MA15+Strong sexual violence, violence, themes and coarse language
The never-before-seen music documentary capturing Queen of Soul ARETHA FRANKLIN, as she records the most successful gospel album of all time, AMAZING GRACE with James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir. Recorded at The New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. This is one of our absolute top picks from this year's South by Southwest Festival! We're so excited to finally getting a chance to share it with you!
"It is a transcendent film. It’s also a surprisingly simple one, perhaps keeping with the unfussy circumstances." - Vulture
Synopsis: AMAZING GRACE is crafted from never-before-seen footage that captures an elegiac moment in American musical history whilst saluting the get-up-on-your-feet gospel heritage that transformed American music in the 1960s.
MA15+Strong sex scenes and drug use
At once both a celebration of female friendship and an examination the choices we make when facing a crossroad, ANIMALS is an honest, funny, edgy, unconventional and bittersweet snapshot of modern women. Screening as part of TPH's festival Trailblazers: Focus on Australian Women Filmmakers. These screenings will have a pre-recorded introduction by director Sophie Hyde.
"Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat play best friends facing conflict in a Dublin-set original filled with remarkable insight and wit" - ★★★★ The Guardian
Synopsis: Laura and Tyler are soulmates. Thirty-something best friends and revellers residing in Dublin, they are ingrained in the fabric of each other’s lives; dating, partying, drinking and living their life without limitations.
Here I Am is the story Karen, young Aboriginal woman, who finds herself stuck on the streets. She finds sanctuary at a shelter for Aboriginal women where she begins the painful journey of reconnecting with her estranged mother and her young daughter. Screening as part of TPH's festival Trailblazers: Focus on Australian Women Filmmakers
"Here I Am wears its heart on its sleeve in celebrating resilience." - The Guardian
Synopsis: Karen is released from prison and learns that freedom is hard to find when hearts are still broken.
Screening as part of TPH's festival Trailblazers: Focus on Australian Women Filmmakers. Once considered outsiders to the film industry these artists are fanning the flames to set fire to a new era of Australian cinema.
"We know where this is going pretty early on, but that doesn't prevent “Lore” from being riveting stuff, start to finish." - ★★★★★ Rober Ebert
Synopsis: As Allied forces sweep across Germany, five children embark on a journey that challenges their notions of family, love and friendship.
See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End.
Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, this 67 minute play 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), broadcast live to a cinema near you.
MA 15+Strong violence and coarse language
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time.. in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
"It’s shocking, gripping, dazzlingly shot in the celluloid-primary colours of sky blue and sunset gold: colours with the warmth that Mama Cass sang about. The Los Angeles of 1969 is recovered with all Tarantino’s habitual intensity and delirious, hysterical connoisseurship of pop culture detail.... It’s entirely outrageous, disorientating, irresponsible, and also brilliant."
The Guardian ★★★★★
Winner of the Palme d’Or (Best Film award) at the Cannes Film Festival – the first ever for a Korean film – this family tragicomedy is the latest masterpiece from Bong Joon-Ho, the director of The Host and Snowpiercer. PARASITE confirms his position as one of the world’s most inventive and captivating filmmakers. See it now at TPH!
"Bong Joon-ho’s bizarre black comedy about a rich Korean family and a poor one in a modern-day Downton Abbey situation gets its tendrils in you" - ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Synopsis: Ki-taek's family of four is close, but fully unemployed, with a bleak future ahead of them. The son Ki-woo is recommended by his friend, a student at a prestigious university, for a well-paid tutoring job, spawning hopes of a regular income. Carrying the expectations of all his family, Ki-woo heads to the Park family home for an interview. Arriving at the house of Mr. Park, the owner of a global IT firm, Ki-woo meets Yeon-kyo, the beautiful young lady of the house. But following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait.
MA15+Strong coarse language
Screening as part of the Australian New Wave series presented by Bill Mousoulis. Three bold new Australian indie features from emerging filmmakers. Intro and Q&A with director (direct from Sydney) conducted by Cerise Howard (critic, Cinémathèque co-curator & teacher @ RMIT).
“Watching Sarah Houbolt in this film is simply a gift, and filmmakers – not just in Australia, but around the world – should take Luke Sullivan’s lead and continue to create roles of this depth, diversity and value for actors of this caliber.” - Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Alliance of Women Film Journalists.
“This wholly confounding work shows that there are still some who are willing to push what the medium and its audience are capable of ... it manages to leave an indelible impression on the mind’s eye.” - Cain Noble-Davies, Film Ink.
“It would be too easy to compare Reflections in the Dust to a Beckett play or a drama by Tarkovsky, but Sullivan’s docu-drama is unique.” - Meredith Taylor, Filmuforia.
“A potent statement, both as a genre work in line with the most ambitious this country has produced and, perhaps more importantly, a profound and timely social commentary.” – Simon Foster, Flicks.
“This film is a unique once in a lifetime masterpiece that will leave you in a sense of suspense throughout.” - Caroline Russo, Hush Hush Biz.
Synopsis: An unspoken event has caused civilisation to crumble, leaving the survivors to cluster in the wilderness. Among them is a blind girl who struggles to survive with her father – a tormented and emotionally abusive clown. There is no future anymore, so the past becomes their only resource for meaning.
Roger Waters, co-founder, creative force and songwriter behind Pink Floyd, presents his highly anticipated film, Us + Them, featuring state-of- the-art visual production and breath-taking sound in this unmissable cinema event at the Thornbury Picture House!
"Waters collaborates once more with Sean Evans, visionary director of the highly acclaimed movie, Roger Waters The Wall, to deliver this creatively pioneering film that inspires with its powerful music and message of human rights, liberty and love."
Synopsis: Filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 – 2018 Us + Them tour which saw Waters perform to over two million people worldwide, the film features songs from his legendary Pink Floyd albums (The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) and from his last album, Is This The Life We Really Want?
Incredibly rare and stunning behind-the-scenes photography of the most celebrated musicians of the '60s and '70s. Screening as part of the CCP x TPH Photography on Film Festival.
“Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall” is, before anything else, a celebration of Marshall’s indelible images of the rock gods and goddesses who changed the world." - Variety
Synopsis: Photographer Jim Marshall captures the heights of the Rock and Roll music era, from the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, to the civil rights movements and some of the most iconic moments of the 60's.
MA15+Themes of racism and strong coarse language
Fresh from premiering at MIFF's opening night gala, The Australian Dream is a documentary that uses the remarkable and inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes as the prism through which to tell a deep and powerful story about race, identity and belonging.
"It speaks loudly and articulately, dropping the kind of truth bombs that smash your heart to pieces" - The Guardian ★★★★
Synopsis: For the first time Adam reveals his profoundly emotional journey in his own words, and asks fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today. Walkley award-winning writer Stan Grant and BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Gordon join forces to tell this remarkable story of one of the most decorated & celebrated players in AFL history. A man who remains a cultural hero; the very epitome of resilience & survival, who continues to fight for equality and reconciliation.
PGMild themes and violence
Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But, not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasas brother—and former heir to the throne—-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
MA15+Strong sexual violence, violence, themes and coarse language
From the writer and director of the Babadook comes the gripping film THE NIGHTINGALE by Jennifer Kent. Screening as part of TPH's festival Trailblazers: Focus on Australian Women Filmmakers.
"Ambitious, urgent and necessarily brutal" - ★★★★ The Guardian
MA15+ Strong sexual violence, violence, themes and coarse language
Synopsis: Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
GSome scenes may scare very young children
TOY STORY 4 HITS THE BIG SCREEN AT TPH!
"The winning mix of characters from the original films and a great ensemble of new characters, maintain the blend of heartfelt sentiment and humour" - Thomas Caldwell, Film Critic
Synopsis: Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to cinemas on June 20, 2019.
Screening as part of the Australian New Wave series presented by Bill Mousoulis. Three bold new Australian indie features from emerging filmmakers. Intro and Q&A with the directors,
conducted by Philippa Hawker (film reviewer, The Australian). Melbourne Premiere.
“With a very relaxed approach to filmmaking, Siobhan Jackson and Mischa Baka – Jack Baka collectively – have created a very sedated, very unique Australian film.” - Matthew Eeles, Cinema Australia.
Synopsis: A young woman moves to a new city and finds herself describing vaginas for money, dancing with dogs, washing old men and falling apart. She’s fucked up and demanding answers.