115 mins. Australia 2017. Dir: Warwick Thornton
An Australian Western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s. Justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farm hand shoots a white man in self defence and goes on the run. In response the police are called to hunt him down. Screening at Swanpool Cinema for National Sorry Day 2018.
120 mins. USA/UK/Australia 2018. Dir: Garth Davis
This biblical biopic tells the story of Mary, a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary defies her conservative family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth. She soon finds a place within the movement, on a journey that will lead to Jerusalem.
105 mins. UK/USA 2017. Dir: Paul McGuigan
Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner and the eccentric Academy Award actress Gloria Grahame in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair turns into a deeper relationship. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.
107 mins. Fr/Ger/Austria 2017. Dir: Michael Haneke
A well-off French family who live in a bourgeois bubble in Northern France, are oblivious to the human misery unfolding in the migrant camps around the port town of Calais, close to their home. The story is more about the human condition than family, in an age of obsessive, digital self-regard and increasing social immobility.
123 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Mike Newell
A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island at the end of World War II. The author decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. The book is told by way of letters and is a beautiful story of love, friendship and sadness of friends lost.
89 mins. UK 2018. Dir: Nick Park
A plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence. Lord Nooth plans to take over their land and transform it into a giant mine, forcing Dug and his clan to dig for precious metals. They must unite their people to defeat the mighty enemy - the Bronze Age.
150 mins. Sweden/Ger/Fr/Den 2017. Dir: Ruben Oestlund
Christian is a prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator. He finds himself in both a personal and professional crisis, as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit called ‘The Square’ which reminds passers-by of their role as responsible human beings. But as Christian discovers, it is sometimes difficult to live up to your ideals.
118 mins. Sweden 2014. Dir: Ruben Oestlund
This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family – handsome business man Tomas, willowy Ebba and their two blond pre-teen children – on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but an avalanche turns everything upside down.
107 mins. UK/Fr 2017. Dir: Armando Iannucci
When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. The contenders include the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrentiy Beria - the sadistic, secret police chief. As they jostle for positions, the question is: ‘Who is running the government?’
89 mins. France 2017. Dir. & Stars: Agnes Varda, JR
When Agnes and JR met in 2015 they immediately wanted to work together to shoot a film in rural France. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reach out to others, listening, photographing , and sometimes putting people on posters. Throughout the shoot Agnes and JR’s friendship develops as they tease each other and laugh about their differences.
130 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
In 1954 London, renowned fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock creates dresses for members of high society. His charisma and genius are matched by his obsessive controlling personality, only to be disrupted by Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. He is haunted by the death of his mother and stitches messages into dress linings.
125 mins. UK 2017. Dir: Joe Wright
Newly elected British Prime Minister Winston Churchill must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight for liberty and freedom eight months into World War II. With a sceptical king, an unprepared public and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must endure his darkest hour and rally the nation.