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Sunday, 23 February 2020

This ‘80s follow up to The Wizard of Oz is a cult classic! Dorothy (a young Fairuza Balk), saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, finds herself back in the land of her dreams, and makes delightful new friends, and dangerous new enemies. “Return to Oz may have sunk at the box office, but the film and its score remain a treasure – familiar and yet otherworldly. It’s the sound of a place where the mundane and the magical can coexist, where messages are delivered via shooting stars, trees grow lunch and brave, lost girls can traverse worlds to save each other.” – The Guardian Includes an introduction by a Heide curator and admission to exhibition TERMINUS: JESS JOHNSON AND SIMON WARD.

Saturday, 04 July 2020

Beauty, creativity, genius: the Renaissance Florence of Lorenzo de' Medici was a powerhouse of art and culture. Among countless shops and government buildings, there was endless beauty coexisting with the dark side of the city, made up of power struggles, plots, intrigues and brutal violence. One revolutionary artist, more than any other, was able to project into his works the lights and shadows of an era destined never to be forgotten: Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). In this special cinema event, relive Florence and all its astonishing art and culture through Botticelli's life, his collaborations, his challenges and successes under the wing of the Medici family.

Friday, 07 February 2020

Director: Harry Essex Starring: Kerwin Matthews, Pier Angeli, Jeff Morrow When researchers in Mexico collect some unusual baby octopus samples they find themselves terrorized by the hideous half man half octopus parent. Or more precisely trying not to split their sides laughing because in the pantheon of hilariously bad movie monsters Octaman is one of the best. It’s right up there with the vulture marionette from “The Giant Claw”. Designed by future Oscar-winner Rick Baker, the costume is certainly very silly but doesn’t receive much assist from the stuntman wearing it. When he’s not flopping his tentacles around trying to slap people to death, Octaman sits in a pond looking like someone having a sneaky piss in a swimming pool. An absolute riot! Cinema Fiasco presents movies with live commentary. If you want to see this movie without humorous interruptions you should go seek an alternative presentation – and medical advice.

Tuesday, 04 February 2020

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, 05 March 2020

Nova exclusive! When capitalism began to be allowed and encouraged in formerly Soviet Russia a handful of men successfully identified how best to monetize this enormous cultural transition. In Alex Gibney’s eye-opening documentary we meet the enigmatic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Citizen K, a businessman whose smarts and political connections saw him become one of the country’s wealthiest people before falling foul of paranoid autocrat Vladimir Putin and serving a decade in prison. Expertly researched, Khodorkovsky’s extraordinary story is woven into a brisk, gripping and fascinatingly detailed real life thriller.

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Thursday, 06 February 2020

Based off the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Stanley (Hardware) returns with his first narrative feature in over two decades - a cosmic terror featuring a suitably manic performance by cult titan Nicolas Cage. Having escaped the hustle of big city life, a family moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England. As they are adapting to their new life, a mysterious meteorite lands on the property and taints the land with a strange, otherworldly colour before gradually infecting the animals, flora and residents.

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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Amid the collapse of Weinstein Studios in 2017, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) was able to stay under the radar and complete his sumptuously produced drama without the interference of the now-disgraced producer. Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) who believes he and his partner, upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the future, they spark one of the greatest corporate feuds in American history.

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Thursday, 05 March 2020

Rising-star corporate lawyer Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) is contacted by farmers who report a hazardous toxic waste dump near where he grew up, which they believe is poisoning their farmland. Taking the case on the side with the approval of his boss (Tim Robbins), the waste is found to be caused by the manufacture of Teflon in a factory owned by DuPont. Directed by Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven) and starring Anne Hathaway, Bill Pullman, Victor Garber and Bill Camp, DARK WATERS is the enthralling true-life drama of a man who put his career and safety in danger to take on one of the most powerful corporations in the United States.

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Thursday, 06 February 2020

Winner of Best Film, Director, Editing and Documentary at the recent British Independent Film Awards, Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts chronicle life in war-torn Syria. Waad al-Kateab experiences five years of the uprising in Aleppo while falling in love, getting married and giving birth to her daughter Sama. Intimately personal and brutally honest, this incredible story reminds us that as the calamity of war rumbles on, individual lives are lived amongst it.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020

The Sartorial Splendour of Wes Anderson Revisit a fashion film classic and join Cinema Nova as we celebrate Wes Anderson. Making costume choices for his characters that are as finessed as the interiors, dialogue and music cues that make each of his films unique, Wes Anderson’s films are reliably some of the most visually lavish of the last quarter century. Two of his most iconic films, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001) and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) return to the cinema screen before a panel discussion on each film’s exacting costume design. Also screening the Fashion Films from this year’s Fashion Film Awards Program and an introduction from a special guest who’ll talk about the fashion in the film.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

A family gathering reaches boiling point in a hilarious black comedy from director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, High-Rise). Colin Burstead (Neil Maskell) hires a heritage mansion in Dorset to ring in the New Year with his family, and the various extensions that come with them including a dramatic mother, destitute step father, secretly ill uncle and the long-lost black sheep. A phenomenal cast of British performers including Charles Dance, Bill Paterson, and Hayley Squires, turn-up for the kind of shenanigans that are the perfect antidote to one's own familial headaches.

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Thursday, 30 January 2020

Singular filmmaker Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, Badlands) returns to narrative form with a majestic historical drama inspired by real life events. Debuting at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews, many critics hailed the film as Malick’s greatest achievement to date as it deconstructs religion and nationalism amid stunning scenery, epic cinematography and a stirring score. When Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl) refuses to fight for the Nazis during World War II, he is faced with the threat of treason. Standing his ground, his unwavering faith and love for his wife and children help to keep his spirit alive.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

In the narrative feature directional debut from Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue) and from a screenplay penned by Shia LaBeouf comes HONEY BOY, a film based on the actor’s real life experiences growing up in an industry that’s apt to chew you up and spit you back out. Otis is a fictionalised version of LaBeouf himself, a young actor growing up with a turbulent family life, making his way through mental health struggles and a subsequent landing into rehab. Noah Jupe (Wonder, A Quiet Place) plays young Otis, with Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Ben Is Back) taking over in his young adult years, and FKA Twigs also starring – and LaBeouf takes on a gruelling job as he plays his own father. He manages to tackle directing, starring and writing a story that isn’t just his own, rather one that takes in the nature of art as therapy in an industry often free from the constraints of care.

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Thursday, 05 March 2020

The most awarded film out of 2019’s Sundance Film Festival reveals a hidden world in the remote mountains of Macedonia where ancient beekeeping traditions have been passed down across generations. Hatidze, the last female wild bee-hunter in Europe, understands the natural balance that must occur between nature and mankind. When a family of nomadic farmers invade her land and threaten her livelihood, the tension between sustainability and exploitation is exposed in Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s exquisitely photographed documentary.

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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Hotel Mumbai, 52 Tuesdays) steps up to the musical plate to play Helen Reddy, songstress of the 1970s, in the debut film from director Unjoo Moon. I AM WOMAN c chronicles the rise and fall of Reddy, an Australian artist who had a slew of hits in the ‘70s – and the eponymous song became something of an anthem for Reddy herself here, and of second-wave feminist movements the world over. Also starring Evan Peters (Pose, X-Men: Apocalypse) as her untrustworthy and troubling husband and Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$) as another Aussie expat breaking into music journalism, Moon brings us a film about a woman who roared in the ‘70s – and whose words still do today.

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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Director Peter Strickland (The Duke Of Burgundy) returns with a surreal, captivating horror film that weaves a heady spell of high fashion, bloodshed – and evil curses. Sheila (Marianna Jean-Baptiste) is a lonely divorcée who walks into a mysterious department store in London, in search of a new dress for a date. “Helped” by witchy saleswoman Miss Luckmoore, played by Fatma Mohamed, Sheila encounters the perfect dress: blood-red, flattering, and, unfortunately, imbued with a malevolent curse which threatens everyone who comes across it. Also starring Julian Barrett, Steve Oram and Gwendoline Christie, Strickland's film blends nightmare with fashion, seduction with dark comedy, and is a “warped vision of haunted couture”.

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Sunday 23rd February, 1.45pm Join Aussie filmmaker Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) plus special guests following an event screening of the astounding documentary, IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS. This screening will be co-hosted by Children’s Ground, who are raising funds to build a school on Dujuan’s Country and the resources to design an education system with an Arrente curriculum. Tickets on sale now. Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

In this delightfully droll and whimsical globetrotter comedy-drama from director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention), a man leaves Palestine in search of a new life - to Paris, to New York - only to find that his quest for a new home is shadowed by his old one. Finding reminders of Palestine everywhere he goes, his journey - and the film - meander along in surreal, absurdist style. Having competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and selected as the Palestinian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, Suleiman’s film becomes a wry study of what home is and where home lies.

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Acclaimed Australian actors Mia Wasikowska (Tracks) and Damon Herriman (Once Upon A Time . . . In Hollywood) star in Mirrah Foulkes’ powerful directorial debut. In a visceral reinterpretation of the famous 16th century puppet show, Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story. In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy’s superior puppeteering, but Punch’s driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge.

Thursday, 09 April 2020

A film for anyone who has ever held on to the past, and one that explores the bittersweet grip of nostalgia. What if your past could be recreated to the last detail? Director Nicolas Bedos (Mr. & Mrs. Adelman, The Players) hypothesizes about an alternate path that virtual reality may take in his film LA BELLE ÉPOQUE. Victor (Daniel Auteuil) is a disillusioned cartoonist surveying the state of his life and his marriage to Marianne (Fanny Ardant). He encounters Antoine (Guillaume Canet) – director of a company called Time Travellers who provide tailor-made experiences of the past – and he soon deep-dives into a world of escapism into a time long gone. A romcom striking in its originality, cleverness, and the very Frenchness of it all, Bedos’ film is more than a homage to the past – it’s a reverie of lost happiness and at the same time a musing upon where the future could be headed.

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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Meet The Filmmaker Q&A Event Wednesday February 12 at 6.15pm – Tickets on sale below Gain an exclusive insight into the enigmatic mind of much-loved Australian artists/cartoonist Michael Leunig at our Q&A with director Kasimir Burgess and producer Pip Campey. With intimate access to one of Australia’s National Living Treasures – Michael Leunig - this feature documentary entertains, engages and enlivens audiences with a revealing portrait of an enigmatic artist who just happens to be a household name. With an anarchic, playful and life affirming heart, the film celebrates self-expression, friendship, life and death, and the power of the imagination to ignite, enrage, heal and inspire. Filmed over five eventful years, we observe Michael grappling with life, art and mortality. The reflections of a man nearing the end of his inimitable half-century career encompass the curious boy Leunig starting out; past, present and future hopes and dreams collide in this moving portrait of one of Australia’s most prolific and intriguing artists.

Thursday, 06 February 2020

Catch an advance screening of Robert Eggers' highly anticipated film on Thursday 30 January at 7.00pm! Tickets on sale below. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch comes a psychological thriller shot in striking black & white Academy ratio. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star as two ‘wickies’ assigned to a remote island outpost to tend to its lighthouse. As the weather, wildlife and seclusion take its toll, the men struggle to retain their sanity as they question one another’s origins, motives and judgement. Full of arresting imagery and featuring two towering performances, Eggers ratchets up the tension to a cataclysmic and unforgettable finale.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Raised in a fanatical cult, Grace (Riley Keogh) was the only surviving member of a suicide pact. Now seeking to live a normal life, Grace and her new boyfriend Richard (Richard Armitage) travel to a secluded lakeside retreat with his two young children to celebrate Christmas together. When Richard is unexpectedly called away for work, Grace begins to experience unexplained events that bear startling similarities to her unusual upbringing. An unexpected thriller from directors Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala, THE LODGE will keep you guessing until its final edge-of-your-seat moments.

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Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Meet The Filmmaker Q&A Screening: Director EVE ASH will discuss her documentary following a screening Wednesday February 5, 6.30pm. Mysterious events unfold, revealing how Martha, a Polish holocaust survivor, led a double life in Australia. Decades later, her daughter uncovers secrets that upend her life. Melbourne filmmaker Eve Ash directs the fascinating true story of how, through a series of events, she came to discover the secret double life lived by her unassuming immigrant mother. "Such a delicious, beguiling mystery with an unexpectedly happy ending" - Graeme Blundell "Eve‘s investigations unearthed one bombshell after another, which she masterfully mines for suspense … there is a strong thread of humour running throughout … a soundtrack composed by award-winning Polish-born Australian Cezary Skubiszewski and compelling archival footage." Greg Callaghan, Good Weekend

Saturday, 22 February 2020

A timeless story of forbidden love, bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the production features a new orchestration of Prokofiev’s powerful and cinematic score. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, this ‘bold’ and ‘fresh’ (★★★★★ The Stage) interpretation of the Shakespeare’s classic tale stars Cordelia Braithwaite as Juliet and Paris Fitzpatrick as Romeo in a production that is being praised as ‘Bourne’s smartest, most stirring shows ever’ (★★★★★ Daily Telegraph), The electrifying production ‘injects new life into Shakespeare’s star crossed young lovers’ (★★★★ The Observer), a powerful and contemporary Romeo and Juliet that ‘should not be missed’ (★★★★★ Daily Express).

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Marking the centenary of the death of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), this special cinema event will delve into the story of a remarkable talent that surpassed legend and stereotypes. From his origins in Livorno, home of the ‘Macchiaioli’, to the Paris of Picasso and Brancusi that became the centre of modernity, to his love for Jeanne Hébuterne, MAVERICK MODIGLIANI uncovers stunning work of the avant-garde artist who became a contemporary classic - his life and art lived to the last breath.

Saturday, 02 May 2020

Met Premiere Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Met Premiere Director Phelim McDermott returns following his now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

New Production The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the company for the first time since 2012, in the title role of the cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity. Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, whose visionary 2013 take on Parsifal was a hit. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Soprano Diana Damrau, following her triumph as Violetta in last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, stars as the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto showcase. Star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is her imperious rival Queen Elizabeth I, and the silken-voiced tenor Stephen Costello is the noble Earl of Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.

Saturday, 04 April 2020

New Production One of America’s favourite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves and Frederick Ballentine.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Soprano Anna Netrebko returns as Puccini’s explosive diva, back by popular demand. Tenors Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Brian Jagde alternate as the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritones George Gagnidze and Michael Volle complete the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

New Production After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, set in an apocalyptic pre–World War I environment. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium, with baritone Peter Mattei making his highly anticipated role debut as the title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast also includes tenors Christopher Ventris and Gerhard Siegel and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in an inspiring drama about the resilience of those left behind when soldiers are sent off to war. Brought together by the dull existence of life on a military base, a group of women find an unexpected way to raise their spirits and combat isolation by forming a Military Wives' Choir. Inspired by a true-life global phenomenon, a luminous cast of newcomers bring fresh relevance to pop hits and rock anthems in a funny and empowering celebration of the human spirit.

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Alejandro Landes' (Porfirio) third feature is a survivalist saga and hypnotic journey into the wilderness of Latin America. A group of child soldiers for a guerrilla organisation deep in the remote mountains are guarding an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, navigating survival, humanity and sexuality. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Winner of a Sundance Special Jury Award and Colombia’s official entry into the Academy Awards, and with a powerful score by Mica Levi (Under The Skin), MONOS is singular in its vision, and a fever-dream of war film. Spanish language, English subtitles.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Private detective Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton) is dealing with a lot: he’s unlucky in love, his friend Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) has just been killed, and he has undiagnosed Tourette’s Syndrome. Faced with an uncertain future, Lionel seeks to get to the bottom of who murdered Frank by using an uncanny ability to remember specific details as well as a determination to avenge the death of his old army buddy. Discovering a vast conspiracy that extends to every corner of New York City, Lionel meets an independent and tenacious young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who may just be the key to solving the entire mystery. Adapted from Jonathan Lethem’s novel, Norton returns to the director’s chair for an intriguing 1950s-set film noir infused with a seductive jazz score. Featuring an incredible cast including Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Mann, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones and Michael Kenneth Williams, Norton’s epic crime drama evokes cinema-classic Chinatown and returns us to a time when the promise of the future was greater than the individuals who might stand in its way.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

The director of 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.

Saturday, 18 April 2020

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, filmed live for cinemas from the West End in London. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight? Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Saturday, 08 February 2020

See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, filmed live for cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, FLEABAG is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), filmed live from London and heading soon to a cinema near you! ★★★★★ 'Witty, filthy and supreme.' Guardian PLEASE NOTE: Sessions that are nearing capacity have been removed from on-line sale but a limited counter sales may be available over the counter at the box office.

Sunday, 08 March 2020

Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horrorstruck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale. Please note: FRANKENSTEIN has a BBFC rating of 15, and contains a scene of sexual violence.

Saturday, 07 March 2020

Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horrorstruck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale. Please note: FRANKENSTEIN has a BBFC rating of 15, and contains a scene of sexual violence.

Saturday, 01 February 2020

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy PRESENT LAUGHTER. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. Captured live from The Old Vic in London, PRESENT LAUGHTER. is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst. James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins). Filmed live from the National Theatre in London.

Monday, 10 February 2020

STRICTLY PRIVATE INVITE-ONLY EVENT. Not open to the public. Must be over 18+ years for entry. Come and enjoy a big screen live telecast of the 2020 Academy Awards where your ticket includes drinks, finger food and a show bag full of goodies. Not only this, but will also go in the running to win some great prizes! Dress to impress and show off your frock on the purple carpet. Arrivals for 11.45am Group of ten or more tickets are available at a discounted price, please contact admin@cinemanova.com.au directly for more information. Tickets are also available for purchase at the box office upon presentation of your invitation. *This is a strictly industry and media only function*

Thursday, 30 January 2020

An adventure story inspired by the works of Mark Twain, Zak (Zack Gottsagen) - a young man with Down Syndrome - escapes his residential nursing home in order to live his dream of attending wrestling school. Colliding with troubled fisherman on the run Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), the two conspire to help one another on their respective paths to freedom. Directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is an unlikely buddy comedy that weaves an inspiring story of friendship and self-discovery.

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Charles Dickens’ iconic hero returns in Armando Iannucci’s (The Death of Stalin, In The Loop) wholly original new take on the classic novel. Raised by a loving mother in Victorian England, the fate of David Copperfield (Dev Patel) takes an unexpected turn when he is sent to London by his mean-hearted new stepfather. Prompting a series of (mis)adventures that bring him into the lives of some of the quirkiest characters ever imagined (portrayed by Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw, Gwendoline Christie and Peter Capaldi), David’s odyssey becomes a delectably witty and opulently crafted comedy that is sure to become one of 2020’s most beloved films.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Based on the best-selling novel by Simon Winchester and inspired by the true story of the individuals who attempted to write the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in 1857. Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) quickly discovers the endlessness of the task. Recruiting members of the public to assist in the challenge, he receives invaluable help from Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn) - a patient at a facility for the mentally ill. A captivating drama of madness, genius and obsession, Steve Coogan, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Marsan and Jennifer Ehle co-star.

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Saturday, 01 August 2020

RAPHAEL: THE YOUNG PRODIGY tells the story of the artist from Urbino, beginning with his extraordinary early portraits of women - the Mother, the Friend, the Secret Lover and the Client. Delve into Raphael’s uncanny ability to capture celestial beauty, and to focus his gaze beyond the physicality and into the psychology of his subjects (some real, some imaginary) so that their personalities explosively emerge from his canvas. With fascinating contributions from internationally renowned experts, this special cinema event will uncover the most significant people and places and inspirations in the life and times of Raphael – a Renaissance leader and one of the most spectacular painters in history. genius artists whose work has lived on long after their deaths.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Directed by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood with a script from Oscar nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) comes RICHARD JEWELL, a gripping true-story drama of a man who saved scores of lives from a bomb explosion, but who was then vilified by the press and the FBI. Encountering the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1996, Jewell was falsely reported to be a terrorist instead of a hero. Starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates and with Paul Walter Hauser as Richard himself, and with a plethora of awards to its name already, Eastwood’s film is a scintillating insight into the way the forces of the FBI and the media conspired into creating a scapegoat out of a man whose life should have gone a very different way.

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Directed by newcomer Oliver McGarvey and produced by Sharon Stone, ROMANTIC ROAD is a documentary that tells a love story - set against the backdrop of the scenery of rural India - that takes the viewer on an unusual sort of journey. Rupert and Jan Grey, an English couple married for 35 years and on the brink of retirement, decide to take an alternate option to winding down their lives: hopping into Rupert’s father’s 1936 Rolls Royce and driving across India. On their way to a photography festival in Bangladesh, the couple encounter an adventure which takes them over six months and 8000 km, finding friends, conflict, and the occasional maharajah on the way. Proving that neither mechanical repairs nor age are any obstacles to a hell of an adventure, McGarvey’s documentary will have you longing for the roadtrip life.

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Saturday, 04 January 2020

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL SCREENING Wednesday April 1 – 7.00pm – on sale below. Celebrate April Fool’s Day and the 10 year anniversary of The Room at our special screening as part of the Comedy Festival. Laugh, cry, scream – this will likely be the most outrageous cinema experience you have ever had! 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.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

The Sartorial Splendour of Wes Anderson Revisit a fashion film classic and join Cinema Nova as we celebrate Wes Anderson. Making costume choices for his characters that are as finessed as the interiors, dialogue and music cues that make each of his films unique, Wes Anderson’s films are reliably some of the most visually lavish of the last quarter century. Two of his most iconic films, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001) and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) return to the cinema screen before a panel discussion on each film’s exacting costume design. Also screening the Fashion Films from this year’s Fashion Film Awards Program and an introduction from a special guest who’ll talk about the fashion in the film.

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Fifty unseen masterpieces - unveiled for the first time. SECRET IMPRESSIONISTS tells the story of the art revolution at the core of the Impressionist movement, through an exploration of fifty legendary paintings - hidden treasures previously inaccessible to the general public, now on display in Rome for the very first time. How did the Impressionists view the world? How was their work received? How did they go from being rejected by critics and the public to becoming, in just a few short years, some of the best loved works of art in the world? Featuring the Rome exhibition’s head curators, and compelling analyses made by experts, historians and artists SECRET IMPRESSIONISTS will illuminate the Impressionist movement and uncover hidden gems of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Manet, Cézanne, and many other genius artists whose work has lived on long after their deaths.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Introduction before screening Global warming, food and water shortages, catastrophic storms, extinction of species, plant and animal habitat loss; the list of environmental and economic catastrophes afflicting our planet in greater frequency and severity, goes on and on. 8 Billion Angels refocuses our global emergencies and provides real solutions to steer us on the path to lasting sustainability and prosperity for the earth and all its inhabitants. 8 BILLION ANGELS connects the dots between the symptoms of multiple global environmental crises with their fundamental cause - overpopulation and highlights how humanity's current demand for resources vastly exceeds nature's ability to supply them. With passion, humility, and honesty, experts explain the indisputable connection between our environmental catastrophes, unsustainable population and increasing consumption. 8 BILLION ANGELS takes the audience across the world, weaving together the voices of people around the world as they confront the growing impact of overpopulation on their lives and provides real solutions to steer us on the path to lasting sustainability and prosperity for the earth and all of its inhabitants.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Screening with short film LOSING LENA. Narrated by Stephen Fry, this haunting, deep, and lyrical film provides an engrossing exploration of our relationship with artificial intelligence. Philosophers, anthropologists, archaeologists and physicists explore what it means to be human in the age of exponential technology. Award-winning Danish director Jeppe Rønde brings together ten of the world’s leading scientists – and one robot – zooming out intergalactic distances to rethink our relationship with technology and investigate its dilemmas in microcosmic detail. The voice of Rønde’s vision is none other than world-renowned actor, writer and activist Stephen Fry, whose hauntingly beautiful narration, speaks to all mankind as he leads us through our history. Spectacular and thoughtful cinematography encourages a desire for knowledge as it captures the sense of enormity of life and all its complexity. Captivatingly eerie, Rønde has created a thought-provoking film that will have audiences questioning the future of technology and artificial intelligence. ALMOST HUMAN is a fascinating exploration about what it means to be human and the role science plays in the rapidly changing world in which we live.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Introduction before screening An exploration of how unconscious bias defines and influences our workplaces, justice systems and technologies. With bias infiltrating our decisions at the conscious, and unconscious level, this important film asks, “how can we ‘de-bias' our lives” and make the world more equitable, and just. The toxic effects of bias make headlines every day: sexual harassment, racial profiling, the pay gap. As humans, we are biased. Yet few of us are willing to admit it. We confidently make snap judgments, but we are shockingly unaware of the impact our assumptions have on those around us. BIAS follows award-winning director Robin Hauser on a journey to uncover her own hidden biases and explores how unconscious bias defines our relationships, workplaces, justice systems, and technology. After taking a test that measures unconscious biases, Robin is shocked by her results. This pushes her to embark on an investigation into the nature of human bias and the science behind it. She travels around the world, immersing herself in the cutting-edge research into bias and the effects it has on our lives. Humorous anecdotes, alarming exposés, and Robin’s acute vulnerability prompt viewers to reflect on their own “gut feelings” and the potential for all of us to ‘de-bias’ our brains. “Without finger-pointing, even in an era of political and social turmoil, this engrossing documentary explores implicit bias and its effects on all walks of life, including the workplace and law enforcement arenas. The film makes a strong case that although we are all wired in some way to have bias, we have the ability to do something to change it.” - David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Friday, 21 February 2020

Followed by panel discussion with Bob Brown and filmmaker Matthew Newtown. Presented by The Bob Brown Foundation. Go behind the news headlines and follow former Greens leader Bob Brown and a passionate collective of concerned citizens as they journey 3500km across Australia with the hope of preventing the development of the potentially climate-destroying Adani Carmichael coal mine. CONVOY is an intimate look at what it takes to undertake a major environmental act of defiance. It follows former Greens leader Bob Brown, and the many concerned Australians that join him as he sets out on an epic road trip from Tasmania to the Galilee Basin in Far North Queensland. We join Bob and the protestors travelling a tremendous distance of more than 3500 kilometres. Their goal - to stop the development of the Adani Carmichael coal mine. A film about the power of people and peaceful protest. It gives a voice to the public and works to empower individuals to stand up and make a difference. CONVOY is a hopeful documentary that invites its viewers to join the cause and become a part of a community that is working toward a better future for the generations to come and a portrait of one of the most important climate battles of our generation.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Presented by: The Australian Energy Foundation, Resilient Melbourne and The Resilience Shift Screening as part of the Resilience Stream, proudly supported by Resilient Melbourne and The Resilience Shift Followed by expert panel discussion on building resilience Using a combination of chutzpah, humour and candour, Peabody Award-Winning filmmaker Judith Helfand delves deep into the politics and economics of disaster and disaster preparedness. Why are some disasters easier to prepare for than others, and how can we get ready for what is to come? COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE is Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand's searing investigation into the politics of “disaster”. Asking open-ended questions that push people to deeply consider what it might mean to redefine the term “disaster” and reframe the concept of “resilience,” Helfand forges inextricable connections between the cataclysmic natural disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for and the slow-motion disasters we’re not – that is until an extreme weather event hits and they are made exponentially more deadly and visible. Using a combination of chutzpah, humour and candour, Helfand delves deep into one of her nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness. Whether it’s a deadly heat wave in Chicago or Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey or Maria, these disasters reveal the ways in which class, race, and zip code predetermine who lives and dies every day, regardless of the weather and who gets hurt the worst and first, in the wake of an “official disaster.” In COOKED Helfand challenges herself and ultimately all of us to respond to the man-made disasters taking place in towns and cities across the country before the next unprecedented “natural” disaster hits.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Introduction before screening. Five years after his first film, award-winning producer/director Torsten Hoffmann revisits the big brains and big egos behind Bitcoin and sets out to explore the evolution of the blockchain industry and its utopian ideas. Can this technology, designed to operate independent of trust and within a decentralized network, really provide a robust alternative to traditional banking and the Internet as we know it?

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Presented By: The High Commission of Canada Screening as part of the Resilience Stream, proudly supported by Resilient Melbourne and The Resilience Shift Introduction before screening A profound, lyrical film which explores the wonder and beauty of nature and offers solutions to the overexploitation of natural resources and the erosion of biodiversity. This wonderful Canadian film reminds us of the fascinating mystery of life and our duty and power to preserve it. EARTH SEEN FROM THE HEART works to sound a warning: biodiversity is under threat. Having lived for 40 years on an old farm in northern Burgundy, Quebec astrophysicist Dr. Hubert Reeves has witnessed the saddening and confronting deterioration of nature around his property. Faced with this threat to the earth's ecosystem, Reeves shares his concern about the imminent possibility of a sixth extinction of animal and plant species on the planet. He encourages viewers to join him in the world’s biggest popular movement: the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. Reeves and French sociologist Dr. Frédéric Lenoir team up with world leading experts to propose possible solutions to stop the overexploitation of natural resources and the erosion of biodiversity. While some humans are responsible for this crisis, others, in growing numbers, are tackling it head on and forging solutions. In this film dedicated to future generations, they remind us that life in all its forms is a fascinating and touching mystery... and that it is up to us to preserve it!

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Presented by: The United Nations association of Australia (VIC) and the United Nations association of Australia young professionals. Film screening followed by expert panel discussion with the United Nations Association of Australia and guests. A probing exploration of the cutting-edge, grand-scale proposals to combat global warming by radically interfering with our climate. Are large-scale modifications of the earth's climate our best hope at avoiding catastrophe? Global Thermostat explores the best man-made interventions, their potential impacts, and their inherent risks for us all. With climate change accelerating at rates worse than most scientist’s ‘worst-case’ scenarios, ‘irreversible tipping points’ looming on the horizon, and carbon emissions continuing to rise, it is becoming clear that radical solutions may quickly become necessary if we are going to avoid the worst climate impacts. As the threats of climate change accelerates exponentially so does the rate of technological innovation. Geo-engineering and the large-scale modification of the earth's climate, is no longer science fiction. Leading scientists from across the world are researching, developing and testing ground-breaking technologies with the hope to, not only slow climate change, but to reverse it. From artificial tree forests to giant mirrors that reflect sunlight, there is no innovation too large or wild to consider. But what are the potential impacts of dramatically altering systems that we don’t understand, and who will make these life-defining decisions on behalf of the entire human race? With the world currently on track for 3 - 4 degrees of warming, Global Thermostat explores the visions and technologies that may offer hope for reversing climate change, their potential risks, and why some options might be better than others.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Screening with SOLAR TUK TUK short film with introduction from Julian Oshea, Comedian, Social Innovator, and Solar Tuk Tuk adventurer. Executive Producer Fernando Meirelles (Academy Award-Nominated Director of City of God & The Constant Gardener) and Malian musician-activist Inna Modja take us on an epic journey along Africa's Great Green Wall — an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000km 'wall of trees’ stretching across the entire width of the continent to restore land and provide a future for millions of people. Traversing Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Ethiopia, Modja follows the burgeoning Great Green Wall through Africa’s Sahel region— one of the most vulnerable places on earth (temperatures are rising 1.5 times faster than the global average) — laying bare the acute consequences of severe land degradation and accelerating climate change the Wall aims to counteract: increasing desertification, drought, resource scarcity, radicalization, conflict and migration. A Buena Vista Social Club meets Years of Living Dangerously, frontline characters give voice to a continent at a crossroads —stories Modja echoes on a sublime album. With the support of insightful musical collaborators (Didier Awadi, Songhoy Blues,Waje, and Betty G), Modja endeavors to amplify the promise of the Great Green Wall in helping to address the urgency of the real-time threats facing her beleaguered homeland. With almost half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 1 billion people under the age of 15 — a population set to more than double by 2050 —and over 80% surviving on some form of agriculture, upwards of 60 million people are expected to make a massive exodus. Although the film does the groundwork for a climate change cautionary tale, The Great Green Wall provides a refreshing story of resilience, optimism and collective action. If completed, the Wall will be the largest living structure on earth, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef — a new world wonder. As Modja passionately pursues an African Dream for a generation seeking to control their own destiny, she reminds us of the enormity of the task ahead and that time is not on our side. The resulting journey of hope, hardship and perseverance reveals our shared human condition, reflecting a deeper moral and existential question we all must confront: “Will we take action before it's too late?” *This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, 01 March 2020

Presented by: the Goethe-Institut and RMIT's Social Innovation Hub Introduction before screening A funny and fascinating exploration of our relationship with a rapidly developing technology, Hi AI asks: How will artificial intelligence impact our most personal and intimate lives, what will we win and what will we lose, and what will this seemingly unimaginable world of the future look like? Humanoid robots are the new creatures on our planet. They work at the reception, in shopping malls or as chefs, and they already have relationships with people. Hi AI follows Chuck, a Californian searching for love and happiness, as he picks up his new companion robot Harmony and embarks on a road trip through the United States unlike anything we have ever seen. At the other end of the world, in Tokyo, Grandma Sakurai receives the cute robot, Pepper, from her son. But Pepper turns out to be a rogue, with grandmother's topics of conversation of little interest to her new robot friend. Pepper prefers to flirt with other members of the family. While Harmony and Chuck search for love, and Pepper and Grandma kill time, the question increasingly arises: how will we live with artificial intelligence? What will we win, what will we lose? And who are the main characters of this beautiful, new world?

Sunday, 01 March 2020

Screening followed by a panel discussion. Presented by RMIT's Social Innovation Hub. Following the courageous journeys of the world's first “cyborgs” - a quadriplegic, a blind man and a woman with Parkinson’s, I AM HUMAN covers the ways science is cracking the mysteries of the brain and using them to solve huge problems in people’s lives. The documentary unpacks the emerging complexity, real world possibilities and imminent implications of merging machine and human intelligence. A female-directed and produced sci-fi documentary, I AM HUMAN explores the co-evolution of humans and technology. There are several hundred thousand people in the world with implantable technology in their brains. By the year 2029, that number - based on industry estimations - is expected to triple. The film follows the harrowing and courageous journeys of three of the world's first "cyborgs” and the scientists and entrepreneurs on the cusp of unlocking the secrets of the human brain. Shot on anamorphic lenses and with unparalleled access to the breakthrough technologies that will change the course of humanity, I Am Human aims to give the audience a front row seat to the future - and bridge the divide between sci-fi storytelling and real-world aspiration. In the film, meet Anne, Bill, and Stephen. Bill, paralysed in a biking accident, signs up for a mysterious research study in hopes to regain movement. Stephen, a former Canadian government IT officer, undergoes a novel bionic eye implantation to regain sight. Anne, a former artist with degenerative Parkinson’s, considers deep brain stimulation as a solution to her worsening symptoms. As we follow their three journeys, society is forced to reconcile with the larger implications: will the same technologies that heal disease and dysfunction lead to superhuman abilities, telepathic communication, and cognitive enhancement? In addition to the primary characters, the film features institutions including The Wyss Center, Duke University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Washington, BrainGate2, and Second Sight and interviews with entrepreneur Bryan Johnson, neuroscientists John Donoghue, Andres Lozano, David Eagleman, Andres Lozano, Bobby Kasthuri, Chantel Prat, and Miguel Nicolelis, surgeon Robert Devenyi, sci-fi author Ramez Naam, ethicist Tristan Harris and professor of law and philosophy Nita Farahany, amongst others. “When I began as a neuroscientist it was impossible to imagine that curiosity to figure out the greatest puzzle of what it means to be human - brain research - could lead in my lifetime to a whole field that will have vast impact on humanity,” says Director of the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, Dr. John Donoghue. “I think a fundamental understanding of a principle by which the brain computes will be one of the greatest revolutions in scientific history.”

Sunday, 23 February 2020

MAGIC MEDICINE follows three volunteers in the world’s first medical trial of psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, to treat depression. A deeply sensitive and absorbing portrait of the human cost of depression, and the inspirational people contributing to ground-breaking psychedelic research, and its potential to increase human flourishing. In MAGIC MEDICINE filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression. His remarkable film follows the stories of the three volunteers and their families, and the ambitious staff running the ground-breaking trial, who are hoping this controversial treatment will have the power to transform millions of lives and ultimately be made freely available on the NHS. Current statistics show that 1 in 10 of us will suffer with depression, however around 50% won’t respond to antidepressants, leading to the inevitable outcome that 1 in 6 of depressed people go on to kill themselves. A new approach is desperately needed. Though the trial will throw them into unchartered territory, for the three volunteers whose depression has been diagnosed as untreatable, it feels like a last chance. Through deeply moving personal testimony of the “trips” the patients go on, this intimate film is an absorbing portrait of the human cost of depression, and the inspirational people contributing to ground-breaking psychedelic research, and its potential to increase human flourishing.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Screening as part of the Resilience Stream, proudly supported by Resilient Melbourne and The Resilience Shift Introduction before screening MOTHERLOAD is the story of a new mum searching for freedom and connection in a gas-powered, digital and divided world. A fun, cheeky, and charming documentary that looks at how the humble cargo bike could be an antidote to the isolation, disconnection, and climate impacts that come with our modern way of life. As a new mum of twins, filmmaker Liz Canning is lonely and stressed about the precariousness of our planet’s future, and is missing what made her feel connected, free and alive: her bicycle. Feeling trapped by her dependence on a car to transport kids, Liz questions our cultural understanding of “comfort”. Then, she discovers the cargo bicycle. This film is the authentic voice of a movement in progress, featuring media crowdsourced from over 100 Co-Directors. As she joins this global movement to replace cars with purpose-built bikes, Liz learns about the bicycle’s history and potential future as the ultimate “social revolutioniser.” Liz finds that humans are genetically hardwired to crave outdoor sensory experiences like riding a bicycle. This is most urgently felt today, as our hunter-gatherer instincts are drowned out by the clamour of the digital age. Her experiences as a cyclist, a mother, and in the cargo bike world, teach Liz that sustainability is not necessarily about compromise, and there are few things more empowering, in the age of consumption, than the ability to create everything from what seems to be nothing. “Motherload is the story of one woman’s emancipation from the drudgery of the carpool, the drop-off line, the grocery run, but it’s ultimately an aspirational look into a global movement of alternative parenting. Cargo bikers are a pared-down version of #vanlife or #tinyhome devotees, who sell their houses and possessions to live with less. You may not be able to live in your cargo bike, but you can live on it.” Outside Online

Thursday, 05 March 2020

Presented By: RMIT Social Innovation Hub Follow the eccentric founder of the ‘World Toilet Organisation’, Jack Sims, as he tries to inspire the world to 'give a shit' about the 2.4 billion people world-wide who lack basic sanitation. Spending years lobbying 193 countries, Jack shows everyone just what it takes to be the world's #2 guy. What do you get when you cross an eccentric self-made man with a load of crap? Jack Sim. To a stranger, he’s a guy obsessed with toilets, but to those who know him, he’s “Mr. Toilet,” a crusader for global sanitation. Born in the Singapore slums, Jack Sim knows first-hand the agonies of not having a proper loo. Now he’s dedicating his life to a crisis no one dares talk about: Shit. Not having a place “to go” isn’t just an inconvenience; it’s a problem that impacts 2.4 billion people worldwide. In India alone, 200,000 children die each year from lack of safe sanitation, while women are regularly raped because they must defecate in public spaces. Jack’s kids describe him as a 12-year old trapped in a 60-year old’s body. He’s full of jokes and it can be hard to take him seriously. But, he uses humour as his weapon to fight an uphill battle against bathroom taboos. He founded the World Toilet Organization and successfully lobbied the United Nations to create World Toilet Day. Now he is plunged into his biggest challenge yet when asked to secure 6 million toilets for the “Clean India” initiative. But with few resources and no help from the government, his epic project and reputation are in jeopardy. Jack’s once supportive staff begins to doubt him; and when his family bonds start to fray over his obsessive dedication, he wonders if he’s finally met his match. Mr. Toilet knows there is a price to pay for being the world’s #2 man, but as a su-poo-hero he can’t quit.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

World Premiere! Presented by RMIT's Social Innovation Hub. Screening followed by Q and A with filmmaker and guests. In the midst of a growing mental illness epidemic, an investigative journalist enlists a team of scientists to put meditation to the test. But after a 30,000 kilometre journey from the bright lights of Manhattan to the dusty refugee camps of the Middle East, what begins as a year-long self-experiment transforms into a life-changing experience. A stressed-out, overburdened journalist embarks on a year-long self-experiment to find out if meditation really can revolutionise her health and happiness, or if it’s just another over-sold, over-hyped, self-help fad. In the last 20 years, the ancient practice of mindfulness has become a mainstream phenomenon. Meditation is now hyped as a wonder drug that can reduce stress, boost performance, change brains, improve relationships, and even treat chronic illnesses and depression. But can the world's problems really be cured by simply training people to contemplate the inner workings of their own mind? From the producers of the The Connection, comes MY YEAR OF LIVING MIDNFULLY, a feature film which follows journalist Shannon Harvey, as she enlists a team of scientists in order to put meditation to the test. The stressed-out mother of two young kids, who suffers from insomnia and an autoimmune disease decides to meditate every day for a year to find out if it really leads to health and happiness, or if it’s just another over sold, over-hyped, self-help fad. Throughout the year Shannon travels the globe to meet leading scientists, monks, teachers, and tribal elders who share their remarkable stories of transformation. She meets news anchor Dan Harris, who turned to meditation after having a panic attack live on air and Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, an Aboriginal Elder, who explains the ancient practice of Dadirri – deep listening and silent awareness. The film also chronicles the compelling stories of people who use mindfulness to face unimaginable suffering, including Vidyamala Burch whose horrific spinal injury causes incessant chronic pain and Larisa Abadi, a Syrian aid worker who is on the front line of one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our generation. Featuring interviews with leading scientists including molecular biologist-turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, best-selling author Daniel Goleman, and the “father” of modern mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, My Year of Living Mindfully is inspiring, compelling, and grounded in scientific evidence. At the end of her year, Shannon’s team of scientists scan her brain, test her immune function, measure her stress hormones, and analyse her DNA to determine what if anything has changed on a biological level. As she faces her moment of truth, she's all too aware that there has never been a greater need for a simple, cheap and effective solution to help people cope with the stress of modern life. In the midst of a chronic illness epidemic, when the WHO has warned that mental ill-health will soon be the biggest burden of disease, Shannon wonders; if her year-long self-experiment fails, what other solutions are left?

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Screening as part of the Resilience Stream, proudly supported by Resilient Melbourne and The Resilience Shift. A profound, personal exploration of what it means to wake up to the truth about climate change and its future impacts. Travelling the world on container ships to meet five of the world's leading climate and energy experts, ONCE YOU KNOW asks 'how can we live, love and dream in the face of what is coming?’ Today, like a ship entering the storm, industrial civilisation faces the first symptoms of energy depletion and climate change induced collapse. ONCE YOU KNOW asks the disturbing questions: Are there better ways of collapsing than others? What is meaningful work on the way down? Director Emmanuel Cappellin is obsessed with how to best respond personally and collectively. Traveling on board a container ship, his quest leads him around the world to meet five of the world’s leading climate scientists and energy experts. They share with him the truth, chaos, and hope in their work. They allow him to challenge everything he took for granted – from growth-based democracies to personal freedoms. This odyssey brings him back to himself and to Saillans, his small mountain village. In this life-size, open sky laboratory, where everything becomes once again possible: having a child, redefining questions of social justice, implementing participatory democracy, starting an energy transition…the first steps, perhaps, towards some kind of collective resilience.

Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Presented by Grimshaw and HIP V. HYPE Screening as part of the Resilience Stream, proudly supported by Resilient Melbourne and The Resilience Shif Film screening followed by expert panel discussion. Housing prices are skyrocketing but incomes are not. From the award-winning filmmaker of Bikes Vs Cars and Big Boy’s Gone Bananas, PUSH sheds light on the causes and contributors to the gentrification of cities and searches for solutions to the global housing crisis. Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. PUSH is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten (Bikes Vs Cars, Big Boys Gone Bananas) investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities across the globe, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues? The film follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she’s travelling the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crisis that affects us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster. Residents should be able to afford to live in their own cities. It is time to recognise that housing is a human right, not a commodity. Let’s push back.

Friday, 06 March 2020

With special guest, David Ritter, CEO Greenpeace Australia Pacific Presented by Greenpeace Australia Pacific. SANCTUARY follows international celebrity Javier Bardem, his brother, and the leaders of Greenpeace as they embark on an epic adventure to create the world's largest sanctuary in the Antarctic Ocean. On their voyage aboard the Arctic Sunrise we are shown first-hand how science, politics and social media have joined forces to bring together almost 3 million people in the fight to preserve the natural world. Through the eyes of Javier Bardem, SANCTUARY follows the story of an ambitious environmental protection initiative to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the Antarctic Ocean. The arrival of the 21st century has brought with it a constant barrage of information overload. Social media and the internet have forever changed the way we communicate, allowing us to reach every corner of the world. In the fight to protect the environment, these new tools are especially important to raise awareness and gather the necessary support to champion this urgent cause. We join brothers Javier and Carlos Bardem in their endeavour to raise the necessary awareness and support to make this initiative a reality. Gaining every inch of ground in this struggle to save the ecosystem of the last untouched wilderness on the planet is no easy task. On their voyage aboard the Arctic Sunrise we are shown first-hand how science, politics and social media have joined forces to bring together almost 3 million people in the fight to preserve the natural world.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Introduction before screening Moving from the deep Amazon rainforest to Washington D.C. and back, SPEARS FROM ALL SIDES follows the battle between big oil and the native Waorani people in Ecuador. It is a dramatic story of deception, brutality, betrayal, and in the end hope. Filmed over 3 years, SPEARS FROM ALL SIDES covers the fight by the Waorani people to remove the oil companies from their lands and preserve the Yasuni Park – one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world. In 2013 Ecuador's President Correa announced an end to the moratorium on oil drilling in the Yasuni Park, opening it - and Waorani lands - to oil drilling once again. Extensive drilling in Ecuador is not only further destroying the Amazon rainforest and the livelihoods of local people, but also continues a dangerous global addiction to oil - contributing to further global warming. Nowhere in the world are the battle lines on climate change and indigenous rights more sharply drawn than in the Amazon rainforest - where any destruction affects the entire planet. Spears from All Sides reveals the progress of this new oil invasion from the intimate perspective of the Waorani people. Moving from the deep Amazon rainforest to Washington D.C. and back, it is a dramatic story of deception, brutality, betrayal, and in the end hope.

Thursday, 05 March 2020

Introduction before screening From the makers of The Story of Stuff, THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a seething exposé, uncovering the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis, and a celebration of the global movement rising up in response. Revealing the urgent information global audiences need to know immediately, The Story of Plastic will not only change viewers' lives but will fuel a worldwide engine of change. THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a seething exposé, uncovering the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling. Distinct from every other plastic documentary you’ve seen, THE STORY OF PLASTIC presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it. This film introduces audiences to the heroes and the villains behind one of the world's most pressing environmental issues, from the extraction of fossil fuels to plastic disposal and the global resistance fighting back. Revealing the urgent information global audiences need to know immediately, through life-changing footage shot all over the world, THE STORY OF PLASTIC will not only change viewers' lives but will fuel a worldwide engine of change.

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Presented by That StartUp Show and The Resilience Shift Screening as part of the Resilience Stream, proudly supported by Resilient Melbourne and The Resilience Shift Screening followed by a panel discussion. SUSTAINABLE NATION shows how innovative new technologies, developed in Israel, can help free women and the world from life threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity. Follow three of the world's leading experts on their quest to bring innovative and sustainable water solutions to an increasingly parched planet. 1.2 billion people live without access to clean drinking water. This film follows the story of three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using solutions developed in water-poor Israel, they are working to change the status quo of a world where one in ten people go without clean drinking water. But water is just the beginning. The work of this visionary trio highlights the nexus between food, energy and water and underscores how solving these enormous challenges can help free women, and the world, from life-threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity. From the creators of Netflix-featured Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, and PBS-featured Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, SUSTAINABLE NATION shows how fixing global water issues is not only a matter of life and death but a step towards healing the world.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Screening as part of the Resilience Stream, proudly supported by Resilient Melbourne and The Resilience Shift Panel discussion following film screening. Shot in France, California and Texas, THIRST FOR POWER explores the history of civilisation’s quest to produce abundant water and energy. With profound insights, and millennium old wisdom, the film explores how ancient innovations and technologies can help to insure the long-term future for these life-giving forces. Changing the way we think about water and energy can secure the long-term sustainability of both precious resources. Those who hold the power over water, so too hold the power over energy. Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they are inextricably linked. THIRST FOR POWER is an award-winning documentary from Emmy-winning director Mat Hames that aims to intrigue and educate its audience. Shot across France, California, and Texas, it explores the history of civilisation’s quest to procure abundant water and energy — from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. Adapted from internationally recognised thought leader Dr. Michael E. Webber’s book Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival, this documentary explores our dependence on water for energy as well as vulnerabilities in our current systems. Changing the way we think about water and energy can secure the long-term sustainability of both precious resources. While watching the film we find an auspicious path toward wise, long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity. Followed by expert panel discussion on urban resilience.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Screening followed by an expert panel discussion. Presented by The High Commission of Canada. On a remote island in the Pacific, populated by wolves, ravens and two whale researchers is a town with the promise of a second industrial boom. Torn between the wish to protect its territory and the pressure to cope with investors, the town struggles to protect its identity, and the future of the majestic creatures that inhabit its borders. The Whale and The Raven illuminates the issues that have drawn whale researchers, the Gitga’at First Nation, and the Government of British Columbia into a complex conflict. As the people in the Great Bear Rainforest struggle to protect their territory against the pressure and promise of the gas industry, caught in between are the countless beings that call this place home. On the otherwise uninhabited Gil Island, just off the northwest coast of British Columbia, the sound of waves lapping, and ravens cawing is punctuated by the haunting whale calls emanating from a network of loudspeakers designed to bring the underwater world above ground. Into this natural silence, the thudding roar of a ship’s engine disturbs the peace. Drawn to the rich food sources and quiet waters, humpback whales, pods of orca, fin whales, and porpoises eat, play, and raise their young here, in the Kitimat fjord system. These whales arrange themselves, without any aggression or fear of losing out: in their conscious social life, they are ahead of us. The imminent construction of a new liquefied natural gas exporting plant in the nearby community of Kitimat, BC, promises to bring increasing tanker traffic and noise, with unknown consequences. Filled with animated storytelling, stunning footage, and a soundscape composed of recordings of the natural world, The Whale and The Raven is a portrait of a remarkable marine ecosystem. Beneath this wealth of beauty lies something even deeper: a reminder that our shared world requires care, vigilance, and fierce compassion if it is to continue to exist.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

World premiere! Screening followed by Q and A with filmmaker and guests. THE WHEELS OF WONDER follows a team of ambitious social impact creators as they enter Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, with a curious project. Their mission: to trial and test an unusual prototype play cart with the hope of improving the lives of refugee children through “loose parts” play. The project is led by Marcus Veerman, founder and CEO of Playground Ideas, a not-for-profit providing open-source playground building resources which benefit children all over the world. Veerman’s passionate and skilled team includes a Product Designer, Play Specialist and Technical Lead. Despite plenty of planning, the group face numerous challenges whilst constructing and trialling a material-based prototype in a country which is currently home to an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees. This thoughtfully told story highlights the importance of play, which is said to be as crucial to a child’s brain development as food and sleep. THE WHEELS OF WONDER shines a light on the immense challenges facing those who have been forcibly displaced but transcends politics with uplifting moments of strength and resilience in the face of adversity.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Followed by Q and A with filmmaker and guests. An Australian-made exploration of the rules governing the Murray Darling Basin and how they are destroying the environment, causing extinction-level events, and displacing communities. With water rights and security becoming increasingly vital issues for communities, WHEN THE RIVER RUNS DRY offers hope for a better water future. In January 2019, a viral video showed grown men near Menindee weeping as they held dead Murray Cod, decades old, which had perished in yet another environmental disaster. Australians were horrified, and politicians blamed drought, while ecologists and water management specialists claimed it was due to the over-allocation and over-extraction of water. Two weeks later, it was forgotten. News that the Darling River, or Barka, as it is known to its people, was in a state of ecological collapse had disappeared from the media and, although people were shouting about what was happening, no one was listening. Who was to blame? And what could be done? When the River Runs Dry shines a spotlight on the appalling plans of the NSW Government, the big-business greed selling of water, and the Murray Darling Basin Management who are responsible for implementing those plans, which will culminate in the ‘decommissioning’ of the Menindee Lakes, a 30-million-year-old lake system. The film brings Indigenous voices to the fore in the form of the Barkindji, the people of the River, who, after one hundred and seventy years, have become dispossessed and marginalised. The Barkindji survived because of the Barka, the Darling River, and now, due to the decimation of this vital river system, it is being taken from them and they no longer feel connected to their dreaming, their totems, or their culture. WHEN THE RIVER RUNS DRY is a pivotal moment in Australia’s environmental history. It will shine a light on what is happening and manifest how we, as a country, need to bring this immense, beautiful and remote river system back from the brink of catastrophe. This film is both a celebration of the resilience of people and nature, and a call to arms. The Barkindji cannot afford to lose this fight. Australia cannot afford to lose this fight.

Sunday, 01 March 2020

Presented By: The Goethe Institut Introduction before screening You Bet I Dance! follows a Staatsballet Berlin class of children with cerebral palsy as they embark on their first big adventure into the world of ballet. A warm and uplifting documentary that demonstrates what is possible when children with physical and cognitive limitations are given the opportunity to express themselves though the power of dance and music. Through the vision and passion of Loretta Stern, a creative artist from Berlin, Germany, a dance workshop for children with cerebral palsy takes place for the first time in Europe, at one of the best dance theatres in the world – the Staatsballett Berlin. Leonie and Hannah, two girls with very different disease processes, embark on their first big dance adventure with 8 other children. Dance is a form of expression, yet not everyone is granted the same access to it. You Bet I Dance! changes this narrative and explores what is possible for children with physical and cognitive limitations when given the opportunity to participate and learn. Their journey demonstrates the immense power of music and dance as expressed through the irrepressible joy of the children and their families. A truly moving and emotionally charged film. **This film has been exempt from classification and has no age restrictions

Friday, 21 February 2020

Your Turn depicts the Brazilian student movement from the protests of 2013 until the election of the new president, Jair Bolsonaro, in 2018. Inspired by the collective voice of the movement itself, the documentary is narrated by three high school students, who represent central points of their struggle. The award-winning documentary Your Turn is an attempt to comprehend the recent and intense events in Brazilian history through its student movements. It is a fast-paced, multifaceted documentary following three high school activists through student protests as the country’s continuing economic and social crises threaten the state of public education itself. These students carry with them the lived experiences and important intersections of their generation: feminism, LGBTQ+ struggles, and anti-racism. They witness the great marches of 2013, live through the protests and school occupations in Sāo Paulo in 2015, and narrate Dilma Rouseff’s impeachment in 2016, as well as Jair Bolsonaro’s electoral victory in 2018. With an urgent and electrifying collage of out-in-the-streets footage and raw, heartfelt testimonial, director Eliza Capai captures the rage of a generation fighting against a future of diminished opportunities and the hard-won hope their movement gave a nation and the world. In three distinct voices and with a rush of colour, music, and dance, their stories tell of a generation taking to the streets en masse, and in the process creating a document that burns with vitality and the moral necessity of fighting for a better future.