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Thursday, 29 August 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, 12 September 2019

Based on the novel of the same name by Emma Jane Unsworth, ANIMALS is director Sophie Hyde’s second feature, and is an homage to female friendship, growing up, and the beauty in sometimes being a hot mess. Following two young women, Tyler and Laura, as they navigate life in Dublin as twenty-something-year-olds, the two are inseparable, causing similar chaos on their way through life and nights out. When Laura suddenly gets more serious and becomes engaged, Tyler is left in the wake – watching her friend suddenly heading down a different path and altering the fabric of their friendship. A story for anyone who’s ever made a mess, had your friends clean it up, and found that sometimes life is carrying you along despite how still you might be standing – ANIMALS is a film about nostalgia, being young and wild, and the power of girlfriends.

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Adam Goodes is centre stage in THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM, a feature documentary that encompasses the AFL great and his career – and the endemic racism he faced in the public eye as an Indigenous footballer. MIFF’s opening night choice this year and from the producers of THAT SUGAR FILM, journalist Stan Grant has penned the doco about Goodes: Brownlow Medallist, 2014 Australian Of The Year, and a football star whose career was shortened due to a pervasive onslaught of discrimination from football goers. Focusing on the man but drawing on larger issues of the problems rife in Australian society, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM shows a country divided in its identity and is a necessary reminder of how ugly debate over race can become. Ultimately, Goodes and the filmmakers make an important statement of what it means to belong.

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Thursday, 31 October 2019

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

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Thursday, 01 August 2019

Narrated by Jodie Foster, Pamela B. Green’s insightful documentary rewrites film history, revealing for the first time the life of cinema’s first female director/screenwriter/producer/studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché. Over the span of her career Alice Guy-Blaché wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150 with synchronised sound during the ‘silent’ era. Her work includes comedies, westerns and dramas, as well as films with ground-breaking subject matter such as child abuse, immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast. Amazingly, Green discovered rare footage of televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first time. BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE affords Alice Guy-Blaché to tell her own fascinating story.

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Thursday, 03 October 2019

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

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

PRIVILEGE MEMBER ADVANCE SCREENING: Wednesday 21 August at 6.30pm. Tickets only $13! Book now! A heart-warming coming-of-age story of a teenager being helped through his formative years with the help of Bruce Springsteen, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is the new film from Gurinder Chadha, writer and director of Bend It Like Beckham and Angus, Thong and Perfect Snogging. Starring Viveik Kalra as Javed, a 16-year-old British Pakistani boy growing up in 1987 Thatcher’s England, the film sees his discovery of The Boss via a cassette tape – and through the tape, a self-discovery of who he is to his family and who he actually wants to be. Musical sequences, unfulfilled dreams of being a writer and girl troubles imbue the film with substance along with, of course, Springsteen’s songs. Based on a true story (of co-writer Sarfraz Manzoor), BLINDED BY THE LIGHT becomes a story of how family makes us, but our hopes and dreams are what can mark our path for the future – and both are equally as important.

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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Shot in Cambodia by Australian director Rodd Rathjen, BUOYANCY is a poignant and brutal drama about human trafficking. Portraying workers who are sold into slavery on Thai fishing vessels, the plight of human cargo is explored in the bleakest of ways by Rathjen. We follow a young Cambodian boy, Chakra (Sarm Heng), who after making hasty plans to cross the border into Thailand, becomes a captive on a fishing trawler - and realises that his only hope for escape might be becoming as violent as his captors. A powerful summation of a pertinent issue - an industry that exploits immigrants - BUOYANCY is a harrowing watch, but an important one.

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Thursday, 01 August 2019

Meet The Filmmaker Screening and Q&A: encore screening Sunday August 4 - 6.15pm (4pm session Sold Out). In a debut feature doco from Aussie/NZ filmmaking team Noel Smyth and Fergus Grady, CAMINO SKIES paints a story of love, life and loss – set against a backdrop of the historic Camino de Santiago. A series of pilgrim ways that finish in northwest Spain, the famous 800km pilgrims’ journey begins in France and culminates in the city of Santiago de Compostela. CAMINO SKIES will follow six pilgrims from NZ and Australian who are taking on tremendous odds to complete the trek, defying age and physical constraints at the same time as tackling coming to terms with their own grief. All walk for different reasons and all are strangers at first; soon they come together with a common goal, united in pushing their bodies and minds to the edge. An inspirational story of triumph – and casting aside heartbreak to physically overcome a difficult task – CAMINO SKIES is an uplifting look at ordinary people doing the extraordinary.

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

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

Thursday, 08 August 2019

One of the most savage fights and decisive victories in Australian military history, the Battle of Long Tan, is explored by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) in his new film DANGER CLOSE. Immersing the audience in the world of wartime in 1966 South Vietnam, the battle saw 108 ANZAC soldiers surrounded by enemy forces in a rubber plantation in the pouring rain – holding off an enemy made up of 2500 soldiers. Young and inexperienced though the Australian and New Zealand men were, they held their own despite weather, numbers weighted out of their favour, and ammunition running out; to ultimately declare an incredible victory in the face of a battle that seemed impossible. With an Australian cast including Richard Roxburgh, Travis Fimmel, Luke Bracey and Daniel Webber, Stenders’ film is a stirring and terrifying look at war, loss and triumph.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Winner of nine Italian Academy Awards and Best Actor at the Cannes Film festival, DOGMAN is a crime thriller from director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah). In a rundown part of Naples, mild-mannered Marcello (Marcello Fonte) runs a dog-grooming business while raising his daughter, Alida. But when customer and petty crim Simone (Edoardo Pesce) shows up, Marcello becomes reluctantly swept up in criminal activity he wants no part in. Based on fact and showcasing extraordinary performances by its actors as well as some four-legged friends, the film is a unique vision from the always interesting Garrone.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

From critically acclaimed filmmaker S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) comes a proudly grindhouse, slow-burn police thriller set amid the seedy underworld of a society in decline. Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson star as volatile police officers suspended for having their strong-arm tactics exposed by the media. Low on cash and with nowhere to turn, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Co-starring Don Johnson, Udo Kier, Thomas Kretschmann and Michael Jai White, Zahler’s gritty sensibility elevates DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE to become one of the year’s most unexpected surprises.

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Saturday, 28 September 2019

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

Saturday, 23 November 2019

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

Saturday, 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, 05 September 2019

In a poignant film about a dying matriarch that starts with a lie and winds up with an emotional look at what being family truly means, THE FAREWELL is the sophomore feature film effort from director Lulu Wang (Posthumous). Awkwafina stars as Billi, a young Chinese-American woman whose family congregates in Changchun, China, to celebrate a wedding – but it’s all a ruse. The family matriarch, Billi’s grandmother Nai-Nai, is dying, and Nai-Nai doesn’t know: the family have gathered to give them an excuse to be all together one last time. Tackling familial expectations, the meaning of home and whether “a good lie” makes someone leaving any easier, THE FAREWELL is a study of the divide of culture in how families function when protecting one of their own. Based on Wang’s real life experiences of her own grandmother, it’s a story of how we can be one in ourselves, yet part of a greater whole as a family. Some Mandarin language with English subtitles.

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Thursday, 26 September 2019

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

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

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

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Thursday, 05 September 2019

Nova exclusive! In Australia, two men are working to provide the last vestige of relief – and in some cases, cure – for thousands suffering chronic and terminal illnesses. Directed by Ned 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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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

Based on an incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross, The Reader), a German prisoner of war sent to Northern England at the end of WWII, who overcame adversity to become an English Football legend. While imprisoned at the POW camp Bert meets Margaret (Freya Mavor, The Sense of an Ending) and her father Jack (John Henshaw, Stan & Ollie, Downton Abbey), the manager of the local football team. Impressed by Bert's exceptional talent as a goal-keeper, Jack recruits Bert to play for the local team. Despite hostility on and off the field, a love slowly blossoms between Margaret and Bert. To the outrage of Man City fans, Bert is signed by the club as their new star keeper. Bert’s difficult path to acceptance takes an incredible turn when he wins over thousands of supporters by taking the club to victory in the 1956 FA Cup Final and playing on despite breaking his neck. From German director Marcus H. Rosenmüller, this is an extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German PoW, who together overcome prejudice, outrage and tragedy.

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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.

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. ★★★★ The Globe and Mail ★★★★ — Toronto Star ★★★★ — National Post A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact. 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

July 28th session SOLD OUT. Encore session by popular demand Wednesday 31st July at 6.30pm on sale below 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.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Sun July 28: Sold Out. Encore Wed July 31 now on sale. 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 Featuring a Q&A with Helen Gaynor and Alex Bhathal: Sunday July 28 session. 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.

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 rural communities, RIGHT TO HARM exposes the devastating public health impact factory farming has on many disadvantaged citizens throughout the United States. Filmed across the country, the documentary chronicles the failures of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture. 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 neighbors. The film features agricultural economist John Ikerd, who abandoned industry beliefs after a 14-year career as a livestock marketing specialist. After the farm crisis of the 1980s he realized, “The farmers who were in the biggest trouble, were the ones doing the things we so-called experts were telling them to do.” RIGHT TO HARM tracks the tribulations and triumphs of rural residents across America who are victims of the past 50 years of agricultural consolidation and the consequential laws that now govern the land. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

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.

Saturday, 02 May 2020

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

Saturday, 15 February 2020

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

Saturday, 17 August 2019

ENCORE Rossini’s madcap comedy receives a spirited production by Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher and stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, tenor Juan Diego Flórez, and baritone Peter Mattei. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

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

Saturday, 14 September 2019

ENCORE Puccini’s classic, with Franco Zeffirelli’s picturesque staging, an audience favorite for more than 30 years – La Bohème. Featuring a winning young cast, including soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the lovers Mimì and Rodolfo. Stefano Ranzani conducts.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

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

Saturday, 23 November 2019

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

Saturday, 18 July 2020

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

Saturday, 04 April 2020

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

Saturday, 20 June 2020

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

Saturday, 26 October 2019

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

Saturday, 14 March 2020

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

Saturday, 12 October 2019

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

Friday, 11 October 2019

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

Friday, 11 October 2019

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

Saturday, 12 October 2019

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

Saturday, 12 October 2019

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

Saturday, 12 October 2019

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

Saturday, 12 October 2019

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

Thursday, 08 August 2019

ADVANCE SCREENING - Thursday August 1 - 6.50pm More tickets available! From A24, the company behind Hereditary, Mid90s, Lady Bird and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and written and directed by visionary filmmaker Ari Aster (Hereditary) comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight. A young American couple, Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor), are on the brink of their relationship falling apart, when they travel to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled midsummer festival. But, what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult; turning a pastoral paradise into a disturbing nightmare that they can’t wake up from.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

The director of 2014’s The Babadook, Jennifer Kent, returns with an equally as frightening tale – but this time it’s a story of revenge. Expect gothic gore and bloody vindication in THE NIGHTINGALE, as we follow Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a young Irish convict woman in the throes of enacting a plan of vengeance on a man who’s destroyed her family. Pursuing him across the wilderness of Tasmania, she is helped by an Indigenous tracker, Billy – and the two of them find themselves battling the same enemy for different reasons. Also starring Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr and Ewen Leslie, justice, wilderness, and the wielding of grief are all explored in Kent’s film, with Clare’s desperate manhunt leading her to search for her target, as well as what it means to be truly free.

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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, 09 November 2019

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

Saturday, 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, 15 August 2019

Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) returns with the hugely anticipated ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD. Reteaming with Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) and Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Tarantino takes us back to the summer of ’69 where Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) - always accompanied by long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) - is an actor past his prime. Reminded of his fading stardom by the rising fortunes of neighbour Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and her director husband Roman Polanski, the two men work to rescue Rick’s career as a sinister presence threatens to shake Hollywood to its core. When an early version of the film debuted at the Cannes film festival, critics raved about Tarantino’s long in the works recreation of a pivotal moment in American history, catapulting the film into the awards season conversation. Co-starring Kurt Russell, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning and Australia’s own Damon Herriman, ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD is a retro ode to eras gone by, and a blissfully crafted look at a world that has Tarantino transfixed.

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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Thursday, 08 August 2019

MEET THE FILMMAKER EVENT: Sunday July 28 – 5.40pm. Join screen legends Bryan Brown & Sam Neill, actress Claire van der Boom, acclaimed director Rachel Ward and co-screenwriter Joanna Murray-Smith live in cinema for a Q&A screening of this highly anticipated Aussie dramatic comedy. Set in Sydney's iconic Northern Beaches, PALM BEACH finds a group of old friends reuniting for a special occasion. The good times roll with laughter, lavish meals, flowing wine and music. However not all is smooth sailing as tensions mount and past secrets surface. Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker, Rachel Ward (Beautiful Kate) PALM BEACH features a line-up of Australian and international stars including Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi, Sam Neill, Jacqueline Mackenzie, Heather Mitchell and Academy Award nominee Richard E Grant.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

How can we really change the world, and is the answer in ourselves? THE PORTAL, from director-producer team Jacqui Fifer and Tom Cronin, will attempt to answer this. Following six people and one robot as they throw themselves into obtaining personal growth via meditation and mindfulness, THE PORTAL will ask what would happen to the planet if everyone practised the same stillness. Combined with insights from three of the world’s most notable futurists and philosophers, the film will provide a vision of a future transformed, the experiential documentary leading the audience down a path of mindfulness to answer the question of whether “an enlightened planet” is possible.

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival Be inspired by the passion of skilled makers a feast of short films exploring the human relationship with making and materials. Screening 1 Witness scrap metal being transformed into intricate eyewear in Kenya, interwoven histories of a blacksmith and gardener, documentaries on British chair making and Mexican luthiers, and an animation from Australia’s Tjanpi Desert Weavers. craft.org.au/real-to-reel-film-festival Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is produced by the Crafts Council UK and Crafts magazine. Presented by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, supported by the City of Melbourne Triennial Arts Grants Program. Tour to Australia courtesy of Maker&Smith.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival Be inspired by the passion of skilled makers in a feast of short films exploring the human relationship with making and materials. Screening 2 Discover the tradition of making dance costumes in Mexico, a knitting evangelist’s insights into creativity and health, one of the oldest potteries in Japan, a retired Australian farmer turned artisan woodworker and an animation celebrating dogs in a remote Aboriginal community. craft.org.au/real-to-reel-film-festival Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is produced by the Crafts Council UK and Crafts magazine. Presented by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, supported by the City of Melbourne Triennial Arts Grants Program. Tour to Australia courtesy of Maker&Smith.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

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

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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Acclaimed Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Griffiths makes her remarkable directorial debut to tell the incredible true story of jockey Michelle Payne, who beat catastrophic injury and odds of a 100-1, to become the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. As a little girl, Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer - Hacksaw Ridge) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy (Sam Neill). She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie (Stevie Payne, playing himself) Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream. The rest is history. With outstanding performances from Palmer and Neil alongside an all-star Australian cast including Sullivan Stapleton and Genevieve Morris, RIDE LIKE A GIRL is a moving, inspirational and feel good Aussie drama that will warm your hearts.

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Saturday, 06 July 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.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

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

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Thursday, 26 September 2019

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

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

EVENT SCREENING: Tuesday 13th August, 6.30pm The St Kilda Film Festival heads northside for one night only! Come and enjoy the festival picks of their best short films. Tickets on sale below! SESSION 1: - ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL TOUR – Jackrabbit 8 MINS, COMEDY Director Alex Feggans Producer Megan Ayers Featuring Nick Burton, Boris Brkic, Manuel Caputo Jed lives with his father at a remote gas station in Australia. Together they take a special interest in an Italian backpacker who stops by to refuel. Water 13 MINS, DRAMA Director John Harvey Producer Belinda Mravicic Featuring Deborah Brown, Aaron Pedersen Set in 2047, with strict population controls in place, heavily pregnant Layla manages to evade authorities but finds herself stranded on a dry salt lake with little water. Ghostbear 6 MINS, ANIMATION Director, Producer Paul McDermott Producer Justine Kerrigan A polar bear cub, the Ghostbear, wanders through the arctic wasteland in search of his place in the world and his birthplace in the stars. The Hitchhiker 13 MINS, HORROR Director Adele Vuko Producers Johanna Somerville, Chloe Rickard Featuring Liv Hewson, Brooke Satchwell, Claudia Pickering A wild, prosecco-fuelled road trip takes an interesting turn with the pick-up of a hitchhiker. A Morning Ritual 3 MINS, DRAMA Director, Producer Jack Peddey Producer Alisha Hnatjuk Featuring Rhys Mitchell A desperate man renews himself with a strange ritual. Judas Collar 15 MINS, DRAMA Director Alison James Producer Brooke Silcox In outback Australia a wild camel is captured and fitted with a tracking device known as a Judas Collar. SESSION 2 - ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL TOUR – Shepherd 11 MINS, DRAMA Director Clayton Waddell Producer Max Van Egmond, Tegan Rodgers Featuring Charlie Russell, Jesse Bouma, Damian Hill An awkward seventeen-year-old boy, on a drunken night out finds himself pressured to be the very type of man he despises. Lost & Found 7 MINS, DRAMA Directors Bradley Slabe, Andrew Goldsmith Producer Lucy J. Hayes A bumbling knitted dinosaur must unravel himself to save the love of his life. My Name is Mohamed and Raghad, We Don’t Exist Here Anymore 12 MINS, DOCU-DRAMA Director Ali Mousawi Producer Mohamed Kamel Featuring Raghad Savari, Mohamed Savari, Mojahed Mojahed, Jessica Phoebe Hanna A day in the life of an Iranian-Ahwazi asylum seeker family surviving in Australia. The Flow Effect 11 MINS, DOCUMENTARY Director Lachlan Henry Producers Lauren Creasey, James Mc Lennan Featuring Olivia Rose Liv Rose explores the vast beauty of the underwater world. For her, freediving is an escape from the overwhelming nature of daily life. Cemetery 4 MINS, MUSIC VIDEO Director, Producer Natasha Pincus Featuring Missy Higgins Tunnel Ball 11 MINS, COMEDY Director, Producer Davis Jensen Producer Archie Oxenbould Featuring Reuben Ward, Wilson Moore Brett’s Grammar School is filled with identical students and teachers… called Brett. The Brett’s are obsessed with one sport - tunnel ball.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Wednesday 14th August at 6.45pm Join Tristan Barr (actor, co-director, producer), Michael Gosden (actor, co-director, producer) and Damien Lipp (DOP, producer) in conversation following a screening. One night only! Tickets on sale below. WATCH THE SUNSET follows Danny Biaro, an ex-member of outlaw bikie gang, The Bloodless Brothers. Danny is tortured by the choices of his drug involved past that led to the disintegration of his new family. Now longing to be reunited with Sally, the love of his life, and their daughter Joey, he travels into the regional town of Kerang. Previously, Danny found himself trapped by his oath to his brother-in-arms and in particular Sally’s ruthless older brother, Shane, an upcoming leader of the gang. But after witnessing the brutal physical and sexual abuse of Charis, a young girl that bears a haunting resemblance to Sally, at the hands of his fellow gang members, Danny’s revulsion to the life of crime he so desperately wants to leave and his desire to be with the family he loves finally snaps him into action. He violently breaks his bond with his gang, freeing Charis from her torture. This sets into motion a series of events that will change his world, and those around him forever. Danny must now race against the clock, and Shane, to reach his estranged family before it’s too late. But will his newfound courage be in vain as the consequences of his past collide with his desire for a new beginning? WATCH THE SUNSET dives head first into a world fueled by drugs, violence and a fight for the redemption. Co-directors Tristan Barr and Michael Gosden come together for a debut feature film that is shot completely in a single take. Also starring in the film alongside an impressive cast that includes Chelsea Zeller, Aaron Walton, Zia Zantis-Vinycomb and introducing 7-year-old Annabelle Williamson in her breakout performance

Thursday, 01 August 2019

Few films have afforded the incomparable Juliette Binoche the opportunity to showcase her remarkable range as in this gripping new thriller about female desire and identity. Binoche plays Claire, a university lecturer and mother of two teenage boys, who is contending with the approach of middle age and remains stung by the betrayal of her ex-husband (Charles Berling), who is building a new life with another partner. Claire has a new lover too, Ludo (Guillaume Gouix), but is under no illusions as to his fidelity. Out of a mix of petulance and curiosity, she impulsively creates a fake Facebook profile in which to keep an eye on him: she’s ‘Clara’, vivacious, blonde… and 24 years old. Ludo doesn’t take the bait, but his close friend Alex (François Civil) does, and their online connection soon becomes flirtatious. Titillated by the opportunity to be “young again”, Claire’s deceptions lead both of her identities into increasingly dangerous territory. Based on a novel by Camille Laurens, this remarkable portrait – part psychological drama, part thriller – explores contemporary issues in an intelligent and compelling manner, and will likely spark fierce post-screening conversations. French language, English subtitles

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