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4 (Tim Slade, 2007)
In four corners of the globe - in each of the four seasons - four outstanding violinists undergo an extraordinary journey through their homelands. The resonant and much-loved music of Vivaldi's The … Read more

5 LOST AT SEA (Jesse Martin, Josh Schmidt, 2009)
Young. Real. Naive. ... In 1999, 21-year-old Jesse Martin became the youngest person ever to sail solo, non stop and unassisted around the world. On his return he took four other young people sailing… Read more

ACOLYTES (MA15+) (Jon Hewitt, 2008)
If you go down to the woods today... ... The close friendship of three teenagers crumbles at the hands of a deranged sociopath in Acolytes, a nail-biting thriller from Redball director Jon Hewitt.Jam… Read more

BEYOND OUR KEN (Luke Walker and Melissa Maclean, 2007)
WORLD PREMIERE ... You wouldn't know a cult if you joined one.What is Kenja? It is derided as a ‘secretive cult' in the media, its leader described as a ‘seedy conman' in parliament. For 25 years… Read more

BLIND COMPANY (Alkinos Tsilimidos, 2009)
Two's a crowd. ... Geoff Brewster is seeing out his final days at the family's isolated coastal shack - walking the beach and leaving tape-recorded confessions for his estranged wife. But when his Po… Read more

BOOK THAT SHOOK THE WORLD, THE (Con Anemogiannis, 2006)
A Danish drugs and sex education book, The Little Red Schoolbook, caused so much outrage in 1971 that the governments of Australia and many European countries called for it to be banned. Using this f… Read more

BOXING DAY (Kriv Stenders, 2007)
A father's struggle to reunite his family over a single afternoon, told in real-time and, effectively, shot in a single take. Living alone on home detention, Chris (Richard Green) is preparing Chris… Read more

BRING'EM BACK! (Phillip Donnellon, 2010)
Bring'Em Back is a political and emotional plea for the return of Melbourne's beloved ‘connies' - or conductors, for those of you of a younger vintage. ... Director Phillip Donnellon's document… Read more

“Rarely has an ecological menace appeared as entertaining.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Frog-marching their way across the nation for the last 75 years, these amphibian invaders have multiplied from… Read more

CORROBOREE (Ben Hackworth, 2006)
“Enigmatic, playful like some sensual and modern Mankiewicz movie, beautifully directed, fragile… It distillates trouble in a very subtle way.” - Laurent Jacob at Cannes Film Festival A d… Read more

DREAMLAND (Ivan Sen, 2010)
'It could be easier to ask what isn't Dreamland about. But I think the answer would still be the same. Everything and nothing, all at the same time.' - filmmaker Ivan Sen ... Set somewhere on the Ext… Read more

DRIVE (Bronwyn Purvis, Telen Rodwell, 2010)
Drive is a film about lethal combinations. A documentary project conceived by community organisation Big hART, it goes behind the official advertising campaigns to produce a highly personal and cinem… Read more

FORBIDDEN LIE$ (Anna Broinowski, )
A real-life thriller about Norma Khouri, the people she conned and how no-one's safe in the age of spin. In July 2004, Norma Khouri, best-selling author of Forbidden Love, was exposed as a fake. She… Read more

HOPE (Steve Thomas, )
WORLD PREMIERE ... Four hundred asylum seekers pitched into the sea when their people-smuggling boat from Indonesia sank in 2001. Three hundred and fifty three people drowned. Only seven survivors ma… Read more

IN MY FATHER'S COUNTRY (Tom Murray, 2008)
It is happening now: in our country. ... Shot by Dutch cinematographer Leonard Retel Helmrich, known for his innovative camera techniques, this documentary is one of the most exquisitely crafted piec… Read more

IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS (Ian Darling, 2007)
Two of the world's finest actors, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, prepare to perform the Sydney Theatre Company's version of Hedda Gabler in New York. Normally, the rehearsal room is a sacred space… Read more

Known as the unofficial curator of Australian architecture, John Gollings is a wizard who can turn a building into an award-winning piece of art. Combining his two loves, architecture and photography… Read more

The stories of these marvellous people who suffered so terribly as individuals yet eschew bitterness for warmth, generosity and a wonderful sense of humour are proof that, even in the darkest night, … Read more

LIONEL (Edward Martin, 2008)
“Australia's own buried idol… he was a world champion, a former Australian of the Year, a musician with Number 1 hits and the greatest Aboriginal boxer of all time.” - filmmaker Eddie Mart… Read more

LITTLE DEATHS (Ben Chessell, Sian Davies, Chris Benz, Toby Angwin, Fin Edquist, Guila Sandler, Genevieve Bailey, Jarrah Gurrie, Melanie Brunt, James Teh, Geoff Hitchins, 2008)
It's about love, it's about loss, it's about sex. ... Isolated, a lonely tollbooth operator watches as the world flows past him in a never-ending stream of vehicles, their passengers travelling to an… Read more

LITTLE SPARROWS (Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen, 2010)
A story about secrets, loss and the desire to love. ... Over one hot Australian Christmas, Susan discovers her breast cancer has spread, and one by one her daughters return to be by her side. Her ‘… Read more

LOVING FRIEND, A (Kerry Negara, 2009)
In his posthumously published diaries, Australian artist Donald Friend made shocking admissions of sexual liaisons with children across Asia and the Torres Strait, though many among the arts elite of… Read more

MAKING IT HANDMADE! (Anna Brownfield, 2010)
Think craft is for grannies? Think again. ... A seditious and subversive subculture is gaining momentum in Melbourne. But rather than wielding megaphones and placards, they're cross-stitching slogans… Read more

The fascinating story behind the making of one of the year's most acclaimed Australian films. ... A director, a producer, two teenage actors, a small crew and six weeks in the desert. Throw in an obs… Read more

MATILDA CANDIDATE, THE (Curtis Levy, 2009)
One man's quest to change the world (with bluetack).One candidate in the last Federal election who may have escaped your attention - as he did everyone else's - was the elder statesmen of Australia's… Read more

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