80 mins. Turkey 2016. Dir: Ceyda Turun
Hundreds of thousands of cats have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for hundreds of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.
87 mins. Ireland 2016. Dir: Ross Whitaker
This documentary introduces the audience to surfing on the wild Atlantic in the west of Ireland. Filmed in and around Lahinch in County Clare, near the spectacular cliffs of Moher. The film shows how Ireland has become a prime surfing location. Since about the year 2000, the sport has changed the sleepy town and provided new business opportunities for its inhabitants.
102 mins. Australia 2017. Dir: Ben Elton
At a summer music festival, the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band meets a folk music hating theremin player and sparks literally fly. Characters surrounding this awkward romance include a fiercely Aussie Morris dancer, 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.
106 mins. Australia 2017. Dir: Sally Aitken
Sally Aitken’s feature documentary - forerunner to a three-part TV series screening on the ABC - is about David’s love affair with Australian films, which he credits with helping him understand the country he adopted as his own after coming here from Britian in 1963 as a ‘ten pound Pom’. His parents expected him to return after two years and take over the family grocery business. Instead, he stayed, seduced by the offer of a film festival job.
100 mins. Ireland 2017. Dir: Neasa Ni Chianain, David Rane
This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside maths, scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. Amanda connects with children using the book. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms: retirement!
88 mins. Australia 2016. Dir: Trevor Graham
The film provides a lively tasty and colourful look into a dramatic tale of survival during the Holocaust. As an artist and film-maker, Phillippe Mora, works to produce a graphic novel about his late father Georges Mora. Georges escaped from Germany to France in 1933 and worked with the French Resistance to save many Jewish lives. Their secret ingredient? A simple trick of using mayonnaise and baguettes.
123 mins. UK/USA 2017. Dir: Jeff Nichols
Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and were married in 1958. They grew up in Central Paint, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet, even in their home state where they were starting a family they were first jailed and then banished. They relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington DC, but the family ultimately tried to find a way back to Virginia.
143 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Kathryn Bigelow
In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest stand to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department and the Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men were gunned down and others were beaten.
107 mins. UK 2017. Dir: Simon Curtis
The film gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A A Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the International success of the books, bringing hope and comfort to England after WW1. With attention on Christopher, what will be the cost to his family?
115 mins. USA/UK 2016. Dir: Martin McDonagh
The film is a darkly comic drama. After months have passed without a suspect in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command officer Dixon, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle begins.
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.