It’s impossible to measure how influential 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is. Taken from the dawn of man to the end of consciousness, through beautiful compositions, an unforgettable score, and pioneering special effects, we are witness to an all-encompassing vision that must be seen to be believed.
R18+High level violence
50th Anniversary Screening We follow that pack of ultra-violent, sadistic, perverse Droogs, and their especially-so leader Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell, in a career-defining performance): much like Anthony Burgess’ novel upon which it is based, this was a hugely controversial release, widely banned and even withdrawn from circulation at Kubrick’s behest after being cited in a string of copycat crimes. Groundbreaking spectacle you can’t take your eyes off. Join us in the foyer for a glass of milk and a spot of Beethoven.
A terrific comedy of manners about two couples whose loyalties are unexpectedly tested. Lea (Bérénice Bejo) is happily married to Marc (Vincent Cassel), and is best friends with Karine (Florence Foresti) who seems content enough with Francis (François Damiens) and their two kids. This quartet is well-balanced until a publisher shows interest in Lea’s book, and it remains to be seen if her friends and husband can handle it...
Rare, unforeseen footage takes us on a cinematic voyage through some of the most stunning, iconic buildings in the world, and into the life and passions of one of the great modern architects, Alvar Aalto. Intimate and profound, get insight into a passion unmatched, both for his work and for the love of his life, fellow architect Aino Aalto.
MA15+Horror violence and strong sex scene
40th Anniversary Screening While Rick Baker’s makeup effects made this film a marvel upon first release (proof of how the practical can stand the test of time), it is a carefully calibrated mix of comedy and chills that has John Landis’ Hollywood, folk-horror masterpiece feeling fresh to this day.
Teacher Antoinette (Laure Calamy) has been looking forward to a weekend away with her lover Vladimir (Benjamin Lavernhe). However, her plans are scuttled when his wife whisks him away to hike the Cévennes mountains, and Antoinette, having impulsively decided to follow, is left to face the wilderness alone but for her self-resilience and stubborn donkey Patrick. This charming and poignant comedy was a box-office smash in its native France.
PGAdult themes, sexual references, medium level violence
Kubrick beautifully interprets a sense of 18th century decadence through pioneering cinematography, lush design, and a cast of thousands, each a crucial part of one of his underappreciated classics, a sardonic tale of an end of an era, of excess and opulence and moral decay.
R18+Medium level sex scenes, Medium level violence, Drug use
Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, BOOGIE NIGHTS was an auteur-making film for director P.T. Anderson, celebrated for its ensemble cast, with career-best performances from both Burt Reynold and Mark Wahlberg, alongside the marvelous Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and William H. Macy.
This delicious documentary is a mouth-watering piece of cuisine diplomacy, following a group of chefs who take part in a unique festival in the Israeli city of Haifa, a coming together between Palestinians and Israelis over a shared cultural heritage and a love of good food. BREAKING BREAD speaks to hope in a shared humanity, all with a serve of messakhan and a side of kreplach.
A shocking diagnosis spurs a woman forth, to find a long-lost child, one she was forced to abandon at only 15. With only a middle-aged man in the middle of a burn-out and an overenthusiastic, blind archivist, the search is a poignant, mad-cap journey.
MMature themes and coarse language
Three cousins separated by circumstance by bound by blood. Orphaned Mata believes she has no whānau, living out childhood alone. Home on the land, educated Makareta flees an arranged marriage, leaving behind the cheeky, dutiful Missy who takes her role as guardian. As the years pass, loss of land seems imminent, and reunion unlikely, until one chance encounter changes everything.
War comes home as four city-slickers venture into deepest, darkest Georgia, rowing into the unknown and encountering a rural nightmare of backwater guerillas desperate to defend their stake in the wilderness. Unflinchingly directed, Deliverance exemplified the fresh extremity of a new era of filmmaking (while propelling Burt Reynolds to cinema superstardom).
MA15+Strong horror themes and violence
The sequel nobody asked for and seemingly nobody saw was nonetheless universally praised, with criticism especially positive for this new, extended director’s cut. Presented as a special addition to the program, to judge just how thoroughly indebted this new breed of horror filmmakers are to Kubrick’s THE SHINING.
PGMild themes and coarse language
Based on the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town bartender, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbours to chip in what little they have to help raise Dream and compete against the elites. As Dream rises through the ranks, he becomes a beacon of hope for their struggling community.
One of contemporary cinema’s most exciting and award-winning directors, the remarkable Pablo Larraín unites Gael García Bernal with striking newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo in EMA, an immersive and incendiary new drama about art, desire, performance and family, in the vibrant dance world of Valparaíso, Chile. With sequences of stunning choreography, this a tender, volatile, physical film: fully alive.
R18+High impact sex scenes, themes and drug use
Inspired by 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’s cerebral flight, one of the greatest interpretations of a profoundly influential film. Shot from the point-of-view of a drug dealer in Tokyo, we inhabit his thoughts, his DMT trips, and his ascension to a celestial plane as he hovers at the edge of death. Extreme doesn’t begin to cut it—you don’t want to miss this on the big screen.
R18+High-level sex scenes
While seen by some upon first release as a disappointment, Kubrick’s final film has undergone a hard-fought reassessment in recent years. Set over a night of secret debauchery and starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (the strained coupling propelling incredible performances), was this film a misunderstood classic? A victim of unreasonable expectations or studio meddling? We’ll invite you to discuss this with us after the screening.
Opening night, the first opportunity to see our theatre light up with an inventive, breathtaking array of cinematic dance as we present, in partnership with AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE’s International Centre for Choreography, FLOW: DANCE ON SCREEN. Both nights will run with a pair of 50 minute sessions of short film: the first, a curated selection from emerging Australasian talent with: TAKE (Victoria Hunt, Margot Nash) (NSW); 2 OF 2 (Kirsty Lee) (NSW); INTERSTICE, (Mitchell Aldridge) (WA); DON'T STOP THE DANCE, (Carolyn Sylvester) (NZ); NOBUYOSHI (Sue Healey) (NSW); THE GOD OF TINY THINGS (Deborah Kelly) (NSW); THE CIRCADIAN CYCLE (Garry Stewart) (SA) — followed by superb International choices presented by CINEDANS ON TOUR, the very best of the acclaimed Amsterdam festival’s 2021 season, including: INSIDE/OUTSIDE (Carolina Romillo Marin, Claudia Iglesias Ungo); MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE (Danscollectief Arnhemse Meisjes); ALI (Rain Kencana); AKIN (Stephan Cornelio Velema, Virgil Denzel Dey); AWAKE (Rumi Kaul, Janiro Ottens, Jinko Adams); OUT OF BODY (Pascal Beugre-Telier, Briére Eddy). Tickets may be purchased for tonight, or both nights.
Our second and closing night of FLOW: DANCE ON SCREEN is your last opportunity to see a diversity of talent, skill, and form as choreographers use short cinema to explore the art of dance. Presented in partnership with AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE’s International Centre for Choreography, both nights feature two 50 minute sessions: the first, a curated selection from emerging Australasian talent including: EVERYTHING I KNOW (Vanessa White) (VIC); ALICE WITH BLACK MATTRESS (Siobhan Murphy) (VIC), STILL LIFE, INERITUS / TABEO / VANITAS (Ryan Renshaw) (QLD); ASSEMBLE (Kimberly Summer, Jessica Kneipp) (VIC); CALL TO THE STONE (Asher Bowen-Saunders) (QLD); KINDRED (Xin Hui Ong) (WA) — followed by superb International choices presented by CINEDANS ON TOUR, the very best of the acclaimed Amsterdam festival’s 2021 season: LE FAUNE (Joseph Simon); IN PLAIN SIGHT (Tanin Torabi); SIMULACRA (Curry Tian, Cailyn Rice, Taylor Unwin); LEATHER (Thomas Bos, Erik Bos); IT STARTS WITH A (HEART)BEAT (Mikki Sindhunata, Lucinda Wessels); NEVER TWENTY ONE (Kanouté Smaïl, Henri Coutant, Kevin Gay); FIBONACCI (Tomáš Hubáček, Marie Gourdain). Tickets may be purchased for tonight, or both nights.
50th Anniversary Screening This definitive, gritty British crime thriller set the mold: a cool, tense tale of revenge that cranked Michael Caine’s cockney gangster schtick up to eleven, and the sex and violence up to twelve (the film rated X upon release). Hodge’s debut shocked initial audiences but stands the test of time as a confrontational cult-classic.
Legendary music producer Giorgio Moroder was struck by the lack of a definitive cut of METROPOLIS, and decided to give it his own spin with a fresh restoration, re-edited, beautifully tinted, and tinged with 80s excess. Complete with a soundtrack featuring new selections from Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Pat Benatar, and Adam Ant, this is a silent classic like you’ve never seen it before.
An aspiring photographer rooms with an aspiring writer, the two trying to find art within their career as they are beset by personal and professional tribulation. Independently produced against the limits of budget, it’s likely Kubrick saw himself in both the director and protagonist when he declared it “one of the most interesting American films in a long time”.
Cinema in its purest form, GUNDA chronicles the lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using beautiful black and white cinematography and the farm's ambient soundtrack, master director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do. In doing so GUNDA takes us into the mystery of animal consciousness, and the role humanity plays in it.
Featuring an all-star Argentinian cast, this new comedy from Sebastián Borensztein is a rousing riotous tale of working-class solidarity and collective revenge. It’s 2001, Argentina is in a deep depression, and a retired soccer star is being railroaded by a conniving bank manager in his attempt to join a cooperative and support his community—so he turns to more illicit means to raise some cash, all under the co-op's nose.
MA15+Strong themes and coarse language
HERSELF tells the story of Sanda, a young mother who’s fighting to rebuild her life from scratch, to provide a safe home for her two daughters. She must escape the grip of a possessive ex-partner and navigate a broken housing system, endeavouring to build a community based on support and love and discover a new dawn.
PGMild themes and sexual references, mild violence
Monica Vitti, Jeanne Moreau, and Marcello Mastroianni star as disillusioned artists and alienated lovers, a night in their lives spent slipping-through, circling the empty streets of an abandoned Milan. Sensually photographed with Antonioni’s signature knack for visual modernism.
From acclaimed actress Robin Wright comes her directorial debut, the poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Finding herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew, she retreats into the magnificent, unforgiving wilds of the Rockie Mountain Range, brought from the brink of death, desperate to live again.
PGMild themes and infrequent violence
Kubrick considered Ophüls among the master filmmakers and this—a story in three parts, each a decadent experience of pleasure—among his best. A work for which beauty is at the core, 19th century France given lavish life and a sumptuous energy, in a charming adaptation of the work of Guy de Maupassant.
PGMild themes and violence
Directed, written, and starring Chaplin, with a story by Orson Welles, the former Tramp takes a controversial turn as a Bluebeard, knocking off wealthy widows to support his own ailing wife and child. Pitch black and hysterically funny, this is one of his finest outings, in many ways just as strong a commentary as his previous success, THE GREAT DICTATOR
MMature themes, violence and coarse language
Winston Duke spends his days on a remote outpost, watching the lives of others. When one dies, several candidates—unborn souls—arrive to fill their place, determine their suitability, or else face oblivion. However, as each meet one another, they find themselves changed, challenged, as unexpected powers forge against fate, striking new paths. A heartfelt, meditative vision.
MMature themes, violence, sex, nudity and coarse language
A woman disappeared. After a snowstorm, her car is discovered on a road to a small remote village. While the police don't know where to start, five people are linked to the disappearance. Each one with his or her own secret.
PGMild themes and coarse language
Based on a 1998 lawsuit, PERCY follows the fight between small-town farmer Percy Schmeiser and a major conglomerate who’ve accused him of theft when their genetically-modified canola is discovered among his crops. He speaks out against the company’s attempt to monopolise an industry, and finds himself a folk hero, a voice for the thousands of farmers disenfranchised by corporate greed.
PGAdult themes, medium level violence, and low level coarse language
Exemplifying a new and remarkable era of Australian filmmaking, this chronicle of a St. Valentine’s disappearance—based on Joan Lindsay’s celebrated novel of the same name—is a sensual, fey, and quietly disturbing masterpiece.
R18+High level coarse language, Medium level violence, Drug use
The film that cemented Tarantino as the superstar director of the 90s, of clever pastiche and experimental narrative, is one which owes plenty to THE KILLING. Watch to see all the echoes of Kubrick’s first masterpiece, and experience again what is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time.
On October 2, 2018, journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Instanbul and never came out. With exclusive access to evidence and witnesses, this documentary pieces together a real-life international thriller on the brutal murder of a dissident, the quest for truth, and the unified crusade in defense of freedom of speech.
Jan Troell adapts Vilhelm Moberg’s seminal work of Swedish identity, tracking an epic passage from provincial poverty to a life in the new world, the search for fresh and fertile land in 19th century Minnesota. Starring Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, this tragic and beautiful tale was nominated for an Academy Award in both Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture.
MDrug themes, violence and coarse language
Isabelle Huppert gives a joyous performance as a middle-aged police-interpreter who decides to figure out if the grass is always greener on the other-side, by becoming a narcotics dealer. Armed with insider knowledge a killer style, in short notice she's taking names and leading gangs, and what unfolds is a hysterical, gritty tale of reinvention and head-strong independence.
GVery mild themes
Sergio is a spy. Sort of. At 83 he becomes a private investigator, chosen to infiltrate a retirement home for a client who suspects her mother is being abused. He’s committed to his new role, growing close to several residents who help him realise the truth beneath the surface is not what anyone expected. A heart-warming meditation on compassion and loneliness.
MMature themes and coarse language
This documentary follows an unlikely friendship, between Barbora Kyslikova, an Oslo-based artist, and her new muse: the man who robbed her. While those paintings were never recovered, she sought out a new subject in thief Karl-Bertil, and their portraiture process provides an intimate insight through a remarkable relationship’s unexpected twists of fate, one which exemplifies the power of human connection.
In the latest film from Saudia Arabia’s pioneering female filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour (WADJDA), an ambitious young doctor at a small-town clinic decides to run for her local city elections. Confronted with the restriction of women’s traditional roles at every turn her audacious candidacy challenges her conservative community in this tale of one woman’s quest to challenge the system and herself.
This Dickensian ghost story speaks to myth and morality, a confrontation with Death leading the path to redemption. Generally considered to be one of the central works in the history of Swedish cinema (with reverberations across the world), THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE remains notable for its innovative storytelling and astonishing visual effects—all created in-camera.
MA15+Strong violence, horror theme
Alone, snowed in at an abandoned hotel, can one family handle the stress and strain of isolation? Especially when exacerbated by psychic powers, malicious ghosts, and a history of bloody violent murder? A pillar of horror filmmaking, infused with a menacing mystique that still compels viewers to their own madness. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so relax, come see some classic cinema.
A genius scientist suffers from violent seizures and seeks an experimental new procedure that will implant intelligent electrodes into his brain. However, they only seem to exacerbate his ailment, the violence becomes homicidal, and visions of a computer uprising plague his mind. A production tormented by studio meddling, with a UK release hampered before Kubrick came roaring to its defence: “it’s terrific!”
R18+High level horror violence
Picking up the wrong hitchhiker, clueless yuppies find themselves struck by outland terror in this truly grimy piece of cinema—Tobe Hooper’s seminal splatter masterpiece has been often emulated, but never bettered. Watch as Leatherface tries in vain to understand: where do these people keep coming from?
Deep in the forest of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of elderly men hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle. Off-the-grid, self-sufficient, away from the internet and mobile phones, they live a simpler, slower life in harmony with their loyal truffle-hunting dogs and their picture-perfect land. As the environment changes, and demand increases, their role becomes coveted, but they hold something more valuable than access to a prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaning life.
Valerie Taylor is a living legend, a glamorous conservationist and icon of the underwater world, who has made it her legacy to rehabilitate the way we perceive sharks and help protect the awe-inspiring and fearsome creatures. With beautifully restored footage, a sumptuous vision of the ocean and the majesty of marine life, follow her formidable journey and share in her passion.
MHigh level coarse language, Medium level violence, Drug use
While at first glance a strange inclusion among Kubrick’s favourite films, WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP reveals itself to be a lost gem. Much like our two lead characters (Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson), the film displays a constant kinetic energy, all the while maintaining an easy, laid-back charm.