99 mins. NZ/UK 2019. Dir: Peter Jackson
Using state-of-the-art technology and archive materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, this technical master-piece by film maker Peter Jackson allows the story of WWI to be told in colour by the men who were there. Life on the Western Front is explored through the voices of the soldiers, who discuss their feelings about the conflict, the food they ate, the friends they made and their dreams of the future.
123 mins. Australia 2006. Dir: Ray Lawrence
This film by Ray Lawrence was a follow up to his award winning film ‘Lantana’. Based on a short story by Raymond Carver, it’s a subtle, powerful tale about doubt, guilt and personal responsibility. It tells of four men, on an annual fishing trip in isolated high country who find a girl’s body in the river but delay reporting it until the next day. Compelling from first frame to end credits.
87 mins. UK 2019. Dir: Carl Hunter Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years tirelessly searching for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of scrabble. With his family torn apart, he must solve the mystery of an online player, whom Alan thinks could be Michael, plus repair his relationship with his son Peter.
110 mins. France/UK/USA 2018. Dir: Julian Schnabel
The film is a journey inside the world and mind of Vincent van Gogh who created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. It is based on his letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay - and moments that are just plain invented.
126 mins. Lebanon 2018. Dir: Nadine Labaki
The story centres on Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the ‘crime’ of giving him life. Zain is a gutsy streetwise child who flees his negligent parents. He survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of an Ethiopian refugee and her baby son. Later, Zain ends up in jail and seeks justice in court.
94 mins. France 2017. Dir: Claire Denis
Isabelle is a divorced Parisian painter searching for another chance of love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life. What reads like a standard romantic comedy is transformed into something altogether deeper, more poignant and perceptive about love.
125 mins. Aust/India/USA 2018. Dir: Anthony Maras
Hotel Mumbai is a gripping true story of humanity and heroism. The film vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai India. As the world watches on, a desperate couple is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.
91 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Joe Stephenson
Built upon a 14 hour interview, the film is a unique journey through the key land marks of Ian McKellen’s life, from early childhood into a demanding career as an actor that placed him in the public eye for the best part of his lifetime. McKellen emerges as a clear eyed, impish utterly professional and pragmatic optimist.
120 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Mimi Leder
This is an inspiring and spirited true story that follows the young lawyer Ruth Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Martin to bring a ground breaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a century of gender discrimination.
134 mins. USA 2016. Dir: Terry George
When Michael, a briliant medical student meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction. Ana’s boyfriend is a famous photo journalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war torn chaos, they must join forces to get their people to safety - and to survive themselves.
98 mins. UK/Canada/USA 2018. Dir: Jon S. Baird
Stan and Ollie go on a tour to re-connect with their old fans, but they cannot quite shake off the spectre of Laurel & Hardy’s past. The long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, threaten their precious partnership as they grapple with just how much they mean to each other.
119 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Barry Jenkins (III)
In early 1970s Harlem Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that connected her and her artist fiance ‘Fonny’. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
81 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Dana Nachman, Don Hardy Jr
The film follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow these puppies through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm.
100 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
This documentary is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing the face of the 3,000 ft. El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death.
100 mins. Iceland/France/UK 2018. Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson
Halla is a 50 year old independent Icelandic woman known as the Mountain Woman. She is a passionate environmental activist secretly waging a one woman war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands.
(Unclassified 18+) 127 mins. Palestine/Ger/Ned 2018. Dir: Muayad Alayan
A thriller set across the Israeli-Palestinian border. Sarah is Israeli and runs a cafe in West Jerulsalum and Saleem is a Palestinian delivery man from East Jerulsalum. The two risk everything as they embark on an illicit affair with catastropic consequences and not even the truth can save them.
133 mins. Spain/France/Italy 2018. Dir: Asghar Farhadi
The film follows Laura on her travels from Argentina to her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the celebrations the eldest daughter is abducted. In the intense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.
99 mins. USA/Ireland 2018. Dir: Neil Jordan
Frances finds a handbag on the New York subway and returns it to Greta, an eccentric French piano teacher. Having recently lost her Mum, young Frances strikes up a seemingly harmless friendship with the lonely widow, until Greta’s behaviour becomes erratic and obsessive.
88 mins. Denmark 2018. Dir: Gustav Moeller
When police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work, he expects a quiet time. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who disconnects abruptly. Every bit of his intuition and skill is required for the search for the missing woman and her assailant.
99 mins. UK 2018. Dir: David Fairhead, Anthony Palmer
This is the story of an aeroplane that was forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered and refined in the white heat of combat — going on to become the most famous fighter plane ever made. The story is told in the words of the last surviving combat veterans with stunning aerial footage and remastered archive footage.