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Saturday, 18 November 2017
This fascinating cinema event, British Museum presents: Hokusai, is a groundbreaking documentary and exclusive private view of the British Museum exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Introduced by arts presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon, and featuring artists David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling, this is the first UK biography of Japan’s greatest artist. Using extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of digital art history. Hokusai spent his life studying and celebrating our common humanity as well as deeply exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a protective presence and potential source of immortality. He knew much tragedy, was struck by lightning and lived for years in poverty, but never gave up his constant striving for perfection in his art. Hokusai is an artist who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists, is the father of manga and the only painter with his own emoji.
Thursday, 28 September 2017
ADVANCE SCREENING - tickets only $11.50 Friday September 22nd – 7.00pm. On sale below. Emma Stone and Steve Carell star as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, two tennis champions who in 1973 participated in a 'woman vs man' match that would transfix the globe and play an integral role in the fight for women's liberation. The 1973 tennis match between King and Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, the two players were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), with an ace supporting cast including Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman and Alan Cumming, BATTLE OF THE SEXES is a rousing drama that has never been timelier.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
A must-watch for all green thumbs, THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC spins the tale of a reclusive, oddball young woman whose world expands when she transforms her garden with the help of a crotchety neighbour. Bella (Jessica Findlay Brown) lives a compulsive existence where everything in her life and home has a neat and specific place – but this organisation does not extend to her out of control garden, which attracts the ire of her neighbour Alfie (Tom Wilkinson). Bella doesn’t have the first idea about gardening – besides she’s far too busy trying to write the children’s book that obsesses her. To improve the mess in her yard in order not to have her lease cancelled on her, Bella will have to ask Alfie for help, and a very unusual friendship begins to bloom.
Thursday, 09 November 2017
Nova Exclusive! Ben Stiller stars as a man in the midst of a middle-life quandary of success, failure, and overblown dreams in director Mike White’s biting comedy. Brad Sloan has a life that many would envy – a meaningful job, a loving family living in suburban Sacramento – but he has to admit that it’s not quite the life he envisioned when he was younger. When Brad accompanies his college-bound son to the East Coast, his mind inevitably turns to his four closest friends from university who have all gone on to extremely lucrative careers. Beginning to question whether his life is actually one of failure, when circumstances result in a reunion between himself and his famous friends, Brad is confronted with what success really means. Co-starring Jemaine Clement, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jenna Fischer, BRAD’S STATUS turns a crisis of confidence into an examination of how what society deems as success may not necessarily line up with our own desires and capabilities.
Thursday, 03 May 2018
Based on Tim Winton's award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.
Thursday, 26 October 2017
The Nova Film Club hosts an advance screening of BRIGSBY BEAR: Tuesday, 17 October at 6.45pm. Film passes, drink specials and conversations to follow in the Bar after the film - all included in the ticket price! Come and meet some new Novaphiles. Book now! A young man goes on a quest to discover what happened to his favourite childhood television show in the hilarious and completely unclassifiable comedy BRIGSBY BEAR. James (Kyle Mooney) was brought up by his over-protective parents in a remote, off-the-grid home for the first 25 years of his life. When his tightly controlled world upends and he finds himself exposed to the civilisation for the first time, he is shocked to discover that no one else has seen his favourite TV show Brigsby Bear Adventures, the bedrock of his childhood. Convincing himself that Brigsby’s lessons are the only way for him to interpret and make sense of the world around him, James decides to make a movie in order to give the show the closure he never experienced, and kickstart his own new life. Mooney’s earnest and warm performance as James is supported by Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear and Andy Samberg in this truly unique take on letting go of the past.
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Evelyn, an ex-burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, it reopens old wounds over the death of Fin's mother.
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, I Am Love) returns with his most dazzling film yet, a searing first love romance set in the hazy heat of a northern Italian summer in the 1980s. Elio (breakout newcomer Timothée Chalamet) is enjoying the summer at his family’s Italian estate when a new research assistant arrives to help his archaeologist father (Michael Stuhlbarg). Handsome, American and charming, Oliver (Armie Hammer) at first irritates Elio with his aloof swagger, but the more time Elio spends with Oliver the more he becomes consumed by lust. Co-written by James Ivory and adapted from the charged novel by André Acimen, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a towering work of queer cinema, romantic, sensuous and utterly gorgeous. This will be your favourite film of the year, trust us! Winner: Audience Award 2017, Melbourne International Film Festival.
Tuesday, 03 October 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 17 November 2017
NOVA ICONIC! Encounter Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi classic as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of a film that helped shape modern cinema as we know it. Fully restored and presented in high definition digital. Featuring a special 7-minute introduction to play before the film, including a brand-new interview with Steven Spielberg. As a group of international scientists begin to recognise that a series of inexplicable occurences are linked, everyman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) has a 'close encounter' with an unidentified flying object that leaves him a changed man. Suddenly haunted by a vision of a place he has never been, so begins an obsession to discover who - or what - is the source of his newfound infatuation. Co-starring Francois Truffaut and Teri Garr, Spielberg's Oscar-winning avant-garde epic is a must-see for any dedicated fan of cinema.
Saturday, 07 October 2017
Cyrano is cursed with a prominent nose but gifted with words. He uses this talent to help handsome Christian win Roxane’s heart, whom he also loves… After Roméo and Juliet and The Misanthrope, France’s historical theatre stage la Comédie-Française will end its new cinema season with beloved classic Cyrano de Bergerac, captured live from Paris to select cinemas worldwide. Edmond Rostand’s most popular work will be presented with staging by Denis Podalydès, scenography by Éric Ruf and costumes by Christian Lacroix.
Thursday, 11 January 2018
During the early days of WWII, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds
Thursday, 09 November 2017
Advance Screening - Friday November 3 at 6.30pm Tickets only $11.50 and on sale below In the summer of 1967, Detroit’s African American population was at the mercy of a corrupt and racist white police force; discrimination impacted every aspect of their lives. The community was at breaking point, and a police raid on an unlicensed bar became the trigger for a city-wide riot, with Detroit erupting into one of the largest citizen uprisings in U.S. history. Re-uniting director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, DETROIT zeroes in on one pivotal event during the civil unrest – the Algiers Motel Incident – a motel raid which spiralled out of control as police detained and interrogated guests, ending in tragedy. A brilliant ensemble cast including John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, and break-out star Algee Smith, deliver heartfelt, dedicated portrayals of the real-life people before, during and after this defining moment in their lives. This gripping, intimate film is essential viewing – an urgent recreation of history with heartbreaking parallels to the present.
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Based on Greg Sestero's memoir on the making of Tommy Wiseau's so-called "worst film of all time", The Room, James Franco's THE DISASTER ARTIST is among the most highly-anticipated films of 2017. Dave Franco stars as Greg, a handsome actor hoping to make it big in Los Angeles. Paired with another aspiring performer, Tommy (James Franco), at acting class, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. Tommy possesses a remarkable confidence that unlocks something in Greg, providing him with a self-assurance that starts to open doors in Hollywood. Tommy - whose acting style can only be called 'unique' - finds his dreams of stardom a little more elusive. This friendly rivalry eventually inspires Tommy to create his own opportunities, and his feature film writing, directing and acting debut THE ROOM is born. Co-starring Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Zoey Deutch and Ari Graynor, and featuring dozens of cameo appearances, THE DISASTER ARTIST is already being spoken about as a possible awards-contender. Tommy Wiseau's cult 'disasterpiece' THE ROOM screens at Cinema Nova on the first Saturday of every month, late. Now in its 8th hit year!
Sunday, 19 November 2017
Special event screening featuring an introduction by Richard Lowenstein. Tickets include admission to the Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy, at the Heide Museum of Modern Art! On sale now. DOGS IN SPACE is an iconic 1986 Australian film set in Melbourne's "Little Band" music scene in 1978. It was directed by Richard Lowenstein (Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand) and starred Michael Hutchence as Sam, the drug-addled frontman of the fictitious band from which the film takes its name. A stylish and chaotic film, DOGS IN SPACE is about a group of alternative music fans sharing a house in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond. The plotless and artistic style of the film is a legacy of Lowenstein's background in advertising and music video production; before Dogs in Space he had served as director for a series of promotional clips for songs from the INXS album The Swing.
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.
Thursday, 05 October 2017
“That's the terrible thing: the more one works on a picture, the more impossible it becomes to finish it.” - Alberto Giacometti In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. But that’s not taking into account Giacometti’s capricious pursuit of perfection. Directed by Stanley Tucci, FINAL PORTRAIT is a bewitching portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Official selection: Cannes Film Festival. Celebrated filmmakers Josh and Ben Safdie return to the mean streets of New York City with GOOD TIME, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate. After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance. Anchored by a career-defining performance from Robert Pattinson, GOOD TIME is a psychotic symphony of propulsive intensity crafted by two of the most exciting young directors working today.
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Nova Exclusive! Twenty four hours following two families faced with a life-changing decision in the aftermath of an unthinkable tragedy, HEAL THE LIVING is director Katell Quillévéré’s superbly eloquent drama. In the port city of Le Havre, a young surfer called Simon is involved in a serious car accident. His parents (Emmanuelle Seigner and Tahar Rahim) arrive at the hospital to find their son on life support and are presented with a terrible choice: they could lose their son but in the process he could offer hope for someone else. Miles away in Paris, Claire (Anne Dorval) is informed that the degenerative heart condition she has been living with has worsened, and that a new heart is the only chance of life left to her. One family’s tragedy becomes the chance for another family’s miracle as the lives of Simon and Claire are brought together by the possibility of an organ transplant. A critically acclaimed examination of the fragility of life, love and death, Quillévéré’s moving and humanist filmmaking is a transformative experience. *This film features scenes of real medical surgery.
Thursday, 07 December 2017
Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the daily loss of life's amenities she still has to maintain the will to live.
Friday, 20 October 2017
A mysterious young woman travels to the opposite side of the world to try and escape her past in writer/director Saara Lamberg’s menacing thriller. Tuuli grew up in Finland within an oppressively religious family, and in the shadow of her angelic twin sister Suvi. Desperate to shed her history Tuuli travels to Australia and, curious about nudity and sexuality, takes up work as a model for art classes. Thrown into the bohemian art crowd, she meets a variety of contrasting people who draw her into their world and challenge her innocent-seeming surface. Is Tuuli a babe in the woods, or is she the one who is a charismatic and twisted danger to the well-meaning people around her?
Thursday, 16 November 2017
The Nova Film Club hosts an advance screening of THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER: Wednesday 8 November at 6.30pm. Film passes, drink specials and conversations to follow in the Bar after the film - all included in the ticket price! Come and meet some new Novaphiles. Book now! From the Oscar-nominated director of The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, comes a pitch-black comedy of impossible decisions and the dangers of procrastination. Gifted surgeon Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) and his wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) live a privileged life in the suburbs with their two loving children Kim and Bob. When Steven is visited by the enigmatic young Martin (Dunkirk's Barry Keoghan) he is offered an impossible choice between self-preservation and a heinous act. With a limited amount of time to make a decision, Steven eventually decides to try and take matters into his own hands. By turns hilarious and horrific, Lanthimos' accomplished film will have you considering what you would do if you were in Steven's situation long after leaving the cinema.
Sunday, 24 December 2017
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Thursday, 02 November 2017
The world’s first fully painted feature film, LOVING VINCENT brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every frame of the film, totalling around 65,000, is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from around the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death. No other artist has attracted more attention than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. LOVING VINCENT was first shot as a live action film with actors then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint.
Thursday, 30 November 2017
The journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and other classic characters from "A Christmas Carol." The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) conjured up a timeless tale.
Saturday, 31 March 2018
An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato.
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Massenet’s enchanting opera Cendrillon, based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment and Massenet’s Manon. Joyce DiDonato adds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Coote as Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blythe as the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kim as the Fée, and Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe. Cendrillon is produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera.
Saturday, 26 May 2018
Phelim McDermott returns to the Met staging Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte, led by David Robertson. Set in the 1950s on Coney Island, the cast features Amanda Majeski as the conflicted Fiordiligi; Serena Malfi as her sister, Dorabella; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the sisters’ fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Christopher Maltman as the cynical Don Alfonso. Così fan tutte is a co-production with the English National Opera.
Saturday, 09 December 2017
The Exterminating Angel has its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Directed by the librettist Tom Cairns, the ensemble cast features Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar; Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile; Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila and Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, both in Met debuts; Alice Coote as Leonora Palma; Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado; Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila; Joseph Kaiser as Edundo de Nobile; Frédéric Antoun in his Met debut as Raúl Yebenes; David Portillo as Edmundo; David Adam Moore in his Met debut as Col. Álvaro Gómez; Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc; Kevin Burdette as Señor Russell; Christian Van Horn as Julio; and John Tomlinson as Dr Carlos Conde. The Exterminating Angel is a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered in 2016.
Saturday, 03 March 2018
Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a revival of Luisa Miller, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006. Starring Sonya Yoncheva as a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life. The cast also stars Plácido Domingo as Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.
Saturday, 28 October 2017
The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago—making her one of the world’s leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Joyce DiDonato co-stars as Norma’s colleague and rival, Adalgisa, opposite Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Matthew Rose as Oroveso. Carlo Rizzi conducts and Sir David McVicar directs the new production.
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character in Semiramide. Rossini’s opera, which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years, will be conducted by Maurizio Benini and feature Elizabeth DeShong as the Commander of the Assyrian army Arsace, Javier Camarena as an Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as the prince Assur, and Ryan Speedo Green as the high priest Oroe.
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Andris Nelsons conducts a new staging of Puccini’s dramatic tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar. Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel as the villainous Scarpia.
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte. Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina with Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and René Pape as Sarastro. The holiday presentation of The Magic Flute, an abridged staging sung in English for families, was the first Live in HD performance to be transmitted. This is the first time the full-length German opera will be seen in the series.
Thursday, 26 October 2017
The new film from César-winning writer/director Martin Provost (Séraphine), THE MIDWIFE marks the remarkable pairing of two of French cinema’s most beloved stars, Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot. Gifted midwife Claire (Frot) has led a quiet, focused life, dedicated to her profession and to the raising of her son as a single mother. But change is in the air; the local community maternity ward where she has worked for decades is to be closed, and though she has a job offer from a larger corporate clinic, Claire struggles to reconcile their more efficiency-driven methods with her own. In the midst of this upheaval, she receives a call from Béatrice (Deneuve), the extravagant mistress of her deceased father, who wants to meet again, thirty years after having disappeared without a trace. Béatrice is a true free-spirit – loud, vivacious, and seemingly without guilt. Claire agrees to meet, but is decidedly less than enthusiastic about delving into the secrets of the past, let alone prepared to respond to a plea for help. An exquisite depiction of feminine strengths and frailties. THE MIDWIFE memorably – and movingly – questions the value of change, but also whether steak, chips and red wine can really be considered a healthy lunch.
Thursday, 30 November 2017
MEET THE FILMMAKER: Join the cast and crew for an in-cinema discussion following a one-off screening of THE NEON SPECTRUM! Tuesday 28 November, 6.30pm. Tickets on sale now! Indie Melbourne filmmaker Lee Galea (winner - Best Film at the 2013 Melbourne Queer Film Festival for Monster Pies) returns with The Neon Spectrum. When a lonely English girl learns of a hidden letter from her estranged father, she journeys to Australia in search of answers and the man who can give them to her. Stephanie Gonelli, Pat Mooney, and Joshua Orpin star.
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. racie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.
Saturday, 14 April 2018
Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake
Saturday, 02 December 2017
All children, except one, grow up… Captured live at the National Theatre, a recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens in cinemas. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. ★★★★★ ‘Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.’ Radio Times
Saturday, 04 November 2017
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre.
Saturday, 14 October 2017
WINNER - Best Revival - 2017 Olivier Awards! WINNER - Best Actress (Billie Piper) - 2017 Olivier Awards! The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain, Doctor Who) returns in her award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. ★★★★★ "A shatteringly powerful reinvention of a familiar classic", The Independent
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
Thursday, 29 March 2018
A drama set in the early 1960s and centered on a young couple on their honeymoon.
Thursday, 02 November 2017
Winner of the Best Director award at the Locarno Film Festival, João Pedro Rodrigues’ THE ORNITHOLOGIST is a visually-arresting and powerful journey into the Portuguese wilderness and beyond. An amateur birdwatcher, Fernando (Paul Hamy), is on an expedition in northern Portugal when he loses control of his kayak in the rapids, and wakes up in the middle of a forest in the care of two Chinese women who are on a pilgrimage. The further Fernando goes into the forest the stranger and more fantastic the situations he encounters become, until it becomes apparent that Fernando is in the middle of a journey of the soul – one where the terrain traversed may be more important than any revelation. Playful and provocative, THE ORNITHOLOGIST transforms into a surreal retelling of Catholic parable of Saint Anthony of Padua (the patron saint of lost things) that is equal parts spiritually transfixing and homoerotically charged. You won’t have seen anything quite like it before.
Thursday, 09 November 2017
The true story of William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character "Wonder Woman", and the controversy the comic generated in its earlier years.
Saturday, 07 October 2017
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, 18 November 2017
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.
Thursday, 02 November 2017
An observational documentary that follows the year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland, SCHOOL LIFE explores a truly unique learning environment. Headfort School, housed in an 18th century Hogwarts-like estate, embraces tradition and modernity, and this is John and Amanda Leyden's life. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For Amanda the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means to engage the minds of her young charges with literature. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds but now the unthinkable looms: they must start making preparations for their retirement. Who will take up the mantle of Headfort’s ancient yet ultra-modern model of education? And what will keep them engaged in life if they leave?
Thursday, 07 December 2017
Based on Sebastian Barry's acclaimed novel, the latest film from director Jim Sheridan draws us into a woman's mysterious story, long hidden by time and trauma. Starring Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor, and Eric Bana, THE SECRET SCRIPTURE is a powerful story of love, loss, and belated redemption. Roseanne McNulty (Redgrave) must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene (Bana), is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman (Mara) and learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot (Reynor), and that a local priest (Theo James) fell tragically in love with her.
Thursday, 25 January 2018
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Fabrice Luchini mix it up for laughs in the latest Cannes entry from Bruno Dumont, a filmmaker continuing to trade his former heavyweight formalism for the absurdity and slapstick he revelled in with the great Li’l Quinquin. Breezily mining the class divide for bizarro comedy, Dumont sets his new film on the Channel Coast in the Summer of 1910, where Luchini’s barmy patriarch and his wife (Bruni Tedeschi) vacation with his flamboyant sister (Binoche) and the latter’s wild, cross-dressing daughter (mononymic newcomer Raph). With a cast of local farmers on the seaside below, SLACK BAY delights with its Chaplinesque humour, witty dialogue, gender-bending identity crises and a dash of old-fashioned cannibalism thrown in for good measure.
Thursday, 05 October 2017
Terrence Malick directs a star cast in a swooning romantic drama of two intersecting love triangles set within the American live music scene. Set against the Austin music scene in Texas, the film swirls around two entangled couples. BV (Ryan Gosling) is a struggling songwriter in a relationship with a similarly fringe musician, Faye (Rooney Mara). But Faye is also secretly sleeping with music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender), who has also drawn into his charismatic orbit Rhonda (Natalie Portman), a former waitress. As these characters segue in and out of each other’s lives, a bittersweet tragedy plays out. Featuring Cate Blanchett and Holly Hunter, as well as musicians Patti Smith and Iggy Pop, Malick as usual immerses his actors in stunning landscapes and surrounds and allows them to play within an evocative mood piece.
Thursday, 01 March 2018
From Force Majeure director Ruben Ostlund comes the Palme d'Or winning satire The Square. A poignant reflection of our times - about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person's need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain age - Ostlund's comedy stars Claes Bang as Christian, the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. Confident he is a 'good man', Christian commissions an artistic installation that encourages visitors to reflect upon their responsibility to be kind to their fellow human beings. However, the theft of Christian's mobile phone initiates a series of actions that exhibits how difficult it can be to live up to your own ideals before errupting into an apocalyptic, self-imposed existential crisis. Co-starring Elizabeth Moss, Dominic West and Terry Notrary, THE SQUARE is a hysterically funny insight into the disconnect between how we see ourselves and the reality of our own behaviour.
Thursday, 25 January 2018
A period western set on the Northern Territory frontier where justice itself is put on trial.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
From Oscar-nominated writer/director Jan Hřebejk, THE TEACHER is a wildly entertaining black comedy inspired by the true story of a Communist-era school teacher who manipulated her pupils and their families for unprecedented personal gain. The early 1980s, Czechoslovakia. At the start of a new term at a suburban high school, a seemingly kind new teacher, Maria Drazděchová, greets her class. She asks them to introduce themselves and share what their parents do for a living, explaining that it’s important to know how their parents might collectively help the group. Soon after, she gradually begins to pressure both students and parents by seeking favours and connecting them with special treatment in class and, most significantly, good grades. Before long Maria’s demands grow more complex and dangerous, leading the school principal to call a secret meeting, seeking parents to sign a petition to move “Comrade Drazděchová” on from the school. But her high connections with the Communist Party hang above everyone in the room, and it’s soon evident that standing up for what’s right may be much easier said than done. THE TEACHER is a rousing morality tale that delivers a timeless and universal story of opportunism, bias and human dignity.
Monday, 01 January 2018
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon , an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
NOVA EXCLUSIVE! From filmmaker Dome Karukoski, TOM OF FINLAND is the long-awaited biography of artist Touko Laaksonen, the man behind the iconic signature ‘Tom of Finland’, and the events that influenced his iconic homoerotic drawings. After the trauma of serving in WWII, Tuoko (Pekka Strang) finds no peace at home as he has to go to increasingly greater lengths to hide his homosexuality, even from his family. As the secret affairs and police crackdowns wear on him, he commits more deeply to his art, drawing inspiration from the uniforms that oppress him. Tuoko gains confidence from the positive reactions he receives after sharing with a select few his explicit drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations. But it is only when an American publisher sees them and invites Tuoko over to the West Coast that his life really takes a turn. Finally being able to walk free and proud in Los Angeles, Tuoko dives head first into the sexual revolution, becoming an icon and a rallying point.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
The western world was once throw into an absolute frenzy over one particular flower, and it’s against this background that a passionate, sensual affair unfolds in the erotic period drama TULIP FEVER. The 17th-century tulip mania is raging, and in Amsterdam painter Jan van Loos (Dane DeHaan) has been commissioned to paint the portrait of beautiful young noblewoman Sophia (Alicia Vikander) by her merchant husband Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz). The intimacy engendered by these painting sessions lead to a covert romance between the painter and his subject, and as their love for each other grows a plan is concocted for their escape that involves a scheming maid, switched identities, and a high-stakes investment in the increasingly unstable tulip market.
Sunday, 29 October 2017
National Screening Day: Sunday 29 October, 11.00am. Tickets on sale now! *Share of proceeds go to Australian Geographic Society and Screens without Borders. Australian Geographic’s 2016 Adventurer of the Year, Michael Smith, discovered the delights and perils of true adventure in a solo circumnavigation in his tiny amphibious flying boat, Southern Sun, that retraced historical Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am airmail routes, in search of the glory days of 1930’s aviation. Taking his time flying from cities to forests; deserts and rivers; over mountains and volcanoes; vast stretches of oceans, coral reefs, ice flows and glaciers; oh, and giant rats. Michael’s journey captured the geographic splendour of the world and learnt a little of human kind and himself along the way. Featuring stunning footage, tales from around the world and insight into the high’s and low’s from a record breaking and award winning voyage.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Yolngu warrior, shaman and father Djalu Gurruwiwi, with some help from global pop star Gotye, must find a way to bring two worlds together to save his culture.
Thursday, 01 February 2018
A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he'll be receiving a prestigious award.
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Nova Iconic! The first winner of the Best Film Academy Award, WINGS is a triumph of silent filmmaking, an exciting and thrilling wartime drama of two WWI flying aces and the girl who follows them to the battlefields of France. David Armstrong (Richard Arlen) and Jack Powell (Charles "Buddy" Rogers) are rivals for the town beauty Sylvia, while Jack is blind to the attentions of the plucky girl-next-door, Mary Preston (Clara Bow). Enlisting into the air force with an eye toward flying fighter planes, David and Jack are dispatched to France as newly minted pilots. Thrown together in the frenzy and fear of battle, the former rivals become inseparable, while Mary, unable to bear not contributing to the war effort, enlists herself as an ambulance driver. With climatic air battles a-plenty, love triangles, a passionate pre-Code same-sex kiss, fantastic performances – particularly from ‘It Girl’ Bow - and a tissue-shredding finale, WINGS has it all!