83 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Roger Mitchell
You are invited to spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across theatre, television and film. The film also includes astonishing archive material that is candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing. Proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame!
113 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Isabel Coixet
England 1959, free spirited widow Florence Green risks everything to open a bookship in a conservative town. Her choice of books earns the polite but ruthless opposition of lhe local Grand Dame and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower. Eventually she is forced to ask: Is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one?
126 mins. Russia/EU 2017. Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
The story of an estranged Russian couple who are going through a brutal divorce. Both have new partners and are impatient to turn the page - even if it means threatening to abandon their twelve year old son Alyosha. Everything changes when Alyosha disappears after witnessing one of their fights.
Received the Cesar Award for Best Foreign Film.
100 mins. Finland 2017. Dir: Aki Kaurismaeki
A bittersweet and gravely funny tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference. Displaced Syrian Khalad lands in Helsinki as a stowaway. Midde-aged salesman Wikstrom leaves behind his wife and job to buy an unprofitable seafood restaurant. After Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously.
115 mins. Australia 2018. Dir: Simon Baker
Adapted from Tim Winton’s novel, Breath is an authentic coming-of-age drama, set in the 1970s, in a remote corner of the Western Australian coast. Two teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie, are hungry for discovery. The pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando, a mysterious older surfer and adventurer who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.
114 mins. UK/Ireland/USA 2018. Dir: Sebastian Lelio.
New York photographer Ronit Krushka flies to London after learning about the death of her estranged father. Ronit is returning to the same Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her childhood attraction to Esti, a female friend. Their fortuitous and happy reunion reignites their burning passion as the two women explore boundaries of faith and sexuality.
96 mins. Australia 2018. Dir: Paul Damien Williams
Blind from birth, Geoffrey ‘Gurrumul’ found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island, in far N.E. Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroad as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.
71 mins. UK 2017. Dir: Sally Potter
Janet is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascendancy, while her husband Bill seems preoccupied. Janet’s best friend arrives followed by others, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end in gunplay!
117 mins. France 2017. Dir. Hugo Gelin
While working on the Cote d’Azur Samuel sees Kristin arriving - a woman with whom he had an affair a year earlier. She spots Samuel, puts their three month old daughter Gloria in his arms, then immediately leaves. Slowly Gloria and Samuel form an unbreakable bond that is tested eight years later when Kristin shows up again.
89 mins. France 2017. Dir: Blandine Lenoir
Separated from her husband, Aurore loses her job and to top it off, learns that she will soon be a grandmother. She is slowly being pushed to the edge of society, but when she accidently runs into the great love of her youth, she is reluctant to get involved. But what if a new life is about to be offered to her?
125 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Richard Linklater
Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam war, Larry ‘Doc’ Shepherd, Sal Nealon, and the Rev. Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. Forgoing burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc and his old buddies share memories on a bittersweet journey to New Hampshire.
106 mins. USA 2018. Dir: John Curran
In this rivetting suspense drama, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, when Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed. It not only took the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, it ultimately changed the course of presidential history.
102 mins. UK 2017. Dir: Simon Hunter
After her controlling husband dies, 83 year old Edie embarks on a trip to fulfill a longtime dream of climbing a mountain in the Scottish Highlands, to rekindle childhood memories rather than submit to her daughter’s wish of moving to a rest home. The film highlights the trials of an ageing body versus the vigour of the experienced mind.
103 mins. UK 2017. Dir: Christopher Menaul
The little-known true story of Louisa Gould, a widow who sheltered a Russian POW in Nazi-occupied Jersey during WWII, even though it becomes clear that Churchill will not risk an assault to recapture the British island. The island community spirit begins to fray under the pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty.
120 mins. Ire/Lux/UK 2018. Dir: Haifaa al-Mansour
Mary Wollstonecraft’s family disapproves when she and poet Percy Shelley announce their love for each other. The family is horrified when the couple elope, accompanied by Mary’s half sister. While staying in the home of Lord Byron at Lake Geneva, the guests are challenged to write a ghost story, which leads Mary to conceive her novel ’Frankenstein’.
110 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Dominic Cooke
Adapted by Ian McEwan from his best selling novel, the drama centres on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.