Coming Soon

Thursday, 14 February 2019

A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive.

  More Details  

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Willem Dafoe embodies the most volatile and inspired of artists, Vincent Van Gogh, in Julian Schnabel’s (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) sensitive and grounded biopic that follows the painter through the last years of his life. Obsessed with light and creating vibrant paintings that reflect the world as he sees it, Van Gogh strides out into the landscape to capture it, but few others see his art as worthwhile. Financially reliant on his brother Theo (Rupert Friend), constantly falling in and out with his best friend and fellow artist Paul Gaugain (Oscar Isaac), and failing to impress the Parisian art world, Van Gogh struggles to find equilibrium between reality and art.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother Holly (Julia Roberts) welcomes her beloved son's return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm's way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family's downfall.

  More Details  

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Beloved by audiences upon release, experience BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY like never before with our limited event Sing-A-Long screenings. A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert, Rami Malek stars as lead singer Freddie Mercury in this rousing, Golden Globe award nominated musical.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

From author John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let The Right One In), this uncategorizable Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Award winner follows customs officer Tina (Eva Melander), who is known for her powerful sense of smell and ability to sense fear. When the suspicious-looking Vore (Eero Milonoff) walks past her customs station, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can't identify, plus she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the hidden truth about herself and her existence. Sweden's Official Entry for the Academy Awards Swedish language, English subtitles

  More Details  

Thursday, 07 February 2019

Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Audience Award at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s epic drama of the travails of a young Lebanese boy traversing the underclass of Beirut is bravura filmmaking of the highest order. Twelve year old Zain stands up in a court room and declares to the judge that he wishes to sue his parents for the crime of giving him life. What initially seems to be an extraordinary charge slowly begins to make all too much sense as the film takes us on a journey through the myriad struggles of Zain’s young life. Born into poverty, suffering abuse, seeing his beloved sister sold into marriage, and eventually winding up on the streets taking care of an abandoned toddler, Zain’s angry cry for justice reverberates with the righteousness of the powerless. With extraordinary performances from its cast of non-professional actors from similar backgrounds as their characters, Labaki’s film is a grand achievement. Arabic & Amharic language, English subtitles

  More Details  

Friday, 15 February 2019

Please note, in cinema commentary may feature coarse language. Director: Albert Band Starring: Jose Ferrer, Michael Pataki, Reggie Nalder, Jan Shutan Soldiers digging around some Romanian ruins stumble upon Count Dracula’s burial chamber and unleash his terrifying vampire Doberman, Zoltan. In need of a new master, Zoltan takes a trip to America where the last of Dracula’s ancestors has just taken his suburban family on a camping trip. Suspicions arise when a sinister hearse starts tailing the family’s Winnebago and dogs in the area turn up dead with bite marks on their throats. This ludicrous take on the vampire legend features a pack of blood-sucking bow wows whose eyes glow in the dark and hilarious scenes of undead doggies digging themselves out of the grave. Oscar winner (!) Jose Ferrer leads a cast of sleazebag favourites including Michael Pataki and the eternally creepy Reggie Nalder. “Voof! Voof! I vant to suck your blood!” Cinema Fiasco presents movies with live commentary. If you want to see this movie without humorous interruptions you should go seek an alternative presentation – and medical advice. “Wallis and McLeod’s wonderfully eccentric dynamic combined with some of the worst films ever made make this a truly unique film-going experience” – BEAT magazine “The Margaret and David of bad movies” – ONSTAGE MELBOURNE “My tummy was sore from laughing by the end of this and I thoroughly recommend it as a fun Friday night out” – THE GROGGY SQUIRREL

Tuesday, 05 February 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, 01 March 2019

Films That Changed Fashion Forever. Screening as part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival Includes drink on entry. Revisit one of the most iconic fashion films of all time! Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on entry, the best fashion short films from the Melbourne International Fashion Festival, and an introduction from a special guest who’ll talk about the fashion in Clueless and other films that changed fashion forever. Dress up in your favourite film attire to win fab prizes. Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after "great singers of the past that now do infomercials," are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good grades than wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough yet warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan Hedaya) and hunky, sensitive stepbrother (Paul Rudd), also has an innate urge to help those less fortunate, like the two introverted teachers she brings together ("negotiating" herself improved grades in the process) and new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy), who starts out a geek and ends up a Cher prodigy. Cher also possesses her own sensitive side, and she is looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding where she least expected.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. Co-starring Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Scoot McNairy and Bradley Whitford. Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, The Invitation).

  More Details  

Thursday, 07 March 2019

From two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman), Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in a dark ‘whodunnit’ thriller of familial ties that pulls no punches. Laura (Cruz), a Spanish woman who has been living in Buenos Aires, returns to her family’s estate outside Madrid for her sister’s wedding with her two children in tow. But her trip home is about to be thrown into chaos, when Laura’s headstrong teenage daughter is kidnapped in the middle of the night’s celebrations. Desperate for any help in discovering her daughter’s whereabouts, Laura reaches out to Paco (Bardem), an old flame who is now a successful winemaker on land purchased from Laura’s father. “Everybody knows” that Laura broke Paco’s heart, but as demands from the kidnappers appear, what else about this secretive and destructive family does “everybody” know? The opening night film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Farhadi’s latest is a work of masterful melodrama, unravelling a family’s decades of rancour, resentment and sins until there is nowhere to hide. Spanish language, English subtitles

  More Details  

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, 31 January 2019

In 1988, Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) was expected to clinch the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Far and away the most popular candidate, with high approval among young voters, idealism, intelligence, and charisma out the wazoo, pundits were all but declaring Hart the next president. But when allegations of Hart conducting an extramarital affair surface, the resulting scandal becomes a blood bath as the media races to expose him. Directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) and co-starring J.K. Simmons and Vera Farmiga, THE FRONT RUNNER tells a true story that changed the course of history, and became a prescient warning.

  More Details  

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Meet The Filmmaker event screening! Enjoy an edible bug canape upon arrival and join filmmakers Johanna Kelly & Cameron Marshad, and international guest Kevin Bachhumer of Big Cricket Farms (the first farm in the USA to receive FDA licensure for food-grade insects) for a screening of THE GATEWAY BUG followed by a discussion on the hot topic of insects and their role in sustainable food production. Over 2 billion people eat insects for protein. Eco foodie doc THE GATEWAY BUG follows the rise and fall of edible insect start-ups in America, exposing the West’s disconnect with food as climate catastrophe, while offering daily habits we can change, to fix our broken food system, one meal at a time. Starring TV chef Andrew Zimmern and interviews with over 50 specialists from the UN, USDA and Climate Foundation to commercial cricket farmers.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

A police officer (Jakob Cedergren) with a chequered past is assigned to dispatch duty, only to be drawn into a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. Grippingly crafted in the vein of Locke and other single-location thrillers, Gustav Moller's award-winning thriller will keep you guessing until the final frame. Danish language, English subtitles

  More Details  

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.

  More Details  

Thursday, 31 January 2019

The bestselling YA novel phenomenon hits the big screen, directed by George Tillman Jr. and with a commanding lead performance from Amandla Stenberg as an African-American teenager caught between black and white worlds. Starr Carter attends a prestigious prep school where the students are overwhelming white, but she herself lives in a poorer neighbourhood comprised primarily of people of colour. Starr is used to switching between these communities, but her feelings dramatically change when she witnesses the horrific fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Now Starr must stand up for what is right in the face of consequences that will upturn her world. Co-starring Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Common, Issa Rae and Algee Smith, and with urgent relevance to the world we live in today, THE HATE U GIVE is a vital viewing experience. Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

  More Details  

Thursday, 14 March 2019

In November 2008, a wave of devastating terrorist attacks throughout Mumbai catapulted the city into chaos. Frantic tourists fled to the one place they believed would be safe. The renowned Taj Mahal Hotel. Only to discover the famed institution was the primary target. But many more would have been killed if not for the extraordinary heroism of a few ordinary hotel staff members who valiantly risked their own lives to protect the lives of guests. This is the astonishing true story of the victims and survivors. Directed by Anthony Maras and starring Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs, Dev Patel, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Anupam Kher. Some Hindi, Punjabi and other foreign languages, English subtitles.

  More Details  

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Cinema’s ultimate provocateur, Lars Von Trier, returns with a jaw-dropping, serial killer thriller starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders, each, as he views them, a towering work of art-that define his "career". Mixing black humour, surrealism and musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, Von Trier fashions a radical inquiry into violence, art, and the acts of creation and destruction. The House That Jack Built is one of Von Trier’s most daring, boundary-pushing works yet.

  More Details  

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Golden Globe winner - Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winning writer/director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) adapts James Baldwin's acclaimed novel - a love story set in 1970s Harlem, New York. After her fiancé is framed for a crime, a young woman struggles against a corrupt justice system in this brilliantly crafted, poignant drama. Friends since childhood, Tish (Kiki Layne in a breakthrough performance) and Fonny (Stephan James) are expecting their first child and are looking forward to a happy life together. But when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit, their plans are derailed and Tish must fight to prove his innocence in an unforgiving and racially biased world. "A triumph" - Vanity Fair

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Written and directed by Julien Faraut and narrated by Mathieu Amalric, JOHN McENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION revisits the rich bounty of 16-mm-shot footage of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the world’s top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris’s Roland Garros Stadium in 1984. Close-ups and slow motion sequences of McEnroe competing, as well as instances of his notorious temper tantrums, highlight a ”man who played on the edge of his senses.” Far from a traditional documentary, Faraut probes the archival film to unpack both McEnroe’s attention to the sport and the footage itself, creating a lively and immersive look at a driven athlete, a study on the sport of tennis and the human body and movement, and finally how these all intersect with cinema itself.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.

  More Details  

Friday, 22 February 2019

Monster Fest presents a one night only screening of LORDS OF CHAOS, based on the stranger-than-fiction true story of a rock-band whose flair for attracting attention spirals horribly out of control. A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s results in a very violent outcome. Jonas Akerlund directs the unbelievable true story of the Lords Of Chaos; a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder. Starring Rory Culkin, Sky Ferreira, Jack Kilmer and Emory Cohn.

Thursday, 07 February 2019

She was the greatest classical voice of the twentieth century. Now, experience the story and career of renowned soprano Maria Callas in her own words. Compiled via performances, interviews, home movies, photographs, letters and Callas’ memoirs, the vast majority of which have never been seen by the public, MARIA BY CALLAS represents years of meticulous research by director Tom Volf. The story of this gifted woman who was born in humble circumstances in New York City, and burst on to the world stage to become the very definition of an opera diva, is explored entirely through Callas’ own words either through recordings or her writings, the latter read by acclaimed opera star Joyce DiDonato. A must-see not only for opera fans but those enamoured with strong, passionate and talented artists of all stripes, MARIA BY CALLAS is a glorious celebration of the woman Leonard Bernstein called “the Bible of opera.”

  More Details  

Saturday, 06 April 2019

For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great real-life 18th-century actress who is adored by many, but who loves only the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections who will stop at nothing to win his love; Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet, Adriana’s faithful friend; and Carlo Bosi as the duplicitous Abbé.

Saturday, 04 May 2019

Don José loses everything to be with the capricious Carmen, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe. Clémentine Margaine stars as opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite superstar Roberto Alagna (who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010) as the passionate solider held in the throes of Carmen’s cruel magnetism Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s thrilling production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire and one of the most popular operas of all time.

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.

Saturday, 09 March 2019

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont.

Saturday, 09 February 2019

When a compulsive thief is caught red-handed and blackmailed into marriage, the strange new arrangement might hold the key to unlock her mysterious past. Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based the novel which inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed psychological thriller, has its U.S. premiere at the Met this season. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role opposite Christopher Maltman as her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland, Iestyn Davies as his brother Terry, Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Marnie’s mother. Costume design is by Madonna's collaborator of twenty years, Arianne Phillips, who created every item seen on stage in this stylish, vivid production. Robert Spano makes his company debut conducting. Marnie is a co-commission and co-production with English National Opera, where the production premiered in 2017.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Oscar winning, MON ONCLE: This 1958 French comedy takes a satirical view of mid-century design and architecture. Monsieur Hulot, from the ‘old quarter’ of Paris is confused by his sister’s ultra-modern house its automated fixtures. A visual feast for the mid-century modern lover. Co-presented by The Ian Potter Museum of Art as part of their exhibition ‘Çlement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design’. The film will be preceded by a brief introduction to Meadmore's 1950s design aesthetic as seen in the film by Curators Dean Keep and Jeromie Maver.

Saturday, 09 February 2019

Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist’s epic adventure into the Mora family’s secret past. Philippe Mora investigates his father Georges’ clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother Mirka’s miraculous escape en route to Auschwitz. Includes an introduction by Heide curators Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan, and admission to the Heide exhibition Mirka Mora: Pas de Deux— Drawings and Dolls.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Are you feeling brave? Longing for a taste of adventure? Willing to put yourself in our hands and (gulp) take the jump to watch a film when you have no idea what it is until the curtains open? Take a punt on Nova and join us for an advance screening of a film we really think you’re going to enjoy – but you won’t know what the film is until you’re in the cinema and the opening credits roll! With previous MYSTERY MOVIE screenings that featured Arrival, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Florida Project, Their Finest, Edge of Seventeen and Tully, you know we’re going to dish up something interesting. Whatever the film ends up being, you’ll also see it long before everyone else. So make movie-going a brave and surprising experience again with the MYSTERY MOVIE. And don’t think you can bribe our staff – they don’t know what the film is either! Trust in us that it's something we really love, and that you definitely want to see.

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, 30 March 2019

★★★★ “Sharp, funny and subversively political” – The Guardian ★★★★ “Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness” – Independent Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss Alan Bennett's ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer). The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. ALLELUJAH! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

Saturday, 02 February 2019

★★★★ “Simon Godwin directs a terrific and epic production filled with passion.” – The Guardian ★★★★ “Spectacular tragedy. Go see it. You won’t be sorry” – The Times “Eternity was in our lips and eyes.” Filmed live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war. Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Do I run? This is the question which is facing Pauline Gibson. She has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare? David Hare (Plenty, Skylight, Stuff Happens) was recently described by the Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English.’ His explosive new play portrays the history of a twenty year intimate friendship and its public repercussions. Siân Brooke (Doctor Foster, Sherlock) plays Pauline. Neil Armfield, Co-Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival, returns to direct.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, filmed live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London. This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution and Absolute Hell. Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.

Thursday, 07 February 2019

Felicity Jones stars as the Notorious RBG, but in a story you may not be familiar with. ON THE BASIS OF SEX is inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg – then a struggling attorney and new mother – who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights as her career begins to rise. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. The film also chronicles the touching romance between Ruth and Marty, a partnership that succeeded both personally and professionally. Co-starring Kathy Bates, Justin Theroux and Sam Waterston, ON THE BASIS OF SEX is a rousing film about the genesis of an American icon.

  More Details  

Monday, 25 February 2019

STRICTLY PRIVATE INVITE-ONLY EVENT. Not open to the public. Must be over 18+ years for entry. Come and enjoy a big screen live telecast of the 2018 Academy Awards where your ticket includes drinks, finger food and a show bag full of goodies. Not only this, but will also go in the running to win some great prizes! Dress to impress and show off your frock on the purple carpet. Arrivals for 11.45am Group of ten or more tickets are available at a discounted price, please contact the cinema directly for more information. Tickets are also available for purchase at the box office upon presentation of your invitation. *This is a strictly industry and media only function*

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Is art that is the most expensive the best, most important art? Art collectors and auction houses would like you to believe so, and the contemporary art market has inflated to such extraordinary proportions that ‘art as asset’ collecting is causing billionaires to pay obscene prices for artworks, whipping the art world into hysteria and sought-after artists into production overdrive. But when art is viewed primarily as a commodity and status symbol, what does that do to artists, and does it devalue art as a form of personal and cultural expression? Documentarian Nathaniel Kahn’s THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING explores the art market bubble, talking to curators, collectors, auctioneers and artists themselves, and asking the question: when art and commerce are so entwined, what happens when the bubble bursts?

  More Details  

Saturday, 02 February 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.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

  More Details  

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Australian Premiere Screening with short film People Vs Oil Followed by panel discussion Accelerate follows one of the world’s most internationally recognised environmentalists, Bill Mckibben, on his recent tour of Australia, where he inspires government, business and community to accelerate action on climate change. A collaborative effort between Emma Hudson (Director), John Collee (Screenwriter of Master and Commander, Happy Feet, Hotel Mumbai) and Blair Palese (CEO of 350 Australia), Accelerate follows Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, during his 2017 tour in Australia as he demands that our government, businesses and communities accelerate climate action. Bill, the co-founder of international organisation 350.org, is widely considered to be one of the most acclaimed environmental writers and activists in the world. Bill McKibben’s 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages, and he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. By founding 350.org, McKibben grew the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organised twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the the Adani coal mine, the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement #FossilFree with more than 1000 divestment partners adding up to almost $US8 trillion. During his time in Australia, he visited five states in just eight days, saw the devastation caused by ocean warming on our Great Barrier Reef, visited Newcastle to meet with union and government officials in the heart of the world’s biggest coal export port, and saw some of the low carbon solution projects underway in Adelaide. Throughout the tour, Bill had three key messages: we need to stop all new fossil fuel projects, switch to 100% renewable energy, and make sure not a dollar more goes to dirty energy. Accelerate tells us – and shows us – we don’t have to accept the status quo. People power is the only thing that can stop the worst impacts of climate breakdown. We can keep fighting until we’ve won. Every level of society needs to be involved for us to Accelerate climate action. Every person has a role to play. Because to change everything, it takes everyone. The film features Australian and international talent including, Simon Baker, Sean Keenan, Jack Thompson, Rachel Ward and Mia Wasikowksa. 2019 | 55 min | AUSTRALIA Directed by Emma Hudson

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Followed by a Q&A with director Cameron Ford Five Australian friends attempt to cycle from Oklahoma to California in honor of the mighty westward migration undertaken by The Grapes of Wrath’s Joad family. Seeking to gain a greater understanding of the Dust Bowl, explore the central themes of the novel and discuss their relevance in today’s America, the group sets out with $420 (the equivalent of the Joad's $18 in the late 1930s), no support vehicle and no training. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans the cyclists expand on the novel’s core: migration, inequality, and the perceived land of opportunity, and explore whether America has progressed since the book was written discussing the wealth gap, immigration and the American Dream. THE BIKES OF WRATH uncovers a deep insight into the human spirit, and shines a positive light on America at a time when the world needs it most; all rolled into a unique, funny and life-affirming observational documentary filled with adventure, literature, music, and human connection.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Australian Premiere A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide an example of the type of political change that can be achieved when people come together. Burkinabè Rising, a new documentary from Cultures of Resistance Films, showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso. A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide an example of the type of political change that can be achieved when people come together. It is an inspiration, not only to all of Africa but also to the rest of the world. Through music, film, ecology, visual art, and architecture, the people featured in this film are carrying on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara. After assuming the presidency in 1983, Sankara was killed in a 1987 coup d'état led by his friend and close advisor Blaise Compaoré, who subsequently ruled the country as an autocrat for twenty-seven years. In October 2014 a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance is mightier than ever in Burkina Faso. In the fall of 2016, director Iara Lee travelled throughout the country to film Burkinabè Rising. Through this journey, she met a remarkable cast of artists, musicians, and activists who are using the country's artistic traditions to propel forward a message of resistance: Joey le Soldat, a rapper, infuses his lyrics with references to the struggles of the impoverished youth in Ouagadougou, the country's capital, as well as those of the farmers who toil in the country outside. Marto, Burkina Faso's most well-known graffiti artist, turns barren city walls into colourful murals decrying injustice. Malika la Slameuse, a women's rights activist, performs slam poetry that offers a feminist perspective on a male-dominated art form. Serge Aimé Coulibaly uses dance as a form of political resistance, with movement borne from a need to speak out and take action. In addition to profiling individual artists, Burkinabè Rising documents a festival of recycled art and interviews groups of farmers who are standing up to the encroachment of corporate agriculture. Displaying a panorama of creative resistance, the film shows how the resurgent Burkinabè pursuit of peace and justice manifests itself through cultural expression, permeating every aspect of daily life. 2017 | 71 min | BURKINA FASO Directed by Lara Lee

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Australian Premiere A story about recovery, resilience, hope and the power of the human spirit. In 2011, Chef Eduardo Garcia was shocked with 2400 volts of electricity in a freak incident deep in Montana’s backcountry. Near death, alone and miles from help, Eduardo got up and took his first step towards what would ultimately be years of recovery and rehabilitation. When Eduardo arrived at Salt Lake City’s Burn Trauma ICU, doctors said he was a dead man with a heartbeat. During the course of his recovery, Eduardo spent 48 days in the ICU. He had nine severe exit wounds and underwent 21 surgeries, which included the removal of four ribs and cutting away destroyed muscle mass from his torso, legs, arms and scalp. Doctors tried to save Eduardo’s left hand, but, when it came down to life or limb, they had to amputate the chef's hand and forearm. Months before the incident, Eduardo’s long-term girlfriend, Jennifer Jane, left him after Eduardo had proven himself unfaithful. Still struggling with the knowledge that Eduardo was not the man she thought he was, Jen flew from England to be by his side. As his primary caregiver throughout it all and by his side 24 hours a day in the ICU, Jen documented the initial months with her camera and supported him through his recovery as those months turned into years. Since his hospital release, Eduardo has become an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, mastered the use of his prosthetic hook in the kitchen and is back to exploring the great outdoors. Charged is a survival story built on the foundations of love and forgiveness. But it is about more than just surviving. It is about building stronger relationships and a better life after tragedy. It is about finding your best self so you can live life fully Charged. 2017 | 96 min | USA Directed by Phillip Baribeau

Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Australian Premiere Containing ground-breaking interviews with controversial academic Jordan B. Peterson, Peter Schweizer, and others, The Creepy Line offers an explosive look at the the world’s most powerful search engines and social media platforms and reveals the stunning degree to which they understand, shape, and control our everyday reality. An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is shaped by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they are able to do it. ‍ The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” ‍ Containing ground-breaking interviews with Jordan B. Peterson, Peter Schweizer, and others, The Creepy Line offers an explosive look at the power and influence Google and Facebook have to shape reality on their supposedly “neutral platforms.” ‍ The Creepy Line takes the conversation about data privacy and control further than ever before by examining what Google and Facebook are able to do once they obtain a user’s data. Not only can this data sold to the highest bidder, but it can also be used influence opinion on a vast scale. ‍ Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line reminds us how our reality is being shaped when we give away our data to these global behemoths. 2018 | 81 min | USA Directed by M.A Taylor

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by Dumbo Feather From the team that brought us Angel Azul, Dirt Rich showcases the revolutionary new tools and techniques that can help reverse the effects of runaway climate change. We are alive during a very narrow window of time available to re-stabilise atmospheric carbon levels and replenish the planet’s desperately depleted soils. With over 400 carbon parts per million in the earth’s atmosphere, and only enough good soil to support 64 more harvests on the current trajectory, Dirt Rich presents the timely strategies necessary to address these critical issues. Through regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation of abandoned land, protection and the restoration of carbon rich wetlands, and protection of keystone species, Dirt Rich educates and inspires viewers to contemplate the positive impact we can have on the planet when we understand the beautiful and complex systems that sustain life. 2018 | 88 min | USA Directed by Marcelina Cravat

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by Grimshaw Architects Followed by panel discussion Energy Pioneers showcases the visionaries who are convinced that their ideas will contribute to solving humanity’s most challenging problems. Following entrepreneurs, innovators and professors and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that come with giving birth to big ideas. Energy Pioneers shows the genius, grit and commitment it takes to change the world. American entrepreneur James Ehrlich strives to reinvent urban planning through community-driven living in his utopian ‘ReGen Villages’. Former Swiss Professor Hansjürg Leibundgut pursues technical innovation and systemic change at the political level. What unites the two great minds is their commitment to fight for a sustainable future. Desperately underfunded, they both depend on selling their ideas and finding strong investors. This task takes a toll on both of them, but they are assisted by bright young minds, who share their passion and are prepared to accept their inheritance. A film about obstacles, crises and the power of an idea. 2018 | 73 min | SWITZERLAND Directed by Samuel Stefan

Friday, 01 March 2019

Australian Premiere An indigenous community in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve confronts internal divisions and the threat of illegal loggers in order to recover the ancient forest they nearly destroyed. Like the millions of monarchs that also call this forest home, their survival depends on it. The Guardians is a story of human and nature in parallel, told through the perspectives of an indigenous Mexican community and the threatened monarch butterflies they share a forest with. The everyday struggle of Donaciano Ojeda to carve out a viable future is told through the point of view of two main characters: Santos, a charismatic avocado and trout farmer; and Aristeo, a philosophical tree caretaker. Both face enormous obstacles that test their commitment to the forest and to building a sustainable future. During the course of the film, the threats of community divisions, illegal logging, and agricultural thieves, seriously thwart their success. Just as the people struggle to survive in their indigenous forest habitat, so do the monarch butterflies. Twenty years ago, monarchs numbered almost a billion. But the population has steadily declined, hitting a record low 33 million in 2013. Despite a slight uptick in 2014, dangerously low population levels spark concern on both sides of the border, as the monarchs rely on the habitat of three nations as they migrate from Canada to Mexico and back each year. Weaving together the lives of monarch and people, The Guardians asks if humans and nature can coexist without one suffering at the expense of the other. 2018 | 70 min | USA Directed by Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran

Friday, 01 March 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Climate Reality Project Australia Followed by panel discussion From the producers of Chasing Ice, The Cove, and Racing Extinction, The Human Element travels with internationally renowned photographer James Balog on his stunning visual odyssey which documents how climate change is impacting the air, earth, fire and water that shapes life on earth. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element highlights the individuals who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Now a major voice in the climate change conversation, and operating at the height of his career, Balog is witnessing the most sweeping and rapid environmental change in the history of the planet. Balog visits Tangier Island, a fishing community in the Chesapeake Bay who are facing the imminent reality of sea level rise threatening their island’s future. We meet Yadira Sanchez and her three children in Denver, Colorado, all of whom suffer from asthma, and attend a special school on a hospital campus for children struggling with air. Balog embeds with a Fire Strike team on the frontlines of the most expensive wildfire in California history to witness how human activity is changing how wildfires behave on the landscape. And he ventures deep into Kentucky coal country, meeting unemployed miners finding hope from a new source. The film promises to reach outside the environmentalist bubble to a new audience by appealing on a relatable, emotional, personal level. The film shows us how humanity is tantamount to a fifth element that affects and modulates the others. Knowing this, Balog finds great hope that the fifth element, the human element, can bring the whole system back into balance. 2018 | 77 min | USA Directed by Matthew Testa

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Australian Premiere Followed by a panel discussion Life in Southern Italy is thrown into a tailspin when refugees arrive by the thousands and the locals are left to fend for themselves. Aregai, an Eritrean refugee, who survives a major shipwreck off the shores of Lampedusa, is trapped in the Italian faltering immigration system and goes underground to reach Northern Europe. Through his journey, intercut with the road trip to Germany of a Syrian family, the clash between the newcomers and the locals escalates in real time. It Will Be Chaos is an eloquent, cohesive mosaic of a crisis that is global in scale, where both the refugees and the local communities struggle to stay afloat. 2018 | 90 min | USA Directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Australian Premiere Screening with short film Simple Living Inspired by the revolutionary work of David Holmgren, A Living Earth is a beautifully shot documentary about the Belgian Desnié Farm School and the power of Permaculture to build a sustainable world. What is "Permaculture"? Is it an organic vegetable garden? A band of hippies surrounded by sticks of incense? Seed eaters who talk to birds? During a year in the heights of the Belgium town of Spa, A Living Earth follows experts, trainees and children who open our eyes to the fascinating world of a sustainable ecosystem. The documentary could have easily been titled: “Permaculture for Dummies”. Screening short film: Simple Living Simple Living explores whether 'less is really best'? The film follows three Australian families' unique journeys to build their small dream homes, from tiny homes to cob cottages, using mostly local, recycled and salvaged materials. Find out how they navigate past land challenges and bank debts to find their ultimate abundance. 2019 | 52 min | FRANCE Directed by Luc Dechamps

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by The High Commission of Canada A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s (Occupy Love) beautiful film takes the pulse of our Earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world. A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s film Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our Earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Metamorphosis captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis. Forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to increased speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life. But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world. In Milan, architects design vertical forests, urban towers covered with trees and bushes that reduce CO2, produce oxygen, and give new life to the city. In Phoenix, Arizona, swimming pools are repurposed into self-sustaining gardens, lush with plants and fish that generate food for people. In LA, installing solar panels in underserved neighbourhoods provides cleaner energy to families who normally would not be able to access it. Woven through these and other stories of creativity and reinvention from artists, scientists, thinkers, and young children are creative, systemic solutions for our planet, and for our communities as well. From the deep ecologic connection that humans share with each other, a radical form of hope emerges, vibrant and alive, like a chrysalis splitting open to reveal some new thing ready to take flight. 2018 | 85 min | USA Directed by Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper

Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Australian Premiere More Human Than Human explores what it means to live in the age of intelligent machines. In this personal, playful and at times dramatic quest, the filmmaker finds out how much of his creativity and human values are at stake as he builds his own robot to replace himself as a filmmaker. More Human Than Human explores the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and its effects on our lives. Artificial Intelligence was once the realm of science fiction and futurist visions, but it is part of our current reality. Self-driving cars, autonomous drones seeking their next target or government agencies mining our personal data, we are surrounded by smart machines already. Increasingly, we expect machines to know what we want and understand us when we talk - just ask Siri. As we take a look at the history and current state of AI, filmmaker Tommy Pallotta takes us a step further as he builds his own robot to see if it can replace him as a filmmaker. He and his team design, build, and program the robot to think autonomously and test if it can direct and interview him. Leading them to question, “Can AI replace us as filmmakers and storytellers?” More Human Than Human instigates this debate between futurists and sceptics, about the potential of Artificial Intelligence. The filmmakers take us on a quest of understanding these innovations, opposing views and challenging our aspirations for the future of man and machine. More than just an exposé on the pro and cons of this new technology, the filmmakers’ journey takes them to the world’s leading AI experts and robot pioneers confronting them with the existential questions that artificial intelligence begs us to ask such as: What are the values and ideas these scientists built into their creations? Has the artificial intelligence revolution taken us to the verge of witnessing the birth of a new species? Why are humans so driven to create a new species that might make themselves obsolete? How are our lives changing by these smart machines, what do they give us and what do we lose? 2018 | 79 min | Netherlands Directed by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Australian Premiere Executive-produced and narrated by Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Iron Fist), and featuring Paul Stamets and Vandana Shiva, The Need to Grow highlights the urgent need to replenish the world’s soil, and showcases the inspiring, innovative, and potentially revolutionary, pathways to regeneration, rejuvenation, and a healthy planet. With only sixty years of farmable soil left on Earth, and the increased threats of climate change, the need to rethink how we use earth's natural resources has never been more important. The Need to Grow takes an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement who are redesigning our future; an eight-year-old girl who challenges the ethics of a beloved organisation, a renegade farmer struggling to keep his land as he revolutionises resource-efficient agriculture, and an accomplished visionary inventor facing catastrophe in the midst of developing a game changing technology. Michael Smith, a computer scientist who created technology for the first ever 3D animations in Disney’s Aladdin movie and developed audio processing technology for the FBI, invents a ‘Green Power House’ which does 400 year’s worth of nature’s work in 4 days, Alicia Serratos, who gave a TEDx talk at just 7 years of age, questions the prevalence of GMOs in our food, and Erkik Cutter cultivates his zero-waste, toxin-free Mirco Farm. The film follows their triumphs and challenges as they struggle to build a better world. 2017 | 96 min | USA Directed by Rob Herring and Ryan Wilrick

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Victorian Premiere Followed by panel discussion An empowering documentary about the Latrobe Valley community as they bear the brunt of the privatisation of Victoria’s electricity in the 1990s and the devastating Hazelwood Mine Fire of 2014. The Latrobe Valley is home to three brown coal mines and four power stations which have provided Victoria with over 80 per cent of its power, every day, for over 90 years. This raw and unfiltered documentary traces the footsteps of the Latrobe Valley’s history, starting from the coal community’s birth in the 1920s to the establishment of the State Electricity Commission Victoria (SECV), while focussing on the effects of the privatisation in the 1990s, which severely demoralised the community’s pride in electricity production. Since 2014, the Latrobe Valley community has been sparked into action and are taking control of their health, community and future. The film takes its audience through an emotional and intense roller-coaster as it exposes the fundamental issues facing the community today. An advanced preview of Our Power Screened in 2017. This will be the Victorian Premiere of the final feature. 2019 | 56 min | AUSTRALIA Directed by Peter Yacono

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by Amber Electric Followed by panel discussion with international celebrity athlete Samantha Gash, Young Australian of the Year and solar tuk-tuk adventurer Julian O’Shea, and founder of Amber Electric Chris Thomson. OPENING NIGHT! This event will be followed by drinks and canapes in the Nova Bar & Kitchen. POINT OF NO RETURN takes you behind the headlines of the first ever solar-powered flight around the world — where two courageous pilots take turns battling nature, their own crew, and sometimes logic itself, to achieve the impossible. Not just to make history, but to inspire a revolution. Thirteen years ago, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg began building what many experts said was impossible — a solar-powered aeroplane capable of flying day and night. With the wingspan of a 747 jet and the weight of a car, Solar Impulse is extremely fragile. High winds or turbulence can snap the wings in two. But the dangerous and historic trip tests more than their technology. In an unheated, unpressurized cockpit, the solo flight across the Pacific Ocean becomes a feat of endurance unlike any other in history. Technical failures, unplanned landings, and stormy weather put the entire mission in jeopardy and drain the spirits of the team. To succeed, both Bertrand, a psychiatrist and balloonist, and André, an engineer and jet fighter pilot, must set aside their differences and go against the advice of their crew. POINT OF NO RETURN explores what it takes to do something truly groundbreaking, and documents how their journey captivated people around the world. It’s a story of hope, courage, and perseverance that gets to the heart of what it will take to solve the biggest environmental threat humans have ever faced. 2017 | 95 min | USA Directed by Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Australian Premiere With moments of confusion, clarity, and hilarity, Psychonautics is an engrossingly honest account of the potential healing powers of Psychedelics and the experiences of a genuine Psychonaut. Comedian Shane Mauss sets out on a mission to prove psychedelics are not as scary as they seem… by doing all of them. While describing the indescribable, he explores the beauty and mystique of psychedelics. He also brings in the added perspectives of some of the top scientists, researchers, and experts in this fascinating field of medicine. Shane goes mushroom picking with Eric Osbourne, a mushroom expert and psilocybin retreat leader, to harvest some of the best mushrooms in the world. He learns about the vast medical potential of psilocybin from Dr. William Richards, a leading researcher at Johns Hopkins University, who began studying psychedelics in 1963. Rick Doblin, founder of MAPS (Multidisiplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies), takes us through the history of drug prohibition and explains the DEA's scheduling system, which suppresses the efforts of scientists to study the benefits of these substances. Shane talks to actress Heather Matarazzo about how MDMA assisted therapy was responsible for a life-saving breakthrough with her PTSD. Historian Erika Dyck reveals that research from the 1950s showed the power of LSD to help break alcohol addiction. Shane gets an intense ketamine treatment in a clinical setting, he travels to another dimension with the aid of DMT, and he has a spiritual experience in a clandestine Ayahuasca ceremony. This film shows the enormous potential that psychedelics have to treat disorders, improve our health, and open us up to amazing experiences. However, they can also lead to a month-long manic state and a trip to the psych ward… if not done responsibly. This is a journey that takes Shane to the highest euphoria and the lowest depression, it opens him up to enlightenment, and it kicks him in the balls. With moments of both confusion and clarity, this is as an honest account of the experiences of a genuine Psychonaut. 2018 | 81 min | USA Directed by Brian Bellinkoff

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Screening with Short Film: Tied To The Sea Australian Premiere The Radicals follows a group of professional snowboarders and surfers as they journey across the West Coast of British Columbia, weaving stories of learning, inspiration and environmental rejuvenation - as well as some stunning sports photography. Combining visually stunning sport photography and behind the scenes footage from the frontlines, the The Radicals fulfills the action-sport athlete's quest for extreme landscapes and adventure while uncovering critical social issues and inspirational stories of resistance. This visually stunning documentary follows a group of professional snowboarders and surfers who drift from their respective sport into the world of activism. Together they journey across the West Coast of British Columbia, weaving a story of learning, inspiration and resistance. From the Tahltan fight for the Iskut Headwaters, BC Hydro’s corruption in Xwísten, and art as resilience on Haida Gwaii, to a coastal uprising against fish farms off the coast of Vancouver Island, each community teaches the athletes to understand what it means to be a true radical. Screening with Short Film: Tied To The Sea Tied to The Sea explores our human impact on marine ecosystems, the presence of critical tipping points in our environment, and what we can do to create change. When we feel connected, we care. When we care, we take action. And action can't be put off any longer.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Introduced by Sean Wilmore Followed by a Q&A Ranger to Ranger is an inspiring documentary that follows the epic journey of nine Indigenous Australian Rangers, along with acclaimed Indigenous musician Dan Sultan, as they travel to Kenya, Africa, to share knowledge, culture and music with a tribe of Maasai Community Rangers. The Indigenous Ranger Exchange is a program of the global Ranger organisation and The Thin Green Line Foundation. Through the lens of award winning filmmaker Rhys Graham, and wonderfully tied together with the music of Dan Sultan, this film tells the often-untold story of the sacrifices and strength that bind together the international Ranger family. 2017 | 59 min | AUSTRALIA Directed by Rhys Graham

Sunday, 24 February 2019

World Premiere Followed by Q&A with Samantha Gash and Filmmaker An incredible story of courage and the human spirit, which follows international celebrity endurance athlete Samantha Gash (Australian Survivor) on her epic 3,200km purpose-fuelled adventure across India. 3,200kms of pain and suffering along the roads of India. The journey of Australian endurance athlete and passionate social advocate Samantha Gash is fraught with peril and hardship, as she runs from the sweltering heat of the Rajasthan desert in the West to the mountainous tea estates in the East. Any personal suffering from the run is placed into perspective as Samantha has partnered with World Vision to explore the barriers that children in India face to accessing a quality education. Through visiting over 18 communities that World Vision work with across the country, Samantha learns first-hand about the challenges they face, as well as sharing the stories of success that are providing hope for their future. She encounters the diversity of India, which is both beautiful and challenging, as well as the complex social issues that prevent education. It is this greater purpose and the privilege of meeting those along the way, that makes putting one foot in front of the other - the easiest thing to do.

Friday, 08 March 2019

Australian Premiere Exploring some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, five pioneering scientists make a surprising discovery that flips our understanding of nature on its head, and offers new hope for restoring balance in our world. Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios present one of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be. 2018 | 84 min | UNITED KINGDOM Directed by Nicolas Brown

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by Melbourne Accelerator Program and TSUS Followed by panel discussion She Started It is a feature length documentary on women tech entrepreneurs, shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Europe, Vietnam, Mississippi and beyond. The film aims to highlight successful role models for young women, and shows what it takes to be a female in the world of tech startups. Following five women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again, She Started It takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big-picture perspectives from women like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling; and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook. Through intimate, action-driven storytelling, She Started It explores the cultural roots of female underrepresentation in entrepreneurship — including pervasive self-doubt, fear of failure, and risk aversion among young women. It exposes, too, the structural realities women face as they become entrepreneurs, including lack of female role models and investors, and the persistent dearth of venture capital funding made available to women-led companies. 2016 | 64 min | USA Directed by Nora Poggi

Friday, 22 February 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Followed by panel discussion Featuring absurdly honest interviews with leading academics, economic theorists and the world’s financial elite, System Error takes a deep-dive into the fundamentals of our global economy and asks, ‘How can we have infinite growth on a finite planet?’ If the system that fundamentally underpins our entire global economy is not sustainable, why are our politicians and global leaders so obsessed with it, and how, and when will we transition to a new world? Featuring candid and confronting interviews with a range of fascinating characters, ranging from world-renowned academic and author of ‘Prosperity Without Growth,’ Tim Jackson, to ex-Trump staffer Anthony ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci, who founded an alternative investments firm with 10 billion under management, System Error opens our eyes to the conflicts and contradictions of the economic logic which underpins our global civilization. Screening with short film DeGrowth in the Suburbs from Happen Films. 2018 | 56 min | GERMANY Directed by Florian Opitz

Friday, 22 February 2019

Australian Premiere From the jungles of Borneo to corners of India, and from the Amazon to the Isle of Skye, Tawai follows international explorer Bruce Parry on his adventurous investigation into what has happened to humankind since we stopped flowing with nature and began to build civilizations. ‘Tawai’ is a word the nomadic hunter gatherers of Borneo use to describe the connection they feel to their forest home. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, Bruce Parry (BBC) embarks on an immersive odyssey to explore the different ways that humans relate to nature and how this influences the way we create our societies. Bruce Parry is a BAFTA award-winning documentarian, famous for his unpatronising style of investigation into difficult subjects in intensely remote locations. His extensive time living with Indigenous peoples the world over gives him a unique insight into the human condition and his time spent visiting places on the environmental front line has allowed him a broad perspective of our place on the planet. From the forests of the Amazon and Borneo to the River Ganges and Isle of Skye, Tawai is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself. A fascinating investigation into what it means to be human. 2017 | 101 min | UNITED KINGDOM Directed by Bruce Parry and Mark Ellam

Sunday, 24 February 2019

World Premiere Introduced by Anna Davies Q&A with filmmakers Inspired by the South African philosophy of ‘Ubuntu - I am who I am because of who we all are’, The Ubuntu Project is a celebration of human-ness and a global exploration of people, stories and connection. How do we humans connect? How do we decide who we like and who we don't like? Who we'll offer help to and who’s needs we'll ignore? In order for us to connect with one another, we need to know one another. In order to know one another we need to have conversations, to share stories, to really understand what lies beneath the surface and discover the human-ness in all of us. Inspired by the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, I am who I am because of who we all are, The Ubuntu Project is a celebration of this human-ness; a global exploration of people, stories and connection The Ubuntu Project aims to promote a sense of unity and respect and highlight that, despite our differences, we are all part of the same human race. 2019 | 77 min | AUSTRALIA Directed by Anna Davies

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Australian Premiere Introduced by the Jane Goodall Institute Vestige is a revealing documentary about the fraught race against time of another collapsing species – the rhinoceros. In the embattled provinces surrounding Kruger National Park, South Africa, a network of individuals risk their lives everyday to save the planet's last remaining black and white rhinos. A Zulu bush tracker, the world’s largest private rhino owner, a frontline anti-poaching unit, and a non-profit organisation all strive to empower local communities. As poachers continue to destabilise their environment, Vestige investigates the gripping realities of human life and philosophy amid a disappearing species. 2018 | 80 min | AUSTRALIA Directed by Mark Halliday

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Australian Premiere Presented by The High Commission of Canada and the UNAA Followed by panel discussion Youth Unstoppable follows award-winning filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemer on her 8 year documentation of the Global Youth Climate Movement. When 15-year-old Slater Jewell-Kemker began filming Youth Unstoppable, she certainly did not expect to finish a full decade later. She spent that period with a camera in hand, brimming with determination and traveling the world to various UN climate summits while documenting the life of young activists. For them, climate change was not just stories in the news, but equally often it was the alarming daily life of their home towns and villages. Jewell-Kemker’s film shows that we can still save our planet, but it will require the collective effort of each and every one of us, along with bold political decisions that rise above particular political interests of the world’s wealthiest nations. Youth Unstoppable takes everyone on a journey that allows us to connect with the activists of the next generation and instills hope to know that the future is in their capable hands. 2018 | 91 min | CANADA Directed by Slater Jewell-Kemker

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Nicholas Wrathall investigates the true costs of development in the Kimberley, where mega-mining and pastoral developments threaten not just the pristine environment but more than 200 Indigenous communities and their peoples’ sacred links to Country.

  More Details  

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) is a teenage music prodigy whose talent shines through during a memorial service when she sings a song that touches the hearts of the mourners. Guided by her sister (Stacy Martin) and a talent manager (Jude Law), Celeste's meteoric rise to fame dovetails with a shattering terrorist attack on the nation, elevating her to a new kind of celebrity: American icon, secular deity, global superstar. Eighteen years later, Celeste (Natalie Portman) now finds herself on the comeback trail when a scandal, personal struggles and the pitfalls of fame threaten her career. Featuring original songs by Sia and a transcendent performance by Natalie Portman, VOX LUX is an origin story about the forces that shape us, as individuals, nations, and gods.

  More Details  

Saturday, 23 March 2019

When Claude Monet re-emerged from the depression that had led him to abandon painting, he devoted himself body and soul to his most colossal undertaking: The Grand Décoration - huge panels depicting his water lily pond, so all-enveloping that the viewer's gaze is lost in an atmosphere of serenity and peace. This brand new and deeply immersive art film allows us to discover what gave Monet the inspiration to return to work, and to produce such a stunning and immortal work of beauty. Follow the River Seine on a visually stunning journey from La Havre to Giverny and Paris, through influential moments in the life of the world’s most influential painter, with astonishing up-close access to some of his greatest masterpieces. Featuring special guest stars actress Elisa Lasowski (Game of Thrones), and presented with the exclusive participation of Ross King, author of the best seller Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.

Thursday, 04 April 2019

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman, a respected choir leader who lives a mysterious double life. Known to the public only by her alias “The Mountain Woman,” Halla is a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves. But as her actions grow bolder and her legend grows, an unexpected letter changes everything – her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. Before she can fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, Halla plots an attack to deal the mining companies one final crippling blow. WOMAN AT WAR, the charming and topical new film from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat – the tale of an unlikely David taking on the Goliath of industry, one electricity pylon at a time.

  More Details  

Thursday, 25 April 2019

A brave designer chases the dream - to be crowned haute couture. But she comes from China, the land of knock offs and production lines. Will her Cinderella story end at the Met Ball?

  More Details