James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers) takes us across an unforgiving solar system in his original science fiction epic AD ASTRA. Set in the near future, career astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is called upon to embark upon a mission into the furthest reaches of space in an attempt to save mankind from a threat emanating from an earlier mission to Neptune captained by his intergalactic travel pioneer father Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones). Debuting at the Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim and expectations of award season inclusion, director James Gray's interstellar thriller imagines a world where humanity has once again turned its attention to the stars, the moon is a battleground for resources, and space travel is a commercial reality. Co-starring Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga and John Ortiz.
Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup lead in Bart Freundlich’s (Wolves, Trust The Man) remake of the Danish film of the same name – freshening things up by gender flipping the action, allowing ample room for both Moore and Williams to shine. Isabel (Williams) is an American woman running an orphanage in India, struggling to make ends meet when she’s invited to New York to meet Teresa (Moore) – a megarich publisher who wants to donate millions to the orphanage. Things seem almost too good to be true – until Teresa invites Isabel to her daughter’s wedding, and Isabel realises she knows the other woman’s husband, Oliver (Crudup) – and knows him well. Full of intrigue, plot twists, and strong casting, AFTER THE WEDDING is a windy, “hold your breath” ride indeed.
The Finnish Lapland, nature’s wilderness, and a baby reindeer finding his feet: Guillaume Maidatchevsky’s film AILO’S JOURNEY is a nature doco like no other. Narrated by Donald Sutherland, the Nordic milieu in all its rugged beauty is the backdrop to the journey of one little reindeer making his first migration, the vulnerable calf seeking to survive his first year of existence in a world full of predators and prey. Maidatchevksy’s film took one and a half years to shoot and involves no human actors nor computer animation – be swept up in the real odyssey of one little reindeer, kept alive and warm through his mother’s love and his own survival instincts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Adam Goodes' personal story is at the fore in THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM, a feature documentary that encompasses the AFL great and his career – and the endemic racism he faced as an Indigenous footballer. Directed by BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Gordon. The Opening NIght selection of MIFF 2019, Walkley award-winning journalist Stan Grant adapts his acclaimed Quarterly essay for a documentary about the Brownlow Medallist, Australian Of The Year 2014, and football star whose career was cut-short by a wave of discrimination in the media, on the field and by fans of Australian Rules. Focusing on Goodes but drawing on larger issues within Australian society, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM finds a country divided on both its identity and the pathway to reconciliation.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Jarmusch returns with THE DEAD DON’T DIE, his take on a zombie flick. The master of wry comedy and offbeat humour, Jarmusch has compiled an all-star cast to tell the story of Centreville, a sleepy small town which encounters a zombie plague when the dead begin rising out of their graves. Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Chloë Sevigny play three cops trying their best to battle the undead, when the undead just keep growing. Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, RZA and Tom Waits are all along for the ride, too, in Jarmusch’s very Jarmusch-styled crack at the classic zombie genre. Bloody, self-aware and generally odd, THE DEAD DON’T DIE isn’t your average horror film.
Across 2017/2018 Depeche Mode embarked on their Global Spirit Tour, in which they performed to more than 3 million fans at 115 shows across the globe. This new visually-striking film, directed by award-winning filmmaker and longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn, captures the energy and spectacle of the band’s performance from the tour along with a deeper look into how their music and shows have been woven into the fabric of their fans’ lives. Through the deeply emotional stories of six special Depeche Mode fans, the film shows not only how and why the band’s popularity and relevance has continued to grow over the course of their career, but provides a unique look into music’s incredible power to build communities, enable people to overcome adversity, and create connections across the boundaries of language, location, gender, age, and circumstance. Artfully shot and expertly edited, Depeche Mode: SPIRITS in the Forest goes beyond the typical concert film, weaving together exhilarating musical performances, filmed at the final shows of the Global Spirit Tour in Berlin’s famed Waldbühne (“Forest Stage”), with intimate documentary footage filmed in fans’ hometowns across the globe.
Selling out multiple sessions at this year’s Documentary Film Festival, DOSED by director Tyler Chandler is a relevant chapter of the current debate centring around healthcare by way of psychedelic substances. Focusing on Adrianne, a suicidal woman at the end of her tether with prescription drugs – and trying to free herself from the world of heroin – she tries psychedelic medicines such as magic mushrooms and iboga for the first time. Somersaulting into an alternative world of healing that she never expected to find herself in, Chandler’s documentary details a different perspective on healing, addiction and mental health, and a way forward that might help those with no more paths. Q&A Event: Wednesday 6 November, 7.00pm. Join the Australian Psychedelic Society discussing the revolution of mental health and substance dependency treatment utilizing psychedelic medicines, following a screening.
From Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) comes the conclusion to the Golden Globe winning series DOWNTON ABBEY. Still residing in the stately manor that is Downton Abbey, the Crawley family are struggling with the costs associated with running the household. With a large staff seeing to the Crawley's needs, the closure or sale of the house would not only upend their lives but also the local township. Matters are complicated when Buckingham Palace advises that King George V and Queen Mary will be visiting the estate, particularly when the staff are advised that the royals will be accompanied by their own chefs, footmen, butlers and housekeepers. Suddenly the household's established lines between 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' are thrown into disarray by the Monarch's staff making clear that the Downton staff are inferior to themselves and will not be required for the highly anticipated visit. Starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton, Elizabeth McGovern, Robert James-Colier and Joanne Froggatt, your company is requested at Downton Abbey.
The story of an Indigenous family dealing with the death of a mother is explored in Imogen Thomas’ debut feature, EMU RUNNER. Also penned and produced by Thomas, her film was created over a period of 15 years, collaborating closely with the people of Brewarrina in western NSW. Gem (newcomer Rhae-Kye Waites) is a nine-year-old girl dealing with the recent loss of her mother – by befriending a wild emu. Her father (Wayne Blair, The Sapphires) struggles to understand and comfort her in the wake of his own grief. A film that touches on loss, family, and Country, EMU RUNNER is a lyrical tale of emotion.
THE EULOGY unravels the truths and myths behind the life and career of one of Australia’s most brilliant, prolific and least understood concert pianists, Geoffrey Tozer. As an 8-year-old child prodigy the world was Geoffrey Tozer’s oyster, and he astonished audiences around the world with his remarkable talent. As an adult Geoffrey Tozer continued to perform in Australia and internationally but for a career that promised and delivered so much, Tozer’s end was shocking. At his memorial service in 2009, Tozer’s friend and former Prime Minister, Paul Keating delivered a searing eulogy, painting a haunting picture of a lonely genius shunned by the Australian musical establishment. Intrigued by Keating’s controversial eulogy and spurred to find out what went wrong with Tozer’s career, esteemed conductor and music educator Richard Gill goes on a journey with members of Tozer’s family, inner circle and musical colleagues to discover the man behind Keating’s eulogy. The epic tale and musical legacy of one of the greatest pianists Australia never really knew is finally revealed.
“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 then 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.
A hit with critics and audiences, Lulu Wang's poignant comedy is set to be remembered as one of the best films of the year. 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 explores 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.
Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. Director James Mangold's heart-pounding drama debuted at the Telluride Film Festival where it immediately placed at the head of awards race. Seamlessly blending trackside thrills with an intimate story of a team who would repeatedly put their lives on the line, FORD V FERRARI is top-shelf Hollywood filmmaking led by a stellar cast including Tracy Letts, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe and Nova's own Benjamin Rigby.
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 Oakes Fegley, 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.
HAPPY SAD MAN is a charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men. Following her smash hit I AM ELEVEN, Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to find more diverse and positive portrayals of men exploring their emotional selves. We journey from Bondi Beach to the outback; we laugh and cry alongside a war photographer traversing global conflict zones, we visit a farmer and outreach worker from rural Victoria, a musical nomad and a sensitive dog-loving artist. Each portrait is an intimate and heartwarming look into vulnerability, friendship and compassion. HAPPY SAD MAN gives unforgettable voice to the complex emotional landscapes we can all traverse. Touching, funny and tender, this must-see documentary is set to shine a light on and change the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today. Exploring hopes, anxieties, joy and darkness the raw vulnerability of these stories will inspire you to hold some of the men in your own life that bit closer.
Following its triumphant debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Lorene Scafaria's HUSTLERS has been catapulted into the Awards Season conversation thanks to a career-best performance by Jennifer Lopez and its gritty true-crime tale of revenge. Destiny (Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians) is trying to find her feet at a New York strip club when she meets confident crowd-favourite Ramona (Jennifer Lopez). Working together, the two women improve their personal fortunes thanks to the indulgences of bankers and financiers while Wall Street booms. Until it doesn't. As the Global Financial Crisis takes its toll the women embark on a scheme to make those who caused the crash pay in an unexpected and personal way. Recalling Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, Scafaria's energetic and edgy adaptation of Jessica Pressler's article The Hustlers At Scores co-stars Julia Stiles, Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi B and Lizzo. "A lean, fierce take on the nature of female empowerment" (Independent UK), "A Best Actress Oscar nomination for Jennifer Lopez? You better believe it. This you don't want to miss." (Rolling Stone), "The kind of era-defining film that Hollywood didn't know it needed." (Empire), "A lush, lavish joy that's difficult to forget." (Atlantic), "Funny, empowering, sexy, emotional, and a bit scary, with most of those superlatives coming care of a full-force performance from Jennifer Lopez genuinely deserving of awards consideration." (IndieWire).
Almost three decades later, the evil clown is back… Once childhood friends and now adult acquaintances, the original members of the Losers’ Club find themselves confronting an enemy they thought long gone: Pennywise. Conquering deep-seated fears and scars from the past, the group set new fire to long-lost connections at the same time as fighting an enemy which – truly, even if you aren’t scared of clowns – is one of the most terrifying on-screen villains in recent years. Directed again by Andy Muschietti and starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader – and with Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise – Muschietti’s sequel loses nothing in the carnage stakes the second time around.
Completely subverting the big-screen comicbook adaptation, Joaquin Phoenix gives one of the performances of the year in JOKER. The year is 1981 and the city is in the midst of a crisis. Garbage is piling-up on the streets, the divide between rich and poor is growing, health funding is being cut and people are getting angry. Arthur Fleck, clown for hire and aspiring stand-up comedian, spends his time entertaining others, visiting his psychologist and caring for his frail mother (Frances Conroy). When circumstances cause him to lose his job, Arthur begins a downward spiral that is fueled by the unkindness and mockery of others until a chance meeting with a neighbour (Zazie Beetz) offers a glimmer of hope for the wannabe comic. Giving a killer performance as a man on the edge, Phoenix and director Todd Phillips' vision pays homage to the gritty early films of Martin Scorsese while crafting a film for the modern age which also cleverly references the performer's own unusual career trajectory, delivering what is bound to become one of the year's most discussed films. - "This is a truly nightmarish vision of late-era capitalism - arguably the best social horror film since Get Out - and Joaquin Phoenix is magnetic in it" (Time Out) - "Having brazenly plundered the films of Scorsese, Phillips fashions stolen ingredients into something new, so that what began as a gleeful cosplay session turns progressively more dangerous - and somehow more relevant, too" (Guardian) - "Joker is a thunderously powerful character study of a man with a mental illness, and a ferocious indictment of a society that doesn't treat the mentally ill with compassion" (Daily Mail) - "Like the best of the New Hollywood classics it references, this is a film that exhilarates and unsettles while having something to say about today" (Financial Times) - "One of the true masterpieces of the superhero cinema, and one of 2019's greatest achievements" (Forbes), "Bold, devastating and utterly beautiful, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have not just reimagined one of the most iconic villains in cinema history, but reimagined the comic book movie itself" (Empire)
Renee Zellweger gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Judy Garland in director Rupert Goold's JUDY. Born Frances Gumm, Hollywood starlet Judy Garland became a household name following the release of The Wizard Of Oz. Lorded over by MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer, young Garland's life was a highly choreographed affair lived in front of camera lens. Years later Garland (Zellweger) is a brittle shadow of the upbeat young woman audiences had fallen in love with, struggling financially and rarely seen on-screen. Invited to London to perform a series of live shows, Garland embarks upon what she hopes will be her comeback but soon discovers that past demons are hard to leave behind. Thoroughly inhabiting the role of tarnished star Judy Garland, Zellweger gives a monumental performance complete with musical numbers that capture the actress at her most electric. Co-starring Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon, and based on the stageplay 'End of the Rainbow'.
Acclaimed Australian actors Mia Wasikowska (Tracks) and Damon Herriman (Once Upon A Time . . . In Hollywood) star in Mirrah Foulkes’ powerful directorial debut. In a visceral reinterpretation of the famous 16th century puppet show, Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story. In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy’s superior puppeteering, but Punch’s driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead to an inevitable tragedy that Judy must avenge.
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.
Sommar never ends! Relive Ari Aster's bucolic horror MIDSOMMAR with 24 minutes of extra footage and a number of added scenes packed with new meaning, providing extra context for character motivations and Swedish rituals. Find out what’s new and what’s changed. 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.
The director of 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.
See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, filmed live for cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, FLEABAG is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), filmed live from London and heading soon to a cinema near you! ★★★★★ 'Witty, filthy and supreme.' Guardian PLEASE NOTE: Sessions that are nearing capacity have been removed from on-line sale but a limited counter sales may be available over the counter at the box office.
‘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.
Oscar nominee Keira Knightley stars in the true story of Katharine Gun – British intelligence specialist and ultimate whistleblower – from acclaimed director Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game, Tsotsi). Intelligence translator Katharine (Knightley) receives an accidental email outlining a blackmail plan by the US to swing the UN Security Council on the matter of going to war with Iraq. Leaking the details to The Observer, Katharine soon realises that more than just her job is now at risk. With an impassioned performance from Knightley and a gold standard array of British actors: Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode and Rhys Ifans, Hood’s feature illuminates a little-known name whose actions should have had larger consequences – and an ordinary woman thrown into very extraordinary circumstances.
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.
Quentin Tarantino's 1969-set masterpiece returns, bookended with ten extra minutes of previously deleted scenes plus commercials shot for the film. 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.
Pedro Almodóvar teams up again with his long-time collaborators Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz in PAIN AND GLORY, a nostalgic ode to an ageing filmmaker – one who perhaps may echo Almodóvar himself. Salvador (Banderas) is a filmmaker in his 60s, becoming increasingly incapacitated by his body’s limitations and wondering if he has any movies left to make. Reunited with an old estranged friend, Alberto (Asier Etxeandia), Salvador finds himself dabbling in drug use, feeling young again, and reflecting on his relationship with his mother (played in flashbacks by Cruz), as well as his childhood and sexuality. Outstanding in its cinematography and lush in its storytelling, Almodóvar is back with a true return to form with PAIN AND GLORY – and with one of the finest vessels that have been lent to both Banderas and Cruz.
From master filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer, Mother) comes the Palme d'Or winning comic thriller, set to take Cinema Nova audiences by storm. Ki-Taek (Song Kang-Ho, The Host) and his family are living meal-to-meal in the slums of South Korea. Making ends meet by folding pizza boxes, Ki-Taek's son Ki-Woo (Choi Woo-shik, Train To Busan) is offered the chance to tutor the young daughter of a wealthy family. Ingratiating himself into the home of Mr and Mrs Park, Ki-Woo quickly engineers the employment of his sister as a tutor for the family's young son. This sets off a chain of events that brings together the two families in an unexpected and sinister way. Earning critical acclaim from critics upon it's Cannes debut, PARASITE finds director Bon Joon-Ho "in total control of his craft" (Times UK). Prepare for "a nerve-racking masterpiece whose spell lingers long after its haunting final image" (Vulture), and "a complex, thrilling and audacious social satire... an instant contender for film of the year" (One Room With A View). Korean language, English subtitles.
From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard’s documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. The 1990 World Cup in Italy was the moment opera left the elite and hit the masses. Opera star Pavarotti joined fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras onstage in Rome watched by 1.4 billion worldwide. Their powerful rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ lives on as one of the most popular and famous pieces of music the world has ever heard, and Pavarotti realised his long held dream of bringing opera into the mainstream. Ron Howard takes an intimate approach in telling Pavarotti’s story, going beyond the iconic public figure to reveal the man himself. Thanks to a partnership with Decca Records and unique access to the Pavarotti family archives, home videos, behind the scenes and extensive live music footage, we see Pavarotti’s personal story emerge: from his humble beginnings in Northern Italy through to global super stardom. We travel the world with Pavarotti. We get to know the great tenor as a husband and a father, a committed philanthropist, as well as a fragile artist who had a complex relationship with his own unique talents and unprecedented success. PAVAROTTI will include the latest Dolby Atmos audio technology, allowing theatrical audiences to experience the late Pavarotti’s extraordinary voice once more in a unique and spine-tingling way.
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, READY OR NOT is a guts-and-all romp that might make you rethink your future marriage plans. Samara Weaving (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) plays newlywed bride Grace, who just wants to feel a part of her new husband Alex’s (Mark O’Brien) family. However, the family are a wee bit tricky to break into: they insist on a strange wedding night ritual of a game of hide and seek at midnight. Quickly turning sinister when Grace realises it’s less whimsy and more straight up murder, she finds herself desperately trying to stay alive until dawn – and, surely, deeply regretting her nuptials.
Limited screenings. 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 (writer of 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.
Acclaimed Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Griffiths makes her remarkable film feature 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 Neill 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.
Nova exclusive! Partho Sen-Gupta (Sunrise) directs a tense mystery set in Sydney about a Muslim refugee and café owner, Ricky (Adam Bakri), whose life is upended when his estranged younger sister Ameena (Danielle Horvat) goes missing. Ameena is a highly politicised slam poet, and it doesn’t take long for the media to seize on the story: twisting it into speculation that she has fled Australia to join the Islamic State. Also starring Rachael Blake as the police officer in charge of investigating the disappearance, SLAM is a pertinent study on Islamophobia and the confluence of family, identity and religion.
Nova exclusive! Oscar winner Tilda Swinton stars alongside her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke in an enigmatic drama about young adulthood and first love, from acclaimed writer-director Joanna Hogg (Archipelago). A shy but ambitious film student begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. As she defies her protective mother, she slips deeper into a fraught relationship that threatens to destroy her dreams. Enchanting and enduring with a profoundly layered breakout performance by Swinton Byrne, THE SOUVENIR signals a welcome return from a distinctive filmmaker.
INTRODUCTION: Thursday 21 November, 6.20pm Opening Night screening will be introduced by producer Tait Brady. Rockstar Suzi Quatro was an integral part of the fabric of the music scene in the ‘70s, and five decades later is still strumming. Paving the way for women in rock’n’roll, Suzi was a trailblazer: and new doco by Liam Firmager SUZI Q finds the queen fifty years after she first kicked down the glass ceiling. With talking heads by Joan Jett, Sir Tim Rice, Alice Cooper and Cherie Currie – among many others – we hear from Suzi herself as she looks back on a life lived in the fast lane, and one that hasn’t yet slowed down.
FILMMAKER INTRODUCTION: Thursday 21 November, 8.45pm Join us for the launch of TWO HEADS CREEK with the screening introduced by director Jesse O'Brien. In the outback, family can be deadly! After the death of their adoptive mother, twins Norman and Annabelle quit the hostile confines of post-Brexit Slough and adventure to Australia in search of their biological mother, but the ostensibly welcoming townsfolk are hiding a dark, meaty secret: the pair must reconcile their differences to fight for their lives in this playfully dark comedy-horror. Starring Jordan Waller, Kathryn Wilder, Kerry Armstrong, Gary Sweet, Helen Dallimore, Kevin Harrington and Don Bridges.
From the director of the global smash hit Your Name, Makoto Shinkai, comes a fantastical animated romance set in contemporary Japan, combining Shinkai’s breathtaking animation with an emotionally charged story. During the summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. Failing to find work, constant storms and flash-floods make matters worse. Finally landing a job working for a magazine focusing on urban legends and the occult, Hodaka is told of a girl who may posess the ability to manipulate the weather. Seeking to track her down, Hodaka not only changes his destiny but also the future of the entire city. Japanese language, English subtitles.
Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta is the subject of Icíar Bollaín’s biopic YULI – an adaptation of Acosta’s memoir that follows the young boy, a scrappy juvenile, to the young man as iconic dancer. 10-year-old newcomer Edlison Manuel Olbera Núñez plays young Carlos, tearing energetically around Havana until his dad, Pedro (Santiago Alfonso) forces him to go to ballet school. Prodigiously talented and progressing quickly, Carlos fights off loneliness and doubt – but ultimately is accepted by London’s Royal Ballet, becoming their very first black Romeo. With the man himself cameoing as the older Carlos, Bollaín’s film becomes an energetic and bold study of art, sacrifice, and identity. Some Spanish language, English subtitles