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Sunday, 23 February 2020

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

Thursday, 16 January 2020

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

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron: a strong female cast tell a strong female story, as the Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet The Parents) directed BOMBSHELL puts the takedown of media mogul Roger Ailes to screen. CEO of Fox News from 1996 to 2016, Ailes was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women – leading to his ultimate fall from grace and resignation. Starring Oscar winners Kidman and Theron as Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly respectively, Robbie as Kayla Posposil and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, Roach’s cast is strong and the relevance in the #MeToo era even stronger. BOMBSHELL is available for private and advance group bookings from December 21! Please email our Groups Co-ordinator for further information: admin@cinemanova.com.au

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

From director Ayumu Watanabe, and veteran composer Joe Hisaishi of Studio Ghibli, comes CHILDREN OF THE SEA: a kaleidoscopic film anime full of stunning visuals of a world under the sea that draws the viewer in. Teenager Ruka has always been fascinated by the mysteries of the ocean – both of her parents are oceanographers, and her dad works at the aquarium. When she meets Umi and Sora, two boys raised by dugongs, she’s drawn back into the water’s secrets: right as the world’s marine life begins to disappear. Based on Daisuke Igarashi’s award-winning manga, CHILDREN OF THE SEA is a film of breathtaking imagery, a dreamy score, and ends up a timely approach to the issues facing the world’s oceans.

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Friday, 10 January 2020

Director: Ruggero Deodato Starring: The Barbarian Brothers, Richard Lynch, Eva La Rue, Michael Berryman This slice of sword and sorcery silliness is the stuff of bad movie dreams. In a time long before our own, twin boys are made slaves by perennial villain Lynch who looks like he’s had a makeover by Boy George. The lads grow up to be a pair of oily bodybuilders and embark on a quest to rescue their adoptive mother, a showgirl type called Queen Canary. Along the way there’s lots of fighting and grunting, whipping and torture, finger-biting, exotic dance routines, a wolf puppet, a Grace Jones impersonator , an 80s synthesizer soundtrack, an awesomely phallic swamp monster and an abundance of 80s hair and make-up which was apparently very popular in medieval times. The stunt work is great and the opening sequence, in which a troupe of travelling circus performers fight off their attackers using their circus skills, is awesome. Directed by the auteur of all those nasty Italian cannibal movies and produced by the Cannon Group. So you know it’s good. 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. “The movie might be terrible but the comedy is top notch.” – Aphra Magazine “The Margaret and David of bad movies” – Onstage Melbourne “Wallis and McLeod’s wonderfully eccentric dynamic combined with some of the worst movies ever made make this a truly unique film-going experience.” – Beat Magazine

Friday, 06 December 2019

Director: Claudio Fragasso Starring: Alice Cooper, Victoria Vera A werewolf movie made by the director of “Troll 2” and starring Alice Cooper sounds too good to be true but it exists and is mandatory viewing. “The hottest rock star in the world”, Vincent Raven, returns to his family home to film a music video and finds the countryside terrorized by a pack of wild dogs. Memories of his father (who might have been a werewolf) come back to haunt him and Vince begins to wonder if he hasn’t inherited the family curse. A gun-toting posse turns up to take care of the problem leading to exploding heads, mauled cameramen and rednecks catching on fire. Eventually Vince is attacked by a giant wolf puppet and a budget-conscious transformation takes place. With constant shots of a full moon and the fog machine working overtime this is a movie only too willing to embrace genre clichés, with the mutilated hermit, roaming the darkness and uttering terrifying prophecies, being especially noteworthy. Also featured is the video clip for Alice’s mega-hit “Identity Crisis”. You remember that one surely. 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. “The movie might be terrible but the comedy is top notch.” – Aphra Magazine “The Margaret and David of bad movies” – Onstage Melbourne “Wallis and McLeod’s wonderfully eccentric dynamic combined with some of the worst movies ever made make this a truly unique film-going experience.” – Beat Magazine

Friday, 07 February 2020

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

Tuesday, 03 December 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, 19 December 2019

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

DIEGO MARADONA zooms in on the eponymous footballer from Argentina – by popular opinion perhaps the greatest footballer of all time. Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, the feature-length doco is by the makers of Amy (2015) – and paints a vivid portrait of Diego Maradona both on and off the pitch. Playing for S.C.C. Napoli, Maradona led the ailing club to a victory in 1984 – and became near godlike in the city. But all wasn’t coming up roses: DIEGO MARADONA shows the betrayal and corruption behind the power and glory, and a man who was much deeper and darker than just a football star. Some Spanish language, English subtitles

Saturday, 25 January 2020

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

Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Guy Ritchie (Snatch, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) returns to form doing what he does best – offering up a sharp and witty crime caper and showcasing a rip-roaring cast – in THE GENTLEMEN. Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), a US expat, is rich thanks to his marijuana empire. Deciding to cash it in and sell it off, Mickey becomes the bullseye of numerous prospective buyers – and most aren’t going to play nice. Also starring Hugh Grant as the Cockney narrator, Henry Golding as a villainous antagonist, Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery and Colin Farrell possibly just playing himself, in true Ritchie style the suits are ironed and the hijinks ensue.

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Thursday, 05 December 2019

Career con artist Roy Courtney (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets wealthy widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) through a dating website. Carefully crafting a scheme to fleece her of her millions with the aid of his partner in crime (Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter), Roy is surprised to find himself caring for the kindly Betty and second-guessing his plan. Distracted by the reappearance of a past pasty and keenly watched by Betty’s wary grandson (Russell Tovey), Roy’s dilemma will keep you guessing in Bill Condon’s twisted and tricky British thriller.

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Thursday, 10 October 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 Donohoe, GREEN LIGHT is a documentary that shows the two providing blackmarket medicinal cannabis for people who have nowhere else to turn. Though increasingly accepted as having hugely beneficial medical benefits, cannabis is still not a legal way to treat chronic conditions; GREEN LIGHT shows a pair of men aiming to change this – or risk everything helping sick people in need.

Thursday, 06 February 2020

Based on Barry Jonsberg’s young adult novel My Life As An Alphabet, award-winning theatre director John Sheedy makes his feature film debut with H IS FOR HAPPINESS, a sweet coming-of-age tale about a young girl, Candice (played by newcomer Daisy Axon), just trying to spread a bit of joy back in her family’s lives. A family in an orbit of unhappiness: her mum (Emma Booth) has been depressed since the death of her baby, and her dad (Richard Roxburgh) and her Uncle Brian aren’t on speaking terms. With the help of her new friend Douglas, Candice hatches some haywire plans in order to bring everyone back together – and her hare-brained schemes may just work. Uplifting, charming and unflinching, Candice and her quest for happiness will warm the cockles of your heart.

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Saturday, 30 November 2019

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

Thursday, 19 December 2019

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

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

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Thursday, 09 April 2020

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

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

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

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

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

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

A powerful and thought-provoking true story from director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) about a young lawyer and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan (Michael B. Jordan) might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Oscar winner Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political manoeuvrings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

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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, 09 April 2020

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

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020

IN CONVERSATION EVENT SCREENING: Wednesday 18 December, 6.00pm Clementine Ford (best-selling author of Fight Like A Girl and Boys Will Be Boys), Clem Bastow (awardwinning Cultural Critic), Bhakthi Puvanenthiran (editor ABC Life) and Christine Gordon (events manager for Readings) will be in conversation following an advance screening of Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN! Louisa May Alcott’s seminal coming-of-age tale is adapted for the screen by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, 20th Century Women) in her second solo-directed project. The well-loved LITTLE WOMEN is given new lease by Gerwig, breathing a freshness into the story of the lives of Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth, young sisters becoming women in 1860’s New England. With a cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Midsommar’s Florence Pugh and Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet, the film was shot on location in Massachusetts – where Alcott grew up in real life – and Gerwig’s film will capture the same authenticity and warmth of Alcott’s original story. LITTLE WOMEN is available for private and advance group bookings from December 12! Please email our Groups Co-ordinator for further information: admin@cinemanova.com.au

Thursday, 20 February 2020

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

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Magic Steven Presents: “NOVA” - a live reading at Cinema Nova. Magic Steven’s work has been described at various times as autobiographical storytelling, guided meditation, deadpan comedy, group therapy and long-form beat poetry. He has performed around Australia at festivals including Dark Mofo, Camp Doogs, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Liquid Architecture, White Night, the Inland Concert Series and Blindside Festival. Internationally he has performed in cities such as Berlin, Paris, Moscow, Athens, Tbilisi, Stockholm, Auckland and London. "A legitimately, bona fide "unique" performance... a glorious venture into the structure and format of storytelling... a monotonal wonder... genius." - themusic.com.au "This deadpan, under-the-radar comedy of storytelling ascends to a superlative estimation of the conditions of human connection." - Peril Magazine This is an original live performance and will include the screening of a short film.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me, Biggie + Tupac) returns with his elegiac style of filmmaking with another chapter of music drenched in history: Leonard Cohen’s life. MARIANNE + LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE follows the maverick and his muse - Marianne Ihlen - beginning on the Greek Island of Hydra in 1960, when Cohen was an unknown writer and Marianna a young mother. Joining a community of expat creatives, Leonard and Marianne soon made musical history - but the parts you don’t know are captured here by Broomfield with never-before-seen footage. A portrait of a friendship that lasted fifty years until their deaths, Broomfield bids a sweet “so long” to them both.

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Saturday, 02 May 2020

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

Saturday, 15 February 2020

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

Saturday, 30 May 2020

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

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns to cinemas, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes tenor Bruce Sledge as Pinkerton, baritone Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.

Saturday, 18 July 2020

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

Saturday, 04 April 2020

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

Saturday, 20 June 2020

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

Saturday, 14 March 2020

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

Thursday, 27 February 2020

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

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Saturday, 07 December 2019

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

Saturday, 01 February 2020

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

Thursday, 30 January 2020

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

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

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

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

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

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Saturday, 07 December 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, 26 December 2019

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

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

GALA SCREENING: Sunday 8 December, 3.00pm Join us for a delectable French pastry and afternoon tea at our gala advance screening of THE TRUTH - the new film from master auteur, Hirokazu Kore-eda. Pastries, tea and coffee all included in the ticket price. Book online below! Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows) makes his non-Japanese language debut with a Paris set all-star drama. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) has enjoyed a long and successful career as an actress and has just released her much-anticipated memoir, entitled THE TRUTH. Travelling to Paris to attend the book launch, her Hollywood-based screenwriter daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) and Lumir’s husband (Ethan Hawke) arrive just as Fabienne takes a role in a science fiction feature about a mother who never ages while her daughter grows older. As the women debate the accuracy of Fabienne’s book, the actress suffers a crisis of confidence as she is faced by the talent of a rising star while also suffering the fallout of not recognising the contribution of others to her career. Fascinatingly depicting the theatrics that occur before and after the camera rolls, Kore-eda’s intimate and heartfelt drama explores the rivalries within both families and careers. Some French language, English subtitles

Sunday, 01 December 2019

Espresso Cinema event Sunday December 1 – 6.30pm Sponsored by Campari. Show your ticket at the Bar to receive a discounted Campari and soda. Set against the same backdrop as the Mona Lisa, the breathtaking Floating Piers project from international art icon Christo was the most visited and most talked about art event of 2016. The spectacular project saw kilometres of floating, saffron-coloured walkways unfurled across Italy’s stunning Lake Iseo, in what was his most ambitious work yet. It received a staggering 1.2 million visitors in just 16 days as the public flocked to experience the ‘modern miracle’ of walking on water. After the death of his collaborator and wife Jeanne Claude, Christo set about bringing the project life, almost fifty years after the pair had conceived the idea, and following knock backs from multiple countries due to its sheer scale. This time, the small province of Brescia in Northern Italy welcomed it with open arms. This intimate portrait encompasses the epic madness of it all— the complex dealings between art and state politics, engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, the sheer force of nature and a true maverick chasing a dream. Not to mention a small stop off in Rome for some artistic inspiration and to gift the Pope some art… “An installation of stunning beauty and a documentary that delights in capturing the act of creation” Variety English and Italian with English subtitles

Wednesday, 04 December 2019

“I’ve spent 35 years trying to learn how to let go of the destructive parts of my character,” says Bruce Springsteen. “We all have our broken pieces”. In a special one-night only cinematic event that proves The Boss has lost none of his gravity, his new album Western Stars will be marked by the release of a concert film. In lieu of a live tour, Springsteen filmed a show inside a 100-year-old barn, teaming up with director Thom Zimmy (Elvis Presley: The Searcher, The Wire) to co-direct WESTERN STARS. Coupled with woven in scenes of Bruce’s life, footage of his early days with wife Patti Scialfa, and moving themes of love and loss punctuate his live performances. Diving deep into the trials and successes of the rocker’s life, WESTERN STARS is more than just a concert film: it becomes a love letter to love, an acceptance of our own broken parts, and a vibrant look at a man who has a lot left to say. WESTERN STARS offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.

Thursday, 05 December 2019

Nova exclusive! Described by both friends and enemies as ruthless, unscrupulous and flamboyant, lawyer Roy Cohn was a master manipulator of the highest order. Rising to prominence by assisting Senator Joseph McCarthy in his pursuit of ‘Un-American Activities’ before becoming one of the most successful attorneys of the 20th century, Cohn represented mafia bosses including John Gotti, Aristotle Onassis, Studio 54’s Steve Rubell and Rupert Murdoch, in addition to mentoring future American President Donald Trump. Unfolding like an unpredictable thriller, Matt Tyrnauer’s expose reveals an individual who personally shaped the United States as we know it.

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Friday, 06 December 2019

In competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Diao Yinan’s visually dazzling crime thriller of a gangster on the run and the woman sent to find him is a feast for the eyes. Zhou (Hu Ge) challenges a fellow thief to see who can steal the most motorcycles in one night. When the competition goes horribly awry, Zhou must evade both his criminal colleagues as well as an ill-equipped police force. Crafting a series a set-pieces that continually raise the stakes, Diao immediately cements himself as a filmmaker to watch amid the current renaissance underway throughout contemporary Asian cinema. Chinese language, English subtitles.

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