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Thursday, 24 October 2019

PRIVILEGE MEMBER ADVANCE SCREENING: Thursday 17 October, 8.30pm $13 tickets! On sale now! Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup helm Bart Freundlich’s (Wolves, Trust The Man) remake of the Danish film of the same name – freshening things up by gender flipping the action, allowing ample room for both Moore and Williams to shine. Isabel (Williams) is an American woman running an orphanage in India, struggling to make ends meet when she’s invited to New York to meet Teresa (Moore) – a megarich publisher who wants to donate millions to the orphanage. Things seem almost too good to be true – until Teresa invites Isabel to her daughter’s wedding, and Isabel realises she knows the other woman’s husband, Oliver (Crudup) – and knows him well. Full of intrigue, plot twists, and strong casting, AFTER THE WEDDING is a windy, “hold your breath” ride indeed.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Helen Mirren presents ANNE FRANK: PARALLEL STORIES, marking the 90th birthday of Anne Frank. One secret diary. One imaginary friend. The moving testimony of five survivors. In this very special cinema event, Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren retraces Anne’s life through the pages of her remarkable and enlightening diary, and through the lives of five woman who, as teenage girls, were also deported to concentration camps but escaped the Holocaust. Made in collaboration with Anne Frank Fonds (established by Anne’s father Otto Frank in 1963), ANNE FRANK: PARELLEL STORIES is a moving and timely ode to the strength of the human spirit in the face of great adversity – and the importance of keeping memory and history alive for future generations.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

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

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Thursday, 09 January 2020

A documentary tackling environmental issues whilst following two farmers and their homestead, Apricot Lane Farm, BIGGEST LITTLE FARM shows us an idyllic “what could be” – chasing the dream of a sustainable farm. Filmmaker John Chester, his wife, and his dog have taken to the land to try and live off it: eight years on, the natural world has started rebounding, alive with growth and produce. Chester has created a documentary that shows nature taking the wheel, imbuing the couple’s lives with beauty and possibility, while also guiding them through drought, fire and death. Ultimately, BIGGEST LITTLE FARM offers hope, beauty, and a vision of a natural world we all hope will be our way forward.

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Friday, 18 October 2019

Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. Recorded in 2015, during the Australian leg, this whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities. Connolly will also muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal interview filmed exclusively for cinema audiences.

Thursday, 03 October 2019

From Oscar-nominated filmmakers Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Embrace Of The Serpent) comes a beguiling dynastic drama set among the indigenous Wayúu people of Colombia. Young Rapayet (José Acosta) begins a drug trafficking arrangement with visiting Americans, quickly finding success despite the disapproval of tribal matriarch Ursula (Carmiña Martínez). As Rapayet and his family are drawn further into dangerous situations to meet demand, partners become enemies as the spoils of the drug trade grow beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. Winner of multiple international awards and bewitching critics with its window into an idiosyncratic society governed by traditions but undone by greed, BIRDS OF PASSAGE is one of the year’s most intriguing features.

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Thursday, 24 October 2019

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

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

A hit of MIFF 2019, a delightful comedy about trying your best when your best might not be very good, and an ode to 20somethings who are a bit all over the place: BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON packs a punch in the comedy stakes, while also doubling down on the feels. Brittany (Jillian Bell) is a 27-year-old New Yorker, living her best life with late nights, parties, and a just-scraping-by wallet. When a doctor gives her a wake-up call about her lifestyle, she decides to start running – and soon she’s aiming for the New York Marathon. Not just your average predictable Hollywood comedy, Bell shines in a film that jogs its way around your emotions until you’re fully charmed.

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

WINNER of the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival's Silver Bear - Grand Jury Prize! The highly anticipated new film from acclaimed French director François Ozon (Frantz, Swimming Pool, 8 Femmes) is a gripping, timely and deeply moving exploration of courage, family, faith, and speaking truth to power. When Alexandre learns by chance that the priest who abused him as a boy is still working with children, he decides to take action to "lift the burden of silence". But the repercussions and consequences will leave no one unscathed. Starring Melvil Poupaud (Laurence Anyways), Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds) and Swann Arlaud (Les Anarchistes), with a screenplay by Ozon and cinematography by Manuel Dacosse (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears).

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019

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

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Jim Jarmusch returns with THE DEAD DON’T DIE, his take on a zombie flick. The master of wry comedy and offbeat humour, Jarmusch has compiled an all-star cast to tell the story of Centreville, a sleepy small town which encounters a zombie plague when the dead begin rising out of their graves. Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Chloë Sevigny play three cops trying their best to battle the undead, when the undead just keep growing. Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, RZA and Tom Waits are all along for the ride, too, in Jarmusch’s very Jarmusch-styled crack at the classic zombie genre. Bloody, self-aware and generally odd, THE DEAD DON’T DIE isn’t your average horror film.

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Thursday, 07 November 2019

The story of an Indigenous family dealing with the death of a mother is explored in Imogen Thomas’ debut feature, EMU RUNNER. Also penned and produced by Thomas, her film was created over a period of 15 years, collaborating closely with the people of Brewarrina in western NSW. Gem (newcomer Rhae-Kye Waites) is a nine-year-old girl dealing with the recent loss of her mother – by befriending a wild emu. Her father (Wayne Blair, The Sapphires) struggles to understand and comfort her in the wake of his own grief. A film that touches on loss, family, and Country, EMU RUNNER is a lyrical tale of emotion.

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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Meet The Filmmaker event screening: Join director Lawrence Johnston and producer Susan MacKinnon for an anniversary screening of ETERNITY, followed by a live in-cinema Q&A. Celebrating 25 years since its release, Eternity, by award-winning director Lawrence Johnston (Life, Fallout), was an international festival favourite on its initial release, winning the Los Angeles Documentary Festival’s prestigious Award for Best Documentary Feature Film, among many others. ‘Eternity’ was the word that seemed to appear magically overnight in perfect copperplate script across the sidewalks of Sydney for over forty years, starting in the 1930s. Eternity tells the mysterious and heartbreaking story of Arthur Stace, one of Australia’s first graffiti artists. Known to many as ‘Mr Eternity’, he became an icon in the Sydney pantheon and influenced many with this powerful word. It is estimated he wrote ‘Eternity’ over half a million times before his death in 1967. Eternity was one of the first films shot by Academy Award winning Cinematographer Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha, Mary Poppins Returns). His work on Eternity won him the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Cinematography in 1994. Eternity has now been lovingly restored to the highest international archival standards by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's NFSA Restores program. It will now be available to screen in today’s digital cinemas, and digitally preserved in the NFSA collection

Thursday, 10 October 2019

THE EULOGY unravels the truths and myths behind the life and career of one of Australia’s most brilliant, prolific and least understood concert pianists, Geoffrey Tozer. As an 8-year-old child prodigy the world was Geoffrey Tozer’s oyster, and he astonished audiences around the world with his remarkable talent. As an adult Geoffrey Tozer continued to perform in Australia and internationally but for a career that promised and delivered so much, Tozer’s end was shocking. At his memorial service in 2009, Tozer’s friend and former Prime Minister, Paul Keating delivered a searing eulogy, painting a haunting picture of a lonely genius shunned by the Australian musical establishment. Intrigued by Keating’s controversial eulogy and spurred to find out what went wrong with Tozer’s career, esteemed conductor and music educator Richard Gill goes on a journey with members of Tozer’s family, inner circle and musical colleagues to discover the man behind Keating’s eulogy. The epic tale and musical legacy of one of the greatest pianists Australia never really knew is finally revealed.

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Saturday, 28 September 2019

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

Saturday, 23 November 2019

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

Saturday, 25 January 2020

FRIDA: VIVA LA VIDA is a cinematic documentary that highlights Frida Kahlo’s two souls: the woman, fiercely independent and tormented by love, and the artist, free from the leashes of her physical bounds. Acclaimed actress and director Asia Argento will join us to uncover the two faces of the iconic artist through Frida's own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. Journey deep in the heart of Mexico to explore the heart and soul of Frida Kahlo, including big screen access to her masterpieces in some of the Mexico’s most extraordinary museums. A deep dive into Frida’s art of opposites and dualism - pain and pleasure, darkness and light, moon and sun, life in death and death in life.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

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

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

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

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Q&A PANEL EVENT Tuesday October 1- 6.45pm. Tickets on sale below Join director Ned Donohoe, the film’s subjects Nicholas and Luke, and politician Fiona Patten to discuss Green Light, following an advance screening. Nova exclusive! In Australia, two men are working to provide the last vestige of relief – and in some cases, cure – for thousands suffering chronic and terminal illnesses. Directed by Ned Donohoe, GREEN LIGHT is a documentary that shows the two providing blackmarket medicinal cannabis for people who have nowhere else to turn. Though increasingly accepted as having hugely beneficial medical benefits, cannabis is still not a legal way to treat chronic conditions; GREEN LIGHT shows a pair of men aiming to change this – or risk everything helping sick people in need.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Sunday 20 October, 4.00pm Award-wining Aussie filmmaker Genevieve Bailey joins us in cinema to chat about the long-awaited follow-up to her smash hit I Am Eleven. Tickets on sale now! HAPPY SAD MAN is a charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men. Following her smash hit I AM ELEVEN, Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to find more diverse and positive portrayals of men exploring their emotional selves. We journey from Bondi Beach to the outback; we laugh and cry alongside a war photographer traversing global conflict zones, we visit a farmer and outreach worker from rural Victoria, a musical nomad and a sensitive dog-loving artist. Each portrait is an intimate and heartwarming look into vulnerability, friendship and compassion. HAPPY SAD MAN gives unforgettable voice to the complex emotional landscapes we can all traverse. Touching, funny and tender, this must-see documentary is set to shine a light on and change the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today. Exploring hopes, anxieties, joy and darkness the raw vulnerability of these stories will inspire you to hold some of the men in your own life that bit closer.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Meet The Filmmaker advance screening: Ben Lawrence live in-cinema! Thursday Sept 26 at 6.30pm. In Ben Lawrence’s beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer (Hugo Weaving) and a refugee (Andrew Luri) discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. Daniel Fisher (Weaving) returns home, and despite his partner's protests, prepares for his next dangerous overseas assignment. At the same time, he is preparing for an upcoming retrospective exhibition of his work from the world's war zones. South Sudanese refugee Sebastian Aman (Luri) has built a life in Australia, living happily with his wife and young child. When he learns that Daniel's exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in Sebastian's village 15 years earlier, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs. An unlikely friendship develops between the two men, but it is severely tested when Daniel makes a shocking discovery. Hearts and Bones centres around the relationship of these two men, from very different backgrounds, who bond over their shared trauma.

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Join us on a visually stunning journey through the daily life of the magnificent Hermitage museum, and retrace two and a half centuries of legendary art and history. Featuring the largest collection of paintings in the world, the Hermitage has been a meeting place for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture, and is forever marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. This November, The Great Beauty star Tony Servillo leads us on a sumptuous and immersive exploration of cultural bridges between the past and the present, featuring some of the world's best art in glorious high definition on the big screen.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Following its triumphant debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Lorene Scafaria's HUSTLERS has been catapaulted into the Awards Season conversation thanks to a career-best performance by Jennifer Lopez and its gritty true-crime tale of revenge. Destiny (Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians) is trying to find her feet at a New York strip club when she meets confident crowd-favourite Ramona (Jennifer Lopez). Working together, the two women improve their personal fortunes thanks to the indulgences of bankers and financiers while Wall Street booms. Until it doesn't. As the Global Financial Crisis takes its toll the women embark on a scheme to make those who caused the crash pay in an unexpected and personal way. Recalling Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, Scafaria's energetic and edgy adaptation of Jessica Pressler's article The Hustlers At Scores co-stars Julia Stiles, Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi B and Lizzo. "A lean, fierce take on the nature of female empowerment" (Independent UK), "A Best Actress Oscar nomination for Jennifer Lopez? You better believe it. This you don't want to miss." (Rolling Stone), "The kind of era-defining film that Hollywood didn't know it needed." (Empire), "A lush, lavish joy that's difficult to forget." (Atlantic), "Funny, empowering, sexy, emotional, and a bit scary, with most of those superlatives coming care of a full-force performance from Jennifer Lopez genuinely deserving of awards consideration." (IndieWire).

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Based on true events, director Nils Tavernier (The Finishers) paints a love story set in the late 19th century south of France in THE IDEAL PALACE. Cheval (Jacques Gamblin) is a solitary daydreaming postman who falls in love with Philomène (Laetitia Casta). The pair soon sees the arrival of their daughter, Alice – and Cheval’s entire world is changed. He sets about building Alice a castle of stone with his bare hands, and the project he takes on will form the next 30 years of his life. Persistence, love and legacy are all explored in the tale of one man’s epic undertaking – the pursuit of his ideal palace. French language, English subtitles.

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

Comedy maestro Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do In The Shadows) returns with another slice of oddball hilarity – and this time it’s about Hitler. If you thought the worst man that ever existed couldn’t be made into a black comedy that packs a huge dose of satire and a side of charm, you were wrong. Johannes, or Jojo (Roam Griffin Davis) is a young boy who just wants to be friends with the Führer – so he invents him as his imaginary friend. Played by Waititi himself, Adolf Hitler and Jojo go on adventures, and Jojo’s worldviews are soon tested when he finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their home. Tackling anti-hate satire via the political environment of Nazi Germany and creating a piece of film art is no mean feat, but Waititi manages – and his mix of satire and emotion will take you places you didn’t think you’d go this year.

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Thursday, 03 October 2019

Completely subverting the big-screen comicbook adaptation, Joaquin Phoenix gives one of the performances of the year in JOKER. The year is 1981 and the city is in the midst of a crisis. Garbage is piling-up on the streets, the divide between rich and poor is growing, health funding is being cut and people are getting angry. Arthur Fleck, clown for hire and aspiring stand-up comedian, spends his time entertaining others, visiting his psychologist and caring for his frail mother (Frances Conroy). When circumstances cause him to lose his job, Arthur begins a downward spiral that is fueled by the unkindness and mockery of others until a chance meeting with a neighbour (Zazie Beetz) offers a glimmer of hope for the wannabe comic. Giving a killer performance as a man on the edge, Phoenix and director Todd Phillips' vision pays homage to the gritty early films of Martin Scorsese while crafting a film for the modern age which also cleverly references the performer's own unusual career trajectory, delivering what is bound to become one of the year's most discussed films. - "This is a truly nightmarish vision of late-era capitalism - arguably the best social horror film since Get Out - and Joaquin Phoenix is magnetic in it" (Time Out) - "Having brazenly plundered the films of Scorsese, Phillips fashions stolen ingredients into something new, so that what began as a gleeful cosplay session turns progressively more dangerous - and somehow more relevant, too" (Guardian) - "Joker is a thunderously powerful character study of a man with a mental illness, and a ferocious indictment of a society that doesn't treat the mentally ill with compassion" (Daily Mail) - "Like the best of the New Hollywood classics it references, this is a film that exhilarates and unsettles while having something to say about today" (Financial Times) - "One of the true masterpieces of the superhero cinema, and one of 2019's greatest achievements" (Forbes), "Bold, devastating and utterly beautiful, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have not just reimagined one of the most iconic villains in cinema history, but reimagined the comic book movie itself" (Empire)

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Renee Zellweger gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Judy Garland in director Rupert Goold's JUDY. Born Frances Gumm, Hollywood starlet Judy Garland became a household name following the release of The Wizard Of Oz. Lorded over by MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, young Garland's life was a highly choreographed affair lived in front of camera lens. Years later Garland (Zellweger) is a brittle shadow of the upbeat young woman audiences had fallen in love with, struggling financially and rarely seen on-screen. Invited to London to perform a series of live shows, Garland embarks upon what she hopes will be her comeback but soon discovers that past demons are hard to leave behind. Thoroughly inhabiting the role of tarnished star Judy Garland, Zellweger gives a monumental performance complete with musical numbers that capture the actress at her most electric. Co-starring Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon, and based on the stageplay 'End of the Rainbow'.

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Thursday, 07 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.

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Saturday, 07 December 2019

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

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Director Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Grimm) turns his hand to whodunnit: murder mystery flick KNIVES OUT is his latest clever self-penned offering. Assembling quite the cream of the crop of Hollywood’s A-List, the film sees a famous crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) murdered at his home; enter Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), who’s brought in to figure out what has gone so horribly awry. Who is a suspect, and who’s just a dysfunctional family member? Red herrings, lies and intrigue steer a rollicking black comedy, also starring Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans and Michael Shannon, that crackles as it unfolds on screen.

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Following up the trend of psychological horror films that worm their way into your brain and stay there, the Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala co-directed film THE LODGE is for you if you’ve only just recovered from MIDSOMMAR. Trapped in an isolated snowy winter cabin by way of a blizzard, Grace (Riley Keogh) and her new stepchildren (Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh) await the return of the childrens’ father, Richard (Richard Armitage). Haunted by loss and death, soon secrets are uncovered, past trauma is torn open, and an unsettling and effective horror film unfolds.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Tracy Edwards, a former ship’s cook, made headlines as the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to take on the male-dominated Whitbread Round-The-World yacht race. Leading a crew of woman to complete the notoriously gruelling race in 1989, the 24-year-old and her fellow sailing teammates were told they wouldn’t even finish the first leg. What followed was the stuff of legends - but perhaps really just the stuff of some strong, gutsy women, who refused to take no for an answer. Director Alex Holmes catches up with Edwards and co now in his documentary MAIDEN, retelling a story of against-the-odds triumph, and resulting in an uplifting and inspirational watch.

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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 January 2020

Leading sopranos Hui He and Ana María Martínez share the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. The great Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless, alternating with Paulo Szot and Markus Brück. Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favourite.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score.

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, 26 October 2019

Two of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium to conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece. Featuring tenors Roberto Aronica and Marco Berti as Calàf, sopranos Eleonora Buratto and Hibla Gerzmava as Liù, and bass-baritones James Morris and Nicolas Testé as Timur.

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.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Monster Fest 2019 Opening Night selection! Ticket includes drink on entry! Featuring short film HOPES. First there was House of 1000 Corpses. Then there was The Devil's Rejects. Now, from writer/director Rob Zombie, comes the next blood-soaked chapter in the most viscious crime saga in history… 3 From Hell.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Plus short film Frankie Teardrop A dynamic killer thriller with its finger firmly on the pulses of stark social commentary and shattering suspense. Recently widowed mother of two Sarah (Sarah Bolger) is desperate to know who murdered her husband in front of their young son, rendering him mute. Coerced into helping a low-life drug-dealer stash narcotics stolen from the local Mr. Big, she’s forced into taking drastic actions to protect her children and learn the awful truth. In this dark and daring journey through Northern Ireland’s underbelly, Sarah evolves from downtrodden submissive to take-charge vigilante.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Plus Filmmaker Q&A! A showcase of student shorts from film schools around Australia, featuring the work of current students and 2018 graduates.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Terrifying, hilarious and brazenly weird, a program of horror and hybrid-genre shorts featuring stories of asparagus tips, haunted shits and cybernetic tricks.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Featuring filmmaker introduction and Q&A! A psychosexual thriller about a murderer released from prison and a young married couple with a secret fetish. Set over the course of 3 days their paths will cross through the intimacy of sex and violence, with consequences that will leave them changed forever. Plus short film Deluge.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Plus short film Corgi Struggling through a seemingly endless creative rut, artist Dezzy throws caution to the wind and a series of wild nights, indulging in heavy drugs and hard partying. Her kinda/sorta boyfriend, Clive, is concerned while her debauchery-minded friend Courtney and her enigmatic hubby Ronnie keep feeding Dezzy’s darkest urges. Gradually, though, the party starts to end, and in its place, Dezzy finds herself thirsting for blood and suffering from terrifying visions. Having never been one for moderation or self-control, she is unable to resist her newfound dangerous impulses. And that’s very bad news for everyone in her life, all of whom jus happen to be filled with the red liquid she now so desperately craves.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Plus short film Giant Women Micro Budget From his early years as the son of a silent screen cowboy, through the production of some thirty lurid, low budget exploitation pictures including SATAN'S SADISTS, DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, BRAIN OF BLOOD and THE NAUGHTY STEWARDESSES, to his bizarre and grim demise, the story of filmmaker Al Adamson is told through first person recollection from colleagues, friends, family and archival material of Adamson himself. Go-Go dancers, aging Hollywood actors on their way out, bikers, porn stars, Charles Manson, and an alien being all cross Al's path before he himself becomes the doomed centre piece of a true crime story and manhunt.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Featuring filmmaker introduction and Q&A! Plus short film A Little Taste. Near the end of World War II, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship cling to life aboard a crowded lifeboat. With no food, water, or shelter, all seems lost - until an eerily silent German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival. As our motley crew explores the ship, it becomes all too clear that some diabolical fate has befallen its German crew. The mystery only deepens when they encounter a young Romanian girl, apparently the sole survivor, who leads them to a locked room in the bowels of the vessel.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Plus short film And So He Opens His Eyes A story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches...including them.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Featuring filmmaker introduction and Q&A! Dalia and her two young sisters grow up in a pagan apocalyptic cult led by an ancient Baltic goddess of death and reincarnation. On the night of an important cult ritual, a police raid rescues Dalia as cult members flee with her two sisters. Years later, as the guilt eats away at her, Dalia finds a potential link to the cult through a prominent and despised black metal artist sequestered in the woods. Dalia journeys to find her sisters but her quest for the truth becomes a descent into hell.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Plus Filmmaker Q&A! A group of film students decide to finish a 'cursed' film which originally ceased production 14 years earlier, after the director was viciously murdered. After shooting commences the students start to disappear one by one. Now they just have to finish the film before it finishes them.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Troubled college freshman Luke (Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind -- and his soul. Plus short film Trypophobia.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Plus Filmmaker Q&A! Plus short film Bloodletting When Clara discovers her deceased mother’s revered ‘Book of Dark Whispers’, she can’t stop reading the strange stories within its mystical pages. Each weird tale reveals a new facet of the twisted human psyche... or the not-so-human, as the case may be. From the horror of grief to sharehouse living disaster, from existential dread to right-swiping vampires, there’s something for all tastes; as long as those tastes are twisted! Starring Andrea Demetriades, Asher Keddie, Anthony Lapaglia and Bree Desborough, the Dark Whispers horror anthology is brought to you by eleven female directors from across Australia.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Juha develops an unexpected but powerful connection with a dominatrix named Mona, following a tragic event in his life that has left him emotionally paralyzed. His dangerous addiction to suffocation is reciprocated by Mona leading them both down a wild and crazy path towards emotional enlightenment. Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is a darkly humorous story of loss, love and the sweet pain of being.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Featuring filmmaker introduction and Q&A! One by one the residents of a small, isolated town become infected by an insidious bug that turns them into violent, indiscriminate killing machines. As the numbers of uninfected dwindle, the survivors must band together and find help if they hope to expell the parasite from their loved ones and survive the night. Plus short film Shapes.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

SOLD OUT! Featuring filmmaker introduction and Q&A! Plus short film Bar Fight  Emily lives in fear of her cancer returning, so much so that her anxieties have manifested themselves in the form of a faceless creature, her fear incarnate...or is it? In attempt to distract her from her troubles, Nina organises a weekend getaway for Emily and friends to a secluded cottage in a quiet country town. Orange Lodge is known far and wide as a good town with good people...however they have a strong no drug policy and will go to extreme lengths to prevent any drugs from entering the town.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Plus short film Twig It is quiet throughout the country. Everybody is glued to the TV watching the finals. Not a single soul is seen in the streets. On the outskirts of Denmark however, a small gas station still needs to be manned. And on this particular evening, two very different young women are on duty. Agnes, a snobbish college student, is trying to work on her thesis, while naïve Belinda is texting away trying to get the attention of her boyfriend. Unfortunately, the shift is not going to be as uneventful as they think, because no customers also means no witnesses.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Plus short film Assimilate  Seventeen year-olds Kayla and Maddie are abducted and dumped in the woods, along with five other girls. When they are attacked by a horde of masked killers, the fragile bonds formed amongst the girls shatter as they fight to survive. It soon becomes clear that each killer has been assigned one girl to protect. If that girl dies, so does the killer. Unwilling players in a deadly game, Kayla and Maddie try to stay alive, but when one is killed, the other turns the tables on her abductors and seeks bloody revenge.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Four YouTubers with expertise in supernatural events attempt to repair their damaged reputations and haemorrhaging subscriber base whilst solving the urban legend of Bloody Mary, a spirit that haunts a Brazilian high school's bathroom. Plus short film She's Not Your Type. 

Saturday, 12 October 2019

After being gifted a harpoon for his birthday, Richard, girlfriend Sasha and best bud Jonah set out on a fishing day trip to test out the new toy. When the boat engines fail and the power shorts out miles away from land, tensions rise as they are forced to take drastic measures in order to keep hydrated. As suspicion spirals into paranoia, hidden truths emerge and a nerve-wracking struggle for survival ensues. Plus short film No Getting Away. 

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Plus Filmmaker Q&A! When a music video shoot on the seemingly tranquil Lake Infinity fast turns to bloodshed it can only mean one thing...pure homegrown hilarity and quite possibly the most quotable film in (shot-on-video) cinematic history! Step aboard HOUSEBOAT HORROR as FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST celebrates the 30th Anniversary of this undisputed underdog of Australian cinema with a rare big screen showing followed by a Q&A with cast and crew...you'll bar up!

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Following the screening, ticket holders are exclusively invited to participate in our MONSTER FES-TRIVIA and this year we're testing your '80s horror knowledge! Compelling critical takes and insider tales of the Hollywood filmmaking experience drive ​IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS​, a four-plus-hour documentary that delivers a unique perspective on the decade that gave rise to some of the horror genre’s greatest films and franchises — told by experts and the icons who influenced the modern landscape of genre cinema. Tracking major theatrical releases, obscure titles and straight-to-video gems, ​In Search of Darkness explores a multitude of ‘80s horror films in a year-by-year timeline alongside topics including groundbreaking practical effects; the home-video revolution; poster art and project marketing; creative and budgetary challenges; sound design and musical scores; the 3-D resurgence; heroes and villains; sex, nudity and “the final girl” controversy; and the pop-culture context of what fueled the genre and the ways it responded to the times. Filled with countless clips and entertaining moments, ​IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS is a nostalgia trip through a game-changing decade that that made a generation of horror fans believe in the impossible. Featuring interviews with Tom Atkins, Doug Bradley, Joe Bob Briggs, Darcy the Mail Girl, Lori Cardille, John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Larry Cohen, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Keith David, Katie Featherston, Mick Garris, Michael Gingold, Stuart Gordon, Andre Gower, Spencer Hickman, Kane Hodder, Tom Holland, Graham Humphreys, James A. Janisse, Lloyd Kaufman, Eric Kurland, Heather Langenkamp, Don Mancini, Harry Manfredini, Kelli Maroney, Robbi Morgan, Bill Moseley, Greg Nicotero, Phil Nobile Jr., Cassandra Peterson, Mike Redman, James Rolfe, Ken Sagoes, Ben Scrivens, Mark Shostrom, Corey Taylor, Cecil Trachenburg, Ryan Turek, Caroline Williams, Alex Winter, Heather Wixson, Tom Woodruff Jr. & Brian Yuzna.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Writer/historian Lee Gambin will discuss the television phenomenon known as the Very Special Episode - a trope in the history of American sitcoms where comedic episodic programs suddenly "got serious" and discussed varied topics ranging from rape, drug use, eating disorders, abortion, shoplifting, race issues, coming out and beyond! From early incarnations found in formative situation comedies such as LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, right through to creepy bicycle men on DIFF'RENT STROKES and to that time Alex P. Keaton got hooked on speed on FAMILY TIES, Gambin will cover a massive range of examples of this fad, thoroughly discussing their creation and impact whilst accompanied by a large number of clips and stills. From the works of legendary show runners such as Norman Lear (who gave us groundbreaking shows such as ALL IN THE FAMILY and MAUDE) and Susan Harris (the "mother" of THE GOLDEN GIRLS) to looking at social and political changes that were heavily influenced by the power of these TV shows, Gambin's talk promises to be an enlightening, entertaining and emotionally rousing event that will definitely make you want to revisit classic TV sitcoms such as THE FACTS OF LIFE, MR. BELVEDERE, MORK & MINDY, GOOD TIMES and so many more.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Plus Filmmaker Q&A! A young couple on a romantic weekend in the Australian bush are terrorised by a psychopathic family.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Featuring filmmaker introduction and Q&A! Plus short film The Spirit An American couple, Wade and Lisa, travel Down Under to experience nature at its finest. But their vacation gets off to a rocky start when Lisa rejects Wade's marriage proposal on the flight over. As their relationship strains, they head inland to Uluru (Ayres Rock). On remote dirt roads, their GPS plays-up and they find themselves stranded and ill- prepared. With only each other to rely on, the two are driven to extremes in order to stay alive in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Join us for a 45th Anniversary Screening of Brian De Palma's PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Plus short film Nero In 1974, acclaimed film director Brian De Palma created the glam-horror-rock 'n' roll musical Phantom of the Paradise, featuring a starring role and songs from musical legend Paul Williams (the award-winning writer behind classic songs like “We've Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and “Rainbow Connection”). On release, the film landed with a mighty thud and quickly disappeared back from whence it came and this would be where the story ended if it weren't for the brave denizens of the small and frigid Canadian city of Winnipeg who didn't get the memo. Instead, local kids (shockingly between the ages of 9-13) turned the film into an enduring phenomenon with local box office grosses larger than the studio blockbuster Jaws. Phantom of Winnipeg tells the story of the unique fan community that sprung up around the film and the people whose rock 'n' roll obsessions are still going strong decades later. This documentary is an exploration of an outsider community and the very DNA of fan culture itself told via the true life stories of those fateful Winnipeg kids who just got it, the cast and creative team behind the original film who saw it all go down first-hand, and those who swear that Winnipeg was definitely on to something.

Friday, 11 October 2019

When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education...written in blood. Plus short film Pipe Dream.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

What happens when you realise that to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose is a quiet, demure, unassuming woman in her looks and actions. Her dream is to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition. She seeks out a radical untested stem cell treatment. The treatment is nothing short of a miracle and wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball. It all seems to good to be true. She is now everything she wanted to be. But everything in life comes at a price and this new found perfect life is no exception. Plus short film One Last Meal 

Friday, 18 October 2019

Plus short film Bedtime READY OR NOT follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

After all the adults are wiped out from a mysterious disease, the surviving kids split into two groups: the have not Eastsiders vs. the tyrannical Westside Titans. When one of their own is captured by the Titans, it’s up to punk rockers and best friends Nat and Scratch to lead the East side teens on a deadly, high-octane mission that forever alters the future of Potter’s Bluff. Plus short film Nineteen Ninety Nine.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Plus short film Vampires Prefer Black Times are tough for Sam. Already a cancer survivor at twenty-two, she eeks out a meager existence delivering pizza for minimum wage—and minimum tips. When the final delivery of the night promises to take her to a wealthy neighborhood with the chance of a healthy tip, she jumps at the opportunity to make up for an unprofitable shift. What begins as a quest for cash ends up as a quest for survival, though, when it turns out her customers aren’t who she’s used to delivering to. Instead, they’re a Satanic cult of a very different color: high-society elites for whom worshipping the Dark Lord coexists with country clubs and casseroles.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

From the depth of the darkest shadow to the furthest reaches of the beyond, this program of horror shorts exist to terrify and revel in your excruciating torment.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Plus short film Crap-Man Stewart Raffill's 1994 cult classic TAMMY AND THE T-REX is equal measures teen movie, creature-feature, mad scientist flick, screwball comedy and all out insane, now presented in its previously unreleased, uncut and gore-soaked glory for your discerning pleasure! This post-JURASSIC jam stars the heavenly combo of Denise Richards (STARSHIP TROOPERS; WILD THINGS) and the late Paul Walker (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise; SHE’S ALL THAT) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul is mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease — even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Originally filmed as a crimson-soaked gorefest (with impressive splatter by the late SFX guru John Carl Buechler), TAMMY’s only minimal release back in the day was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video and inexplicably marketed as a “kids’ film.” Now, thanks to Vinegar Syndrome's intrepid efforts, this gonzo gem is here to tickle both casual observers and longtime fans of dino-carnage.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Plus Filmmaker Q&A! Murder City’s Trash peddler, Dick Dale returns to Melbourne with a sordid selection of the sickest, gnarliest and funniest short films from the around the darkest corners of the planet with an all-new TRASAHRAMA program.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Featuring filmmaker introduction and Q&A! Plus short film 2001: A Space OdysSEX After the death of their adoptive mother, a shy butcher and his drama queen sister leave the UK and adventure to Australia in search of their biological mother, but the local townsfolk of Two Heads Creek are hiding a dark secret: the pair must reconcile their differences to fight for their lives in this playfully dark comedy-horror.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Pitched as Assault On Precinct 13 meets Night Of The Living Dead, V.F.W. follows barman Fred and his retired military buddies as they are forced to defend their local watering hole – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives. Plus short film Corgi.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Plus short film Stray A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.

Friday, 11 October 2019

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

Saturday, 07 December 2019

Hansard; noun The official report of all parliamentary debates. See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.

Saturday, 09 November 2019

‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

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.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Oscar nominee Keira Knightley stars in the true story of Katharine Gun – British intelligence specialist and ultimate whistleblower – from acclaimed director Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game, Tsotsi). Intelligence translator Katharine (Knightley) receives an accidental email outlining a blackmail plan by the US to swing the UN Security Council on the matter of going to war with Iraq. Leaking the details to The Observer, Katharine soon realises that more than just her job is now at risk. With an impassioned performance from Knightley and a gold standard array of British actors: Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode and Rhys Ifans, Hood’s feature illuminates a little-known name whose actions should have had larger consequences – and an ordinary woman thrown into very extraordinary circumstances.

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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Dubbed the cult hit of the Venice Film Festival by Italy’s leading film magazine Ciak, ORECCHIE (Ears) is the charmingly comic story of a man who wakes up one morning with an irritating ringing sound in his ears. A note on the fridge says: "Your friend Luigi has died. P.S. I took the car". Only, he doesn’t remember who Luigi is. Satirical and blackly comic, ORECCHIE is a sharp, refreshing ride that casts aside the conventions of traditional Italian comedy. Intent on showing a different side of Rome, director Alessandro Aronadio has crafted a visually stunning journey, offering a contemporary portrait of the beloved city rarely seen on the big screen. Starring Silvia D’Amico, Rocco Papaleo and Milena Vukotic alongside Daniele Parisi in his screen debut, ORECCHIE was a triple award winner at the Venice Film Festival including the FEDIC Award for Best Food Scene (in true Italian style, yes this is an award!). Italian language, English subtitles.

Thursday, 07 November 2019

Pedro Almodóvar teams up again with his long-time collaborators Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz in PAIN AND GLORY, a nostalgic ode to an ageing filmmaker – one who perhaps may echo Almodóvar himself. Salvador (Banderas) is a filmmaker in his 60s, becoming increasingly incapacitated by his body’s limitations and wondering if he has any movies left to make. Reunited with an old estranged friend, Alberto (Asier Etxeandia), Salvador finds himself dabbling in drug use, feeling young again, and reflecting on his relationship with his mother (played in flashbacks by Cruz), as well as his childhood and sexuality. Outstanding in its cinematography and lush in its storytelling, Almodovar is back with a true return to form with PAIN AND GLORY – and with one of the finest vessels that have been lent to both Banderas and Cruz.

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Thursday, 24 October 2019

ADVANCE SCREENING Brunetti and Cinema Nova present an advance screening with free morning tea. Ticket includes a box of Brunetti handmade chocolates and coffee / tea. Sunday October 20 – 10.00am. On sale below. From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard’s documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. The 1990 World Cup in Italy was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Opera star Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras onstage in Rome watched by 1.4 billion worldwide. Their powerful rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard, and Pavarotti realised his long held dream of bringing opera into the mainstream. Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti’s story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself. Thanks to a partnership with Decca Records and unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and extensive live music footage, we see Pavarotti’s personal story emerge: from his humble beginnings in Northern Italy through to global super stardom. We travel the world with Pavarotti. We get to know the great tenor as a husband and a father, a committed philanthropist, as well as a fragile artist who had a complex relationship with his own unique talents and unprecedented success. PAVAROTTI will include the latest Dolby Atmos audio technology, allowing theatrical audiences to experience the late Pavarotti’s extraordinary voice once more in a unique and spine-tingling way.

Thursday, 07 November 2019

From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz in their first full-length feature, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is an unlikely “on the road” buddy movie. Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down Syndrome, has escaped from a residential nursing home in order to attend his dream wrestling school. Pairing up with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), an outlaw on the run, the two become companions and friends. Also starring Dakota Johnson and John Hawkes, the film introduces us to someone who dares to dream – The Peanut Butter Falcon – and weaves a moving story of friendship and self-odyssey.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Meet The Filmmaker Q&A! Makers of THE PORTAL will be live in cinema discussing their documentary on Tuesday 15th October, 6.30pm. Tickets on sale now ! How can we really change the world, and is the answer in ourselves? THE PORTAL, from director-producer team Jacqui Fifer and Tom Cronin, will attempt to answer this. Following six people and one robot as they throw themselves into obtaining personal growth via meditation and mindfulness, THE PORTAL will ask what would happen to the planet if everyone practised the same stillness. Combined with insights from three of the world’s most notable futurists and philosophers, the film will provide a vision of a future transformed, the experiential documentary leading the audience down a path of mindfulness to answer the question of whether “an enlightened planet” is possible.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

A slow-burning and exquisitely shot two hours that details the relationship that builds between a painter, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) and her subject Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a reluctant soon-to-be bride who refuses to sit for her portrait. Marianne is commissioned by Héloïse’s mother who gives her an encumbered task: to paint her daughter in secret. Winner of the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay at Cannes, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is full of intimacy, longing, and two luminescent performances from its stars. The result is an immersive portrait in itself, and one that will burn on long after the credits. French language, English subtitles.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Screen stalwarts Mel Gibson and Sean Penn team up to tell the incredible true story of Professor James Murray and Dr William Minor in PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN. A passion project for Gibson of which the making of took two decades, the film is based on Simon Winchester’s book “The Surgeon of Crowthorne”. Murray (Gibson) has taken on the task of compiling words to fill the very first Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century. Receiving scores of entries from one source in particular – Dr William Minor (Penn), an inpatient at a facility for mentally ill criminals. Collaborating on the collection of words, the two men are brought together despite the contrast in their personal circumstances.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

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

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Partho Sen-Gupta (Sunrise) directs a tense mystery set in Sydney about a Muslim refugee and café owner, Ricky (Adam Bakri), whose life is turned upside down when his estranged younger sister Ameena (Danielle Horvat) goes missing. Beginning a desperate search for her with their mother, Ricky’s sister Ameena is a highly politicised slam poet, and it doesn’t take long for the right-wing media to seize on the story: twisting it into speculation that Ameena has fled Australia to join the Islamic State. Also starring Rachael Blake as the police officer in charge of investigating the disappearance, SLAM becomes a pertinent study on Islamophobia and how family and identity ties can conflict us.

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

Ken Loach (I Am Daniel Blake) returns with a raw drama representing the heart of modern Britain - and indeed summing up the daily lives of many just trying to support their families and get by. Written by Paul Laverty, Loach’s film tells the tale of a former construction worker turned van driver for a large delivery company. Ricky (Kris Hitchen) lost his building career in the economic crash of 2008, and has two children and his wife Abbie (Debbie Honeywood) to support. When his mate cottons him on to what looks like an easy money earner - delivery driving - Ricky doesn’t realise it’s less about the personal touch, and all about meeting delivery targets. Lumped with debts because of having to rent his own van from the company, Ricky’s life soon devolves into a gut-wrenching account of trying desperately to stay above the line.

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Thursday, 03 October 2019

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton stars alongside her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke in an enigmatic drama about young adulthood and first love, from acclaimed writer-director Joanna Hogg (Archipelago). A shy but ambitious film student begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. As she defies her protective mother, she slips deeper into a fraught relationship that threatens to destroy her dreams. Enchanting and enduring with a profoundly layered breakout performance by Swinton Byrne, THE SOUVENIR signals a welcome return from a distinctive filmmaker.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Based on the novel of the same name by John Searles, STRANGE BUT TRUE is a small-town mystery with a good dose of noir and a side of “no way!” With a cast including Amy Ryan (Birdman, Bridge Of Spies), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Brigsby Bear) and Blythe Danner, the film also stars Margaret Qualley as a young woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant with what she’s convinced is her boyfriend Ronnie’s (Connor Jessup) child – five years after his death in a car crash. As she surfaces again in the lives of Ronnie’s family, they begin to wonder what she truly wants – as well as tumble into a net of lies and secrets.

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

From acclaimed and award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker, Michal Aviad (Invisible) comes the Toronto International Film festival hit, Working Woman. Orna (Liron Ben-Shlush) is hardworking, talented and ambitious but faces increasing sexual harassment at work. Meanwhile, her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat, and Orna becomes the main breadwinner for their three children. As her life starts to fall to pieces, she must pull herself together to fight, in her own way, for her job and a sense of self-worth. A compelling and insightful character driven drama, this is an important story within the current global and cultural conversation about sexual harassment. Hebrew with English subtitles

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