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Lovers of cinema and wine, unite! Travel to one of France’s great winemaking regions in the new drama directed by Cédric Klapisch (The Spanish Apartment) that follows the reunion of a fractious trio of siblings who must learn to work together to continue the work of their winemaker father. Jean (Pio Marmaï) returns to the Burgundian winery where he grew up after a decade in Australia when he receives the news that his father is gravely ill. Taking over the operations of the vineyard along with Jean is his sister Juliette (Ana Girardot) and his brother Jérémie (François Civil), and the siblings have plenty of resentments that have been simmering since Jean was last with them. Over the space of a year, the threesome must see if they can come together to maintain their father and their family wine’s legacy, and defy the withering expectations of their winemaking rivals. Maybe they’ll even become a family again along the way, but a lot of wine has to pass through the presses first. French language, English subtitles
Be careful what you wish for. An electrifying new thriller that heralds an exciting new talent in lead actor Jessie Buckley, BEAST tells the story of an isolated young woman who falls for a mysterious stranger who may be a killer. Moll (Buckley) lives on the tiny island of Jersey and feels suffocated by her life there. With an unfulfilling job and living with her oppressive, often casually cruel family, she longs for something, anything that could offer hope for change. And then she meets newcomer Pascal (Johnny Flynn). Handsome and passionate, Moll is immediately swept up in his thrall. But then a series of brutal murders are committed across the island. As Pascal becomes a leading suspect, Moll must decide what she is willing to do in order to protect him, and whether the man she loves is a dangerous madman who could turn on her. This raw and pulsating psychological drama is a mystery that will imprint itself on your mind long after its secrets are masterfully unfurled.
There ain’t no joint like a Spike Lee joint! The iconic filmmaker unfurls an outrageous yet true story that won him the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. As the first African-American officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, son of Denzel) is itching to make a name for himself. His means of doing so is a plan to infiltrate the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan as an undercover operative. But while Stallworth can talk to KKK members over the phone, including Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace), he obviously cannot attend meetings in person. Enter Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), a white colleague who becomes Stallworth’s body double. But having two Ron Stallworths throws up complications as the pair inveigle themselves deeper into the dangerous hate group. Produced by Get Out director Jordan Peele, BLACKKKLANSMAN is Spike Lee’s most electrifying film in recent years, an anti-racism revenge tale that is all the more relevant given it all really happened.
Tired of your relationship? Things just not working out? Don’t want to have to tell your partner that it’s not you, it’s them? Then it’s time to enlist the services of Jen and Mel, The Breaker Upperers. Best friends since they discovered they were both dating the same man, Jen and Mel (Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami) are both so soured on love that they’ve discovered a niche use for their anti-romance talents: breaking up other couples for cash. Equipped with cynicism and no sense of shame, the women have an arsenal of relationship-ending ruses, including singing telegrams, fake pregnancies, and masquerading as phony cops. But their business is rocked when a 18 year old client (Boy’s James Rolleston) falls for Mel, and the grief-stricken victim (Celia Pacquola) of one of their break up schemes causes a crisis of conscience. Executive produced by Taika Waititi, THE BREAKER UPPERERS is the latest excellent addition to the Kiwi comedy wave.
The dynamic directorial duo behind the 2011 smash The Intouchables – Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache – reunite for C’est la vie!, in which a wedding threatens to erupt into an utter nightmare for the party’s cantankerous planner, Max. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Max Angély (Jean-Pierre Bacri, for whom the role was penned) has enjoyed a celebrated career as a caterer and event organiser. Today, it’s all hands on deck for Pierre and Héléna’s nuptials in a breathtaking 17th century French chateau. As per usual, Max has everything precisely organised but, as the celebrations get underway, Murphy’s Law takes over, and his perfectly planned occasion risks disintegrating into a chaotic farce. Can Max and his team pull together to make Pierre and Héléna’s special day memorable for all the right reasons? French language, English subtitles
We all inevitably grow up and have to leave childhood things behind. But what if those old memories and toys were just the thing to bring a sense of purpose back into our lives? A.A. Milne’s beloved creations return to the screen in an affecting tale of rediscovering the joy of life. Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is now grown with a family of his own. The Hundred Acre Wood seems very far behind as Christopher struggles with his demanding job that takes him away from spending time with his wife and daughter. But magical circumstances are about to reunite Christopher with his childhood companions led by a bear of very little brain, Winnie-the-Pooh, along with Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and the whole gang. Together, Christopher Robin’s old friends will help him realise the benefit of awakening the child within.
5 STARS! - Time Out. From the best selling novel by Kevin Kwan, CRAZY RICH ASIANS is a dazzling romance set amongst the Singapore elite where money is no object. New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu, Fresh Off The Boat) has been dating the dashing Nick Young (Henry Golding) for months but gets the sense that he is hiding something. When he invites her to travel to Singapore to attend a wedding and meet his family, Rachel soon discovers Henry's secret is that he comes from a world that she could only dream of. Stepping into a society where next season's couture, private parties, priceless jewels and fast cars are de rigueur, Rachel not only struggles to acclimatize but also must contend with social climbers keen to snare Nick for themselves. Featuring a stellar cast including Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Nico Santos and Awkwafina, Jon M. Chu's highly-anticpated film has been applauded by critics as "a tour de force... a surprisingly trenchant study of class and cultural difference" (LA Times), "thoroughly captivating" (Hollywood Reporter), "a heartwarming, well-acted - and decadent - film that takes you back to the greatest hits of Richard Curtis and Nora Ephron" (New York Post), "breathless fun" (Vanity Fair), "a spectacular instant classic of a romantic comedy that brings some much-needed representation to the genre" (ScreenRant) and "a loving take on Kwan's books, bundled up in a wildly entertaining package" (IndieWire).
One of the most astonishing film debuts in recent memory, Xavier Legrand’s heart-stopping drama charts a family’s struggles with the fallout of divorce, and the resulting arrangements for (and impact on) the two children. Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet) have recently separated. While she’s willing to permit their 17-year-old daughter Josephine (Mathilde Auneveux) to decide living arrangements for herself, Miriam is desperate to keep her youngest, 11-year-old Julien (Thomas Gioria), away from his father. But the magistrate rules in favour of joint custody, and suddenly the boy is thrown directly into the middle of an escalating parental conflict, where it seems inevitable that sides must be chosen. Superbly observed and flawlessly acted, Legrand’s precise dissection of this family dynamic masterfully builds into a pulse-pounding thriller. Honest, yet still evoking profound sympathy for all its protagonists, CUSTODY is sure to be remembered as one of the most eye-opening and vital films of the year. French language, English subtitles
Causing a sensation upon its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, HEREDITARY has already been called one of the most chilling films of all time. Featuring an incredible performance by Toni Collette, Ari Aster's film has been compared to cinematic masterpieces including The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby and The Babadook. When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
The internationally acclaimed new film from multi award-winning writer/director Ziad Doueiri, 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-nominee THE INSULT is a thrilling new legal drama centring on a minor disagreement that escalates into a nationwide controversy. It’s a scorching hot afternoon in Beirut. Mechanic Tony already has a chip on his shoulder about Palestinians, so he’s less than welcoming when Yasser, the foreman of a construction crew working on the street outside, asks him to fix the faulty drainpipe on his balcony. Tony closes the door in his face, so Yasser replaces the pipe anyway, only for Tony to smash it to pieces. Passions boil over, each man digs in, and what should have been a trivial incident easily shrugged off escalates into a dispute that reverberates through their families and communities. Eventually lawyers are called in and the men find themselves in the centre of a highly publicised trial – one that reopens historical and personal wounds on both sides. Widely heralded at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, Doueiri’s gripping and revealing film is reminiscent of such masterful socio-political dramas as A Separation and Incendies, daring to lay bare the divisions within contemporary society, and is a deeply affecting plea for empathy and conciliation. Arabic language, English subtitles
From director Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr Fox) comes one of the most anticipated films of 2018: ISLE OF DOGS. Twenty years in the future: Mayor Kobayashi has spearheaded a plan to rid the Japanese archipelago of all dogs following an explosion in animal numbers and the outbreak of a flu that threatens to cross the divide between species. Decreeing that all dogs must be moved to the off-shore 'Trash Island', Japan soon finds itself rid of 'Man's Best Friend'. Seeking to be reunited with his beloved pet dog Spots, Kobayashi's young ward - the orphaned Atari - sets off to Trash Island, setting in motion a series of events that will rock both human and canine society to its core. Creating a meticulously realized world quite unlike anything seen on-screen, Anderson's stop-motion animated adventure features a voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, Courtney B. Vance, Liev Schreiber and Yoko Ono.
He is Australia’s most beloved rock star, but to truly know Jimmy Barnes and his work, you must understand the boy he once was. Based on Barnes’ bestselling memoir, WORKING CLASS BOY charts his journey from his birth as James Dixon Swan, a kid from a hardscrabble family in Glasgow, to migrating to North Adelaide, and growing up in the midst of domestic violence, poverty and abuse. Music offered Jimmy an alluring path of escape from this grim reality, but the wild excesses of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle allowed for him to develop some new demons of his own, primarily alcoholism. And when you have a memory filled with childhood ghosts already, destructive ways to escape them only exacerbates the pain. Breathtakingly honest, WORKING CLASS BOY is a raw, compassionate, and sometimes darkly funny portrait of an icon reckoning with his past.
MEET THE FILMMAKER Q&A, Tuesday 25 September, 6.45pm: Join director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith for a discussion after an advance screening of their new drama. Tickets available below! An Australian film unlike any you have seen before, JIRGA follows one man’s quest for redemption, set in one of the most dangerous places on earth: the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Former Australian soldier Mike (Sam Smith) is a haunted man. During a tour of Afghanistan, he accidentally shot a man who was unarmed, and has never been able to forget. Determined to right this most grievous of wrongs, Mike sets out to find the man’s family, and throw himself at the mercy of the village court of traditional Afghani justice – the Jirga. Directed by Benjamin Gilmour, who along with actor Sam Smith literally trekked through the dangerous territories of the film’s setting for months in order to make the film, JIRGA is a courageous and empathetic depiction of the human costs of the War on Terror. Some Pushto language, English subtitles
Nova Exclusive! We’ve all known one: the music-tragic who manages to always turn the conversation back to their all-time favourite recording artist or album. Annie (Rose Byrne) happens to be dating one: Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), the number one fan of 1990’s indie rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). Intercepting an unreleased album of Crowe’s that was intended for Duncan, Annie’s resentment of her boyfriend’s obsession sees her post a scathing review online, only to find that the musician is in furious agreement. Adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel, this charming and eccentric UK romance will have you wondering which side of ‘healthy’ your musical, movie or literary obsession lies.
Oscar nominated filmmaker Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy, Mao's Last Dancer) adapts Madeleine St John's bestselling novel for the screen with this delightful Australian comedy. The year is 1959 and young Lisa Miles (Angourie Rice) is fresh out of high school and learning the ropes at her new job working in women's wear at a prestigious Sydney department store. At first dismissed by her older colleagues, Lisa soon forms friendships with unlucky-in-love Fay (Rachael Taylor) and poised Hungarian immigrant Magda (Julia Ormond). Exposed to the wider world gradually being brought to the city by Magda, her husband Stefan (Vincent Perez), Rudi (Ryan Corr) and other 'new Australians', Lisa and Fay come to embrace this exciting new culture. Co-starring Susie Porter, Shane Jacobson, Nicholas Hammond and Noni Hazlehurst, LADIES IN BLACK is a perfectly timed reflection on Australia's very own coming-of-age.
Nova Exclusive! Returning with her first feature since 2010's Winter's Bone became an award-season frontrunner and catapaulted star Jennifer Lawrence to fame, director Debra Granik's LEAVE NO TRACE is a critically acclaimed drama that is quickly emerging as one of the year's best films. Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild home. Directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini from Peter Rock's novel 'My Abandonment'.
Extra shows added by popular demand! (21/9, 23/9, 26/9 sessions sold out). The sophomore feature from experimental genre filmmaker Panos Cosmatos (BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW) has been called everything from “batshit crazy” (IndieWire) to “ethereally beautiful” (Village Voice). Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire. “As if its sole goal was to take the heavyweight title of Nicolas Cage’s Craziest Movie Ever, Mandy exhibits what Shakespeare called ‘vaulting ambition’ in producing the nuttiest ways for Cage to get into one phantasmagorical showdown after the next." – RogerEbert.com
He was the working class boy with huge ideas and the extraordinary talent to match who turned the fashion world on its head. Celebrate the life and artistry of the incomparable Alexander McQueen. Hailing from Stratford, young Lee McQueen displayed a knack for tailoring before quickly evolving into fully-fledged fashion designer in the early 1990s. Rechristened Alexander by his upper class benefactors, McQueen’s macabre but sophisticated style saw him become chief designer at Givenchy as well as a visionary editorial influence across the globe. Crafting an up close and personal glimpse of the artist’s life both on and off the catwalk through home movies, interviews with his closest friends and family, and fashion show footage, MCQUEEN leaves little doubt as to its subject’s undeniable talent, or the many demons that would come to dominant his tragically short life.
The township of Bodgy Creek has seen better days: the population is dwindling, jobs are scarce and litter has built up around the fading Tidy Town sign. The next victim of the town’s decline is cash-strapped footy club The Roosters. Barely able to field a team, the club is reeling from news that their clubrooms have been condemned due to asbestos contamination. A left field solution to their woes comes in the form of former football star Troy Carrington (Damian Callinan) Having fallen out with the community over leading protests that led to the closure of the local timber mill, Troy is living like a hermit on the town’s fringe. However, he is coaxed into coaching after striking up an unlikely friendship with young Neil (Rafferty Grierson). Teaming up with Neil's mum Angie (Kate Mulvany), who is running a nearby refugee support centre, they conspire to recruit refugees to save the team. However, the plan is not well received by Neil’s grandad and Club President Bull Barlow (John Howard), who leads a concerted protest to undermine the refugee’s settlement. Filled with belly-shaking laughs and love for not only football but our fellow humans who come to Australia to escape horror and find a home, THE MERGER is an Aussie comedy to treasure.
From master Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast) comes a time-twisting adventure following a small boy grappling with the arrival of a baby sister. Train-obsessed toddler Kun relishes his place at the centre of his parents’ world. His perfect existence is shattered, however, by the arrival of his sister Mirai. This new playmate is absolutely not appropriate compensation for no longer having the undivided attention of his parents, and Kun begins to act out. But Kun learns some important life lessons when a magical portal opens in his back garden, and he is taken on fantastical adventures by a teenager claiming she is a grown-up Mirai. Inspired by Hosoda’s experiences with fatherhood (Mirai is named after his own daughter), this little anime gem is full of charm and beauty for all ages. Japanese language, English subtitles
Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy centre that treats teens “struggling with same sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs, but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts. Writer/director Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) and co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele sensitively adapt Emily Danforth’s acclaimed eponymous coming-of-age novel and create a refreshingly original teen movie. Balancing out inherent drama with understated humour, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST looks at a teenage girl grappling with pain and loss but, at the same time, she is creating a family on her own terms and learning what it means to empower herself by having confidence in her own identity.
Christopher McQuarrie returns to the director's chair with a new Mission: Impossible adventure which audiences and critics are calling a series highlight. Two years after Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) had successfully captured Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), the remnants of Lane's sinister organisation have reformed into 'The Apostles'. Hunt is sent to Berlin to intercept them, but the mission fails when he choses the life of Luther (Ving Rhames) over the target and the Apostles escape. With CIA agent August Walker (Henry Cavill) joining the team, Hunt, Luther, Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Isla Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) must now find a series of deadly devices before it's too late. Co-starring Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Wes Bentley and Alec Baldwin.
A honeymoon should be the happiest time of a couple’s newly married life, but for the protagonists of ON CHESIL BEACH what remained unspoken before their vows threatens to undo a marriage just begun, in this powerful adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Booker Prize shortlisted novella. Set in the early 1960s, Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) have just tied the knot, and are settling down to their first dinner as a married couple. But there is a strange, nervous tension between them, and while it could be attributed to newlywed jitters, it soon becomes apparent that these are two people just beginning to learn things about each other that drastically reframes their relationship. As the evening goes on, and the inevitability of the marriage bed becomes more tangible, husband and wife struggle to reconcile with secrets and emotions that will change their lives for ever more. Insightful, delicate and ultimately quietly devastating, ON CHESIL BEACH is a showcase for the talents of Ronan and Howle in a story of young love thrown on the rocks by the destructive inability to say what one truly feels.
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the United States' highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen.
John Cho stars as a father desperate to discover the whereabouts of his missing daughter, but instead uncovers how easy it is to hide yourself via the internet in this pulsating thriller that plays out entirely upon computer and device screens. Bound up in grief since the passing of his wife, David Kim (Cho) has been struggling to connect with his teenage daughter Margot (Michelle La). David wakes one morning to discover several missed FaceTime calls from Margot, and as the day goes on he discovers that she is not at school, is not with her friends, and indeed never came home the previous night at all. Now an official missing person, David works together with Detective Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) to comb through Margot’s computer to see if her online life offers any clue to her whereabouts. But the deeper David digs, the more he is confronted with the fact that his daughter is not the person he thought she was, and that something truly sinister is afoot.
A new dark turn from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks & Geeks), A SIMPLE FAVOUR stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in a twisty psychological thriller of secrets and revenge. Stephanie (Kendrick) is a popular ‘mommy vlogger’ who, despite lovingly raising her son, longs for more friendships and excitement. Enter Emily (Lively), a stylish and sophisticated woman whose son is friends with Stephanie’s, and through a series of play dates the two women get to know each other over martinis and gossip. But as suddenly as Emily entered Stephanie’s life, she disappears without a trace and no one knows where she has gone - not even her handsome husband Sean (Henry Golding). Stephanie is determined to find out the truth, especially as just before she vanished, Emily told her a secret… Reminiscent of the likes of Gone Girl, A SIMPLE FAVOUR is a fiendishly warped mystery that will keep you guessing and gasping until the final frame.
Nova exclusive! They didn’t know that they were brothers. But someone did. An incredible true story that starts off feel-good and swerves into truly astonishing territory, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS is the documentary experience of the year. New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.
A gritty social-realist tale from debut feature filmmaker Jason Raftopoulos, follows a father’s desperate attempts to turn around his life and not disappoint his son. Jim (Damian Hill) is a working class courier who has racked up a $15,000 debt to a shady, violent loan shark due to an out of control gambling addiction. The day of reckoning has arrived, and Jim is due to pay in full. His plan is to place a sure bet at the racecourse – and he has no back-up plan if this one fails. Manoeuvring through the day while also taking care of his young son, who is in Jim’s care due to school holidays, WEST OF SUNSHINE charts a family relationship on the brink of shifting from rosy childhood to brutal reality.
Glenn Close gives a tremendous performance sure to rival her very best in the simmering drama THE WIFE, an examination of an intelligent woman who has spent her life in the shadow of her famous husband. Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) is a celebrated author, so renowned that he and his wife Joan (Close) are travelling to Sweden so that he may be awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature. On their flight however they are dogged by a familiar figure – Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater) is a journalist who has long been harassing Joe to agree to participate in a tell-all biography. Joe brushes Bone off once again, but the hack’s conviction that he knows the secrets behind the Castlemans’ seemingly successful marriage causes Joan to reflect on her past: the literary ambitions of her own that she denied in order to become the greatest influence in her husband’s life, and the work she put in to support him in his success to the detriment of her own dreams. And maybe Joan no longer wants to be the silent, smiling wife, especially given what she knows and has never told.
Nova Exclusive! The smash-hit documentary from the Oscar-winning director of Twenty Feet From Stardom comes to Cinema Nova for the whole family to experience and discuss. Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully expressing his profound ideals on childhood and self-worth, American children's show host Fred Rogers was a unique presence on US television for generations. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a quiet and effecting alternative for children and families in a televisual sea of violence, noise and slapstick. Daring to contextualize for children some of the biggest issues of the day - including racism, Bobby Kennedy's assassination, divorce and the Vietnam War - Rogers' hushed and unhurried delivery connected with all ages. In doing so, Rogers experienced a career where his sweet-tempered idealism charmed and influenced the world, from scores of children to recalcitrant authorities in government. A fascinating insight into how listening to and engaging with other people can make a world of difference, Morgan Neville's film also explores the dramatic shift in the American psyche at the turn of the millennium - coinciding with Rogers' retirement - which still reverberates today.
Winner of the Best Actor award for Joaquin Phoenix and the Best Screenplay award for writer/director Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, We Need To Talk About Kevin) at the Cannes Film Festival, this dream duo team up to reinvent the hitman thriller with an electrifying and audacious mix of dread, tension, and zero sentimentality, accompanied by a nerve-shredding score by Jonny Greenwood. Joe tracks down missing girls for a living. A military veteran clearly traumatised by his experiences and unsuited to other, less violent, avenues of work, Joe is an awkward, inarticulate figure – except when his favoured weapon of a hammer is in his hands. When a job recovering a kidnapped senator’s daughter from a sex trafficking ring starts to spin out of control, the nightmares that live within Joe’s head start to manifest as a conspiracy is uncovered: This may be Joe’s last stand or his awakening.