From Damon Gameau, director of That Sugar Film, comes 2040: an innovative feature documentary that looks to both the future in addition to what is vitally important today. Award-winning filmmaker Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future might look like in the year 2040 if humanity simply embraced solutions already available in the present. Blending traditional documentary footage with high-end visual effects to create a compelling and exciting vision of the future, 2040 promises to inspire Australians of all ages. Private group bookings available - contact our groups coordinator for details: admin[at]cinemanova.com.au
Thomas M. Wright (Sweet Country, Top of the Lake, The Bridge) makes his feature directing debut with the award winning ACUTE MISFORTUNE, an adaptation of Erik Jensen’s biography of the late artist, Adam Cullen. Jensen, (founding editor of The Saturday Paper) was an ambitious 19-year-old journalist when he interviewed the infamous Cullen and was invited to write his biography. Working from the artist’s home in the Blue Mountains the two formed a bond that endured, even after Cullen shot Jensen and threw him from a motorbike, until the artist's death four years later at the age of 46. Featuring an acclaimed performance by AACTA Best Actor winner Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, The Babadook) and Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper, The Turning), and executive produced by Robert Connolly (Balibo, The Turning), ACUTE MISFORTUNE reveals the painter and journalist in unparalleled detail. ACUTE MISFORTUNE was named one of the best films of the year by The Monthly and Screen Daily and was the winner of The Age Critics Prize at Melbourne International Film Festival. The Guardian, in a five-star review, called it “An enthralling, complex triumph… The best Australian Bio-Pic since Chopper”.
Nova Exclusive! In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. Nanook and Sedna’s traditional way of life starts changing – slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable deaths and the ice has been melting earlier every year. Chena, who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world – and to their daughter Ága, who has left the icy tundra a long time ago due to family feud. When Sedna’s health deteriorates, Nanook decides to fulfil her wish and he embarks on a long journey in order to find Ága. Yakut langugae, English subtitles.
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars alongside Judi Dench and Ian McKellen in this compelling historical drama about the final days in the life of William Shakespeare, written by Ben Elton. The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife (Judi Dench) and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.
Francis Ford Coppola's iconic Vietnam war epic returns to the cinema screen, revisited by the director to create the 'Final Cut' - 40 years after it was first released. Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, this is Coppola’s most realized version of his acclaimed classic -a haunting journey into madness that fascinated generations of movie lovers. Nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and winner of Best Cinematography and Best Sound, two BAFTAs for Best Direction and Best Supporting Actor and the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Starring Academy Award winners Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall, Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne and Harrison Ford, the film follows Army Captain Willard (Sheen), a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.
Half a century in the making and a massive achievement in film restoration, APOLLO 11 centres on one of the best known triumphs of man: the 1969 mission to the moon. Todd Douglas Miller’s (Dinosaur 13) documentary consists of archival footage of the time of the landing, some that has never been seen before. Crafted from old yet pristine 65mm film footage and sans interviews or narration, Miller’s film is the result of mining a recently discovered cache of video footage and more than 11,000 hours of audio recordings from the annals of NASA, and the audience is immediately immersed fifty years into the past – into a time which was indeed a very big step forward for the world. Witness Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and the Mission Control team, and those waiting at home, as we echo the millions of spectators who watched along in 1969 – except this time, it’s close-up, hyper-detailed and in higher definition. Miller has created a vignette of a time when everything was changing; a vividly coloured, 360 degree look at a world coming together to witness its own progression.
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the beloved comic book series that featured Asterix, his friend Obelix, and a whole array of adventures, ASTERIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTION finds the two friends back at their hijinks. Embarking on a quest across Gaul, the duo aim to find a young druid worthy of learning the secret recipe to the magic potion – a brew that keeps their village safe from Julius Caeser’s invading army. Throw in an evil wizard called Sulfurix who’s also after the potion’s secrets, slapstick humour, as well as a dose of comic-book nostalgia, and ASTERIX – directed by a French team Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy – is a rollicking good time, and a big-budget animated flick for adults as well as littler people.
The audacious directorial debut of Olivia Wilde and a hit with audiences and critics at the SXSW Film Festival, BOOKSMART is destined to become a generation-defining comedy. Amy (Kaitlyn Dever, Beautiful Boy) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein, Lady Bird) are high-school best friends destined for great things once they graduate, but getting into their first-choice colleges has come at a cost: they've barely socialized with anyone in their year level besides one another. Realizing that they haven't fully embraced the high-school experience, they decide to make the night before graduation one to remember. Featuring a cast full of star-making performances and produced by Adam McKay (Vice) and Will Ferrell, Wilde's comedy has been called a "masterpiece" (People), "riotous" (Indiewire), "smart, modern and revolutionary" (The Wrap).
Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean master Lee Chang-dong’s remarkable new thriller BURNING was one of the most acclaimed film of Cannes, setting a record for the highest-ever score achieved in the 18-year history of Screen International’s prestigious critics’ poll. Novelistic in scope, grandeur and impact, and featuring three remarkable performances, it’s a gripping psychological study of thwarted love, ambition and obsession. While working as a courier in Seoul, aspiring young writer Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) encounters the lively Hae-mi (Jun Jong-seo), a childhood friend from his hometown. The two spend the day together, and when Hae-mi asks him to feed her cat while she’s away on a trip to Africa, Jong-su is convinced of a burgeoning romantic relationship. But on her return, when he arrives at the airport to collect her in his run-down truck, Jong-su is surprised and confused to find Hae-mi accompanied by the handsome, Gatsby-esque Ben (a superbly enigmatic Steven Yeun, Okja, The Walking Dead). The three begin an awkward friendship, with Jong-su’s feelings for Hae-mi growing ever stronger, even if it’s apparent she has fallen under the spell of his rich and mysterious rival’s charms. Suddenly, after Ben makes a strange confession, Jong-su is led to question his motivations and he sets off on an increasingly desperate search to uncover the truth, even if the line between reality and imagination begins to blur. Anchored by a peerless cast, exquisite pacing and a pulsating original score by Mowg, Lee’s masterful film creates a tantalising mood of uncertainty and complexity, with the story’s themes of class, family, rage and lust rising feverishly to the surface. Korean language, English subtitles.
Oscar nominee: Best Foreign Language Film Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Audience Award at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s epic drama of the travails of a young Lebanese boy traversing the underclass of Beirut is bravura filmmaking of the highest order. Twelve year old Zain stands up in a court room and declares to the judge that he wishes to sue his parents for the crime of giving him life. What initially seems to be an extraordinary charge slowly begins to make all too much sense as the film takes us on a journey through the myriad struggles of Zain’s young life. Born into poverty, suffering abuse, seeing his beloved sister sold into marriage, and eventually winding up on the streets taking care of an abandoned toddler, Zain’s angry cry for justice reverberates with the righteousness of the powerless. With extraordinary performances from its cast of non-professional actors from similar backgrounds as their characters, Labaki’s film is a grand achievement. Arabic & Amharic language, English subtitles
MEET THE FILMMAKER: Thursday July 25 at 7.00pm. Join director Stephen Amis and co-editor Alana Tompson (Sea Shepherd's Operation Relentless to Antarctica) in conversation following Opening Night screening! Sea Shepherd have saved over 3600 whales during the past eight years – and now they’re tackling the whaling industry face to face. The marine conservation group take on the Japanese whaling fleet in DEFEND, CONSERVE, PROTECT - defending the lives of the Minke whales of the Southern Ocean. The whaling fleet take no prisoners in their search for the animals. Stephen Amis' riveting documentary introduces us to a small but committed group of conservationists who will stop at nothing to end the hunt. Taking audiences into the centre of the conflict, DEFEND, CONSERVE, PROTECT unflinchingly depicts how a group of conservationists put their own lives in danger for what they believe.
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.
From two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman), Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in a dark ‘whodunnit’ thriller of familial ties that pulls no punches. Laura (Cruz), a Spanish woman who has been living in Buenos Aires, returns to her family’s estate outside Madrid for her sister’s wedding with her two children in tow. But her trip home is about to be thrown into chaos, when Laura’s headstrong teenage daughter is kidnapped in the middle of the night’s celebrations. Desperate for any help in discovering her daughter’s whereabouts, Laura reaches out to Paco (Bardem), an old flame who is now a successful winemaker on land purchased from Laura’s father. “Everybody knows” that Laura broke Paco’s heart, but as demands from the kidnappers appear, what else about this secretive and destructive family does “everybody” know? The opening night film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Farhadi’s latest is a work of masterful melodrama, unravelling a family’s decades of rancour, resentment and sins until there is nowhere to hide. Spanish language, English subtitles
Nova exclusive! "Let the beauty we love be what we do." - Rumi. For the last twenty three years, Peter Roberts has had one of the most unusual jobs in Australia. He is the only Australian Music Thanatologist. He plays the harp for people who are facing their last moments of life. Peter’s focus is on the dying process and he helps people to 'leave' in peace when often everyone wants them to stay. With the spirit of the Persian poet “Rumi” running through his veins, Peter has one last task to do before he retires. Some Persian language, English subtitles.
Fierce gang boss Jang Dong-su (Don Lee) is violently attacked after a fender bender on a rainy night. After fighting back, he barely escapes, however his reputation as a feared leader is damaged beyond repair. The only way to restore his image is to find his attacker and exact revenge. Jang teams up with Detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo Yul) to find the assailant, but they soon discovers the attacker is actually a serial killer. Critically acclaimed upon it's Cannes Film Festival debut, Lee Won-Tae's unhinged Korean revenge thriller has been tapped for a Hollywood remake, with Don Lee set to reprise his role as the shamed crime boss. Korean language, English subtitles
Nova exclusive! Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, HAIL SATAN? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that you can speak the truth in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, HAIL SATAN? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.
Nova Exclusive! It’s summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate where an extended family of farmers toil under the rule of a domineering marchesa (Nicoletta Braschi). The handsome and hard-working Lazzaro (captivating newcomer Adriano Tardiolo), a young man imbued with a saint-like innocence, is alternately adored and taken advantage of by his fellow labourers. When the marchesa’s self-absorbed son Tancredi (Luca Chikovani) visits Inviolata with his mother for the first time, he senses an opportunity in Lazzaro naiveté and embroils him in an audacious plan that spirals out of control and throws the estate into a complicated chaos that takes everybody by surprise. A deeply-affecting parable that effortlessly shifts between neo and magical realism, Alice Rohrwacher’s multi award-winning tale casts an ethereal, wondrous spell, and confirms her status as one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary Italian cinema. Winner: Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival. Winner: Best Film, Chicago Film Festival. Italian language, English subtitles. Advance screenings May 31-June 2. “Mesmerising. An instant classic. Rohrwacher draws from the past (tapping into literature and folklore as well as film) to interrogate present conditions and future possibilities. This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic. What makes this a great movie, though — a film that acquires new depths of emotion and meaning each time you see it — is the piercing clarity of Alice Rohrwacher’s vision.” - A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Winner of both the Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actress and the prestigious Alfred Bauer Prize for opening new perspectives, writer/director Marcelo Martinessi’s stunning debut drama THE HEIRESSES is an immersive and emotionally compelling look into the lives of the privileged, through the tribulations of a hesitant woman in quiet crisis. Asunción, Paraguay, 2013. Sixty-somethings Chela (Ana Brun, superb in her debut performance) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún), both descendants of rich families, have been living together for more than thirty years, largely insulated from the troubles of the outside world. Times have changed though, and with debts mounting, the pair begins to sell-off some precious heirlooms. Ultimately the financial situation proves untenable, and convicted of petty fraud, Chiquita is sent to prison by a court order. Suddenly, the sheltered Chela must fend for herself. Swallowing her pride, she reluctantly begins working as a chauffeur for the other wealthy women of the neighbourhood. The changed circumstances lead her to, perhaps for the first time, contemplate her life and choices… Subtle, perfectly modulated and impeccably performed, Martinessi exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire and privilege to tell an intimate and serenely rewarding story of loss, loyalty and self-determination. ★★★★★ - “A tickling, near-perfect tragicomedy. - FINANCIAL TIMES
Nova exclusive! Visionary director Claire Denis (Beau Travail) returns with her first English language film, starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche - a provocative, haunting and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished memories of a lost Earth. Monte (Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unravelled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.
Join us for a Q&A with director Samantha Lang and special guests. Sunday July 21, 4.00pm. From acclaimed filmmaker Samantha Lang (The Monkey’s Mask / The Well) comes an intimate documentary fresh off the back of rave reviews from the Sydney Film Festival. This insightful documentary is a celebration of the 50-year history of Kaldor Public Art Projects which has featured work from artists including Christo, Mariana Abramovic, Jeff Koons, and Gilbert & George. 50 years ago, Sydneysiders were shocked by Christo's wrapping of the Little Bay coastline. Hungarian migrant and entrepreneur John Kaldor, who initiated this monumental work, has said “it all started with a stale sandwich, in Christo's studio in 1968 New York.” Now, Project 34 (by Asad Raza) is about to be unveiled, and UK artist Michael Landy is designing an exhibition to celebrate 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects.
From director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50) and the screenwriters behind Steven Spielberg's The Post and infamous comedy The Interview comes one of the funniest films of the year. US Secretary Of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is part of a popular administration led by a former actor (Bob Odenkirk) best known for portraying the American President on television. When POTUS decides to return to Hollywood rather than seek a second term, Field is anointed his potential successor. Faced with focus group testing that determines her to be suitably 'attractive' but not 'funny' enough for voters, she hires a spirited left-wing journalist (Seth Rogen) to put her on-track for the Oval Office. Winner of the Audience Award at both SXSW and the Sun Valley Film Festival, Levine's timely political satire skewers the double-standard women in power face as well as the speed with which good intentions are eroded by the influence of big business. Co-starring O'Shea Jackson, Randall Park, Alexander Skarsgard, Ravi Patel, June Diane Raphael and Andy Serkis, LONG SHOT is the political comedy the world needs right now.
DOUBLE FEATURE! Accidental Climber and Chasing the Jet Stream Plus Q&A with filmmakers ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER Director: Steven Orbitt Runtime: 1 hour 7 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Manchester International Film Festival Featuring a Q&A with mountaineer Jim Geiger! ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER tells the story of Jim Geiger, a retired forest ranger and amateur mountaineer from Sacramento, CA who at 68 years old, attempts to become the oldest American and first great grandfather to summit Mt. Everest. What ensued was the worst disaster in mountaineering history, leaving sixteen climbers dead in a tragic avalanche and forever changing Jim's life. CHASING THE JET STREAM Director: Claudio Von Planta Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere CHASING THE JET STREAM follows the pioneering adventure of Marc Hauser, a Swiss entrepreneur and motivational speaker who wants to become the first skydiver in the world jumping into a hurricane force jet stream at 8,000 to 10,000 meters altitude. With this record, Marc wants to bring attention to the nascent technology of airborne wind energy systems, which can harness high-altitude wind power. This new technology has the potential to defuse the global energy Plus short film: LITTLE MISS SUMO Director: Matthew Kay Runtime: 18 mins Premiere: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Tribecca Female sumo wrestling champion Hiyori confronts obstacles both inside and outside the ring in an attempt to change Japan's national sport forever.
Director: Kimberly Reed Premiere Status: Australian premiere Previous Festivals: Sundance, Full Frame, AFI Docs, Oscar Long List DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Directors: Marc Menet and Scott Prestin Premiere Status: Australian Premiere “Sam, could you do me a favour?” Thus, begins a story that has now become part of America’s true crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga—the story of a young lawyer fresh from the Public Defender’s Office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in the history of the United States.
DESOLATION CENTRE Director: Stuart Swezey Runtime: 93 minutes Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Slamdance, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Doxa, Sheffield Doc Fest, CPH:DOX The untold story of a series of Reagan-era guerrilla punk and industrial desert happenings in Southern California that are now recognized as the inspiration for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella. Interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic, Swans and more feature. TERROR NULLIUS Director: Soda Jerk Runtime: 54 mins Previous Festivals: Screenwave, Sydney International Film Festival A political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australian national mythology. NYCTOPHOBIA Director: Jean-François Boisvenue Runtime: 9 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Hot Docs NYCTOPHOBIA is an essay-documentary about psychological distress. Jean-François Boisvenue tells us about his childhood fears and his history of mental illness.
BALLAD OF A RIGHTEOUS MERCHANT Director: Herbert Golder Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film Festivals A fresh and candid glimpse of one of the great masters of cinema at work, by his long-time friend and collaborator Herbert Golder, this documentary chronicles Werner Herzog’s making of the feature film, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done – co-written by Golder and nominated for a Golden Lion and for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. ART NEVER SLEEPS Director: Sean Lynch Runtime: 48 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Art never sleeps: Francis Ford Coppola lives by those words. This documentary is the story of the adventure Francis and his team embarked on with an old friend and the film students from Oklahoma City Community College. Together and against all odds, they achieved Francis’ long-held dream of live-streaming a movie and gave birth to a new frontier in cinematic art: live cinema. AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY Director: Arthur Balder Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute Premiere Status: Australian Premiere AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY aims to expand our ordinary perception of time as the director introduces 'a documentary on the unconscious'. Balder lays out the dreamlike narratives of both the artist and his haunting muses. Through his presentation of the artist's self-unconscious suffering right at the beginning of the film, the director choses an artistic direction that he follows with unwavering determination, despite challenging the canons of nowadays 'conscious' documentary filmmaking until the last frame of the film.
Featuring 20 min Q&A with director! Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: New Zealand International Film Festival, Sydney Indie Film Festival A profile of Jacob Leezak's Canine Behaviour Expert Dog Psychology Centre, located in outer Sydney, a place where traumatised dogs and traumatised humans can heal one another. Plus short film: BIG MEN, SMALL DOGS Director: Cat Mills Rating: MA 15 + Runtime: 8 mins 46 seconds Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Meet five large men and the little dogs they love. Eric, Steve, Dax, Sean and Nate all attract attention when they walk their dogs. Why? Because the men are over six feet tall and their dogs barely reach their ankles.
July 27, 28, 31: Sold Out. Encore screening July 30 - tix on sale below! Premiere Status: Australian premiere Previous Festivals: San Francisco International Documentary Film Festival After years of prescription medications failed her a suicidal woman turns to underground healers to try and overcome her depression, anxiety, and opioid addiction with illegal psychedelic medicine like magic mushrooms and iboga.
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: SXSW, Dallas International Film Festival The Church of the SubGenius has been called "the most aggressively preposterous theology the world has ever known!" But what is the Church? Filmmaker Sandy K. Boone explores the underground movement that has galvanized the imaginative, the artistic, the nerdy, even the deranged - to examine the simmering dystopia in their culture, and do absolutely nothing about it - except, maybe, poke fun at it all.
THE LAST STOP Director: Todd Nilssen Premiere Status: Australian Premiere The Elan School was the last stop. Set deep in the woods of Maine, Elan delivered controversial therapy to troubled teens. A meat grinder of raw emotion and harsh discipline, some say it sold hope; others say it sold hell. Plus short film: MURDER IN MOBILE Director: Adam Fischer Runtime: 18 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere In 1948 in Mobile, Alabama, a black man named Rayfield Davis was beaten to death by a white man who was not prosecuted. The crime was forgotten until 2012 when a Northeastern law student was assigned to investigate - culminating in a shocking conclusion.
Plus Q&A Premiere Status: World Premiere LOOBY is the story of what happens when an artist chooses to speak out. For Australian painter Keith Looby, it cost him almost everything. Winner of prestigious art prizes and collected by major galleries at home and abroad, Keith's addiction to speaking his mind has left a string of failed business relationships, marriages and friendships. Bludgeoned into coherence by the film-makers, assessed by dealers, curators, critics and fellow artists, Looby is a chance to look at a brilliant artist who had his moment in the sun, and to ask whether he should have another. Featuring an original score and sumptuous cinematography of long-forgotten masterpieces, this film is a delight for anyone curious about the truth behind the art.
Featuring Q&A with directors! STRANGE TENANTS: SKA'D FOR LIFE Director: Fiona Cochrane Runtime:55 mins Premiere: World Premiere Strange Tenants were the “Godfathers of Australian Ska”, emerging in the 1980s in the wake of UK two-tone ska bands like The Specials but producing original political ska songs unlike most other Australian ska bands. 36 years later they’re still around and still political. WOODSTOCK AT FIFTY: A VENUE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD Director: Aidan Prewitt Runtime: 52 mins Premiere: World Premiere With the approaching 50th anniversary of Woodstock, we are presenting a special cut of the multi-award-winning documentary ‘A Venue for the End of the World’, featuring extended interviews with original Woodstock performers, crew and high-profile commentators. This very special event will feature a live Q&A with famed Woodstock announcer & lighting designer Chip Monck. The film centers around the late ‘60’s crossover of music and politics and includes unseen 8mm footage from the Woodstock festival. Featuring Chip Monck, Michael Shrieve (Santana), Joe McDonald (Country Joe & the Fish), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Dick Cavett (The Dick Cavett Show) and D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop).
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Big Sky Film Festival A poetic documentary focusing on several eccentric street dog caretakers in Kolkata, India. Plus short film: FLYING FUR Director: Alicia Wszelaki and Matthew Nothelfer Runtime: 25 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Welcome to the friendly skies of animal rescue. Saving dogs and cats one flight at a time is the mission, but changing the fate of these lovable creatures is no easy task.
Plus filmmaker Q&A THE HOLIDAY INN-SIDE Director: Charby Ibrahim Sixteen-year-old ‘Anonymous’ has been in and out of juvenile detention for five years, but what landed him there started the day he was born. A fully animated, dream-like documentary follows him as he tries to make a little sense of his traumatic past and the circumstances that have led him down a path of criminal activity and incarceration. COMEBACK KID: LIAM MCNEILL Director: Fraser Cameron Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere A sport that takes a toll on the body greater than most, Muay Thai is as brutal in training as it is in practice. We follow a focused young man, once bullied and brushed aside on the footy field, now physically transformed and intimidating in the ring. Vowing to ‘put his life on the line’, can Liam overcome the injuries, the gruelling weight cut and the expectation to come back victorious? BE YOU T FOOL Director: Brendan Pinches Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Trop Fest An anonymous street artist reveals her secret practice of pasting portraits on the pillars of Chandler Highway Bridge in Alphington, Melbourne. STUART X Director: Thibault Upton Premiere: Melbourne Premiere Stuart Iredale was born with Fragile X during the 1950s; a time when the disability was little know. He was misdiagnosed with mental illness and spent 40 years of his life in psychiatric hospitals where he was misunderstood, drugged and abused At 60 years old Stuart was correctly diagnosed with Fragile X. He now has a set of processes and care that provide him with an entirely different quality of life. Today he has shown progress towards recovery from years of mistreatment and responds to music therapy by dancing. ' DREAMERS GATE Director: Daz Chandler Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, on the side of the road on Australia’s Federal Highway, stands an abandoned personal artwork with a dark and poignant past. HAUNTED WITNESS Director: Daniel Clarke Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Trauma suffered by police reporters is an under-reported and stigmatised issue. It is often forgotten that journalists can be first responders to daily scenes of horror. Admitting to experiencing trauma to newsroom colleagues, however, is widely denounced within the industry. HAUNTED WITNESS reveals how Vancouver freelance journalist Jeremy Hainsworth suffered in silence while management showed a shocking lack of support for his mental health and wellbeing. SHE STARTS 2 Director: Rachel Storey Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Women make up 50% of the population, but less than a quarter of start-up founders. This season of SheStarts follows a group of female founders as they step out of their comfort zone to pitch game-changing business ideas. Will their ideas stack up under pressure? Do they have what it takes to secure funding and scale their businesses? VOODOO MEDICS Director: Kristin Shorten Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere VOODOO MEDICS is an eight-part documentary about trauma, resilience and posttraumatic growth in the medics who served with our special forces in Afghanistan. RISE Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere An experimental documentary poem about Melbourne. ADOPTION PENDING Director: Liam Fouracre Previous Festivals: St Kilda Film Festival, Reel Good Film Festival The story of George, a two-year-old staffy x husky who is surrendered to an adoption home. PAIN IS MINE Director: Farshid Akhlaghi Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: DOC LA One day; one room; one take. After her spinal surgery, she was always in unendurable pain. Painkillers have been her refuge for a long time – until one day she decided to stop. THE HAND OUT Director: Vedrana Music Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Antenna Film Festival A mother escaping war decides to bring home a treat for her daughter. THAT NIGHT Director: Jeremy Luke Bolatag Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: BAFTA Katong Gabii documents the lives of two survivors of the Roxas night market bombing in Davao City, Philippines on September 2, 2016. It centers on a vendor at the market whose intestines were shattered by a shrapnel, and a truck driver whose wife and son died while getting a massage. I SIGNED THE PETITION Director: Mahdi Fleifel Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: IDFA, Hot Docs Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt.
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival SILENT FORESTS is an intimate, character-driven portrait of conservationists and activists who are struggling to stop forest elephant poaching in Africa's Congo Basin region. After a study revealed that more than half the central African forest elephant population has been lost to poaching in the last decade, there has been a concerted effort to save those that remain. SILENT FORESTS will explore this story through a range of dynamic subjects; including one of Cameroon’s first female eco-guards, a grassroots wildlife law enforcement group, a Congolese biologist studying elephant behavior, a reformed elephant poacher, and a team of anti-poaching sniffer dogs led by a Czech conservationist. As passionate and tenacious as these conservationists are, they are up against huge institutional challenges like corruption and lack of funding that threaten to derail all their attempts to fight for the future of the forest elephant.
Q&A discussion following film! SINGLED [OUT] tells the story of five educated women in four corners of the world: Jules in Melbourne, Manu in Barcelona, Shu and Yang in Shanghai, and Melek in Istanbul. They all travel solo in a world where pairing up is the norm. Together with the voices of some well-known experts in the areas of sociology, law and demography, the film unveils modern love in the era of choice, and is a journey to the heart of being a single woman today.
SKIDROW MARATHON Featuring a Q&A with director! Premiere Status: Australian Premiere. Previous Festivals: Traverse City Film Festival When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. SKID ROW MARATHON follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn. Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity. Plus short films: OUT ON THE STREETS Director: John Haley Runtime: 17 mins 21 secs Premiere Status: Australian Premiere When your family rejects you, where do you sleep? How do you survive? For the estimated 40% of homeless youth in America who identify as LGBTQ, embracing their true identity often meant that they must also struggle to live on the streets. Jason and Luis, two young gay men in Chicago, face this reality head on. SWEET SOUL IN EXILE Director: Tyler A. Chase Runtime: 8 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere SWEET SOUL IN EXILE is an odic encapsulation of the eviction of prominent sculptor, Deborah Masters, from her loft of twenty years at 475 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn NY.
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Doc NYC This documentary explores the rise of Teddy Pendergrass, the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums against the backdrop of 1960s America, and his comeback after a life-changing accident.
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Featuring a Q&A with filmmakers. The story of guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel, whose journey takes him from Australia’s youngest guitar prodigy to the world’s most acclaimed acoustic guitarist. Told through intimate backstage footage, explosive concert performances, rare archival material and unfiltered interviews with Tommy’s closest friends and family (as well as stars from Joe Satriani to Jason Isbell to Monty Python’s Eric Idle), the film examines the scars of childhood trauma, breaking cycles of self-destruction and the ambitious rise of a man determined to bring happiness to all corners of the globe with his music, even as his own life was in danger of toppling.
Followed by a panel discussion Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: CPH:DOX Featuring a screen introduction with director, Alex Winter and Q&A with the Blockchain Centre of Australia. Hacktivist and blockchain expert Lauri Love fights extradition in TRUST MACHINE—his computer skills a threat to the US government. Tech innovators strike a raw nerve as banks and network pundits rush to condemn volatile cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology. Proponents of the blockchain—a verified digital ledger—are already using the technology to change the world; fighting income inequality, the refugee crisis and world hunger.
Featuring Q&A with filmmakers Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Gold Coast Film Festival Born out of the ashes of Big Star, arguably the greatest cult band of all time, Memphis local Van Duren joined forces with ex-members Chris Bell & Jody Stephens to form a band and become regulars on the 70s Memphis bar circuit. In little time they got the attention of Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham then started managing Van Duren. Van was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney but instead faded into obscurity. Forty years later, two friends from Australia (a band manager & musician), chance upon the mysterious musician’s lost album. They fall hopelessly in love with the music and set out to discover why Van Duren isn’t a household name. Self-taught filmmakers, their journey takes them across the world and sees them cross paths with rockstars, Scientologists, con men and a host of talented musicians some who made it... and others that didn't. Van Duren’s lost career is a parable of the trials and tribulations of the music industry - an industry that leaves countless broken dreamers behind in its wake. Waiting - the Van Duren Story is a love letter to the artist that could have helped to define a generation.
Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, shy and insecure Blanche remains as a novice nun even as her family flees the Reign of Terror, torn between her duty to her convent and fear of the guillotine. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.
Nova exclusive! From A24. Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with an honest, heartfelt and nostalgic look back at the friendships and experiences during adolescence that mark our transition from children to adults. Stevie (Sunny Suljic, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer) is a thirteen year old living in the shadow of his brooding older brother Ian (Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea). Observing a group of teenage skateboarders in his Los Angeles neighbourhood, Stevie makes it his mission to fit in with them. Learning to skate leads Stevie to not only gain a tight-knit group of new friends, but also to experience a world much larger than the one he has previously known. “Totally irresistible. Hilarious and heartfelt, bristles with fun, feeling and exhilaration” Rolling Stone
A powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned frontman of INXS, Michael Hutchence. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man. For an all too brief time, we revel in Michael’s Dionysian beauty and sensuality on stage and off. We listen to the range of his extraordinary voice and witness the charmed way he travels through life as he is propelled to world acclaim. But Michael struggled with the idea of success, the creative limits of pop stardom and how to express his integrity; a longing that shaped his life and music and gave birth to a desire to go far beyond the constraints of pop. A violent event strikes Michael and changes his life dramatically, fracturing his sense of self and robbing him of his connection to life. Made vulnerable, he is unable to navigate the complex challenges he faces, and has little defence against the onslaught of the tabloid press that descend on his world. Amidst the darkness, Michael’s newborn daughter, Tiger, becomes his one bright light.
2 Oscar nominations - Best Foreign Language Film & Best Cinematography A young art student, Kurt (Tom Schilling) has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his experiences under the Nazis and the GDR-regime. When he meets fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer), he is convinced he has met the love of his life, but Ellie's father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Inspired by real events and spanning thirty years of German history, BAFTA winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) returns with this beautifully structured story about truth, art, power, and inspiration. German language, English subtitles
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in encore screenings of the original West End production of The Audience, captured live in London in 2013, and featuring an exclusive new Q&A with key members of the cast and creative team. For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch. The Audience is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
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.
An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
If only museums could talk! This stunning new event film would like to do just that: let the Prado speak for itself. Celebrating its 200th birthday in 2019, the Prado Museum will tell the story of its life, and take you on a spectacular journey in Madrid covering six centuries of Spanish history. History told through art, through the eight thousand masterpieces housed in the Museum’s collections, and the story behind each one. A painting is canvas, colour, matter, and form, but it is also the story of men and women, painters and kings, palaces and queens, wealth and misery, body and soul.
Inspired by the extraordinary true story of Melita Norwood, Red Joan is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman’s sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award® winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement, until one day her tranquil existence is shattered when she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history. Cambridge University in the 1930s, and the young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo (Tom Hughes). Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: Would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace?
From the writer of Billy Elliot and the co-director of Bohemian Rhapsody comes a fantastical musical based on the life and songs of Elton John. Tracing the artist's life from a young age as a piano prodigy to back-up band musician to chart-topping icon, Taron Egerton gives a career-defining performance as Reginald Dwight/Elton John. Paired with songwriter Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), the two become international sensations as John takes the world by storm with album after album of unforgettable songs. Achieving unimaginable success at a young age, John is quickly consumed by the trappings of fame while struggling to come to terms with his own sexuality. Featuring Egerton performing the artist's most famous hits while inhabiting Elton John's notorious persona, ROCKETMAN co-stars Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Gemma Jones and Tate Donovan.
Writer and director Ash Mayfair creates a stark look into the history of Vietnamese arranged marriages and female expectation in THE THIRD WIFE, her first full-length feature film. In rural Vietnam in the 19th century, May is one of many children entered into marriage. She becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner, forced to suddenly grasp adulthood as she comes to terms with being expected to produce a male heir. What follows is an unyielding look at what life as a woman – and as a child bride – was at the time, coupled with entrancing aesthetic and cinematography. THE THIRD WIFE becomes a study of the complex subtleties of coming-of-age when one is forced to do so early, and of the societal shift in patriarchal customs of centuries past. Vietnamese language with English subtitles.
Take a glimpse into the early days of the man who brought us tales of hobbits, elves and one particular ring with TOLKIEN, the new biopic from Dome Karukoski (Tom Of Finland). Nicholas Hoult plays master of fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien as his younger self: an orphaned young man finding love, friendship and himself in early 20th century Britain. Falling in with a group of outcasts that become his firm friends, Tolkien finds himself drawn into the fray of WW1 – shattering his life as he knows it, and directly impacting on his creation of The Lord of the Rings series. TOLKIEN is the story of how one man found an entirely new world, while trying to navigate the horrors of a war-torn real one.
Engaged and in love, Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) and Ned (Gwilym Lee) have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory, reunite her parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding. As the couple travel through the wild beauty of Australia’s Northern Territory landscapes they meet unforgettable characters, find fulfilment, and Lauren learns why her mother had to leave to find home. With Tapsell also co-writing and producing the film, TOP END WEDDING is directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Cleverman) and features a stellar ensemble cast including AACTA Award nominee Kerry Fox (Bright Star, Cloudstreet), Ursula Yovich (The Code, Australia), Shari Sebbens (Thor: Ragnarok, The Sapphires), Huw Higginson (Janet King, The Bill) and Elaine Crombie (Top of The Lake, Black Comedy).
Pixar's most popular film series returns with an all new, critically-acclaimed adventure for Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Rex (Wallace Shawn), Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Hamm (John Ratzenberger). With their previous owner Andy having entrusted his beloved childhood toys to young Bonnie, the Toy Story gang welcome a new addition to the crew: Forky (Tony Hale) - a toy made by Bonnie at school. As Forky struggles to come to terms with his own creation, all of the toys are packed up to join Bonnie and her family as they set off on a road trip. Soon separated from the rest of the group while travelling cross-country, Woody and Forky are unexpectedly reunited with a past friend while Buzz attempts to formulate a plan to find his missing friends. Co-written by Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) and featuring an unparalleled voice cast including Keanu Reeves, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Annie Potts, Timothy Dalton, Betty White, Kristen Schaal and Jeff Garlin, TOY STORY 4 is an unexpected delight that will appeal to movie lovers of all ages.
Nova exclusive! From director David Robert Mitchell comes the film that follows It Follows – his sophomore effort UNDER THE SILVER LAKE. Sam (Andrew Garfield) is thrown headfirst into a strange world of coincidence, crime and murder when his mysterious new neighbour Sarah (Riley Keough) vanishes one morning. Set against the noir-ish setting of Los Angeles and leading him on a goose-chase around the city, Sam will discover that nothing – even Sarah’s identity – is as it seems. Mitchell’s film is a surreal, 140-minute mystery thriller that might have divided critics, but is certainly extravagant in its ambition and cinematography.
Two of Latin cinemas biggest stars lead in Juan Vera’s romcom AN UNEXPECTED LOVE, a sweetly humorous vessel for Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán – playing a couple who, now that they’ve farewelled their son overseas, are left sitting alone in the tail-end of their own relationship. Deciding to “consciously uncouple”, the two embark on separate yet similar new terrain: the world of dating, loneliness, and getting older. Taking the Argentinian box office by storm, Vera’s film is a portrayal of both the sadness and the humour in the dissolution of a marriage– and two people discovering that figuring out anew what they really want out of life might be harder than they thought.
After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced. Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, US stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
The story of the world’s greatest male ballet dancer, Nureyev, is explored in a new passion project by Ralph Fiennes. Starring Oleg Ivenko as Rudolf Nureyev and also featuring Sergei Polunin (Red Sparrow) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour), Fiennes’ film follows Nureyev’s life-altering visit to Paris in 1961, a rare journey into the West from the Soviet nation at the time. Through Ivenko THE WHITE CROW showcases the artistry and athleticism of the famously controversial Nureyev, who became something of ballet’s first pop star. Transcendent, bold and with a restless spirit, “Rudy” is the white crow: Fiennes’ film becomes a study of Nureyev and the dancer’s confrontation of both artistic and political freedoms. Witten by Oscar nominee David Hare (The Reader, The Hours) Mostly Russian with English subtitles, some English language.
Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) has just been released from jail and dreams of becoming a country singer so she can leave her childhood home of Glasgow behind, except that she has two young children who have been living with their grandmother (Julie Walters) while she did time. Far from reformed and unable to shake her bad girl behaviour, Rose-Lynn is forced to find work as a house cleaner to make ends meet. Striking up a friendship with her new employer Susannah (Sophie Okonedo), Rose-Lynn shares her dream but neglects to mention her young family. Spurred on by Susannah’s enthusiasm, Rose-Lynn must soon make some difficult choices about her responsibilities as a mother and making the most of opportunities that might take her to the other side of the globe. Directed by Tom Harper (Peeky Blinders) and written by Nicole Taylor (The C-Word). “From it’s opening notes, Wild Rose puts a lump in your throat as you realize you’re watching a star being born” The Playlist, “A star is born? More like a supernova!” Time Out, “Entirely delightful, fresh as a Scottish summer evening” Hollywood Reporter.
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman, a respected choir leader who lives a mysterious double life. Known to the public only by her alias “The Mountain Woman,” Halla is a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves. But as her actions grow bolder and her legend grows, an unexpected letter changes everything – her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. Before she can fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, Halla plots an attack to deal the mining companies one final crippling blow. WOMAN AT WAR, the charming and topical new film from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat – the tale of an unlikely David taking on the Goliath of industry, one electricity pylon at a time. Some Icelandic language, English subtitles
From Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a heartwarming comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life! Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs! Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society). But after a freak bus accident, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself in a very strange situation indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with help from his steel-hearted agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. Featuring new versions of The Beatles most beloved hits and with guest appearances from Ed Sheeran, James Cordon and more, Yesterday is the rock'n'roll comedy of the year!