television. When he leaves his home for the first time in his life, he is barely equipped to deal with the modern world. However, a chance encounter soon finds him thrust onto the national stage. Co-starring Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas (in his Oscar-winning role) and Jack Warden, BEING THERE's prescience will astonish until the final frame.

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Cheated by her stealing, polygamist husband of 17 years, once high-flying corporate executive Christine Meeusen fled penniless with her 3 young children as her American dream began to unravel. Determined to make a living for her family, she discovered the lucrative business of cannabis farming, and met her calling as founder of medicinal-marijuana empire Sisters of the Valley. Shedding her former life, Christine became Sister Kate; on a mission to provider her products to those in need, fighting off the country sheriff and protecting her crop from deadly black market thieves.

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean master Lee Chang-dong’s remarkable new thriller BURNING was one of the most acclaimed film of Cannes, setting a record for the highest-ever score achieved in the 18-year history of Screen International’s prestigious critics’ poll. Novelistic in scope, grandeur and impact, and featuring three remarkable performances, it’s a gripping psychological study of thwarted love, ambition and obsession. While working as a courier in Seoul, aspiring young writer Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) encounters the lively Hae-mi (Jun Jong-seo), a childhood friend from his hometown. The two spend the day together, and when Hae-mi asks him to feed her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa, Jong-su is convinced of a burgeoning romantic relationship. But on her return, when he arrives at the airport to collect her in his run-down truck, Jong-su is surprised and confused to find Hae-mi accompanied by the handsome, Gatsby-esque Ben (a superbly enigmatic Steven Yeun, Okja, The Walking Dead). The three begin an awkward friendship, with Jong-su’s feelings for Hae-mi growing ever stronger, even if it’s apparent she has fallen under the spell of his rich and mysterious rival’s charms. Suddenly, after Ben makes a strange confession, Jong-su is led to question his motivations and he sets off on an increasingly desperate search to uncover the truth, even if the line between reality and imagination begins to blur. Anchored by a peerless cast, exquisite pacing and a pulsating original score by Mowg, Lee’s masterful film creates a tantalising mood of uncertainty and complexity, with the story’s themes of class, family, rage and lust rising feverishly to the surface.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

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

Friday, 01 March 2019

Films That Changed Fashion Forever. Screening as part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival Includes drink on entry. 18 years + event Revisit one of the most iconic fashion films of all time! Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on entry, the best fashion short films from the Melbourne International Fashion Festival, and an introduction from special guest Stylist Kelly Tee, who’ll chat about the fashion in Clueless and other fashion films. Dress up in your favourite film attire to win fab prizes. Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after "great singers of the past that now do infomercials," are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good grades than wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough yet warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan Hedaya) and hunky, sensitive stepbrother (Paul Rudd), also has an innate urge to help those less fortunate, like the two introverted teachers she brings together ("negotiating" herself improved grades in the process) and new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy), who starts out a geek and ends up a Cher prodigy. Cher also possesses her own sensitive side, and she is looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding where she least expected.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. Co-starring Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Scoot McNairy and Bradley Whitford. Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, The Invitation).

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Thursday, 07 March 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, 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.

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, 28 February 2019

Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan returns to the expectation-thwarting of The Crying Game with this darkly comic, provocative thriller. Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) is a sweet, naive restaurant hostess trying to make it on her own in New York City. When she finds an abandoned handbag on the subway, she doesn’t think twice about returning it to its rightful owner. That owner is Greta (Golden Globe winner Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness. Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta and the two become fast friends. But Greta’s maternal charms begins to rapidly dissolve and Frances soon discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems. Wildly entertaining, wickedly funny and full of surprise turns, Greta will keep you hooked until the final frame as Moretz and Huppert face off in what could be this generation’s Fatal Attraction. "Tongue-in-cheek femme fun." (The Hollywood Reporter)

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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Grippingly crafted in the vein of Locke and other single-location thrillers, Gustav Moller's award-winning, taut thriller will keep you guessing until the final frame. Asger (Jakob Cedergren) is an alarm dispatcher and former police officer with a chequered past. Assigned to dispatch duty, he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, he decides to take matters into his own hands and is drawn into a race against time to save the endangered woman. With the phone as his only tool, Asger begins a search for her kidnappers, but soon he realises that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought. Danish language, English subtitles

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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Nova Exclusive! Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.

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Thursday, 21 March 2019

HAL ASHBY RETROSPECTIVE: 'Harold & Maude', (1971). A box office disaster upon its original release, Hal Ashby's comedy of a death-obsessed teenager and the older woman who teaches him to live has become a cult favourite in the years since. Bud Cort stars as Harold; a young man who attends the funerals of strangers and stages fake suicides to antagonise his wealthy mother. Meeting Maude (Ruth Gordon) at a funeral, the two form an unlikely bond that will alter their lives forever.

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Meet the filmmaker Q&A with director Anthony Maras and advance screening. Thursday March 7 – 6.30pm. Tickets on sale below. Presented in partnership with AFI AACTA 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.

Thursday, 07 March 2019

NOVA FILM CLUB - Tuesday March 5 - 6.10pm. Tickets on sale below Join us for an advance screening of one of the most controversial films of the year, followed by a hosted discussion in the Nova Bar with drink specials and film passes. Cinema’s ultimate provocateur, Lars Von Trier, returns with a jaw-dropping, serial killer thriller starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders, each, as he views them, a towering work of art-that define his "career". Mixing black humour, surrealism and musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, Von Trier fashions a radical inquiry into violence, art, and the acts of creation and destruction. The House That Jack Built is one of Von Trier’s most daring, boundary-pushing works yet.

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.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Filmed over two nights at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration brings together a big-name lineup of performers to pay tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter as they sing songs from Mitchell’s extensive catalog of 19 studio albums. The celebration culminates with all of the stars performing Big Yellow Taxi and presenting a birthday cake to Joni on stage. Full List of special guests: Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro, & Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, Rufus Wainwright.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Nova Exclusive! Sara Colangelo’s Sundance-award winning adaptation of the 2014 Israeli film of the same name, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER tells the story of a teacher who walks a fine line between nurturing and obsession. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lisa Spinelli, a kindergarten teacher who discovers a prodigal poet in five-year-old Jimmy - and, through his work, a way of impressing her own weekly writing class. Passing off the poems as her own, Lisa finds herself tumbling down a questionable path of lies and obsession, losing sight of herself and what’s appropriate, making for an uncomfortable, tense watch. Also featuring Gael García Bernal (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, COCO), THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is study of what happens when altruism turns into something darker, and the lengths one woman will go to escape her own mediocrity.

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

A special event for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. 18 years + event Join is for a screening of LYGON STREET: SI PARLA ITALIANO - a delightfully entertaining homage to the Italians who changed the way Melbourne thought about food, drink and dining. Sip a glass of Italian red wine, relish themed Italian canapés and enjoy a panel discussion with some of the characters of the film and the filmmakers discussing Italian migrant contribution to Melbourne food culture before a screening of the acclaimed documentary. Discover the people, places and, of course, the pasta that made Carlton a cultural epicentre. Narrated by AFI and Golden Globe winner Anthony LaPaglia. If you have dietary requirements, please email admin@cinemanova.com.au

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Nova exclusive. After almost thirty years in the making, acclaimed filmmaker Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) returns with this classic tale of fantasy and adventure, inspired by the legendary protagonist of Miguel de Cervantes’ literary classic Don Quixote. Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote (Jonathan Pryce). In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth – a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?

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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, 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.

Thursday, 04 April 2019

Nova exclusive! From A24. Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with an honest, heartfelt and nostalgic look back at the friendships and experiences during adolesence that mark our transition from children to adults. Stevie (Sunny Suljic, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer) is a thirteen year old living in the shadow of his brooding older brother Ian (Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea). Observing a group of teenage skateboarders in his Los Angeles neighbourhood, Stevie makes it his mission to fit in with them. Learning to skate leads Stevie to not only gain a tight-knit group of new friends, but also to experience a world much larger than the one he has previously known. “Totally irresistible. Hilarious and heartfelt, bristles with fun, feeling and exhilaration” Rolling Stone

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Returning to cinemas for it’s 40th Anniversary, in glorious standard definition and mono-sound, Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their 1979 feature film Life of Brian. Highly controversial upon its original release and banned in several countries, the film is now frequently ranked as the greatest comedy feature of all time by magazines and media outlets around the world. As Monty Python member Terry Gilliam says, “It rips bare and makes you laugh at the world we’ve created for ourselves.” Audiences will be able to join in the celebrations with a commemorative pack, available at cinema screenings on Thursday 18 April. Set in 33 A.D. Judea, where exasperated Romans are trying to impose some order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. At its centre is Brian Cohen, a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire Monty Python ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling, to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion.

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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.

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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, 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 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 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.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, filmed live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London. This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution and Absolute Hell. Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.

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, 07 March 2019

Nova Exclusive! Is art that is the most expensive the best, most important art? Art collectors and auction houses would like you to believe so, and the contemporary art market has inflated to such extraordinary proportions that ‘art as asset’ collecting is causing billionaires to pay obscene prices for artworks, whipping the art world into hysteria and sought-after artists into production overdrive. But when art is viewed primarily as a commodity and status symbol, what does that do to artists, and does it devalue art as a form of personal and cultural expression? Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn’s THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING explores the art market bubble, talking to curators, collectors, auctioneers and artists themselves, and asking the question: when art and commerce are so entwined, what happens when the bubble bursts?

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Saturday, 02 March 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, 21 March 2019

HAL ASHBY RETROSPECTIVE: 'Shampoo', (1975). A seminal film in the 'New Hollywood' movement, Hal Ashby directs Warren Beatty in a comedy written by Robert Town (Chinatown). Beatty stars as a Beverley Hills hairdresser who spends as much time in the salon as he does in bed with his female clients. Hoping to open his own business, he finds little interest from financial institutions, forcing him to make other plans. Co-starring Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie, Carrie Fisher and Jack Warden, SHAMPOO's cheeky brand of sexual comedy was a sensation upon release.

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Sharp of both suit and vocabulary, Alan (Bill Nighy), is winningly deadpan as a Scrabble-obsessed Merseyside tailor, whose eldest son Michael stormed out of the house after a particularly heated round of the popular board game, never to return. With his family torn apart, Alan and his other son Peter (Sam Riley) must search for Michael while also trying to repair their own strained relationship. Working from a witty and astute script by veteran screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man, Goodbye Christopher Robin), Liverpudlian director Carl Hunter deploys a vivid visual style and striking production design to capture the shifting moods of a family who know plenty of words but struggle to communicate. A stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama with a a triple score-worthy supporting cast including Jenny Agutter and Tim McInnerny. ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Australian Premiere A story about recovery, resilience, hope and the power of the human spirit. In 2011, Chef Eduardo Garcia was shocked with 2400 volts of electricity in a freak incident deep in Montana’s backcountry. Near death, alone and miles from help, Eduardo got up and took his first step towards what would ultimately be years of recovery and rehabilitation. When Eduardo arrived at Salt Lake City’s Burn Trauma ICU, doctors said he was a dead man with a heartbeat. During the course of his recovery, Eduardo spent 48 days in the ICU. He had nine severe exit wounds and underwent 21 surgeries, which included the removal of four ribs and cutting away destroyed muscle mass from his torso, legs, arms and scalp. Doctors tried to save Eduardo’s left hand, but, when it came down to life or limb, they had to amputate the chef's hand and forearm. Months before the incident, Eduardo’s long-term girlfriend, Jennifer Jane, left him after Eduardo had proven himself unfaithful. Still struggling with the knowledge that Eduardo was not the man she thought he was, Jen flew from England to be by his side. As his primary caregiver throughout it all and by his side 24 hours a day in the ICU, Jen documented the initial months with her camera and supported him through his recovery as those months turned into years. Since his hospital release, Eduardo has become an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, mastered the use of his prosthetic hook in the kitchen and is back to exploring the great outdoors. Charged is a survival story built on the foundations of love and forgiveness. But it is about more than just surviving. It is about building stronger relationships and a better life after tragedy. It is about finding your best self so you can live life fully Charged. 2017 | 96 min | USA Directed by Phillip Baribeau

Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Australian Premiere Containing ground-breaking interviews with controversial academic Jordan B. Peterson, Peter Schweizer, and others, The Creepy Line offers an explosive look at the the world’s most powerful search engines and social media platforms and reveals the stunning degree to which they understand, shape, and control our everyday reality. An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is shaped by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they are able to do it. ‍ The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” ‍ Containing ground-breaking interviews with Jordan B. Peterson, Peter Schweizer, and others, The Creepy Line offers an explosive look at the power and influence Google and Facebook have to shape reality on their supposedly “neutral platforms.” ‍ The Creepy Line takes the conversation about data privacy and control further than ever before by examining what Google and Facebook are able to do once they obtain a user’s data. Not only can this data sold to the highest bidder, but it can also be used influence opinion on a vast scale. ‍ Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line reminds us how our reality is being shaped when we give away our data to these global behemoths. 2018 | 81 min | USA Directed by M.A Taylor

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by Grimshaw Architects Followed by panel discussion Energy Pioneers showcases the visionaries who are convinced that their ideas will contribute to solving humanity’s most challenging problems. Following entrepreneurs, innovators and professors and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that come with giving birth to big ideas. Energy Pioneers shows the genius, grit and commitment it takes to change the world. American entrepreneur James Ehrlich strives to reinvent urban planning through community-driven living in his utopian ‘ReGen Villages’. Former Swiss Professor Hansjürg Leibundgut pursues technical innovation and systemic change at the political level. What unites the two great minds is their commitment to fight for a sustainable future. Desperately underfunded, they both depend on selling their ideas and finding strong investors. This task takes a toll on both of them, but they are assisted by bright young minds, who share their passion and are prepared to accept their inheritance. A film about obstacles, crises and the power of an idea. 2018 | 73 min | SWITZERLAND Directed by Samuel Stefan

Friday, 01 March 2019

Australian Premiere An indigenous community in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve confronts internal divisions and the threat of illegal loggers in order to recover the ancient forest they nearly destroyed. Like the millions of monarchs that also call this forest home, their survival depends on it. The Guardians is a story of human and nature in parallel, told through the perspectives of an indigenous Mexican community and the threatened monarch butterflies they share a forest with. The everyday struggle of Donaciano Ojeda to carve out a viable future is told through the point of view of two main characters: Santos, a charismatic avocado and trout farmer; and Aristeo, a philosophical tree caretaker. Both face enormous obstacles that test their commitment to the forest and to building a sustainable future. During the course of the film, the threats of community divisions, illegal logging, and agricultural thieves, seriously thwart their success. Just as the people struggle to survive in their indigenous forest habitat, so do the monarch butterflies. Twenty years ago, monarchs numbered almost a billion. But the population has steadily declined, hitting a record low 33 million in 2013. Despite a slight uptick in 2014, dangerously low population levels spark concern on both sides of the border, as the monarchs rely on the habitat of three nations as they migrate from Canada to Mexico and back each year. Weaving together the lives of monarch and people, The Guardians asks if humans and nature can coexist without one suffering at the expense of the other. 2018 | 70 min | USA Directed by Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran

Friday, 01 March 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Climate Reality Project Australia Followed by panel discussion From the producers of Chasing Ice, The Cove, and Racing Extinction, The Human Element travels with internationally renowned photographer James Balog on his stunning visual odyssey which documents how climate change is impacting the air, earth, fire and water that shapes life on earth. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element highlights the individuals who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Now a major voice in the climate change conversation, and operating at the height of his career, Balog is witnessing the most sweeping and rapid environmental change in the history of the planet. Balog visits Tangier Island, a fishing community in the Chesapeake Bay who are facing the imminent reality of sea level rise threatening their island’s future. We meet Yadira Sanchez and her three children in Denver, Colorado, all of whom suffer from asthma, and attend a special school on a hospital campus for children struggling with air. Balog embeds with a Fire Strike team on the frontlines of the most expensive wildfire in California history to witness how human activity is changing how wildfires behave on the landscape. And he ventures deep into Kentucky coal country, meeting unemployed miners finding hope from a new source. The film promises to reach outside the environmentalist bubble to a new audience by appealing on a relatable, emotional, personal level. The film shows us how humanity is tantamount to a fifth element that affects and modulates the others. Knowing this, Balog finds great hope that the fifth element, the human element, can bring the whole system back into balance. 2018 | 77 min | USA Directed by Matthew Testa

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Australian Premiere Followed by a panel discussion Life in Southern Italy is thrown into a tailspin when refugees arrive by the thousands and the locals are left to fend for themselves. Aregai, an Eritrean refugee, who survives a major shipwreck off the shores of Lampedusa, is trapped in the Italian faltering immigration system and goes underground to reach Northern Europe. Through his journey, intercut with the road trip to Germany of a Syrian family, the clash between the newcomers and the locals escalates in real time. It Will Be Chaos is an eloquent, cohesive mosaic of a crisis that is global in scale, where both the refugees and the local communities struggle to stay afloat. 2018 | 90 min | USA Directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Australian Premiere Screening with short film Simple Living Inspired by the revolutionary work of David Holmgren, A Living Earth is a beautifully shot documentary about the Belgian Desnié Farm School and the power of Permaculture to build a sustainable world. What is "Permaculture"? Is it an organic vegetable garden? A band of hippies surrounded by sticks of incense? Seed eaters who talk to birds? During a year in the heights of the Belgium town of Spa, A Living Earth follows experts, trainees and children who open our eyes to the fascinating world of a sustainable ecosystem. The documentary could have easily been titled: “Permaculture for Dummies”. Screening short film: Simple Living Simple Living explores whether 'less is really best'? The film follows three Australian families' unique journeys to build their small dream homes, from tiny homes to cob cottages, using mostly local, recycled and salvaged materials. Find out how they navigate past land challenges and bank debts to find their ultimate abundance. 2019 | 52 min | FRANCE Directed by Luc Dechamps

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by The High Commission of Canada A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s (Occupy Love) beautiful film takes the pulse of our Earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world. A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s film Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our Earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Metamorphosis captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis. Forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to increased speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life. But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world. In Milan, architects design vertical forests, urban towers covered with trees and bushes that reduce CO2, produce oxygen, and give new life to the city. In Phoenix, Arizona, swimming pools are repurposed into self-sustaining gardens, lush with plants and fish that generate food for people. In LA, installing solar panels in underserved neighbourhoods provides cleaner energy to families who normally would not be able to access it. Woven through these and other stories of creativity and reinvention from artists, scientists, thinkers, and young children are creative, systemic solutions for our planet, and for our communities as well. From the deep ecologic connection that humans share with each other, a radical form of hope emerges, vibrant and alive, like a chrysalis splitting open to reveal some new thing ready to take flight. 2018 | 85 min | USA Directed by Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper

Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Australian Premiere More Human Than Human explores what it means to live in the age of intelligent machines. In this personal, playful and at times dramatic quest, the filmmaker finds out how much of his creativity and human values are at stake as he builds his own robot to replace himself as a filmmaker. More Human Than Human explores the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and its effects on our lives. Artificial Intelligence was once the realm of science fiction and futurist visions, but it is part of our current reality. Self-driving cars, autonomous drones seeking their next target or government agencies mining our personal data, we are surrounded by smart machines already. Increasingly, we expect machines to know what we want and understand us when we talk - just ask Siri. As we take a look at the history and current state of AI, filmmaker Tommy Pallotta takes us a step further as he builds his own robot to see if it can replace him as a filmmaker. He and his team design, build, and program the robot to think autonomously and test if it can direct and interview him. Leading them to question, “Can AI replace us as filmmakers and storytellers?” More Human Than Human instigates this debate between futurists and sceptics, about the potential of Artificial Intelligence. The filmmakers take us on a quest of understanding these innovations, opposing views and challenging our aspirations for the future of man and machine. More than just an exposé on the pro and cons of this new technology, the filmmakers’ journey takes them to the world’s leading AI experts and robot pioneers confronting them with the existential questions that artificial intelligence begs us to ask such as: What are the values and ideas these scientists built into their creations? Has the artificial intelligence revolution taken us to the verge of witnessing the birth of a new species? Why are humans so driven to create a new species that might make themselves obsolete? How are our lives changing by these smart machines, what do they give us and what do we lose? 2018 | 79 min | Netherlands Directed by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Australian Premiere Executive-produced and narrated by Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Iron Fist), and featuring Paul Stamets and Vandana Shiva, The Need to Grow highlights the urgent need to replenish the world’s soil, and showcases the inspiring, innovative, and potentially revolutionary, pathways to regeneration, rejuvenation, and a healthy planet. With only sixty years of farmable soil left on Earth, and the increased threats of climate change, the need to rethink how we use earth's natural resources has never been more important. The Need to Grow takes an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement who are redesigning our future; an eight-year-old girl who challenges the ethics of a beloved organisation, a renegade farmer struggling to keep his land as he revolutionises resource-efficient agriculture, and an accomplished visionary inventor facing catastrophe in the midst of developing a game changing technology. Michael Smith, a computer scientist who created technology for the first ever 3D animations in Disney’s Aladdin movie and developed audio processing technology for the FBI, invents a ‘Green Power House’ which does 400 year’s worth of nature’s work in 4 days, Alicia Serratos, who gave a TEDx talk at just 7 years of age, questions the prevalence of GMOs in our food, and Erkik Cutter cultivates his zero-waste, toxin-free Mirco Farm. The film follows their triumphs and challenges as they struggle to build a better world. 2017 | 96 min | USA Directed by Rob Herring and Ryan Wilrick

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Victorian Premiere Followed by panel discussion An empowering documentary about the Latrobe Valley community as they bear the brunt of the privatisation of Victoria’s electricity in the 1990s and the devastating Hazelwood Mine Fire of 2014. The Latrobe Valley is home to three brown coal mines and four power stations which have provided Victoria with over 80 per cent of its power, every day, for over 90 years. This raw and unfiltered documentary traces the footsteps of the Latrobe Valley’s history, starting from the coal community’s birth in the 1920s to the establishment of the State Electricity Commission Victoria (SECV), while focussing on the effects of the privatisation in the 1990s, which severely demoralised the community’s pride in electricity production. Since 2014, the Latrobe Valley community has been sparked into action and are taking control of their health, community and future. The film takes its audience through an emotional and intense roller-coaster as it exposes the fundamental issues facing the community today. An advanced preview of Our Power Screened in 2017. This will be the Victorian Premiere of the final feature. 2019 | 56 min | AUSTRALIA Directed by Peter Yacono

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Australian Premiere With moments of confusion, clarity, and hilarity, Psychonautics is an engrossingly honest account of the potential healing powers of Psychedelics and the experiences of a genuine Psychonaut. Comedian Shane Mauss sets out on a mission to prove psychedelics are not as scary as they seem… by doing all of them. While describing the indescribable, he explores the beauty and mystique of psychedelics. He also brings in the added perspectives of some of the top scientists, researchers, and experts in this fascinating field of medicine. Shane goes mushroom picking with Eric Osbourne, a mushroom expert and psilocybin retreat leader, to harvest some of the best mushrooms in the world. He learns about the vast medical potential of psilocybin from Dr. William Richards, a leading researcher at Johns Hopkins University, who began studying psychedelics in 1963. Rick Doblin, founder of MAPS (Multidisiplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies), takes us through the history of drug prohibition and explains the DEA's scheduling system, which suppresses the efforts of scientists to study the benefits of these substances. Shane talks to actress Heather Matarazzo about how MDMA assisted therapy was responsible for a life-saving breakthrough with her PTSD. Historian Erika Dyck reveals that research from the 1950s showed the power of LSD to help break alcohol addiction. Shane gets an intense ketamine treatment in a clinical setting, he travels to another dimension with the aid of DMT, and he has a spiritual experience in a clandestine Ayahuasca ceremony. This film shows the enormous potential that psychedelics have to treat disorders, improve our health, and open us up to amazing experiences. However, they can also lead to a month-long manic state and a trip to the psych ward… if not done responsibly. This is a journey that takes Shane to the highest euphoria and the lowest depression, it opens him up to enlightenment, and it kicks him in the balls. With moments of both confusion and clarity, this is as an honest account of the experiences of a genuine Psychonaut. 2018 | 81 min | USA Directed by Brian Bellinkoff

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Screening with Short Film: Tied To The Sea Australian Premiere The Radicals follows a group of professional snowboarders and surfers as they journey across the West Coast of British Columbia, weaving stories of learning, inspiration and environmental rejuvenation - as well as some stunning sports photography. Combining visually stunning sport photography and behind the scenes footage from the frontlines, the The Radicals fulfills the action-sport athlete's quest for extreme landscapes and adventure while uncovering critical social issues and inspirational stories of resistance. This visually stunning documentary follows a group of professional snowboarders and surfers who drift from their respective sport into the world of activism. Together they journey across the West Coast of British Columbia, weaving a story of learning, inspiration and resistance. From the Tahltan fight for the Iskut Headwaters, BC Hydro’s corruption in Xwísten, and art as resilience on Haida Gwaii, to a coastal uprising against fish farms off the coast of Vancouver Island, each community teaches the athletes to understand what it means to be a true radical. Screening with Short Film: Tied To The Sea Tied to The Sea explores our human impact on marine ecosystems, the presence of critical tipping points in our environment, and what we can do to create change. When we feel connected, we care. When we care, we take action. And action can't be put off any longer.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Introduced by Sean Wilmore Followed by a Q&A Ranger to Ranger is an inspiring documentary that follows the epic journey of nine Indigenous Australian Rangers, along with acclaimed Indigenous musician Dan Sultan, as they travel to Kenya, Africa, to share knowledge, culture and music with a tribe of Maasai Community Rangers. The Indigenous Ranger Exchange is a program of the global Ranger organisation and The Thin Green Line Foundation. Through the lens of award winning filmmaker Rhys Graham, and wonderfully tied together with the music of Dan Sultan, this film tells the often-untold story of the sacrifices and strength that bind together the international Ranger family. 2017 | 59 min | AUSTRALIA Directed by Rhys Graham

Friday, 08 March 2019

Australian Premiere Screens with short film Home Front Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make a surprising discovery that flips our understanding of nature on its head, and offers new hope for restoring balance in our world. Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios present one of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be. 2018 | 84 min | UNITED KINGDOM Directed by Nicolas Brown

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by Melbourne Accelerator Program and TSUS Followed by panel discussion She Started It is a feature length documentary on women tech entrepreneurs, shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Europe, Vietnam, Mississippi and beyond. The film aims to highlight successful role models for young women, and shows what it takes to be a female in the world of tech startups. Following five women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again, She Started It takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big-picture perspectives from women like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling; and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook. Through intimate, action-driven storytelling, She Started It explores the cultural roots of female underrepresentation in entrepreneurship — including pervasive self-doubt, fear of failure, and risk aversion among young women. It exposes, too, the structural realities women face as they become entrepreneurs, including lack of female role models and investors, and the persistent dearth of venture capital funding made available to women-led companies. 2016 | 64 min | USA Directed by Nora Poggi

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.

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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.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

When Claude Monet re-emerged from the depression that had led him to abandon painting, he devoted himself body and soul to his most colossal undertaking: The Grand Décoration - huge panels depicting his water lily pond, so all-enveloping that the viewer's gaze is lost in an atmosphere of serenity and peace. This brand new and deeply immersive art film allows us to discover what gave Monet the inspiration to return to work, and to produce such a stunning and immortal work of beauty. Follow the River Seine on a visually stunning journey from La Havre to Giverny and Paris, through influential moments in the life of the world’s most influential painter, with astonishing up-close access to some of his greatest masterpieces. Featuring special guest stars actress Elisa Lasowski (Game of Thrones), and presented with the exclusive participation of Ross King, author of the best seller Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.

Thursday, 04 April 2019

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman, a respected choir leader who lives a mysterious double life. Known to the public only by her alias “The Mountain Woman,” Halla is a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves. But as her actions grow bolder and her legend grows, an unexpected letter changes everything – her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. Before she can fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, Halla plots an attack to deal the mining companies one final crippling blow. WOMAN AT WAR, the charming and topical new film from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat – the tale of an unlikely David taking on the Goliath of industry, one electricity pylon at a time.

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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.

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