Charlie's Country

    Plot Summary

    Written by Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil as a collaborative project, Charlie's Country stars Gulpilil as blackfella Charlie, who is getting older, and is out of sorts. The government’s intervention is making life more difficult in his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don't generally make much sense, and Charlie's kin seeming more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in doing so sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.

    All This Mayhem

    Plot Summary

    All This Mayhem tells the story of brothers Tas and Ben Pappas, two boys from Melbourne who took the skateboarding world by storm, defeating Tony Hawk and crowned International World Champions within a year. Skateboarding came naturally to the Pappas brothers, but success was a different story. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account we witness the dark consequences of Tas and Ben’s rapid success, their intense fraternal bond and their journey from the pinnacle of their sport into a downward spiral of self-destruction.

    From the makers of award-winning documentaries Exit Through the Gift Shop and Senna, and featuring fascinating interviews, first person accounts and archival footage, All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide and tells of a tragedy too incredible to believe.

    Co-produced by Vice Films and directed by Eddie Martin (Lionel), All This Mayhem is an adrenalin-fuelled and unforgettable Australian film. 

    All This Mayhem will be released theatrically on 10 July at Cinema Nova, Melbourne and Dendy Cinemas, Newtown.


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    Grace of Monaco

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    Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century, Grace of Monaco tells of a year in the life of one of the twentieth century's most iconic women - Grace Kelly - as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III. While contemplating overtures from Alfred Hitchcock to return to her career in Hollywood, Grace found herself plunged into a personal crisis when Rainier's modernisation of an ailing Monaco was halted by French President Charles de Gaulle - who tried to reclaim the principality for France by force. It was a crossroads for Grace's family, her marriage and her country, and her private life. It would become the moment in which a cinematic icon, an American far from home, would have to face a tough decision - return to her celebrated status as a movie star, globally loved and adored, or accept that she will never act again, embrace her new role and her new identity. From the director of La Vie en Rose, GRACE OF MONACO is a real-life fairytale, a sweeping romance and a portrait of the cinematic legend of Princess Grace.

    Sunshine on Leith

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    Home is where the heart is for best friends Davy and Ally. Returning to their lifelong residence of Leith, in Edinburgh, the lads kindle romances old and new: Ally plans to propose to Davy’s sister Liz, while Davy falls head-over-heels in love with Yvonne. Meanwhile, Davy's parents Rab and Jean are busy planning their 25th wedding anniversary. Everything’s going swimmingly, until a revelation from Rab’s past threatens to tear the family and all three couples apart.

The second feature from actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher, SUNSHINE ON LEITH is a jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love. Adapted from the acclaimed stage musical by Stephen Greenhorn it features the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.

    The Broken Circle Breakdown

    Plot Summary

    Winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, where it was rapturously received, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is a Belgian drama about passion, parenthood, sorrow and joy. Infused with incredible music, the film tells the story of Elise and Didier, two unconventional star-crossed lovers, who fall for each other despite their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a free-spirited realist.

Told over a number of years, beautifully edited with a non-linear structure reeling backwards and forwards through time, we watch as the couple make a life together in a gorgeous country farmhouse, begin a bluegrass band and raise a beautiful daughter, Maybelle. But when an unexpected tragedy arrives, their love and everything they know is tested.

A director to watch, Felix van Groeningen has crafted a masterful, exuberant film. With entrancing and arresting performances from the two leads, THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN miraculously seems to encompass all of human emotion and is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.

    Young and Beautiful

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    Nuanced, elegant and thought-provoking, the latest film from renowned French director François Ozon is a coming-of-age portrait set over four seasons and four songs. YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL chronicles seventeen-year-old Isabelle's sexual journey from the awakening of her desires to her first time, from her exploration of love to her search for her identity.

    The Invisible Woman

    Plot Summary

    The Invisible Woman marks Ralph Fiennes’ second outing as director, while also starring as the complex figure, writer Charles Dickens. In 1857, at the height of Dickens’ career, he pursued a love affair with a young actress, Nelly Ternan. She remained his muse for the rest of his life, but their relationship was kept secret, even after Dickens’ separation from his wife. As a result, Ternan’s story is one of someone who almost wasn’t there; her story very nearly disappearing from the record for good. Claire Tomalin’s pioneering biography of Dickens has been adapted by British screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, The Hour). The Invisible Woman is an elegant recreation of the times, featuring superb performances from Fiennes, Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas, delivering a richly powerful drama.