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A great example of Australian documentary making, as progressive as it is poetic."—Megan Spencer, JJJ ... Hurt is an Australian docudrama like no other. 250 young Australians, from rural areas and small towns, have been given the opportunity to tell their own stories, with their images, in ... Read more
A global glimpse into the tumultuous, evolving experience of being 11 years old. ... Filmmaker Genevieve Bailey spent four years travelling the world talking to 11-year-olds to compose this gentle, funny and often affecting documentary portrait of cross-cultural childhood. From an orphanage in ... Read more
"We don't have a plan, so nothing can go wrong", the most famous comic of our times once declared. ... [I Told You I was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan] is an intimate portrait of comic genius and manic-depressive Spike Milligan, told largely through his three daughters, his brother and ... Read more
James Bogle's Mad Bomber in Love was voted Best of the Fest at MIFF in 1993. The following year the film was invited to screen at the Santa Monica Film Festival, and Bogle was quickly heralded as the new director of promise in Australia. In the Winter Dark is a captivating rural thriller, based on ... Read more
Roger Ebert at Cannes: "So far my favourite is innocence, a touching work by the Australian master Paul Cox, about a couple who were each other's first true loves, and meet again after 50 years. Julia Blake and Charles Tingwell, actors who are both 70-ish, bring a heart-stopping passion and risk to ... Read more
Inside Australia AustraliaInside Australia tracks renowned British sculptor Antony Gormley as he embarks on a sculptural installation that awakens a small goldfields town in Western Australia. The outback town of Menzies, 650 kilometres from Perth, is home to the vast Lake Ballard. This timeless ... Read more
The Ister Australia'The find of the festival' was how Film Comment's European editor described Melbourne production The Ister, when it premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival.Martin Heidegger became one of the most influential philosophers of the last century with his 1927 magnum opus, Being and Time ... Read more
Jabe is no ordinary babe. She measures a towering 188cm, wields a whip for a living and has aspirations to work in the funeral industry. Jabe also has a life-threatening condition called Marfan Syndrome, a connective-tissue disorder that affects one in 3000 people and of which the most evident ... Read more
Visually stunning and simply told, Jabiluka is the chilling story of how the Mirrar people were pressured into allowing uranium mining at Jabiluka in Kakadu National Park. Telling first-hand accounts and archival footage of the 'negotiation' process present a damning picture of government ... Read more
Melbourne in winter… Rain. Wind. Pubs. Beer. Sex. Corruption. Murder. ... Based on international award-winning crime writer Peter Temple's novel Bad Debts and directed by Jeffrey Walker, Jack Irish - Bad Debts is the first in a series of films that burrows into the seedier side of Melbourne ... Read more
[Jewboy], which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year, announces the abundant talent of director Tony Krawitz. Set in the Chassidic community of Sydney, it concerns a young man named Yuri, recently returned from Israel, who turns his back on his strict Chassidic community. He yearns to ... Read more
Josh Jarman Australia Marcus Graham is Josh Jarman, a passionate, dedicated playwright who is fed up with his plays being staged in dingy spaces to only a handful of people. His one wish is to have a play staged by a 'real' producer in a 'proper' theatre. While waiting in the offices of hotshot ... Read more
Kabbarli sheds light on a peculiar moment of colonial superiority sheltering under a lace parasol. The film's subject, Irish-born Daisy Bates, spent more than 30 years living with Aboriginal tribes on the Nullarbor Plain. In spite of being lauded as a Florence Nightingale figure, her story has ... Read more
“Anyone coming cold to the story of Australia's Indigenous disgrace will no longer be ignorant after seeing this beautifully shot film.”- George Negus A hard-hitting and necessary film, Kanyini (which means ‘interconnectedness' in Pitjantjatjara) looks at the world's oldest living culture in ... Read more
Siddique is embroiled in a dispute with his brother and former business associate over cash payments made in the dissolution of their partnership. Such friction is nothing new to Siddique, he is locally know as the 'King' of the Chore Bazaar, the famous Thieves Market' of Mumbai. The King solves ... Read more
1960s Australia, not the swinging city, but a dusty fibro amidst scorched grass in the shadow of an oil refinery Lola (Lola Marceli) is an exotic Spanish woman, defiantly serving chorizos in a land of roast lamb and veggies. But her husband, Ricardo, has had enough of her fiery ways. He heads for ... Read more
Lantana is a stunning psychological thriller about love and deception from director Ray Lawrence (Bliss), producer Jan Chapman (The Piano) and screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Head On). ... As Detective Leon Zat (Anthony LaPaglia in a powerhouse performance) and his partner Claudia (Leah Purcell) ... Read more
The man behind one of Australia's most fascinating legends, Lasseter's Reef, was worth his weight in gold. ... Australia's El Dorado was found by Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter - if we believe his claims in the late 1800s to have discovered a vast gold deposit in central Australia. This mysterious ... Read more
The world premiere of a taut story torn from today's headlines but touching on themes as old as the human condition itself: faith, freedom, love, loss and hope. ... Following a deadly terrorist attack on a local synagogue, surviving bomber Sadiq Mohammad (Firass Dirani, Underbelly) flees. Wounded ... Read more
The Last Days of Yasser Arafat tells the final chapter in the story of one of the most controversial public figures of our time. In September 2003, Palestinian-Australian filmmaker Sherine Salama travelled to the besieged compound of Yasser Arafat. She had a hunch his days were numbered. After a ... Read more
Told in real time using a solitary claustrophobic location, Last Train to Freo is a tense psychological drama about five individuals who discover they're not who they think they are. It starts with two ex-cons travelling on a train on a hot summer's night, poking fun at their mind-numbing ... Read more
Letters to Ali Australia'Throughout the years as an immigrant living in Australia, I have reflected often on this new country. In the year 2001, I felt the country was heading in a very negative direction. In 2002, around October, I read an article in the newspaper written by a doctor on her story ... Read more
"Life in Movement has become much more than a biography or even a tribute to Liedtke's unique character and talent… this film is a moment of triumph." - Advertiser ... In 2007, the prestigious Sydney Dance Company made a surprising announcement: their new artistic director, a job at the ... Read more
A taut psychological thriller, Like Minds was originally conceived as a documentary before turning into a fictional drama, stemming from filmmaker Gregory J. Read's fascination into what makes serial killers tick - what were they like when they were kids? Seventeen-year-old Alex Forbes is young ... Read more
"I swim, I work, I sleep." - Tracy Heart ... How do you learn to love again when the pain of the past won't let you go' When you're 32 with a troubled history and a doubtful future, it's a question that isn't so easy to answer. And for Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett) it's a question she can no longer ... Read more
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