104 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious drama/comedy about a hard partying 27 year-old-woman who receives a startling wake-up call when a visit to the doctor reveals how unhealthy she is. Motivated to lose weight she takes up running, one sweaty block then next day two, finally setting herself the ultimate goal of competing in the New York Marathon.
120 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Scott Z Burns
This political thriller focuses on FBI agent Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the U.S. Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Programme. It was found to be broken, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
95 mins. Australia 2019. Dir: Imogen Thomas
Emu Runner is about the impact a woman’s death has on an Aboriginal family living in an isolated community, which is perched on an ancient river and surrounded by sprawling plains. The story is seen through the eyes of Gem, a spirited eight year old girl, who deals with the grief of her mother’s death by forging a bond with a wild emu, a mythical bird of her ancestors.
90 mins. Australia 2019. Dir: Nicholas D. Wrathall
The film focuses attention on the often unheard voices of people living amidst threats from irrigated agriculture, pastoralism and intense mining around the Kimberley’s remote Aboriginal communities. The vast ancient and unspoilt wilderness is captured beautifully. The music and words of the people, with folk music from the communities , provides extra meaning and resonance.
152 mins. USA 2019. Dir: James Mangold.
American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary vehicle for the Ford Motor Co. Together, they plan to compete against the racing cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.
Single feature due to length.
125 mins. Germany 2019. Dir: Michael Herbig
Two families attempt to escape the GDR using a homemade hot air balloon, but it crashes just before the border. The Stasi find traces of the attempt and immediately start investigations, while the two families are forced to build a new escape balloon. With each passing day the Stasi is closer on their heels - a nerve-wracking race against time begins.
130 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Rian Johnson
Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in a fun, modern day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate the inquisitive and debonair detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate by sieving through red herrings and lies to uncover the truth.
114 mins. USA/UK 2019. Dir: Ron Howard
Pavarotti is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row and centre for an exploration of the Voice, the Man, the Legend, Luciano Pavarotti who gave his life to music and a voice to the world. This film features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never before seen footage.
103 mins. Australia 2019. Dir: Janine Hosking
The film unravels truth from myth in the life and career of one of Australia’s most brilliant, prolific and least understood concert pianists, Geoffrey Tozer. Conductor Richard Gill, intrigued by Paul Keating’s controversial eulogy and spurred to find out what went wrong with Tozer’s career, goes on a journey with the Tozer family and musical colleagues to discover the man behind the eulogy.
94 mins. Israel 2018. Dir: Michal Aviad
Orna is the mother of three children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family Orna returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior who now works in real estate. While Orna embraces her new position and its demands on her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss as she rises through the ranks.
96 mins. Vietnam 2019. Dir: Ash Mayfair
In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. This turns into a real possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally recognises the brutal truth.
112 mins. USA 2019. Dir: Bart Freundlich
Isabel has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa is the multi-millionaire head of a media company who lives in New York. When word comes to Isabel of a mysterious and generous grant for the financially struggling orphanage, she must travel to New York to meet the benefactor, Theresa, in person.
97 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Alex Holmes
24 year old Tracy Edwards became the skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. The chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing the crew would die, generating bad publicity. Tracy refused to give up. The ocean didn’t kill Edwards and her crew; it made them stronger!