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Thursday, 05 September 2019

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

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Thursday, 18 July 2019

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

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Thursday, 29 August 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, 25 July 2019

Camino Skies is a walking meditation on life, love and losas through the inspirational journey of six strangers from New Zealand and Australia walking the 800km Camino de Santiago to overcome the personal and physical trauma that life has dealt them.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019

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

Friday, 31 May 2019

The Iranian Film Festival Australia Presents! Afrooz is the captain of Iran Futsal National Team, whose long-sought dream, playing in the Asian Games Final has come true at the age of 30 and after 11 years of hard work. She finds out at the airport that her husband, a famous television host, has used his legal right and banned her from exiting the country. The team’s security supervisor, her lawyer, and her best friend and teammates all believe that her only solution is to persuade her husband to let her leave the country. Although Afrooz knows she must break her pride and waive her own right by doing so, she decides to convince him in any way possible. COLD SWEAT is the story of capable and distinguished women who do not quit fighting although they are fed up with the current laws. Farsi language, English subtitles

Thursday, 25 July 2019

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

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Saturday, 08 June 2019

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters. Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind. “Art is not a matter of what you see, but what you make other people see.” Edgar Degas

Saturday, 28 September 2019

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

Saturday, 23 November 2019

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

Saturday, 03 August 2019

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

Thursday, 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, 05 September 2019

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

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

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

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Thursday, 06 June 2019

Nova Exclusive! It’s summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate where an extended family of farmers toil under the rule of a domineering marchesa (Nicoletta Braschi). The handsome and hard-working Lazzaro (captivating newcomer Adriano Tardiolo), a young man imbued with a saint-like innocence, is alternately adored and taken advantage of by his fellow labourers. When the marchesa’s self-absorbed son Tancredi (Luca Chikovani) visits Inviolata with his mother for the first time, he senses an opportunity in Lazzaro naiveté and embroils him in an audacious plan that spirals out of control and throws the estate into a complicated chaos that takes everybody by surprise.  A deeply-affecting parable that effortlessly shifts between neo and magical realism, Alice Rohrwacher’s multi award-winning tale casts an ethereal, wondrous spell, and confirms her status as one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary Italian cinema. Winner: Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival.  Winner: Best Film, Chicago Film Festival. Italian language, English subtitles. Advance screenings May 31-June 2. “Mesmerising. An instant classic. Rohrwacher draws from the past (tapping into literature and folklore as well as film) to interrogate present conditions and future possibilities. This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic. What makes this a great movie, though — a film that acquires new depths of emotion and meaning each time you see it — is the piercing clarity of Alice Rohrwacher’s vision.” - A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Thursday, 06 June 2019

Legendary French director Claire Denis (Beau Travail) returns with her first English language film. Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unravelled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.

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Saturday, 13 July 2019

A thriller-sci-fi starring Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne, I AM MOTHER is directed by Aussie filmmaker Grant Sputore, and is a slick vehicle for an AI post-apocalyptic story that shows us a vision of a future that we aren’t a part of. Danish newcomer Clara Rugaard is Daughter, a teenage girl being raised by a robot (Byrne) post-end-of-the-world - Daughter is the first test tube baby of a new generation of humans. With no character names save Mother, Daughter, and Woman, I AM MOTHER sees Daughter’s insular existence being shattered by the arrival of Woman (Swank), challenging Daughter’s concept of the outside world and creating a rift between her and her robot mother. I AM MOTHER finds the dynamic of man vs machine torn asunder as Daughter starts to learn the concepts of humanity and trust.

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Nova exclusive! Mathieu (Jules Benchetrit) lives with his family in a housing project where peer pressure has led him into petty theft. When the director of a prestigious music conservatory, Pierre (Lambert Wilson), hears Mathieu playing piano at a railway station, he is mesmerised. Pierre decides to secure him private lessons with the imposing Countess (Kristin Scott Thomas), although with a secret agenda: to enter Mathieu in an international competition. Social pressures, and the daunting prospect of performing piano professionally causes Mathieu to question himself. Will he be able to play at the international competition or not? With a sweeping and swirling camera that seems to get ‘inside’ the music, Bernard wrangles many themes throughout In Your Hands, including that of social privation, although distinguished along class lines, not race or creed. In Your Hands in an emotionally stirring tale of a young man and his rare gift for music. French language, English subtitles.

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Saturday, 07 December 2019

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

Thursday, 25 July 2019

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

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

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

Saturday, 06 July 2019

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

Saturday, 27 July 2019

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

Sunday, 28 July 2019

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

Sunday, 28 July 2019

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

Saturday, 20 July 2019

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

Sunday, 21 July 2019

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

Thursday, 25 July 2019

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

Friday, 19 July 2019

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

Saturday, 20 July 2019

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

Friday, 26 July 2019

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

Saturday, 27 July 2019

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

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

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

Saturday, 27 July 2019

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

Friday, 19 July 2019

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

Friday, 19 July 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Telluride, Venice, DOC NYC, Raindance A comedy genius, a hot new director, and a 17th century pirate film: what could possibly go wrong? THE GHOST OF PETER SELLERS is a feature-length documentary directed by Peter Medak about his unreleased film Ghost in the Noonday Sun, starring Peter Sellers. Filmed in Cyprus in 1973, to this day it remains one of the biggest film productions ever undertaken in Cyprus.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

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

Thursday, 25 July 2019

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

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Keith Looby had critical and financial success. Today, Looby lives and paints in relative obscurity. Significant works rot in damp basements and a whole generation of curators and collectors either eschew him or have never heard of him. Why? Is politics just as important as talent? Is the whole art establishment truly out to get him, or is he plain paranoid? Is Looby just another bitter crackpot has-been? LOOBY shares the story of a Sydney artist who can't give up the fight with the tastemakers.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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

Sunday, 28 July 2019

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

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

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

Sunday, 28 July 2019

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

Saturday, 20 July 2019

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

Saturday, 20 July 2019

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

Saturday, 20 July 2019

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

Sunday, 21 July 2019

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

Sunday, 21 July 2019

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

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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

Sunday, 21 July 2019

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

Saturday, 20 July 2019

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

Saturday, 27 July 2019

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

Friday, 26 July 2019

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

Sunday, 21 July 2019

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

Sunday, 28 July 2019

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

Friday, 26 July 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Gold Coast Film Festival In the 1970s, Memphis musician Van Duren was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney but instead faded into obscurity. Years later, two Australian friends come across his record and set out to discover what went wrong.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, shy and insecure Blanche remains as a novice nun even as her family flees the Reign of Terror, torn between her duty to her convent and fear of the guillotine. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written, Die Walküre is an unmissable epic story of monsters, gods, and humans on a superhuman scale. A hugely beloved opera and often sell-out smash hit, the Met is proud to present the second installment of Wagner’s legendary Ring cycle, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Starring Christine Goerke as the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, whose encounter with the mortal twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, sung by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, leads her on a journey from Valhalla to earthbound humanity.

Saturday, 01 June 2019

Marie, adopted daughter of the French army, falls deeply in love with a man who saves her life – a man who just so happens to be from an enemy nation. And so begins Donizetti’s bright and witty tale of love, loyalty and family. Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage. Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts. La Fille du Régiment is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna.

Thursday, 04 July 2019

Meet The Filmmaker Q&A screening: Join director Richard Lowenstein when he screens and discusses his electrifying documentary on one of Australia's most iconic rockstars. Wednesday June 19, 6.45pm - allocated tickets now on sale! A journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead-singer of INXS, a complex and shy man who spent the bulk of his life in the public eye, rarely revealing his true self to anyone except his very close friends. Rare archive footage and intimate insights from friends, lovers, family, colleagues and Michael Hutchence himself, portray his life from the beginning of his fractured family background to the peaks of rock stardom and down into the depths after a freak accident in Copenhagen removed his sense of taste and smell and seriously affected his ability to deal with his unravelling personal and professional life. A feature-length theatrical documentary written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, director of the majority of both INXS and Michael’s music videos and the 1986 feature film, Dogs in Space, in which Michael played the lead.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

2 Oscar nominations - Best Foreign Language Film & Best Cinematography A young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime. When he meets fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced he has met the love of his life, but Ellie's father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Inspired by real events and spanning three years of German history, BAFTA winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) returns with this beautifully structured story about truth, art, power, and inspiration. German language, English subtitles

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Saturday, 15 June 2019

Filmed live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama. Directed Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things). Directed by Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things). America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

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

Saturday, 03 August 2019

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

Thursday, 01 August 2019

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

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Saturday, 13 July 2019

If only museums could talk! This stunning new event film would like to do just that: let the Prado speak for itself. Celebrating its 200th birthday in 2019, the Prado Museum will tell the story of its life, and take you on a spectacular journey in Madrid covering six centuries of Spanish history. History told through art, through the eight thousand masterpieces housed in the Museum’s collections, and the story behind each one. A painting is canvas, colour, matter, and form, but it is also the story of men and women, painters and kings, palaces and queens, wealth and misery, body and soul.

Thursday, 06 June 2019

PRIVILEGE MEMBER ADVANCE SCREENING: Thursday 30 May, 6.30pm Tickets at the special Priv Member rate of $13! Tickets on sale below. (Privilege members must show card on presentation of ticket) MONTHLY MATINEE: Thursday 6 June, 10.30am Join us for morning tea, film screening and converstion between host Jan Epstein and Leann Tilley, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, The University of Melbourne - chatting all things 'women in science'! Tickets on sale below. Inspired by the extraordinary true story of Melita Norwood, Red Joan is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman’s sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award® winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement, until one day her tranquil existence is shattered when she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history. Cambridge University in the 1930s, and the young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo (Tom Hughes). Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: Would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace?

Saturday, 01 June 2019

MELBOURNE'S HOME OF 'THE ROOM' SINCE FEBRUARY 2010! Written, directed and starring Tommy Wiseau, THE ROOM is like no other film you’ve seen. Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) seems to have it all - a beautiful fiancée, Lisa, great friends and a job with a promotion in the works. But Lisa (Juliette Danielle) isn’t who she seems. Manipulative and restless, Lisa sets her sights on Johnny's best friend Mark (Greg Sestero) and they start a torrid affair and Johnny’s perfect world starts to crumble. Featured on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job! and beloved by comic actors such as David Cross and Alec Baldwin, THE ROOM has garnered a massive cult following, selling out sessions across the US, leaving audiences stunned and wondering “how can so bad, be so good?” Please note that it is a condition of entry to all sessions of THE ROOM that bags must be presented for inspection if requested.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

"To whom should I complain?" When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert (Snow in Midsummer, The Jew of Malta) turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Take a glimpse into the early days of the man who brought us tales of hobbits, elves and one particular ring with TOLKIEN, the new biopic from Dome Karukoski (Tom Of Finland). Nicholas Hoult plays master of fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien as his younger self: an orphaned young man finding love, friendship and himself in early 20th century Britain. Falling in with a group of outcasts that become his firm friends, Tolkien finds himself drawn into the fray of WW1 – shattering his life as he knows it, and directly impacting on his creation of The Lord of the Rings series. TOLKIEN is the story of how one man found an entirely new world, while trying to navigate the horrors of a war-torn real one.

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

NOVA FILM CLUB hosted by the delightful Koko: Thursday 30 May, 6.00pm. Tickets on sale now! Discounted drinks and film passes to those who join the conversation following the advance screening. From director David Robert Mitchell comes the film that follows It Follows – his sophomore effort UNDER THE SILVER LAKE. Sam (Andrew Garfield) is thrown headfirst into a strange world of coincidence, crime and murder when his mysterious new neighbour Sarah (Riley Keough) vanishes one morning. Set against the noir-ish setting of Los Angeles and leading him on a goose-chase around the city, Sam will discover that nothing – even Sarah’s identity – is as it seems. Mitchell’s film is a surreal, 140-minute mystery thriller that might have divided critics, but is certainly extravagant in its ambition and cinematography.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

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

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