BREATH (M) – OPENING NIGHT
Directed by: Simon Baker
Cast: Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh
Runtime: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Australia
World Premiere – Toronto International Film Festival 2017
Winner – Best Direction, Australian Directors Guild Awards 2018
Nominated in 9 categories at the 2018 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards
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.
THE PARTY (R)
Directed by: Sally Potter
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Emily Mortimer, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Cillian Murphy
Runtime: 68 mins
Country of Origin: UK
Winner – Guild Film Prize at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival
Nominee – Golden Berlin Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival
Winner – Best Supporting Actress, British Independent Film Awards
Winner – Best Actress, Evening Standard British Film Awards
Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.
From acclaimed British filmmaker Sally Potter and featuring a star studded cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Timothy Spall, this witty, sharp and very funny new comedy will be a unmissable date for everyone’s diary.
Genre: Drama / War
Directed by: Benjamin Gilmour
Cast: Sam Smith, Mohammad Mosam, Kefayat Lag Humani
Runtime: 78 mins
Country of Origin: Australia
Language: English / English subtitles (some Pushto language)
Winner – 2018 CinefestOz Film Prize
Nominee – Best Film at Sydney Film Festival 2018
Australia’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film 2019
An Australian film unlike any you have ever seen before, JIRGA follows one man’s quest for redemption set in one of the most dangerous places on earth: the boarder between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A modern morality tale about a former Australian soldier, Mike, who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga.
Directed by Benjamin Gilmour,, who along with actor Sam Smith literally trekked through the dangerous territories of the film setting the month in order to make the film, JIRGA is a courageous and empathetic depiction of the human costs of the War on Terror.
MARY POPPIN RETURNS (PG)
Genre: Family / Animation / Musical
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Cast: Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth
Country of Origin: USA
Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives.
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
THE BREAKER UPPERERS (M)
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Directed by: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Cast: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, Ana Scotney, Celia Pacquola, Jemaine Clement
Runtime: 90 mins
Country of Origin: New Zealand
World Premiere – SXSW 2018
A new film from the producers of HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE and BOY.
Fifteen years ago, Mel and Jen discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. They’re a platonic, codependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test.
STUDIO 54 (M) – CLOSING NIGHT
Directed by: Matt Tyrnauer
Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Bianca Jagger
Runtime: 95 mins
Country of Origin: USA
1970s New York. One nightclub defines an era and a generation: Studio 54.
For the first time, the people behind the infamous Studio 54 tell the in-depth story of how the world’s greatest nightclub was created.
Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.