73 mins. Australia 2017. Dir: Jennifer Peedom
A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom. Why do mountains hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? This feature documentary explores the troubled and triumphant history of our timeless fascination with the highest mountains in 22 countries. It is a meditation on nature that leaves viewers with the chance to create their own message.
95mins. Poland/UK 2017. Dir: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
The production techniques and distinctive look of this picture, (the first entirely oil-painted animation feature in history), are perhaps more striking than the story it tells. Set twelve months after the death of Vincent van Gogh the narrative weaves together a group of disparate characters who all posed for the artist in a story that explores the nature of his death.
120 mins. Australia 2017. Dir: Priscilla Cameron
Evelyn, a burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Ali and his teenage son, Fin. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are re-opened over the death of Fin’s mother. Through the vivacious Evelyn, Fin learns the power of forgiveness and gives up his goddess in return for a family. In this seductive and heart-warming story, both men will discover the power of selfless love.
85 mins. UK/Russia 2016. Dir: Steven Cantor
Filmmaker Steven Cantor examines the life and career of Ukranian-born ‘bad boy of ballet’ Sergei Polunin. Sergei became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at the age of 19. But two years later, at the height of his success, he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. The film considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.
118 mins. UK/USA 2017. Dir: Andy Serkis
After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana, her brothers, and the ground breaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from hospital and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled. As this is a true life story, it is even more poignant, that Robin’s experience also led to a medical innovation now common all over the world.
108 mins. Ireland 2017. Dir: Jim Sheridan
The Secret Scripture is based on the Man Booker Prize shortlisted 2008 novel by Irish writer Sebastian Barry and directed by his compatriot Jim Sheridan. A psychiatrist examines Roseanne McNulty, an elderly Irishwoman living in a mental institution, and learns more about her past in the process. Set in two time periods, there are flashbacks that detail Roseanne’s love triangle with a fighter pilot and a priest.
88 mins. USA 2017. Dir: John Carroll Lynch
‘Lucky’ follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. Having outlived and out smoked all his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards what is so often unattainable: enlightenment!
130 mins. Japan 2016. Dir: Sunao Katabuchi.
This animated film begins near Hiroshima in 1933 when Suzu, a girl of 11 lives with her parents and siblings in a village by the sea. By 1940 she is 19 and married. Her new home is with her husband’s family over the mountains. Life is tough and day by day, the war comes closer to home. There is a masterful control of pace, mood and character through animation. Suzu is very real in her emotions, so our concern for Suzu never wavers.
100 mins. France 2017. Dir: Carine Tardieu
Erwan, an unshakeable mine-clearing expert, suddenly loses his footing when he learns that the man who raised him is not his father. Despite all the tenderness he feels for him, Erwan discreetly sets out to learn more about and find his real father. Good things come in pairs. His father is an endearing man, and so is Anna, whom he crosses paths with, and he undertakes to seduce Anna (who turns out to be his half sister), with interesting consequences!
103 mins. Slovakia/Czech 2016. Dir: Jan Hrebejk
In a 1983 Bratislava classroom a new teacher, Maria, asks each student to stand up and introduce themselves and describe their parents’ occupations. It becomes clear that the students’ grades are related to what services the teacher can receive from the students’ guardians. After an attempted student suicide, a meeting of parents is called. No action is taken against the teacher who turns out to be a high ranking Communist party official.
105 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Michael Gracey
The film is inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions. The Greatest Showman, starring Australia’s Hugh Jackman, is an original musical drama film that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
123 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro weaves an extraordinary fairy tale of love, desire and monsters, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high security government laboratory where Elisa works, she is lonely and trapped into a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover an aquatic humanoid creature who has been dragged up from deep water and now lives in a tank away from society.
100 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Stephen Chbosky
The film is based on the best seller ‘Wonder’ which tells the inspiring story of August Pullman, who was born with facial differences that until now prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Auggie becomes an unlikely hero in fifth grade. As his family, class mates, and community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in, when you are born to stand out.
133 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Ridley Scott
The film follows the kidnapping of 16 year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true value of love over money.
116 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Steven Spielberg
Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper - The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with the New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. Presidents. Together they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light.
140 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Aaron Sorkin
‘Molly’s Game’, based on a true story, focuses on a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars and business titans. Her criminal defence lawyer comes to realise that there is much more to Molly than the media stories.
109 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Sean Baker
This is the story of precocious six year-old Moonee and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure. Living at a motel in the shadow of Disney World, Moonee is seemingly oblivious to the struggles of adults around her, including her mother Halley and motel manager/father-figure Bobby. A vibrant yet heart-breaking portrait of life on the fringe.
111 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Taylor Sheridan.
‘Wind River’ is a chilling thriller. It follows rookie FBI agent Jane Banner who teams up with a local game tracker Cory Lambert with deep community ties and a haunted past. Together they investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in rural Wyoming in the hope of solving her mysterious death. This American film will certainly appeal to fans of Scandinavian noir - bleak stuff but riveting.
125 mins. UK 2017. Dir: Joe Wright
During the early days of WWII the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight for his ideals: the liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe, with a sceptical king and unprepared public, Churchill must work through his darkest hour, rally a nation and attempt to change the course of world history.
110 mins. UK/USA 2017. Dir: Stephen Frears
Abdul arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The two forge an unlikely friendship that her staff try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
Repeat screening by popular request - some patrons missed it last December because of stormy weather!