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Ridley Scott directs the gripping true-life thriller of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince her son's billionaire grandfather, Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), to pay the $17,000,000 ransom. Paired up with ex-CIA 'fixer' Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), Gail must outwit the richest man that has ever existed, a ravenous paparazzi and the merciless group of Calabrian criminals who have abducted her child. Plunging us into sexy-seedy 1973 Rome, Scott's stunningly photographed suspence skillfully blurs the lines of who can be trusted and the true value of family.
From Oscar nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Incendies), executive producer Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien) and screen writer Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner) comes the hugely anticipated BLADE RUNNER 2049. Thirty years after the events of Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Co-starring Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Sylvia Hoeks and Jared Leto.
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. Some Italian, French language, English subtitles
From the Oscar-winning director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, comes Pixar's most original and visually spectacular adventure in years. Miguel is a budding guitarist whose passion for the music of his idol, the late recording and movie star Ernesto de la Cruz, knows practically no bounds. As his village prepares to celebrate Mexico's 'Day of the Dead', a plan to borrow de la Cruz's fabled guitar sees Miguel magically transported to the Land of the Dead; a colourful and joyous afterlife inhabited by both mythical creatures and those who have passed on. With the clock ticking on his ability to return to his family, Miguel must venture into this otherworldly realm to find means of escape. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, COCO is an utterly enchanting, musically-driven adventure that finds Pixar at the peak of their creative powers.
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical king, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to alter the course of world history. Gary Oldman’s tremendous performance as Churchill has garnered near universal praise. Lead by director Joe Wright (Atonement) and supported by Kristen Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill and Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI, this is big screen history to savour.
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!
From Christopher Nolan, director of Inception, Interstellar and Memento, comes a chilling wartime thriller set around the allied evacuation from Dunkirk at the height of World War II. With Nazi soldiers closing in on the coastline of France as allied forces from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France, wait to be rescued by the British Navy, Nolan provides multiple perspectives of the effort. Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies) is a 'weekend sailor' whose small boat is requisitioned, Tom Hardy stars as a daredevil pilot charged with protecting the fleet, and Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles are among a group of soldiers desperate to get back to Britain. Co-starring Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and James D'Arcy, Nolan's gripping drama is a Swiss-clock of precision filmmaking that is sure to be remembered during awards season.
Agnès Varda, whose unique cinematic vision since the 1950s has earned her a loyal following of enthusiastic cinephiles around the world, and the iconic photographer/muralist JR, boasting over a million followers on Instagram, have more in common than one might imagine. Both share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Agnès chose to explore her passion through cinema and documentary, JR through his emotionally arresting open-air photo installations. When JR, a long-time fan, went to meet Agnès at her home on Rue Daguerre, they both knew immediately they wanted to work together. FACES PLACES documents their heart-warming journey through rural France and the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way. French language, English subtitles
Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, the latest film from Sean Baker (Tangerine) is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, THE FLORIDA PROJECT follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, discovered by Baker on Instagram!) over the course of a single summer. Mother and daughter live week to week at The Magic Castle, a budget hotel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they've been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.
AWARD SEASON ENCORE SEASON! Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Alison Williams) have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, and she invites him for a weekend at the home of her parents Missy and Dean (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford). For Chris, this is a big deal, as he is black and Rose is white, and he is understandably nervous that Rose’s parents could have a problem with him. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behaviour as awkward attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Directed by Jordan Peele, one half of the celebrated sketch comedy team Key & Peele and now an explosive new voice in horror cinema, GET OUT rips open the racist canker at the heart of racial tensions in America (and, indeed, everywhere) in a highly inventive, surprising and masterful film that actually warrants the maxim that everyone needs to see it.
Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon) returns with a twisted, dark satire on affluence and human suffering set in one of the current epicentres of humanity’s moral failure. Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz play members of the Laurent family, who run a successful construction company and are so bound up in their own jealousies, business squabbles, repressed feelings and personal failings that they can no longer communicate effectively with each other, particularly without the aid of technology. For all their familial concerns, what truly exposes the Laurents’ lack of connection with humanity is their location – they live in Calais, and display no acknowledgement or interest in the human rights crisis lying at their very door. Haneke’s grim view of humanity has never been sharper with this deeply unconventional family drama. French language, English subtitles
Based on the shocking true story that captured the curiosity of the world in 1994, Australian filmmaker Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) directs Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney in the raucous black comedy I, TONYA. Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Robbie) excels at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships despite coming from a red-neck, working-class background that is considered by judges and officials as being at-odds with the dignified nature of the sport. However, Tonya's competitive future in skating is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband (Stan) concocts a plan intended to propel her to Olympic glory.
The breakout French hit of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, where it premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight to multiple standing ovations, writer/director Carine Tardieu’s charming romantic comedy JUST TO BE SURE is a winning tale of parenthood, love and family, both lost and found. When 45-year-old widower Erwan (François Damiens) discovers by accident that that man who raised him isn’t his real father, he begins a search for his biological one. Thanks to a local private detective he soon locates the mischievous, 70-something Joseph (Andre Wilms), whom his mother knew briefly. Erwan soon falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna (Cécile de France), who has ties to them both. But the conflicting loyalties become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter, who defiantly refuses to name the father… very soon Erwan’s families begin to collide, to unexpected, hilarious and moving effect. French language, English subtitles
Greta Gerwig’s impressive solo directorial debut stars Saoirse Ronan as a seventeen year old desperate to get away from her Californian town and Catholic high school in order to be somebody – she’s just not quite sure what kind of somebody she wants to be yet. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson dreams of escaping to university on the east coast, mostly to spite her mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) who wants her daughter to go to a local, less expensive college. Her difficult relationship with her mother propels Lady Bird to act out, not just with adopting her preferred nom de plume, but with trying out new friends and sexually experimenting with two very different boys (Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet). Gerwig crafts a masterful study of that period of life for teenagers when adulthood and freedom seems so close and yet so far. With Ronan delivering the most accomplished performance of her career thus far, LADY BIRD is a must-see confluence of fantastic women making heartfelt art.
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.
MEET THE FILMMAKER: Wednesday 21 February, 6.45pm: Q&A with filmmakers Nick Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, and local Melbourne MAMIL Jayman Prestidge, who is featured in the film. Tickets available below! What on earth is a MAMIL? You’ve definitely seen them around here in Carlton – they’re Middle-Aged Men In Lycra. MAMIL explores the love of men for their bikes, and the camaraderie that exists between men who truly have nothing to hide. While you might honk your horn in frustration at the hordes of MAMIL taking to the roads on a Sunday morning, these men aren’t stopping for anyone (except maybe a macchiato). If you’re a MAMIL you might be queer in New York, you might be Christian in the midwest, you might be an Adelaide Fat Boy, you might be a lawyer or a cancer survivor, you might be hauling your middle-aged belly up the Col de Tourmalet or just popping down to the shops, you might be on a top-line Trek or a heap of junk, you might be wondering how you’re going to explain all of this to your missus, but you still thrill to the moving meditation of the bike. Narrated by Tour de France and cycling commentator Phil Liggitt.
The magic of Studio Ghibli is continued in the outstanding first feature film from Studio Ponoc, a new animation house founded by former Ghibli staff, including director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There). Adapted from the novel The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, the film centres on Mary, a bored young girl whiling through the last weeks of the summer holidays. When Mary follows a strange cat into the woods, she discovers an unusual, glowing flower – the Witch’s Flower, which blooms once every seven years and confers great power on whoever possesses it. Thrown into a grand adventure in a magical world where nothing is as it seems, Mary must learn to have confidence in herself and her abilities in order to fulfil her destiny. Revoiced English language version.
The magic of Studio Ghibli is continued in the outstanding first feature film from Studio Ponoc, a new animation house founded by former Ghibli staff, including director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There). Adapted from the novel The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, the film centres on Mary, a bored young girl whiling through the last weeks of the summer holidays. When Mary follows a strange cat into the woods, she discovers an unusual, glowing flower – the Witch’s Flower, which blooms once every seven years and confers great power on whoever possesses it. Thrown into a grand adventure in a magical world where nothing is as it seems, Mary must learn to have confidence in herself and her abilities in order to fulfil her destiny. Japanese language, English subtitles
MEET THE FILMMAKER: Join director Mat de Koning and band members from the Screwtop Detonators and Will Stoker & The Embers, when they discuss their rock documentary – ten years in the making! A documentary filmed over 10 years, MEAL TICKETS is a cautionary tale of life in the world of modern day rock ‘n’ roll, and its realities vs its aspirations. Director Mat de Koning captures the rollercoaster journey of a young Perth band, the Screwtop Detonators, their manager Dave Kavanagh (an ex-mentor to The Libertines) and their one-time roadie, Will Stoker. Initially ambitious and eager for fame and fortune, their aspirations change over time as they discover the depth of the struggle and sacrifice required to make it in the music industry. It’s not just sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, it’s growing up, masculinity, mateship, relationships and finding your place in the world.
Director Joshua Z. Weinstein enters the world of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York City, and finds a star in first time actor Menashe Lustig, who plays a loosely fictionalised version of himself in a story of a widower who causes concern in the community with his defiant ways. Menashe lives in the Jewish neighbourhood of Borough Park in Brooklyn and works in a grocery store. Recently widowed, his son has been taken to live with Menashe’s successful brother-in-law, as tradition within the community dictates that a child must be raised in a household headed by a husband and wife. But Menashe rebels against the insistence of his family and rabbis that he must remarry as soon as possible, and instead attempts to prove that he is a mensch capable of providing a suitable home for his son by himself. Yiddish language, English subtitles
Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Sonya Yoncheva stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Željko Lučić.
Aaron Sorkin makes his feature film directorial debut with a razor-sharp true-life thriller of an Olympic-level skier turned underground poker maven. Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) finds herself at a loose end when an injury sidelines her professional skiing aspirations. Taking a year off study, a job as an office assistant comes with unexpected perks when Molly's boss tells her to take a leading role in his underground poker circle. Quickly recognising the opportunity to rub shoulders with Los Angeles' rich and famous while making an excellent living, Molly steps out on her own with an invitation-only high-stakes weekly poker game before law enforcement causes her world to come crashing down. Co-starring Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera, in a 'guess who, don't sue' role as a bratty movie star, Sorkin's quick-witted, rapid-fire dialogue makes for a riveting portrait of a talented young woman who won big before losing it all.
Kenneth Branagh directs an all-star cast in a lavish adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic novel of deception and deduction. Thirteen strangers come together for a cross-country trek aboard the fabled steam train The Orient Express. Among them is the world's greatest detective, Hercule Poirot (Branagh), en route to consult on an unsolved crime. When a passenger is found dead in their sleeper and the train's journey is halted by an avalanche, Poirot must solve the murder before he becomes a victim. Co-starring Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp and Olivia Colman.
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and captured live for 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. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production, joined by Australian stage and screen legend Philip Quast, winner of the Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Musical more than any other performer in history. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, Follies is 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. 2 hours, 35 minutes (155 minutes) with no interval.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson reunite a decade after their Oscar-winning triumph There Will Be Blood for an altogether different tale of a similarly driven man. Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who becomes his muse. But Alma proves to be a woman who refuses to slip neatly into the role of muse and ingenue, and has her own ideas about how this relationship should play out. Once controlled and planned, Woodcock's tailored life becomes disarrayed by love, much to the concern of his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville).
Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in THE POST, a thrilling drama about The Washington Post’s race against time to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. With Streep and Hanks sharing the screen for the first time ever, THE POST is a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race against time to expose a government cover up that would be come to be known as the Pentagon Papers. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light.
Guillermo del Toro weaves an extraordinary fairy tale of love, desire and monsters in the overwhelmingly gorgeous creature feature THE SHAPE OF WATER. Sally Hawkins stars as Elisa, a mute woman who works as a cleaner in a secret high-security government laboratory in the midst of 1960s Cold War paranoia. But within the facility is something that will cause Elisa’s lonely life to start singing – an aquatic, humanoid creature (Doug Jones) who has been dragged up from the watery depths and lives now lives in a tank shut off from the world. Witnessing the horror that the ghastly federal agent Strickland (Michael Shannon) wants to subject the creature to in order to find a way to turn him into a weapon, Elisa comes up with a plan to save her pescatorial beloved. With fantastic supporting turns from Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Richard Jenkins, THE SHAPE OF WATER deftly whirls through classic film genres as diverse as spy thrillers, monster movies, musicals and film noir, before soaring to the heights of a truly great screen love story. It’s a film that chooses kindness over cruelty, the impossible over the ordinary, and the love that a human woman can feel for a 7-feet tall supernatural fishman!
★★★★★ Stark, shocking, superbly shot... This is fiercely powerful storytelling. – The Guardian Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah) crafts a masterful western set in the Northern Territory in 1929, following the pursuit of an Indigenous man accused of murdering a white landowner that is inspired by true events. Sam (Hamilton Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for preacher Fred Smith (Sam Neill). When Harry (Ewen Leslie), a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring farm, Fred sends Sam and his family to help the newcomer rebuild the property’s cattle yards. But Harry proves to be a cruel taskmaster, and when relations escalate suddenly the ex-soldier is dead and Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) are on the run. Pursued across the outback, Sam attempts to outwit a hunting party led by a driven Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown). But what crime has really been committed out here where black and white Australia exist together in such unequal worlds? Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto Film Festival, SWEET COUNTRY is both a towering piece of genre storytelling, and a powerful cinematic reckoning with our nation’s history and fractured relationship with Indigenous Australia. A masterpiece that quite simply must not be missed. Some Arrernte language, English subtitles
Australian Premiere / Presented by The Rescope Project 500 years is the third instalment of Resistance Saga Trilogy. From a history-making genocide trial, to the overthrow of a President, this award winning film tells the sweeping saga of resistance and activism in Guatemala as the indigenous Mayan population struggles for justice and redemption and their relentless dream to reimagine society. Rating: This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Followed by Q & A with director, Ian Mackenzie Featuring animated comics by a team of 21 females, ‘Amplify Her’ follows the lives of electronic dance music artists Blondtron, Applecat and Lux Moderna as they overcome isolation, illness and gender bias. This stunningly crafted, poetic film by Ian MacKenzie (Occupy Love, Sacred Economics) asks the questions ‘what is unique about the feminine expression, and how can humanity benefit when it flourishes?’ Rating: This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Australian Premiere / Presented by Loving Earth Ed eats milk, and cheese, and… animals. He wears leather shoes and woollen jumpers. Ed is commissioned to make a documentary about the impacts of human lifestyles on the animal world. Teaming up with intelligent and compassionate vegans and following experts down the rabbit hole, Ed finds himself on the path to awakening. But will this new found knowledge and understanding be enough to change his habits forever? Produced by FAADA, an animal welfare organisation in Spain, and featuring international experts including Peter Singer, Melanie Joy, Mark Bekoff, Seteven Wise, and Patrik Baboumain, the film explores the ethics of our relationship with animals without the need for the graphic and disturbing footage that is typical in similar films. Rating: This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Australian Premiere / Presented by Dr. Bronner From the makers of 'Fierce Green Fire' and 'Evolution of Organic' comes the epic story of the birth of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. The film follows the motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers, and farmer's sons and daughters, who rejected chemical farming and set out to invent revolutionary organic alternatives. This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Australian Premiere! Presented by Dumbo Feather. THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY OPENING NIGHT – includes a Q&A with Ronni Kahn (CEO of OzHarvest) and Dan Goldberg (director) followed by Opening Night Party at the Cinema Nova Bar! OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn has enough passion and drive to move mountains – but can she solve Australia’s food waste crisis? Filmed over two years and on four continents, Food Fighter is the inspirational story of one woman’s crusade to save perfectly edible food. Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s massive annual food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million dollar dinners. Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food and decided to prioritise social activism over profit by founding OzHarvest. Now, she’s taking on politicians and big business to expose an inconvenient truth: that over four million tonnes of edible food is discarded in Australia every year while up to two million Aussies suffer from food insecurity. And to add insult to injury, this food waste ends up in landfill, harming the environment by creating greenhouse gas emissions. Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins and holds government to account. From the recent death of her daughter-in law to the very recent birth of her first grandchild, Ronni’s personal rollercoaster runs parallel to her meteoric rise as the face of food waste. Conceding she lacked the “courage” to stay and fight the Apartheid regime in her mother country, Food Fighter also follows Ronni’s road to redemption, an inspirational woman bidding to make peace with her past. In the end, it reveals what sort of individual it takes to effect such profound change globally. Rating: This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
'A quietly stunning call-to-arms’ - Jezebel ‘Elegiac, and hopefully galvanizing...who are we, she asks, as guardians of this planet, if we allow the slaughter of these mystical, beautiful beasts to continue.’ - Screendaily The Last Animals is a visceral adventure story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet's most beloved endangered species. This gripping documentary follows the conservationists, scientists, and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. Rating: This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Australian Premiere Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges presents a tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Jeff, alongside prominent scientists and authors, weaves evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling the end of nature, into a story that helps us understand our place in the world. Rating: This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell star in the new film from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, a black as pitch comedy about a mother demanding justice from an ill-equipped and hostile rural police force. 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. With McDormand giving her most incendiary performance since Fargo and making virtues out of both white hot anger and balletic foul language, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is one of the more unusual yet highly deserving films of this awards season.
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heart-warming story of August Pullman, a little boy who may look different but takes on the world with a spirit that makes his doubters sit back on their heels. School is hard enough when you don’t have an obvious physical signifier of your difference. For Auggie Pullman (Room’s Jacob Tremblay), who was born with facial differences that other children (and adults who should know better) find off-putting, going to a mainstream school is a potential nightmare. After spending most of his childhood in and out of hospitals, Auggie is now well enough to attend a regular school, which raises mixed emotions for his parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson). As his family, new classmates and the wider community struggle with their own sense of compassion and acceptance, it’s Auggie who will prove that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Nova Exclusive! A man’s sense of identity is rocked as secrets are revealed during a sacred rite performed by the Xhosa people of South Africa in this dramatic look into an ancient culture battling against contemporary sensibilities. Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood via their traditional ceremonial rite of Ukwaluka. Xolani is charged with caring for Kwanda, who unlike the rest of initiates is a city boy from Johannesburg, educated, and deeply suspicious as to the point of this ancient ritual in the modern world. When Kwanda’s defiance results in him uncovering Xolani’s best kept secret, which implicates another of the men facilitating the ceremonies and could see them both expelled from the community, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel. Xhosa & Afrikaans language, English subtitles