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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Disney’s classic film of 1992 is remade and jazzed up with a live-action treatment, thanks to director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes). The eponymous street rat of Agrabah and the daughter of a sultan, Princess Jasmine, are in love. Aladdin stumbles upon a magic lamp with a genie dwelling inside and adventures ensue – the rest is history. Starring the voices of Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Billy Magnussen, ALADDIN will take you on a magic carpet ride via refreshing a well-loved classic, in true visceral Ritchie form. Including new recordings of the original songs and new songs as well, ALADDIN is a thrilling redo of a story you think had already been told.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Aretha Franklin may have ascended, but the Queen of Soul is far from forgotten – and new music documentary AMAZING GRACE reminds us of this while capturing an iconic moment in her life. Following her in 1972 as she recorded one of her greatest albums, the eponymous Amazing Grace, the then 29-year-old combined her prodigious talents with the Southern California Community Gospel Choir to create what would become the most successful gospel album of all time. The Sydney Pollack directed film was long-shelved, but is now finally seeing a release in the wake of Franklin’s death. Replete with never-before-seen footage and candid glimpses of a true musical genius, AMAZING GRACE is an ode to Aretha as well as the vital gospel music movement within ‘60s and ‘70s America. Pre-release group bookings available, contact our groups coordinator for more information on admin@cinemanova.com.au.

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Francis Ford Coppola's iconic Vietnam war epic returns to the cinema screen, revisited by the director to create the 'Final Cut' - 40 years after it was first released. Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, this is Coppola’s most realized version of his acclaimed classic -a haunting journey into madness that fascinated generations of movie lovers. Nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and winner of Best Cinematography and Best Sound, two BAFTAs for Best Direction and Best Supporting Actor and the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Starring Academy Award winners Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall, Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne and Harrison Ford, the film follows Army Captain Willard (Sheen), a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Half a century in the making and a massive achievement in film restoration, APOLLO 11 centres on one of the best known triumphs of man: the 1969 mission to the moon. Todd Douglas Miller’s (Dinosaur 13) documentary consists of archival footage of the time of the landing, some that has never been seen before. Crafted from old yet pristine 65mm film footage and sans interviews or narration, Miller’s film is the result of mining a recently discovered cache of video footage and more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings from the annals of NASA, and the audience is immediately immersed fifty years into the past – into a time which was indeed a very big step forward for the world. Witness Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and the Mission Control team, and those waiting at home, as we echo the millions of spectators who watched along in 1969 – except this time, it’s close-up, hyper-detailed and in higher definition. Miller has created a vignette of a time when everything was changing; a vividly coloured, 360 degree look at a world coming together to witness its own progression.

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Thursday, 04 July 2019

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the beloved comic book series that featured Asterix, his friend Obelix, and a whole array of adventures, ASTERIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTION finds the two friends back at their hijinks. Embarking on a quest across Gaul, the duo aim to find a young druid worthy of learning the secret recipe to the magic potion – a brew that keeps their village safe from Julius Caeser’s invading army. Throw in an evil wizard called Sulfurix who’s also after the potion’s secrets, slapstick humour, as well as a dose of comic-book nostalgia, and ASTERIX – directed by a French team Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy – is a rollicking good time, and a big-budget animated flick for adults as well as littler people.

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Adam Goodes is centre stage in THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM, a feature documentary that encompasses the AFL great and his career – and the endemic racism he faced in the public eye as an Indigenous footballer. MIFF’s opening night choice this year and from the producers of THAT SUGAR FILM, journalist Stan Grant has penned the doco about Goodes: Brownlow Medallist, 2014 Australian Of The Year, and a football star whose career was shortened due to a pervasive onslaught of discrimination from football goers. Focusing on the man but drawing on larger issues of the problems rife in Australian society, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM shows a country divided in its identity and is a necessary reminder of how ugly debate over race can become. Ultimately, Goodes and the filmmakers make an important statement of what it means to belong.

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

The most recent installment in the Avengers suburb of the Marvel universe is AVENGERS: ENDGAME – a whopper, three-hour, bumper-packed film from directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and the finale of the Infinity Saga. After the devastating events of Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins, and the Avengers themselves are grieving their losses. They still have allies, however – and there’s hope on the horizon: the team assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions, and restore order to the universe. Starring all your favourites back again – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Brie Larson, among many others – ENDGAME is an electrifying ode to fans, a satisfying sum up to the Infinity Saga, and a fast-paced and entertaining film that will make you forget you’ve been sitting down for three hours.

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

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

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

A heart-warming coming-of-age story of a teenager being helped through his formative years with the help of Bruce Springsteen, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is the new film from Gurinder Chadha, writer and director of Bend It Like Beckham and Angus, Thong and Perfect Snogging. Starring Viveik Kalra as Javed, a 16-year-old British Pakistani boy growing up in 1987 Thatcher’s England, the film sees his discovery of The Boss via a cassette tape – and through the tape, a self-discovery of who he is to his family and who he actually wants to be. Musical sequences, unfulfilled dreams of being a writer and girl troubles imbue the film with substance along with, of course, Springsteen’s songs. Based on a true story (of co-writer Sarfraz Manzoor), BLINDED BY THE LIGHT becomes a story of how family makes us, but our hopes and dreams are what can mark our path for the future – and both are equally as important.

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

ADVANCE SCREENING: Tuesday 9 July, 8.15pm Tickets on sale below! The audacious directorial debut of Olivia Wilde and a hit with audiences and critics at the SXSW Film Festival, BOOKSMART is destined to become a generation-defining comedy. Amy (Kaitlyn Deverm Beautiful Boy) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein, Lady Bird) are high-school best friends destined for great things once they graduate, but getting into their first-choice colleges has come at a cost: they've barely socialized with anyone in their year level besides one another. Realizing that they haven't fully embraced the high-school experience, the decide to make the night before graduation one to remember. Featuring a cast full of star-making performances and produced by Adam McKay (Vice) and Will Ferrell, Wilde's comedy has been called a "masterpiece" (People), "riotous" (Indiewire), "smart, modern and revolutionary" (The Wrap).

Thursday, 01 August 2019

Meet The Filmmaker Screening and Q&A Sunday August 4 - 4.00pm In a debut feature doco from Aussie/NZ filmmaking team Noel Smyth and Fergus Grady, CAMINO SKIES paints a story of love, life and loss – set against a backdrop of the historic Camino de Santiago. A series of pilgrim ways that finish in northwest Spain, the famous 800km pilgrims’ journey begins in France and culminates in the city of Santiago de Compostela. CAMINO SKIES will follow six pilgrims from NZ and Australian who are taking on tremendous odds to complete the trek, defying age and physical constraints at the same time as tackling coming to terms with their own grief. All walk for different reasons and all are strangers at first; soon they come together with a common goal, united in pushing their bodies and minds to the edge. An inspirational story of triumph – and casting aside heartbreak to physically overcome a difficult task – CAMINO SKIES is an uplifting look at ordinary people doing the extraordinary.

Tuesday, 04 June 2019

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

Thursday, 11 July 2019

The Cure, acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest live bands, take the stage on a perfect July evening in London’s Hyde Park 2018 to deliver a set of songs celebrating four decades of music making. The ensuing film ANNIVERSARY 1978-2018, directed by long-time collaborator Tim Pope, captures them in glorious 4K. The 5.1 audio mix by Robert Smith and Paul Corkett complements and completes this fabulously immersive cinematic experience. From Lovesong to Lullaby, from Boys Don’t Cry to Burn, from Fascination Street to Friday I’m in Love, Robert Smith and his extraordinary band – Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell and Reeves Gabrels – take us on a magical trip through time in this extraordinary event celebrating 4 decades of groundbreaking music.

Thursday, 08 August 2019

One of the most savage fights and decisive victories in Australian military history, the Battle of Long Tan, is explored by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) in his new film DANGER CLOSE. Immersing the audience in the world of wartime in 1966 South Vietnam, the battle saw 108 ANZAC soldiers surrounded by enemy forces in a rubber plantation in the pouring rain – holding off an enemy made up of 2500 soldiers. Young and inexperienced though the Australian and New Zealand men were, they held their own despite weather, numbers weighted out of their favour, and ammunition running out; to ultimately declare an incredible victory in the face of a battle that seemed impossible. With an Australian cast including Richard Roxburgh, Travis Fimmel, Luke Bracey and Daniel Webber, Stenders’ film is a stirring and terrifying look at war, loss and triumph.

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Sea Shepherd have saved over 3600 whales during the past eight years – and now they’re tackling the whaling industry face to face. The marine conservation group take on the Japanese whaling fleet in DEFEND, CONSERVE, PROTECT - defending the lives of the Minke whales of the Southern Ocean. The whaling fleet take no prisoners in their search for the animals. Stephen Amis' riveting documentary introduces us to a small but committed group of conservationists who will stop at nothing to end the hunt. Taking audiences into the centre of the conflict, DEFEND, CONSERVE, PROTECT unflinchingly depicts how a group of conservationists put their own lives in danger for what they believe.

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

DIEGO MARADONA zooms in on the eponymous footballer from Argentina – by popular opinion perhaps the greatest footballer of all time. Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, the feature-length doco is by the makers of Amy (2015) – and paints a vivid portrait of Diego Maradona both on and off the pitch. Playing for S.C.C. Napoli, Maradona led the ailing club to a victory in 1984 – and became near godlike in the city. But all wasn’t coming up roses: DIEGO MARADONA shows the betrayal and corruption behind the power and glory, and a man who was much deeper and darker than just a football star.

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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favourite makes a welcome return to the big screen. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this deeply moving film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

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

Saturday, 03 August 2019

Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. Many films have dealt with these later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early periods – the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period – the film takes us all the way to 1907 and the creation of a critical painting in the history of art – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It was a painting that shocked the art world but changed it irrevocably. Picasso was only 25 years old. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights.

Thursday, 05 September 2019

In a poignant film about a dying matriarch that starts with a lie and winds up with an emotional look at what being family truly means, THE FAREWELL is the sophomore feature film effort from director Lulu Wang (Posthumous). Awkwafina stars as Billi, a young Chinese-American woman whose family congregates in Changchun, China, to celebrate a wedding – but it’s all a ruse. The family matriarch, Billi’s grandmother Nai-Nai, is dying, and Nai-Nai doesn’t know: the family have gathered to give them an excuse to be all together one last time. Tackling familial expectations, the meaning of home and whether “a good lie” makes someone leaving any easier, THE FAREWELL is a study of the divide of culture in how families function when protecting one of their own. Based on Wang’s real life experiences of her own grandmother, it’s a story of how we can be one in ourselves, yet part of a greater whole as a family. Some Mandarin language with English subtitles.

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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller is adapted for the screen by John Crowley (Brooklyn) in an epic tale of a young man’s odyssey following an explosion in the New York Metropolitan Museum. Theo (the young version played by Finn Wolfhard, then later Ansel Elgort) is visiting the Met with his mother when she is killed by an explosion. Taken in by a wealthy family, Theodore gradually restores his life until the sudden reappearance of his absent father sees him move to the Midwest. Harbouring a dark secret that he doesn’t dare share with anyone, Theodore begins a journey that will shape him and everyone around him in irrevocable ways. Starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson, Geoffrey Wright, Finn Wolfhard, Denis O’Hare and Sarah Paulson in a lavishly produced contemporary drama, THE GOLDFINCH is one of the year’s most anticipated films.

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

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Thursday, 05 September 2019

Nova exclusive! In Australia, two men are working to provide the last vestige of relief – and in some cases, cure – for thousands suffering chronic and terminal illnesses. Directed by Ned Donohue, GREEN LIGHT is a documentary that shows the two providing blackmarket medicinal cannabis for people who have nowhere else to turn. Though increasingly accepted as having hugely beneficial medical benefits, marijuana is still not a legal way to treat chronic conditions; GREEN LIGHT shows a pair of men aiming to change this – or risk everything helping sick people in need.

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Nova exclusive! Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, HAIL SATAN? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that you can speak the truth in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, HAIL SATAN? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

John Wick – super-assassin, highly trained fighter and all round broody guy – returns in the third installment of the mega-action franchise. Keanu Reeves plays Wick, a man who was originally reluctantly drawn back in to the world of international assassins in order to avenge his dog’s death – and now, two movies later, we find him still immersed in the world he once swore to leave. Having killed a member of the High Table (the assassin’s league), he’s excommunicated from the guild: and there’s a $14 million bounty on his head. Dodging killers, partnering with Halle Berry, and taking us to Casablanca, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 is another rollicking exercise in smart, choreographed action sequences, giving us what might be this generation’s Indiana Jones – except way bloodier.

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Saturday, 07 December 2019

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

Thursday, 08 August 2019

ADVANCE SCREENING - Wednesday July 24 - 7.00pm Tickets on sale below From the pen of Mindy Kaling comes LATE NIGHT, starring Emma Thompson as Katherine, a late-night talk show host starting to lose her grip on the ratings. Hiring her first female writer, Molly (played by Kaling), Katherine is temperamental and reticent to change – but change is exactly what her all-male writers room needs. Inspired by Kaling’s real experiences as the only female writer on The Office, LATE NIGHT is directed by another glass-ceiling shatterer, Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Brooklyn-99), and Emma Thompson’s role was written especially for her. Acerbic, hilarious and full of the type of grrl power we can’t get enough of lately, Kaling and Ganatra’s film is a worthy vessel for tackling present issues of both gender and racial representation in the media sphere.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

THE TESTAMENTS, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, will be revealed in a global cinematic event. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive cinema broadcast filmed live. The intimate evening will be a celebration of Atwood’s work. A number of remarkable actors (to be announced) will read from The Testaments, allowing audiences to be the first to discover the new book. Exclusive documentary content with rare archive will open a window on to Atwood’s rich and varied career. The Handmaid’s Tale has come to represent a powerful symbol against misogyny and oppression and the evening will reflect on the real-world events that inspired the original story and the alarming political climate which has, in part, inspired this sequel. An evening of conversation and performance filmed live from the stage of the National Theatre, with privileged access to this iconic author. ‘Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.’ With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect. THE TESTAMENTS will be published by Vintage and Penguin on 10 September.

Saturday, 06 July 2019

The convention-shattering production that replaced the female corps with the brunt physical power of a male cohort instead returns in a new imagining of Matthew Bourne’s piece-de-resistance - SWAN LAKE. First staged in 1995, Bourne is back with a re-interpreted version of his ballet: new cast, new stage and new lighting design complete a fresh face on a beloved (but still subverted) version of the traditional Swan Lake ballet. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and turning the timeless pattern of fragile swan ballerinas on its head, Bourne’s SWAN LAKE transforms Tchaikovsky’s love story into one of unconventionality, passion and a showcase of the athleticism of male dancers.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

DOUBLE FEATURE! Accidental Climber and Chasing the Jet Stream ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER Director: Steven Orbitt Runtime: 1 hour 7 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Manchester International Film Festival Featuring a Q&A with mountaineer Jim Geiger! ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER tells the story of Jim Geiger, a retired forest ranger and amateur mountaineer from Sacramento, CA who at 68 years old, attempts to become the oldest American and first great grandfather to summit Mt. Everest. What ensued was the worst disaster in mountaineering history, leaving sixteen climbers dead in a tragic avalanche and forever changing Jim's life. CHASING THE JET STREAM Director: Claudio Von Planta Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere CHASING THE JET STREAM follows the pioneering adventure of Marc Hauser, a Swiss entrepreneur and motivational speaker who wants to become the first skydiver in the world jumping into a hurricane force jet stream at 8,000 to 10,000 meters altitude. With this record, Marc wants to bring attention to the nascent technology of airborne wind energy systems, which can harness high-altitude wind power. This new technology has the potential to defuse the global energy Plus short film: LITTLE MISS SUMO Director: Matthew Kay Runtime: 18 mins Premiere: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Tribecca Female sumo wrestling champion Hiyori confronts obstacles both inside and outside the ring in an attempt to change Japan's national sport forever.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

ANTHROPOCENE THE HUMAN EPOCH Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky Runtime: 1 hour 27 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne premiere . Previous Festivals: TIFF. Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky travel the globe to document the impact humans have made on the planet. Plus short films: NAMBIBIA Director: Matthieu Vinel Runtime: 7 mins 59 seconds Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Two friends, a filmmaker and photographer, traverse the vast expanses of Namibia in their 4x4 Ford Ranger. Discover with them the wild animals of Etosha, the incredible richness of life in the Himba village or the volcanic mountains of Damaraland and meet the locals in Katutura, a poor district in the capital. MAXIMA THIS LAND OF MINE Director: Mariel Sosa Runtime: 15 mins 50 seconds Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Hot Docs On a remote farm deep in the Peruvian Andes, a farmer is putting a halt to the plans of one of the biggest mining companies in the world. Having endured over five years of court proceedings, Máxima Acuña and her family are still fighting to keep the land they have worked so hard for to call their home. THE WONDER Director: Goh Iromoto Runtime: 6 mins 50 seconds Premiere Status: Australian Premiere THE WONDER is a reflective journey exploring the human sense of awe and wonder amidst the landscape and wildlife of Kenya. Following the story of Ninian Lowis, a safari guide who has spent much of his life amongst the wilderness of Africa - surrounded by rich savannah, mountains, forests, deserts and the extraordinary creatures that reside within these very landscapes. SUSPENDED GENERATION Director: Joe Hitchcock Runtime: 7 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere The story of kids in Kiribati facing the harsh realities of climate change: suspended between a home they love, and a world they are only beginning to understand, they are facing these realities now and their story should remind us that they deserve a liveable future.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Premiere Status: World Premiere Featuring 20 min Q&A with director! Seen through the eyes of the prisoners, THE ART OF INCARCERATION explores The Torch, a pioneering not for profit organisation that runs arts programs for Indigenous prisoners and ex-offenders in the Victorian prison system. The film is an uncompromising insight into the inmates’ quest for cultural identity and spiritual healing as they prepare for The Torch’s annual Confined exhibition and for life on the outside.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Previous Festivals: Bryon Bay Film Festival, RIDM, Full Frame DOXA, New York Film Festival A cinematic reverie on the wonder and crazy beauty of the night sky, as seen from one of the best places on our planet to explore and ponder it: the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Director: Kimberly Reed Premiere Status: Australian premiere Previous Festivals: Sundance, Full Frame, AFI Docs, Oscar Long List DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Directors: Marc Menet and Scott Prestin Premiere Status: Australian Premiere “Sam, could you do me a favour?” Thus, begins a story that has now become part of America’s true crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga—the story of a young lawyer fresh from the Public Defender’s Office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in the history of the United States.

Friday, 19 July 2019

DAVI’S WAY Director: Tom Donahue Runtime: 1 hour 26 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film Festival In DAVI’S WAY, legendary actor/singer Robert Davi, is given one year to recreate Sinatra's fabled 'Main Event' concert in Madison Square Garden on Sinatra's 100th Birthday. Plus short films: THE DUNDEE PROJECT Director: Mark Borchardt Runtime: 17 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Slamdance, Found Footage Film Festival Mark Borchardt turns his camera on the UFO Daze gathering in Dundee, Wisconsin, where he finds an abundance of fascinating characters, a mystic landscape, and the paradox between empirical evidence and extraterrestrial longing. Featuring luminaries who claim to be in direct contact with the aliens themselves, this film offers an objective vantage point for its subjects to outlay their beliefs unhindered by censorious reasoning. UNCAGED: A STAND IN STORY Director: Marco Kyris Runtime: 11 Mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festival: Hot Docs Marco Kyris worked as Nicolas Cage’s stand-in for a decade on twenty films. In UNCAGED: A STAND IN STORY, Marco talks about his early life as an actor, his journey into the entourage of Nic Cage, and what it was like working in the shadow for one of Hollywood’s legends of cinema. FLIGHT OF THE LAD Director: Samuel Hutchinson Runtime: 6 mins 35 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Revelations Film Festival Nearing the end of an amazing life, inventor Duan Phillips has one last project he wishes to complete in memory of his deceased wife – a UFO shaped object, also known as The LAD. BARTLE Director: Jon King Runtime: 10 mins 33 seconds Premiere Status: Australian Premiere In a remote part of Yorkshire, villagers gather for a bizarre, ancient ritual. BARTLE meets the men who lead this ritual, examines why they do it, and what it means to keep such a tradition alive. MY DEAR KYRGYZSTAN Director: Noam Argov and Alex Pritz Runtime: 13 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: DOC NYC Emil is a social media-obsessed entrepreneur in one of the most remote places on earth: an abandoned Soviet mining village in the mountains of eastern Kyrgyzstan. Tracing his roots to the nomadic tribes that once roamed the area, Emil has returned to put his village of Jyrgalan back on the map by convincing wealthy tourists and famous bloggers to go there on vacation. BIKER BOB Director: Cat Mills Runtime: 18 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Who is Biker Bob? And why does a bottle full of his ashes keep washing up on the beaches of Vancouver Island?

Saturday, 20 July 2019

SHADOWMAN Director: Oren Jacoby Runtime: 1 hour 23 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere, Previous Festivals: Slamdance, Sydney Underground Film Festival In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton became known as the godfather of street art for his work that appears on buildings throughout the Lower East Side of Manhattan. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION Director: Patrick Green Runtime: 19 mins 22 secs Premiere Status: Australian premiere Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film Festival A pop culture provocateur and a Naked Trump sculptor team up to take down Harvey Weinstein, creating a statue of the disgraced movie producer that goes viral and incites further conversation. CHASING A MILLION Director: Albert Klein Haneveld, & Stefan Egberts Runtime: 54 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere, Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film Festival Can you make a fortune by swapping one thing for another? Albert and Stefan believe it can be done. They start their experiment with a free rabbit from the Internet – what follows is an unusual and highly unpredictable adventure. Within three years they’ve managed to upgrade to a luxurious apartment on a ski-slope.

Friday, 26 July 2019

DESOLATION CENTRE Director: Stuart Swezey Runtime: 93 minutes Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Slamdance, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Doxa, Sheffield Doc Fest, CPH:DOX The untold story of a series of Reagan-era guerrilla punk and industrial desert happenings in Southern California that are now recognized as the inspiration for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. Interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic, Swans and more feature. TERROR NULLIUS Director: Soda Jerk Runtime: 54 mins Previous Festivals: Screenwave, Sydney International Film Festival A political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australian national mythology. NYCTOPHOBIA Director: Jean-François Boisvenue Runtime: 9 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Hot Docs NYCTOPHOBIA is an essay-documentary about psychological distress. Jean-François Boisvenue tells us about his childhood fears and his history of mental illness.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

BALLAD OF A RIGHTEOUS MERCHANT Director: Herbert Golder Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film Festivals A fresh and candid glimpse of one of the great masters of cinema at work, by his long-time friend and collaborator Herbert Golder, this documentary chronicles Werner Herzog’s making of the feature film, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done – co-written by Golder and nominated for a Golden Lion and for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. ART NEVER SLEEPS Director: Sean Lynch Runtime: 48 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Art never sleeps: Francis Ford Coppola lives by those words. This documentary is the story of the adventure Francis and his team embarked on with an old friend and the film students from Oklahoma City Community College. Together and against all odds, they achieved Francis’ long-held dream of live-streaming a movie and gave birth to a new frontier in cinematic art: live cinema. AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY Director: Arthur Balder Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute Premiere Status: Australian Premiere AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY aims to expand our ordinary perception of time as the director introduces 'a documentary on the unconscious'. Balder lays out the dreamlike narratives of both the artist and his haunting muses. Through his presentation of the artist's self-unconscious suffering right at the beginning of the film, the director choses an artistic direction that he follows with unwavering determination, despite challenging the canons of nowadays 'conscious' documentary filmmaking until the last frame of the film.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: New Zealand International Film Festival, Sydney Indie Film Festival Featuring 20 min Q&A with director! A profile of Jacob Leezak's Canine Behaviour Expert Dog Psychology Centre, located in outer Sydney, a place where traumatised dogs and traumatised humans can heal one another. Plus short film: BIG MEN, SMALL DOGS Director: Cat Mills Rating: MA 15 + Runtime: 8 mins 46 seconds Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Meet five large men and the little dogs they love. Eric, Steve, Dax, Sean and Nate all attract attention when they walk their dogs. Why? Because the men are over six feet tall and their dogs barely reach their ankles.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian premiere Previous Festivals: San Francisco International Documentary Film Festival Featuring 20 min Q&A After years of prescription medications failed her a suicidal woman turns to underground healers to try and overcome her depression, anxiety, and opioid addiction with illegal psychedelic medicine like magic mushrooms and iboga.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Whistler International Film Festival Featuring a screen introduction with Uwe Boll! Behind the lens with the most hated man in Hollywood. Honing his craft as an indie filmmaker in Germany in the early ‘90s, Uwe Boll could never have imagined the life he’d find in front of him. Having experienced a storied career, Boll has seen such highs as working with Oscar-winning actors and making films with 60 million dollar budgets, and has reached such lows as having actors publicly disparage their films with him, and online petitions for him to stop making films reaching hundreds of thousands of signatures. None of this stopped Uwe from continuing to put out movie after movie, totalling 32 feature films, before retiring and opening a successful high-end restaurant. Already a cult legend, Uwe Boll will be remembered forever in the film world. Some will remember him as a modern day Ed Wood – who made films so bad, they're good. Others will remember him as a prolific filmmaker from a small town in Germany who never compromised his integrity, while he mapped out his own path in Hollywood.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Australian Premiere! Previous Festivals: Telluride, Venice, DOC NYC, Raindance A comedy genius, a hot new director, and a 17th century pirate film: what could possibly go wrong? THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS is a feature-length documentary directed by Peter Medak about his unreleased film Ghost in the Noonday Sun, starring Peter Sellers. Filmed in Cyprus in 1973, to this day it remains one of the biggest film productions ever undertaken in Cyprus. What happened behind the scenes was much more outrageous and funnier than the actual movie itself. The original ‘Ghost’ movie was shot mostly on the Mediterranean sea on real ships which nobody had ever dared to attempt before. Even before shooting began, the Greek Captain delivering the Pirate ship to Kyrenia's magnificent 7th Century Harbour was so drunk that he crashed the ship into the Quay. The production descended further after Peter Sellers lost confidence in the film and fired the Producers and then the Director of Photography. Structured around the original director Peter Medak and his journey back to the island 42 years later, The Ghost of Peter Sellers is a timeline of events supported by eye-opening and heart-felt interviews with remaining cast members, production staff, Cypriot locals and others from the world of filmmaking. From Los Angeles to New York, from London to Cyprus, Peter recaptures what it was like to work with the genius talents of Sellers and Milligan whilst explaining the saga of the Pirate film and how such a brilliant and funny idea could go so terribly wrong and become a total disaster.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: SXSW, Dallas International Film Festival The Church of the SubGenius has been called "the most aggressively preposterous theology the world has ever known!" But what is the Church? Filmmaker Sandy K. Boone explores the underground movement that has galvanized the imaginative, the artistic, the nerdy, even the deranged - to examine the simmering dystopia in their culture, and do absolutely nothing about it - except, maybe, poke fun at it all.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

THE LAST STOP Director: Todd Nilssen Premiere Status: Australian Premiere The Elan School was the last stop. Set deep in the woods of Maine, Elan delivered controversial therapy to troubled teens. A meat grinder of raw emotion and harsh discipline, some say it sold hope; others say it sold hell. Plus short film: MURDER IN MOBILE Director: Adam Fischer Runtime: 18 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere In 1948 in Mobile, Alabama, a black man named Rayfield Davis was beaten to death by a white man who was not prosecuted. The crime was forgotten until 2012 when a Northeastern law student was assigned to investigate - culminating in a shocking conclusion.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Premiere Status: World Premiere LOOBY is the story of what happens when an artist chooses to speak out. For Australian painter Keith Looby, it cost him almost everything. Winner of prestigious art prizes and collected by major galleries at home and abroad, Keith's addiction to speaking his mind has left a string of failed business relationships, marriages and friendships. Bludgeoned into coherence by the film-makers, assessed by dealers, curators, critics and fellow artists, Looby is a chance to look at a brilliant artist who had his moment in the sun, and to ask whether he should have another. Featuring an original score and sumptuous cinematography of long-forgotten masterpieces, this film is a delight for anyone curious about the truth behind the art.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Featuring Q&A with directors! STRANGE TENANTS: SKA'D FOR LIFE Director: Fiona Cochrane Runtime:55 mins Premiere: World Premiere Strange Tenants were the “Godfathers of Australian Ska”, emerging in the 1980s in the wake of UK two-tone ska bands like The Specials but producing original political ska songs unlike most other Australian ska bands. 36 years later they’re still around and still political. WOODSTOCK AT FIFTY: A VENUE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD Director: Aidan Prewitt Runtime: 52 mins Premiere: World Premiere With the approaching 50th anniversary of Woodstock, we are presenting a special cut of the multi-award-winning documentary ‘A Venue for the End of the World’, featuring extended interviews with original Woodstock performers, crew and high-profile commentators. This very special event will feature a live Q&A with famed Woodstock announcer & lighting designer Chip Monck. The film centers around the late ‘60’s crossover of music and politics and includes unseen 8mm footage from the Woodstock festival. Featuring Chip Monck, Michael Shrieve (Santana), Joe McDonald (Country Joe & the Fish), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Dick Cavett (The Dick Cavett Show) and D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop).

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Featuring a Q&A with directors! KARTIKA: 9 WAYS OF SEEING Director: Chris Basile Runtime: 55 Minutes Premiere Status: Australian Premiere A portrait of charismatic and outspoken Indonesian modern artist Kartika Affandi, her remarkable life, and her powerful and controversial paintings and sculpture. The story of Kartika is the story of a woman determined to express herself on her own terms, and to make a career as a modern artist, although she was born into a society and a time in which this was considered an impossible goal for a female. THE CANDIDATE Director: Helen Gaynor Runtime: 1 hour 15 mins Premiere Status: World Premiere Featuring a Q&A with Helen Gaynor and Alex Bhathal. THE CANDIDATE is a feature length observational documentary that follows Greens candidate Alex Bhathal over the final three weeks of her campaign to win a seat in the Australian Federal parliament. In this, her sixth attempt, and with a 1% margin between her and victory, she and her team have good reason to believe that history is finally on their side. But this is no ordinary campaign.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Big Sky Film Festival A poetic documentary focusing on several eccentric street dog caretakers in Kolkata, India. Plus short film: FLYING FUR Director: Alicia Wszelaki and Matthew Nothelfer Runtime: 25 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Welcome to the friendly skies of animal rescue. Saving dogs and cats one flight at a time is the mission, but changing the fate of these lovable creatures is no easy task.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Big Sky Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Through the riveting stories of five American communities, RIGHT TO HARM exposes the devastating public health impact that factory farming has on many of our country's most disadvantaged citizens. Known formally as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations - or CAFOs - these facilities produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbours.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

DOUBLE FEATURE! SAVING WARRU Director: Daniel Clarke/Amy Pysden Runtime: 1 hour 2 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Featuring 20 min Q&A Warru, or black-footed rock wallaby, is one of South Australia's most endangered mammals. In 2007, when numbers dropped below 200 in the remote central desert, the Warru Recovery Team was formed to help save the precious species from extinction. Bringing together contemporary science, practical on-ground threat management and traditional Anangu ecological knowledge, this unique decade-long program has recently celebrated the release of dozens of warru to the wild for the first time. Come on a remarkable adventure in conservation and culture as the Indigenous people of the deserts of Australia fight to save a national icon. HOMEFRONT Director: Michael Wilkins Runtime: 48 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere What happens when you destroy a war memorial, and what do you put in its place? These questions faced arts officer Colin James and project manager and artist Amanda Gibson, as they looked for ways to replace the much-loved Greensborough War Memorial statues. Through interviews with local war veterans we learn narratives of terrible injuries, paralysing fear, humour, and love. HOMEFRONT is an insider’s view of the creation of a new type of war memorial and a new way of telling stories of war and of homecoming.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Filmmaker Rob Stewart travels across oceans to expose the illegal and violent underworld of shark finning.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

I WANT YOU TO KNOW Director: Gabriel Morrison Runtime: 7 mins 31 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere When a seven-year-old girl accompanies her mother to the market in occupied Krasnodar, she doesn't realize how much is truly at stake. BEEMAN Director: Cory Greenwood Runtime: 8 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film Festival A local conservationist saves an unwanted swarm of bees from extermination using his gift: the ability to communicate with honeybees. HAPPY ANDROID Director: Jaina Kalifa Runtime: 24 mins 51 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Hot Docs Street performer Paul Cooper brings joy to audiences around the world with his endearing roving act Tubby the Robot, yet he struggles to find joy within himself. Paul and Tubby inhabit very different worlds – one full of sorrow and alienation, the other filled with happiness and love. In this film the two worlds collide, leading to an exploration of family, mental illness and the transformative. SMILE Director: Harriet Mckern Runtime: 8 mins 50 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere A heart-warming exploration of photographer Tawfik Elgazzar's community art project, Flash Hub, which provides free portraits for locals and passers-by in Sydney’s inner west. The film celebrates individuality, cultural diversity and the joy of a photographer seeing his subjects smile. AFTER THE TSUNAMI Director: Mark Hellinger Runtime: 6 mins 59 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Sri Lankan survivors of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami reflect on the event, impact, and aftermath of the tragedy. MIKA YAMASAKI Director: Ting Ni Runtime: 3 mins 54 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere A Zen-style short documentary for Melbourne based artist Mika Yamasaki. KISS THE BOY Director: Jayde Harding Runtime: 4 mins 29 secs Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Do women kiss men they don't want to? Five women share their stories of why they have, what they’ve learnt and what it means about our society. RESTORATION ISLAND Director: Aubrey Comben Runtime: 19 mins 36 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere After the collapse of his business and personal life in the 1987 stock market crash, ex-corporate businessman David Glasheen has now spent 21 years living on Restoration Island. Using the island as an escape from the stresses of society, David, now 75 years old, reflects on what it was that led him towards this alternative way of living - isolated from the norms of society. BREATH Director: Ulises Fierro Runtime: 17 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Fear, breathing, movement, presence. BREATH is an inside look at Margarita Cardoso’s process as she climbs one of the most technically difficult and beautiful routes at Los Dinamos, Mexico City. AFTER THE FIRE Director: Derek Knowles and Spencer Seibert Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Tribeca Film Festival AFTER THE FIRE follows residents of Sonoma Valley as they struggle to find their places in a community that has been reshaped overnight by the historic Northern California wildfires. It is an intimate look at what they’ve lost, what they’ve gained, and what happens next, after the fire. TAPUME Director: Hugo Faraco Runtime: 6 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Doc NYC Tapume in Portuguese means construction wall, and that's where Brazilian artist Luiz d'Orey finds the material for his collages. In this short film we follow his creative process from the streets, to the studio, and back to the streets. THURSDAY FIELDS Director: Harry Zernike Runtime: 20 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Big Sky Film Festival, Doc NYC A diverse cast of characters gathers every Thursday evening at a defunct airport in Brooklyn. Native New Yorkers and new immigrants; Wall Street traders and construction tradesmen; they come to race bicycles on Floyd Bennett Field’s crumbling, windswept tarmac. The competition is merciless, and the rewards are many.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

THE HOLIDAY INN-SIDE Director: Charby Ibrahim Runtime: 19 mins 58 seconds Sixteen-year-old ‘Anonymous’ has been in and out of juvenile detention for five years, but what landed him there started the day he was born. A fully animated, dream-like documentary follows him as he tries to make a little sense of his traumatic past and the circumstances that have led him down a path of criminal activity and incarceration. COMEBACK KID: LIAM MCNEILL Director: Fraser Cameron Runtime: 25 mins 22 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere A sport that takes a toll on the body greater than most, Muay Thai is as brutal in training as it is in practice. We follow a focused young man, once bullied and brushed aside on the footy field, now physically transformed and intimidating in the ring. Vowing to ‘put his life on the line’, can Liam overcome the injuries, the gruelling weight cut and the expectation to come back victorious? BE YOU T FOOL Director: Brendan Pinches Runtime: 5 mins 50 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Trop Fest An anonymous street artist reveals her secret practice of pasting portraits on the pillars of Chandler Highway Bridge in Alphington, Melbourne. STUART X Director: Thibault Upton Runtime: 5 mins Premiere: Melbourne Premiere Stuart Iredale was born with Fragile X during the 1950s; a time when the disability was little know. He was misdiagnosed with mental illness and spent 40 years of his life in psychiatric hospitals where he was misunderstood, drugged and abused At 60 years old Stuart was correctly diagnosed with Fragile X. He now has a set of processes and care that provide him with an entirely different quality of life. Today he has shown progress towards recovery from years of mistreatment and responds to music therapy by dancing. ' DREAMERS GATE Director: Daz Chandler Runtime: 3 mins 22 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, on the side of the road on Australia’s Federal Highway, stands an abandoned personal artwork with a dark and poignant past. HAUNTED WITNESS Director: Daniel Clarke Runtime: 10 mins 10 secs Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Trauma suffered by police reporters is an under-reported and stigmatised issue. It is often forgotten that journalists can be first responders to daily scenes of horror. Admitting to experiencing trauma to newsroom colleagues, however, is widely denounced within the industry. HAUNTED WITNESS reveals how Vancouver freelance journalist Jeremy Hainsworth suffered in silence while management showed a shocking lack of support for his mental health and wellbeing. SHE STARTS 2 Director: Rachel Storey Runtime: 9 mins and 3 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Women make up 50% of the population, but less than a quarter of start-up founders. This season of SheStarts follows a group of female founders as they step out of their comfort zone to pitch game-changing business ideas. Will their ideas stack up under pressure? Do they have what it takes to secure funding and scale their businesses? VOODOO MEDICS Director: Kristin Shorten Runtime: 4 mins 30 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere VOODOO MEDICS is an eight-part documentary about trauma, resilience and posttraumatic growth in the medics who served with our special forces in Afghanistan. RISE Runtime: 4 mins 16 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere An experimental documentary poem about Melbourne. ADOPTION PENDING Director: Liam Fouracre Runtime: 10 mins Previous Festivals: St Kilda Film Festival, Reel Good Film Festival The story of George, a two-year-old staffy x husky who is surrendered to an adoption home. PAIN IS MINE Director: Farshid Akhlaghi Runtime: 13 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: DOC LA One day; one room; one take. After her spinal surgery, she was always in unendurable pain. Painkillers have been her refuge for a long time – until one day she decided to stop. THE HAND OUT Director: Vedrana Music Runtime: 6 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Antenna Film Festival A mother escaping war decides to bring home a treat for her daughter. THAT NIGHT Director: Jeremy Luke Bolatag Runtime: 20 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: BAFTA Katong Gabii documents the lives of two survivors of the Roxas night market bombing in Davao City, Philippines on September 2, 2016. It centers on a vendor at the market whose intestines were shattered by a shrapnel, and a truck driver whose wife and son died while getting a massage. I SIGNED THE PETITION Director: Mahdi Fleifel Runtime: 11 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: IDFA, Hot Docs Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival SILENT FORESTS is an intimate, character-driven portrait of conservationists and activists who are struggling to stop forest elephant poaching in Africa's Congo Basin region. After a study revealed that more than half the Central African forest elephant population has been lost to poaching in the last decade, there has been a concerted effort to save those that remain. As passionate and tenacious as conservationists are, they are up against huge institutional challenges like corruption and lack of funding that threaten to derail all their attempts to fight for the future of the forest elephant.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Q&A discussion following film! SINGLED [OUT] tells the story of five educated women in four corners of the world: Jules in Melbourne, Manu in Barcelona, Shu and Yang in Shanghai, and Melek in Istanbul. They all travel solo in a world where pairing up is the norm. Together with the voices of some well-known experts in the areas of sociology, law and demography, the film unveils modern love in the era of choice, and is a journey to the heart of being a single woman today.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

SKIDROW MARATHON Featuring a Q&A with director! Premiere Status: Australian Premiere. Previous Festivals: Traverse City Film Festival A criminal court judge starts a running club on L.A.’s notorious skid row. The club's members, comprised of homeless drug addicts, a recovering single mum and a murderer, consider themselves among those least likely to succeed. As they train together to run marathons, they learn to dream big as they are re-acquainted with their own dignity. Plus short films: OUT ON THE STREETS Director: John Haley Runtime: 17 mins 21 secs Premiere Status: Australian Premiere When your family rejects you, where do you sleep? How do you survive? For the estimated 40% of homeless youth in America who identify as LGBTQ, embracing their true identity often meant that they must also struggle to live on the streets. Jason and Luis, two young gay men in Chicago, face this reality head on. SWEET SOUL IN EXILE Director: Tyler A. Chase Runtime: 8 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere SWEET SOUL IN EXILE is an odic encapsulation of the eviction of prominent sculptor, Deborah Masters, from her loft of twenty years at 475 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn NY.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

FUNKE Director: Gab Taraboulsy Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes Premiere Status: Australian Premiere When prodigious chef Evan Funke inexplicably walked away from his critically-acclaimed restaurant, his life and career were thrust into a vortex. Years later, still healing from emotional and financial ruin, Evan begins mounting his comeback, eyeing the most competitive street in America as a stage for the dying art of handmade pasta. Funke finds himself fighting to fulfil his artistic destiny while battling the volatile LA restaurant industry. Plus short film: TASTE Director: Kevin Longa Runtime: 10 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Documentary filmmaker Kevin Longa uncovers the true stories of food entrepreneurs around the world in this web series.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Doc NYC This documentary explores the rise of Teddy Pendergrass, the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums against the backdrop of 1960s America, and his comeback after a life-changing accident.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Featuring an extended introduction with the filmmaker! The story of guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel, whose journey takes him from Australia’s youngest guitar prodigy to the world’s most acclaimed acoustic guitarist. Told through intimate backstage footage, explosive concert performances, rare archival material and unfiltered interviews with Tommy’s closest friends and family (as well as stars from Joe Satriani to Jason Isbell to Monty Python’s Eric Idle), the film examines the scars of childhood trauma, breaking cycles of self-destruction and the ambitious rise of a man determined to bring happiness to all corners of the globe with his music, even as his own life was in danger of toppling.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: CPH:DOX Featuring a screen introduction with director, Alex Winter! Hacktivist and blockchain expert Lauri Love fights extradition in TRUST MACHINE—his computer skills a threat to the US government. Tech innovators strike a raw nerve as banks and network pundits rush to condemn volatile cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology. Proponents of the blockchain—a verified digital ledger—are already using the technology to change the world; fighting income inequality, the refugee crisis and world hunger.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Manchester International Film Festival UNRAVELLING ATHENA is a feature documentary that chronicles the journey that Women Tennis Champions pass through - from a small child with a large racket, to ranked player, and ultimately to WTA number one in the world, and beyond. The film explores the common themes and qualities that account for the remarkable achievements of these women, from different generations, nationalities and personalities.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Gold Coast Film Festival Born out of the ashes of Big Star, arguably the greatest cult band of all time, Memphis local Van Duren joined forces with ex-members Chris Bell & Jody Stephens to form a band and become regulars on the 70s Memphis bar circuit. In little time they got the attention of Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham then started managing Van Duren. Van was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney but instead faded into obscurity. Forty years later, two friends from Australia (a band manager & musician), chance upon the mysterious musician’s lost album. They fall hopelessly in love with the music and set out to discover why Van Duren isn’t a household name. Self-taught filmmakers, their journey takes them across the world and sees them cross paths with rockstars, Scientologists, con men and a host of talented musicians some who made it... and others that didn't. Van Duren’s lost career is a parable of the trials and tribulations of the music industry - an industry that leaves countless broken dreamers behind in its wake. Waiting - the Van Duren Story is a love letter to the artist that could have helped to define a generation.

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.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

The director of 2014’s The Babadook, Jennifer Kent, returns with an equally as frightening tale – but this time it’s a story of revenge. Expect gothic gore and bloody vindication in THE NIGHTINGALE, as we follow Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a young Irish convict woman in the throes of enacting a plan of vengeance on a man who’s destroyed her family. Pursuing him across the wilderness of Tasmania, she is helped by an Indigenous tracker, Billy – and the two of them find themselves battling the same enemy for different reasons. Also starring Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr and Ewen Leslie, justice, wilderness, and the wielding of grief are all explored in Kent’s film, with Clare’s desperate manhunt leading her to search for her target, as well as what it means to be truly free.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

SPECIAL OFFER - School aged kids come free – ‘to meet The Queen’, opening weekend! In celebration of NT Live’s 10th anniversary, as a special one-off family opportunity, Cinema Nova invites you to bring school aged children along for free on opening weekend. Conditions: Offer valid for opening weekend sessions - Sat 20 July and Sun 21 July only. Valid at box office only. Limit of two children per paying adult. Subject to seating availability. Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in encore screenings of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, and featuring an exclusive new Q&A with key members of the cast and creative team. For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish–Lehman Brothers–spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy and triggers the largest financial crisis in history. This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be filmed live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10thBirthday season.

Saturday, 03 August 2019

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK. A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in London in this timely and moving story.

Thursday, 01 August 2019

Vengeance, madness, a kingdom lost... From supporting character in Hamlet to helming her own tale, OPHELIA sees Shakespeare’s eponymous character (played by Daisy Ridley) take to the forefront of a story full of lust, betrayal and destiny. Directed by Claire McCarthy and starring Naomi Watts as Queen Gertrude, Clive Owen as Claudius, and George MacKay as Hamlet, OPHELIA is a re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays and based on the novel Ophelia by Lisa Klein. Full of political unrest, clandestine love and showing a kingdom on the verge of war, Ophelia is a lady-in-waiting who falls for the crown prince, Hamlet. When Hamlet’s father is murdered, however, and his uncle ascends to the throne, rumours and betrayal take hold of the court. All becomes not so fair in either love or war, and Ophelia and Hamlet are forced to both decide and declare where their true loyalties lie.

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Thursday, 08 August 2019

Set in Sydney's iconic Northern Beaches, Palm Beach is a heart-warming story about a group of old friends who reunite for a special occasion. The good times roll with laughter, lavish meals, flowing wine and music. However not all is smooth sailing as tensions begin to mount and deep secrets arise, posing questions about the rich history this group once shared. Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker, Rachel Ward (Beautiful Kate) Palm Beach celebrates a line-up of both Australian and international stars: Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi, Sam Neill, Jacqueline Mackenzie, Heather Mitchell – and Academy Award nominee Richard E Grant.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

How can we really change the world, and is the answer in ourselves? THE PORTAL, from director-producer team Jacqui Fifer and Tom Cronin, will attempt to answer this. Following six people and one robot as they throw themselves into obtaining personal growth via meditation and mindfulness, THE PORTAL will ask what would happen to the planet if everyone practised the same stillness. Combined with insights from three of the world’s most notable futurists and philosophers, the film will provide a vision of a future transformed, the experiential documentary leading the audience down a path of mindfulness to answer the question of whether “an enlightened planet” is possible.

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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, 19 September 2019

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

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Saturday, 06 July 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, 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.

Thursday, 04 July 2019

Writer and director Ash Mayfair creates a stark look into the history of Vietnamese arranged marriages and female expectation in THE THIRD WIFE, her first full-length feature film. In rural Vietnam in the 19th century, May is one of many children entered into marriage. She becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner, forced to suddenly grasp adulthood as she comes to terms with being expected to produce a male heir. What follows is an unyielding look at what life as a woman – and as a child bride – was at the time, coupled with entrancing aesthetic and cinematography. THE THIRD WIFE becomes a study of the complex subtleties of coming-of-age when one is forced to do so early, and of the societal shift in patriarchal customs of centuries past. Vietnamese language with English subtitles.

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Thursday, 04 July 2019

Two of Latin cinemas biggest stars lead in Juan Vera’s romcom AN UNEXPECTED LOVE, a sweetly humorous vessel for Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán – playing a couple who, now that they’ve farewelled their son overseas, are left sitting alone in the tail-end of their own relationship. Deciding to “consciously uncouple”, the two embark on separate yet similar new terrain: the world of dating, loneliness, and getting older. Taking the Argentinian box office by storm, Vera’s film is a portrayal of both the sadness and the humour in the dissolution of a marriage– and two people discovering that figuring out anew what they really want out of life might be harder than they thought.

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Thursday, 18 July 2019

The story of the world’s greatest male ballet dancer, Nureyev, is explored in a new passion project by Ralph Fiennes. Starring Oleg Ivenko as Rudolf Nureyev and also featuring Sergei Polunin (Red Sparrow) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour), Fiennes’ film follows Nureyev’s life-altering visit to Paris in 1961, a rare journey into the West from the Soviet nation at the time. Through Ivenko THE WHITE CROW showcases the artistry and athleticism of the famously controversial Nureyev, who became something of ballet’s first pop star. Transcendent, bold and with a restless spirit, “Rudy” is the white crow: Fiennes’ film becomes a study of Nureyev and the dancer’s confrontation of both artistic and political freedoms. Witten by Oscar nominee David Hare (The Reader, The Hours) Mostly Russian with English subtitles, some English language.

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

ADVANCE SCREENING - Wednesday June 26 - 6.30pm Tickets on sale below From Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a heartwarming comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life! Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs! Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society). But after a freak bus accident, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself in a very strange situation indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with help from his steel-hearted agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. Featuring new versions of The Beatles most beloved hits and with guest appearances from Ed Sheeran, James Cordon and more, Yesterday is the rock'n'roll comedy of the year!