2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet.
A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.
M Mature themes, sex scenes and coarse language
Based on Tim Winton's award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.
A critical and audience favourite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (where it was awarded the Best Director prize) and already touted as a major 2019 Oscar contender, Paweł Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Ida is a ravishing, music-fuelled romance charting two mismatched lovers caught between East and West in 1950s Europe.
In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is commissioned by the Soviet state to form a musical ensemble to help rekindle national pride. Whilst touring the villages in search of talent he meets the beautiful Zula (Joanna Kulig, in a luminous star-making turn), a fiery and charismatic singer with a past, and the two fall passionately in love. When a performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity for escape to the West, a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain. As the years march on, Wiktor and Zula – whether through political circumstance or personal impetuosity – struggle to find their moment in time…
Spanning 15 years across Warsaw, Berlin, Paris and Yugoslavia, and inspired by the lives of the director’s own parents, COLD WAR meticulously recreates the era with virtuosic black-and-white cinematography, and an extraordinary soundtrack that is used judiciously to signify the passage of time and shifting relationships. Warmly lyrical, impossibly romantic and visually stunning, COLD WAR is one of the films of the year.
As a series of kidnappings cast a dark shadow across Paris, Dilili takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of the disappearances. The pint-sized detective follows a trail of clues, with local delivery boy, Orel, acting as the Watson to her Holmes. Orel knows every major figure from the artistic heyday of the Belle Époque – Marie Curie, Picasso, Renoir, Louis Pasteur, Gustave Eiffel and Colette, just to name a few. They all play a part in Dilili’s investigation, as do the many glorious landmarks of Paris that are still present today.
MFantasy themes and violence
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York, which is being threatened by both mystical acts of destruction and a group of extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles, i.e. those unable to use magic). Author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the city as part of a global study of fantastic beasts, but he gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released. Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, and Johnny Depp co-star in this fantasy adventure, which was directed by David Yates (who helmed four of the Harry Potter films) and adapted for the screen by J.K. Rowling from her own book.
From the directors of Meru comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock - the 3,200ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armour of invincibility he’s built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. The film beautifully captures deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork.
Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the stranger, who does not speak a word, offers him his friendship and names him Thongchai. But when the fisherman suddenly disappears at sea, Thongchai slowly begins to take over his friend's life - his house, his job and his ex-wife...
Rob Brydon stars alongside a talented British cast in this comedy that tips its (swimming) cap at beloved British comedies such as The Full Monty and Calendar Girls. Inspired by the Dylan Williams 2010 documentary, Men Who Swim, SWIMMING WITH MEN tells the story of a man (Brydon) who is suffering a mid-life crisis and eventually finds new meaning to his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team. Together they make a bid to compete at the unofficial Male Sync-Swimming World Championships, and no doubt a shot at personal redemption along the way.
In this comedy, as American astronauts prepare to make one giant leap for mankind, a small Australian town stumbles through its own small steps to help. In the summer of 1969, Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill) leads a team of scientists overseeing the operations of one of the world's largest radio telescope dishes, nestled in a New South Wales community of sheep farmers. As NASA prepares for Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon, Buxton and his crew are asked if they will allow their telescope's dish to be used as a backup receiver for the television transmission from the moon, should the main receiver in California fail. Buxton and his men are more than happy to help, and the village is agog as they gear up for their own small part in one of the world's greatest adventures. Mayor McIntyre (Roy Billing) and his wife May (Genevieve Mooy) are thrilled to be greeting a small but steady stream of important visitors, though many of the locals are not especially good with etiquette, and several members of Buxton's team, most notably high-strung Mitch (Kevin Harrington), are less than enthusiastic about Al Burnett (Patrick Warburton), the know-it-all NASA technician brought in to oversee the Australian operations. When a change in Apollo 11's schedule means the Australian dish will have to pick up the vital broadcast from the moon, Cliff, Mitch, and Al must put aside their differences to pull the show together. Though played for laughs, The Dish was inspired by actual events. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
MOccasional coarse language
Based on the international best-seller, THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR takes us on a wild ride of coincidence and circumstance. Aja, a young fakir (magician) from the streets of India arrives in Paris in search of his past and his future. When he accidentally gets stuck in a wardrobe that is shipped in the night to the UK, Aja finds himself on the run from border police and bandits alike. Will fate and a briefcase of magic tricks be enough to get him back to Marie and the father he never knew?
A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hides them in his truck. Though an interrogation of two tough police detectives isn't enough, the guy, who has a doctor's degree in philosophy which makes his mind mingle with remorse, must find a way to get rid of this dirty money. Only the help of a prostitute and a former biker who came out of jail might get him out of trouble, especially that a gang leader is very weary to get his cash back or kill whoever is responsible for this mess. However, even the two bumbling detectives are monitoring the case as well.
PGMild fantasy themes and violence, some scenes may scare young children
Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be
This is the heart-warming tale of a young female farmer and her imaginary friend. He's been by her side for twenty years and counting. Now, as he watches her fall for another man - a real man - it dawns on him: he is in love with her. Unable to face losing her, he must fight to become real himself.
Based on Patrick DeWitt's novel, The Sisters Brothers revolves around the colourfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who's being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer.
MMature Themes and Violence
One of the biggest audience hits of Cannes 2018 (where it premiered as the centrepiece of the Directors’ Fortnight section), this sparkling new screwball comedy from French cinema’s master of the genre Pierre Salvadori (Wild Target, Après Vous, Priceless) is an irresistible mix of laughs, action and romance.
Set on the French Riviera, the wonderful Adèle Haenel (The Unknown Girl, BPM) plays detective Yvonne, the principled young widow of the local police chief who was killed in the line of duty. Each night she puts their young son to sleep with tales of his daring and bravery, so naturally Yvonne is horrified to learn that her husband was not the embodiment of virtue as she had been led to believe, but rather that an innocent man, Antoine (Pio Marmaï), has spent eight years falsely imprisoned as a result of his corruption.
Yvonne decides to do everything she can to help return the hapless parolee to his regular life and devoted wife (a delightful, scene-stealing Audrey Tautou). Unfortunately, Antoine has trouble adjusting back into society, and soon blows a fuse that leads to an hilarious trail of destruction, where moral, social and romantic obligations are put to the test in a spectacular way.
A resounding critical and box office success in France, and nominated for nine French Academy Awards (Césars) including Best Film, THE TROUBLE WITH YOU is a outrageously funny ride with a rollicking wild side.
MMature themes and coarse language
A police officer comes to grips with a death of his mom when giving a heartfelt eulogy at her funeral.
Engaged and in love, Lauren and Ned 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 Australia’s Top End including; Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and the Tiwi Islands, they find fulfilment for their own personal journeys through both the wild beauty of the Northern Territory landscapes, and the unbeatable charm of the characters they meet along the way.
CTCSome scenes may scare very young children
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.
June 2016, Darwin: The government pitches its new policy on developing Northern Australia to an audience of prospective investors. “Gas, food and agriculture are the big ticket items,” they say, describing the north as “the future economic powerhouse of Australia.”
A business tycoon skypes in a keynote address from one of their recently acquired cattle stations. “We are on the verge of an exciting time in agriculture, with all indicators spelling a bright future,” she says. “Cattle prices are strong, and overseas demand is growing strongly as Asia’s middle class continues to expand to an estimated 30 million people by 2030.”
The Kimberley region of North Western Australia covers an area of 420,000 km2 and is recognised as one of the world’s most ecologically diverse areas, with one of the last pristine coastlines left on Earth. 75 per cent of long-term residents are Indigenous, from 34 different language groups. Approximately half live in 200 remote Aboriginal communities varying in size from 20 to 900 people. 94 per cent of the Kimberley landmass is subject to an Indigenous Native Title claim or determination, the greatest of any region in Australia.
Up the Dampier Peninsula in Nyul Nyul territory, young community leader Albert Wiggan goes about life as an Indigenous ranger caring for Country. Having come an inch away from having the world’s largest LNG gas hub built in his backyard at the sacred James Price Point, the former activist now takes a hands-on approach to land management, vetting development proposals on his Country as the leading expert on the endangered bilby species in the region. Finding unauthorised workers taking samples on his Country, Albert makes contact with the mining company and secures the contract for bilby conservation on their mineral sands mine down the road. However as Albert learns the location of the mine site is to be Mt Jowlaenga, a cultural crossroads for the most significant songline connecting his mob from the desert to his family by the sea, he begins to have serious concerns. As the company begins to recruit friends and family with the lure of royalties, Albert sees that this development is becoming “JPP all over again, but more strategic this time.” But will it be effective to pick up the placards once again, or will Albert provide greater resistance from the inside?
Over the Napier Ranges in Bunuba Country, cattleman Kevin Oscar contemplates the fate of his family’s Leopold Downs station, on the brink of insolvency after a period of mismanagement by corrupt east-coast contractors. While Kevin has the gear, the expertise, and a family unit of highly-trained boys ready to go, he lacks the capital to approach banks for a business loan ahead of the muster. With mining down and beef prices up, a Pilbara-based mining company is diversifying into cattle and joining the billionaires thronging to the Kimberley – but with the unique offer of joint venture deals with Aboriginal-owned stations. Leopold Downs is on board and the Oscars are thrilled to be back working their Country in what is looking to be a bumper season. However two weeks out from the muster, the company’s front-man is nowhere to be seen. Rumours begin to reach Kevin of a deal gone sour up Gibb River Road between this company and the Ngarinyin people, which led to people being forcibly removed from the community. With the debt default deadline looming, will Bunuba be able to save their last asset?
Over at a cattle station on Gooniyandi Country, Senior Elder June Davis looks longingly over the fence to her traditional homelands. She tells the story of how her ancestors built the old homestead as slaves, making each brick by hand using mud from the Fitzroy River. A successful Native Title determination for the Gooniyandi people gives June access to her Country for fishing, hunting and camping, but only with prior permission from the pastoralists. While June tries to make an appointment with one of the region’s billionaire investors, her ancestors’ sacred site is bulldozed to make way for a new airstrip. Meanwhile June can’t help but wonder if this billionaire’s interests in her land really are limited to what’s above the ground. Or do they extend to the rich coal, natural gas and uranium deposits below the surface?
UNDERMINED investigates the politics of a vast and as-yet unspoiled area now under threat from mining, pastoralism and other large-scale development interests, with the backing of both state and federal governments. With the highest percentage of Aboriginal people living on Country in Australia, what will this mean for the Kimberley’s custodians, lands and cultures? Will they survive the economic pressures forced upon them?
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, from Monkeypaw Productions, 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. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. Writer and director Peele produces for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper. Us will be released by Universal Pictures this March, 2019.