MMature themes and coarse language
Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.
An account of the two women convicted of assassinating Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam. The film follows the women's trials in an attempt to understand whether they are trained killers or simply pawns.
MA15+Strong coarse language
Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
When Barbarella, armed only with her innocence, is sent to find a mad scientist who threatens to bring evil back to the galaxy, she is leaving a society that has moved beyond money, war, and even sex. So it is with surprise when she discovers—out in the barbarous backwaters of Tau Ceti—that some old ways are the best, especially when it comes to human connection.
Arch meta narrative and proud exploitation drive De Palma as he reinterprets Hitchcock classics to giddily seedier ends. A down-on-his-luck actor loses all sense of self and spies on a seductive neighbour—when her life is threatened he finds a perversely motivated purpose that leads him into a world of sex, violence, and the strikingly familiar porn-star Holly Body. Rear Window meets Vertigo meets Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
The saga of a German immigrant based on Franz Kafka’s unfinished ‘Amerika’; a United States out of place or time but defined by an intolerable and irrational cruelty. A tragedy of complacency seen through an engaging vision of strong compositions, still frames, and long takes that involve the viewer intimately, as we weed out an ongoing crisis of hypocrisy.
MA15+Strong violence, sex scene and coarse language
David Mitchell’s audacious book of nested, interconnected stories, woven across hundreds of years and exploring ideas of reincarnation and the universality of human nature, is adapted in wild and epic style by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, who both improve on the source material and craft some of the most idiosyncratic filmmaking of their respective careers.
R18+Adult themes, High level sex scenes
This adaptation of JG Ballard’s novel garnered almost as much controversy upon its release as the book did in 1973. After getting into a serious car crash, a TV director discovers a subculture of symphorophiliacs: scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use traffic accidents and destruction to fuel their palpably raw sexual energy.
MA15+Strong comedic violence
In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Set in a sleepy French alpine village, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring editor (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets himself.
De Palma at his most bloody, exploitation marvel that sees the lives of sexually deprived housewife Angie Dickenson, her psychiatrist Michael Caine, her geek son Keith Gordon, and upwardly mobile hooker Nancy Allen connected via the gleam of a cutthroat razor. While controversial for its time and arguably moreso today, every pinched nerve and blind-corner is a reminder of a heightened reality of suspense and melodramatics one shouldn’t take so seriously.
PGMild themes and brief nudity
Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
Celebrating 30 years, Flickerfest is Australia’s only Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA Recognised Short Film Festival, and the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world, hand-picked from over 2,700 entries. 6:00pm - Best of Australian Shorts 8:45pm - Best of International Shorts There will be a Q&A after the screening with Bronwyn Kidd (Flickerfest Director) & the filmmakers.
Australia is at times hard to recognise when seen through the eyes of a pair of ageing Hong Kong immigrants, after they move in with their daughter and navigate suburban life with their two youngest sons. Meanwhile, another daughter lives in Germany and a son remains in Hong Kong. The film explores the different ways the family members cope with change and isolation.
Set against the stunning landscapes of 1930s Arnhem Land, HIGH GROUND chronicles young Aboriginal man Gutjuk, who in a bid to save the last of his family teams up with ex-soldier Travis to track down Baywara—the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, who is also his uncle. As Travis and Gutjuk journey through the outback they begin to earn each other’s trust, but when the truths of Travis’ past actions are suddenly revealed, it is he who becomes the hunted.
MA15+Strong coarse language, themes and violence
Working on this film when the disaster of 3/11 hit Japan, Sono grounds Minoru Furuya’s existential manga in a tragic present, following a troubled highschool boy pushed to the edge when an earthquake destroys his town. Mass devastation becomes a shared background, characters coming together and coping as Sono knows best: with extreme and bloody violence.
MA15Strong themes and violence
It’s not hard to argue that Québéc’s Denis Villeneuve is the most important filmmaker working today and Incendies marks the moment the world took notice. After the death of their mother, a pair of siblings are tasked with delivering letters to an estranged father, and a brother they never knew they had. So emerge secrets involving terrorism, rape, and genocide as the pair uncover the connections of their family’s refugee past.
Detective John Klute, tasked with finding a missing chemical company executive, sets up in the basement of freelance call-girl Bree Daniels, tapping her phone in the belief she’s the nexus point of the mystery. Both Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda, crackling with chemistry, are at the top of their game; Fonda went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
MMature themes, violence and coarse language
In the heart of Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck... suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang. (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. Director Sasie Sealy brings to life a dark comedy about immigrant life, the vulnerabilities of aging and an unexpected friendship. Set in alleyways and underground mahjong parlours with a cast of richly drawn characters, Lucky Grandma is a love letter to Chinatown and an homage to all the badass elderly women who inhabit it.
PGInfrequent mild coarse language
MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP follows the trailblazing composer and performer as he prepares for an ambitious performance of his landmark eight-hour opus, SLEEP. Personal reflections from Max Richter and visual archives from Berlin, Sydney, and Paris from his long-term creative collaborator, Yulia Mahr, help build the intimate portrait of their artistic partnership. The film plunges deeply into Richter’s life and process – transcending his work to explore the sumptuous dreamscape of his legacy.
PGMild themes and coarse language
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.
Visiting his adoring nephew and his materialistic parents, Tati’s Monsieur Hulot is unleashed against the unending frustrations and comic ironies of a modernist France, pratfalling through architectural marvels that seem to have forgone function and comfort in favour of pure style and conspicuous consumption. A smash hit in France and abroad, discussions of design are at the forefront of this precisely constructed physical-comedy.
Tackling another unfinished work, Arnold Schoenberg’s atonal, avant-garde opera, to reinterpret familiar Bible story of a desert voyage into an almost surreal, confrontational experience—patterns come into focus before being jarringly broken, sudden bursts of energy that highlight the power of music and transplant the tale to a contemporary world of crises: without hope, without faith.
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
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.
MA 15+Strong themes
People across Tokyo are killing themselves, each connected through the internet. A young cohort sets out to uncover the mystery while horror pervades the screen with a slow creep as ghosts invade their lives. But what unsettles the most is the ultra-prescient comment on the net’s unique ability to simultaneously bond and alienate, one which foments a loneliness that could be the end of us all.
MMedium level sex scene, Adult themes, Low level coarse language
Julianne Moore gives a star-turn as housewife Carol White, overcome by suburban malaise manifesting as some unidentifiable, debilitating illness. Without hope for a cure she is consumed by the paranoias of wellness, and a personal-apocalypse unfolds without end. End-of-history horror that alarmingly reflects a contemporary world of paralysing fear-mongering and isolationism.
A monster emerges from Tokyo Bay, an unstoppable force tearing a path of destruction with no time to understand or stop it before it evolves into something far more deadly: Gōjira. Kaiju tradition written within a hardlined rebuke of political incompetence in the face of disaster from Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Hideaki Anno with Godzilla alum and Attack on Titan director Shinji Higuchi. Picture of the Year, Japan Academy Prize 2017.
Margot Kidder stars as a pair of identical, once-conjoined twins: one fiercely protective, the other a blood-thirsty killer. When Jennifer Salt is the only witness to brutal murder, she’s entwined in a world of conspiracy and cover-up. Abject psychology, and nightmares come to life. De Palma’s first foray into horror and suspense is a lurid display of talent unmatched.
It is deep Autumn and Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are on holiday. They are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with young-onset dementia two years ago their lives have had to change. Jobs have been given up and plans put on hold. Their time together is now the most important thing they have. As the trip progresses, their individual ideas for their future begin to collide. Secrets are uncovered, private plans unravel and their love for each other is tested like never before. Ultimately, they must confront the question of what it means to love one another in the face of Tusker’s irreparable illness.
MThe content is moderate in impact
A couple’s long-weekend retreat is interrupted by a nuclear whistleblower, dosed with radiation from a spill which threatens to poison the earth. His company is only interested in cover-up and they’re soon on his tail with a band of mercenaries and a few souped up cars. Ausploitation with a chemical glow, and an often overlooked thriller as kinetic as Mad Max.
Straub & Huillet’s feature debut dramatises the journals of Anna Magdalanea Bach, second-wife to Johann Sebastion, chronicling the final decades of their life together. Restrained photography becomes a deliberate point of contrast as frames overflow with ensemble musicians, bringing forth in full energy the majestic excess of Bach’s baroque compositions.
MA15+Strong themes and violence
Additional Language: Badimaya. 1897 Western Australia. To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young Afghan cameleer partners with a mysterious bushman on the run with two 400oz Crown-marked gold bars. Together the unlikely pair must outwit a zealous police sergeant and his troopers in a race to reach a secret furnace—the one place where they can safely reset the bars to remove the mark of the Crown. The film is an unlikely hero’s tale, navigating greed and the search for identity in a new land. It illuminates the forgotten history of Australia’s “Ghan” cameleers, predominantly Muslim and Sikh men from India, Afghanistan and Persia, who opened up the Nation’s desert interior, thereby forming unique bonds with local Aboriginal people.
Rationalising his disreputable livelihood as a necessary commodity and public service, a pornographer finds himself caught between the mob, local authorities and his own desires, eventually becoming so disgusted by his business that he takes refuge with a mannequin. A dark comic satire, depicting an underbelly to the Japanese post-war economic ‘miracle’.
MModerate themes, Moderate violence, Moderate coarse language
Igor is a fifteen-year-old who works for his father in a construction business outside Antwerp, which employs and ruthlessly exploits illegal migrants. When he is required to cover up a workplace death, the guilt-ridden boy becomes determined to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders. A film of wrenching moral quandaries and few clear answers.
Adapting Franz Kafka’s novel into dream-logic drama, Orson Welles considered this the best film he made. Anthony Perkins stars as Josef K, a bureaucrat accused of an unspecified crime who finds himself dragged into an increasingly surreal labyrinth of inane bureaucracy in an attempt to discover just what it is he is supposed to have done.
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. They're guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They're untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritizing in-person connections and community. The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters' secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.
A satirical, experimental, leftist drama of collective obligation in the face of capitalist social destruction, Tout Va Bien fuses revolutionary art with an accessible structure. Shortly after the completion of this film, Jane Fonda made her infamous trip to Hanoi, which led Godard and Gorin to create a companion film, Letter to Jane, which screens following.
MA15+Strong coarse language
Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.
Antonioni’s only Hollywood film is a uniquely subversive portrait of existential alienation against the end of the radical ‘60s: so much so, it was buried upon release. Two lost-souls meet in Death Valley, their rebellious spirit naive and waning, but constructive in the face of what Antonioni sees as a violence inherently American, within both direct brutality and seductive consumerism. Can the ground hold, or does it all threaten to blow?