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I AM HEATH LEDGER (M) – OPENING NIGHT
Directed by: Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray
Interviewees: Kim Ledger, Kate Ledger, Sally Bell, Naomi Watts, Ben Medelsohn, Ang Lee, Ben Harper, Emilie Hirsch, Kane Manera, Nfa Forster-Jones, Catherine Hardwicke
Runtime: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
World Premiere – Tribeca Film Festival 2017
I AM HEATH LEDGER is a feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey – extravagant in gesture and in action.
It was his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinarily deep love and affection in the people that entered his life. Heath’s artistic nature and expression set him apart form the Hollywood mainstream, vaulted him to stardom and endeared him to the world.
PAPER PLANES (G)
Directed by: Robert Connolly
Cast: Ed Oxenbould, Sam Worthington, Deborah Mailman, David Wenham
Runtime: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Australia
AACTA Awards – Best Original Screenplay
Berlinale Film Festival – Generation KPlus
Melbourne International Film Festival
12-year-old Dylan (Oxenbould) lives with his father (Worthington), who recently lost his wife and remains inconsolable. Dylan finds himself a passion for creating and flying paper planes, which is going to take him all the way to the World Paper Plane Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
THE ODYSSEY (PG)
Directed by: Jérôme Salle
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Heneine, Benjamin Lavernhe
Runtime: 122 mins
Country of Origin: France / Belgium
Language: English / French, with English subtitles
Greenpeace (Lurra Award) – San Sebastian Film Festival 2016
Jérôme Salle’s dazzling biopic will sweep you up in its sails as it follows the chaotic life of celebrity oceanographer Jacques Cousteau; one rich in accomplishments, yet teeming with turmoil.
It is 1943 and the eccentrically ambitious naval officer Cousteau (Wilson) dreams of adventure. His magnificent new invention of the Aqua-Lung promises to bring him just that. Newly armed with the ability to breathe underwater for long periods of time, Cousteau dedicates his life’s work to his obsession with the sea, becoming the first to create underwater films that dazzle audiences worldwide.
His success comes at a cost, however, as his wife Simone (Tautou) and sons Philippe (Niney) and Jean-Michel (Lavernhe) struggle to keep up with the stormy seas of Cousteau’s fierce and unfailing determination, the ultimate price of which is yet to come.
Through a dazzling array of global exploration locations, we undertake this lyrical journey almost as if a member of Cousteau’s crew, experiencing the epic highs and excruciating lows of this pioneer’s astounding career, which changed humanity’s relationship with the sea forever.
SWINGING SAFARI (MA15+)
Directed by: Stephan Elliot
Cast: Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie, Jeremy Sims
Country of Origin: Australia
SWINGING SAFARI is a colourful satire of a typical Australian beachside neighbourhood, in the height of a 1970s summer. The comedy captures the innocence of an era of careless parenting, constant sunburn and suggestive adult behaviour.
From director, Stephan Elliott, who brought you THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, with an all-star Australian cast including Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce. SWINGING SAFARI is a celebration of the Australian summer combined with a healthy dose of nostalgia and laugh out loud comedy.
PERFECT STRANGERS (M)
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Directed by: Paolo Genovese
Cast: Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini, Edoardo Leo, Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher, Kasia Smutniak
Runtime: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian, with English subtitles
Winner – 2016 Italian Academy Awards (Best Film, Best Screenplay)
Winner – 2016 Tribeca Film Festival (Best Screenplay)
Official Opening Night Selection – 2016 Lavazza Italian Film Festival
The multi award-winning new comedy of manners from Paolo Genovese is a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of modern technology, and poses the question: how well do we really know those close to us?
The titular perfect strangers are actually seven long-time friends (three couples and one bachelor), all 40ish, who gather one night for a dinner party and agree that no private calls or messaging will disrupt their evening. Instead, in a communal fit of ‘we have nothing to hide’ bravado, they place their devices on the table, and all incoming calls and texts are shared with the group. (Letting a caller know they’re on speaker is considered a cheat). But what seems at first like an innocent and playful distraction between friends quickly turns into something more, as the messages start to reveal some eye-opening secrets and how little they may truly know about the partners and acquaintances opposite.
Fairly bristling with of-the-moment talking points about the wonders and complications of modern technology, PERFECT STRANGERS became a box office sensation in Italy. Thanks to its superb, rapid-fire dialogue and terrific ensemble cast, the film effortlessly transitions between incisive comedy and emotion, delivering a fresh and wildly entertaining spin on the many ways performance has come to define our public lives.
THREE SUMMERS (M) – CLOSING NIGHT
Directed by: Ben Elton
Cast: Magda Szubanski, Michael Caton, Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, Deborah Mailman, John Waters, Kelton Pell, Jacqueline McKenzie
Runtime: 95 mins
Country of Origin : Australia
From internationally renowned writer director Ben Elton comes Three Summers, an ensemble comedy that embraces the diversity of modern Australia. At a summer music festival, the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band (Breeds) meets a folk music-hating Theremin player (Sheehan) and sparks literally fly.
Characters surrounding this awkward romance include a fiercely Aussie Morris Dancer (Caton), an Indigenous dance troupe, a group of wine-loving empty nesters, a power tripping security guard, a wannabe girl rock band and some musical asylum seekers. In fact, all manner of stories collide under the meddling eye of community radio super star, Queenie (Szubanski), who welcomes the campers back three summers in a row for a folking good time.
Fusing romance, music and Ben Elton’s trademark wit and satirical edge, Three Summers delivers an engaging folk tale of contemporary Australia with the soundtrack and the belly laughs for the summer to come.
Also starring Deborah Mailman, John Waters, Kelton Pell, Jacqueline McKenzie, Peter Rowsthorn and The Bondi Hipsters’ Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier.