Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard, with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Following the death of his father the King, Bertie, who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist for an unorthodox course of treatment to overcome his stammer and deliver a radio address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.
16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week - only on Tuesdays - these unique filmmaking rules bring a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility and transformation.
Jamal Malik is an orphan from the slums of Mumbai. He is one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum, each chapter revealing the key to each answer in the game show's questions.
Three women from different eras are linked by their common yearnings and fears. Virginia Woolf, in a suburb of London in the 1920s is battling insanity as she struggles to begin writing her first great novel, Mrs Dalloway. Laura Brown, a young wife and mother in post-World War II Los Angeles, is reading Mrs Dalloway, and is so deeply affected by it that she begins to question the life she has chosen for herself. Finally, Clarissa Vaughan is a modern-day Mrs Dalloway in contemporary New York, planning a party for her friend and former lover who is slowly losing his fight with AIDS. Three women, separated by a span of nearly 80 years, find themselves weathering similar crises, all linked by a single work of literature.
Challenging and thought-provoking, this film takes a provocative look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. Diving headlong into the diverse melting pot of post 9/11 Los Angeles, this compelling urban drama tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast of characters' struggles to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another's lives. In the grey area between black and white, victim and aggressor, there are no easy answers.
A sweet and extremely intelligent young girl lives with cruel parents and goes to school with the worst principal in the world. When she accidentally unleashes telekinetic powers, she uses them to help those she loves and to drive her principal away from school.
A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learn there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.
After NASA discovered the possibility of alien life in our solar system, a probe is sent out to collect samples but crash lands on re-entry over Mexico. Soon after, new life forms begin to appear in Mexico and half the country is quarantined as an infected zone. Essentially, Monsters is a kind, touching and romantic film about two people that bond under extraordinary circumstance.
This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. Winner of the 'Special Jury Prize' at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival..
A young boy, Elliott ventures into his backyard and discovers something mysterious watching him from the woods. It is an alien that was mistakenly left behind by his people and now does not know how to get home. Discovering he is harmless, Elliott embarks on a quest to help E.T. find his way home.
Part II continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. The early life and career of Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada, to pre- revolutionary 1958 Cuba.
Viewed as one of the best American films ever made, this first instalment follows the story of Don Corleone, the aging patriarch of an organised crime dynasty, and his family. After a two failed assassination attempts, Corleone, 'The Godfather', transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son, Michael.
Snowed in during a trip to Pennsylvania a self-centered television weatherman, Phil Connors wakes up to find himself stuck in time, endlessly repeating the same day over and over again. His world is inhabited by the same people, during the annual Groundhog Day festivities, but they don't know that time is repeating itself. Phil has to learn the error of his ways and correct them before the day will finally end!
A visually striking Japanese anime based ont he very successful science fiction novels by Hiroshi Mori. On a future Earth, there is no longer any war between nations. Peace reigns over the entire planet. However, it's been found that people need the tension and excitement to feel truly alive. To fill this need, staged 'wars' between various corporations provide the excitement that actual wars had provided.
An incredible, unique and moving documentary about a British concert pianist playing music to blind, injured and orphaned elephants with extraordinary results. At a sanctuary on the shores of the iconic River Kwai in Thailand, Paul Barton from Yorkshire plays the works of the world's great composers to endangered Asian elephants and reveals their secret love of music. As these magnificent and much loved mammals trumpet, curl their trunks, dance or accompany him on the piano, we learn that even a killer bull-elephant likes to unwind with a bit of Beethoven.
*Adult Themes, Coarse Language* *Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains images and voices of people who have died*
Cyclone Tracy was one of the worst natural disasters in Australia's history, virtually wiping the city of Darwin from the map. Now 40 years later, previously untold stories reveal compelling new perspectives on the devastating storm, the controversial mass evacuation and the troubled reconstruction, investigating the socio-political effects on Darwin and its residents. Extraordinary archival footage, immersive animation and in-depth interviews tell a powerful story revealing the legacy and myths of Cyclone Tracy including the coming of age of Darwin, the heroism of Darwinians, and the politicisation of the rebuild. The failure of most official records of the disaster to mention Indigenous people is addressed with stories from Aboriginal people who lived through the storm, and accounts of traditional Aboriginal beliefs that explain from a cultural standpoint the cyclone and resulting devastation. PRODUCTION DETAILS: Brindle Films and Nirvana Films. Produced with assistance of Screen Territory in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia. Produced by Rachel Clements and James Bradley. ABC Executive Producer and Head of Indigenous Sally Riley.
In this modern update to Alexander Dumas' classic story, the young hero D'Artagnan and three of France's most elite warriors battle their way across Europe to save king and country from a conspiracy led by deadly assassin Milady and the Duke of Buckingham.
A sexy, atmospheric thriller, very much in the style of Alfred Hitchcock, with involving characters, steamy love scenes, and surprising plot twists. Al Pacino stars as Frank Keller, a lonely, tired, disillusioned, police detective who has a problem with alcohol. Frank is investigating a serial killer whom he believes finds victims by using personal ads in magazines, killing them while playing the old record Sea of Love.
Set in a world where every holiday has its own special land, this film follows the misguided passion of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved Pumpkin King, who oversees the creation of all the ghoulish delights, frights and surprises that his holiday traditionally exports to the 'real world'. Bored with the same annual routine, Jack finds a new purpose in life when he accidentally stumbles upon the entry to Christmastown and becomes instantly enraptured with the bright colours, toys, decorations and warm spirit that he discovers there.
Elissa Down's heart-warming AFI-winning story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family is based on her own life experiences and stars Toni Collette as Maggie Mollison who is not only pregnant, but also has two sons and a husband who talks to his teddy bear. Luke Ford stars as Charlie, who is autistic and Rhys Wakefield as 16-year-old Thomas, who tries to understand his unpredictable and sometimes unmanageable older brother.
Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.
A mother must defend herself against charges that she murdered her infant daughter. Based on the true story of Australia's most sensational contemporary case. Meryl Streep won the New York Film Critics and Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards as Australia's Lindy Chamberlain.
This comedy-drama is set in a village between North Africa and the Middle East. A battle-of-the-sexes, the village women threaten to withhold sexual favours if the men refuse to fetch water from a remote well.
Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making.
His world shaped by ancient traditions, a young Thai fighter is called upon to defend his people and their honour after outsiders invade their home and destroy all that is sacred. Fuelled by desire to protect a way of life and avenge the wrong done to his family, he will bring the fight to their city.
Scott Calvin, a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. When Scott accidentally kills the current Mr. Clause on Christmas Eve, Scott dons Santa's suit and with Charlie, finishes Santa's Christmas deliveries.
This film follows Mei an exotic, beautiful blind dancer, associated with a dangerous revolutionary gang, known as the House of Flying Daggers. Captured by officers of the decadent Tang Dynasty, Mei finds herself both threatened - and attracted - to the most unusual circumstances.
Why is the Grinch such a grouch? No one seems to know, until little Cindy Lou Who takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and the Grinch's world upside down, inside out...and funny side up in her search for the true meaning of Christmas.
Experience the final chapter of the Aladdin saga in Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves. There is a grand party in Agrabah when it looks like Princess Jasmine and Aladdin will finally get married. But first they must stop the legendary Forty Thieves from stealing a mysterious wedding gift - an all-seeing oracle that will lead them to riches beyond their imaginations.
The year is 1936, Indiana Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artefact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Joined with Marion Ravenwood and Sallah, Jones ventures to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artefact. He will have to fight his enemy Belloq and a band of Nazis for the Lost Ark.
After hundreds of years working alone to clean up the planet, lovable robot Wall-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets the sleek, search robot, Eve, and embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
The story follows Satsuke and Mai, two young girls who find their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life.
This is the story of Linh, a Vietnamese Australian university student who secretly starts part-time work as an escort. She develops a close rapport with one of her clients, an enigmatic American art dealer, who books her on a regular basis. For a time she manages to keep her two lives in separate compartments. But when she falls for a fellow student her worlds collide and things get complicated.
Bella (Kristen Stewart) awakens transformed - she is now a mother and finally...a vampire. While her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) delights in her beauty, speed, and uncommon self-control, newly-born Bella has never felt more alive; and the destiny of her best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) has become entwined in that of their exceptional daughter Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy).
When his father bundles him into the car in the middle of the night, ten-year-old Chook knows something is wrong. On the run from the law after committing a violent crime, the father and son escape into the Australian desert and must face up to their troubled relationship in order to survive. This acclaimed Australian film is an unforgettable love story between parent and child.
It's 1959. Two men face major turning points in their lives: one is in Washington, DC, preparing to announce his presidential candidacy, while the other is at the US embassy in Moscow, renouncing his American citizenship. These two seemingly unrelated occurrences started both men on a cataclysmic path that would alter the course of history.
After 18 years in prison, Viktor Khadem (Don Hany) is a man who has almost given up on life. For his final 12 months, he is sentenced to Won Wron, a low-security prison 200 km outside Melbourne in regional Victoria, where Senior Officer Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors - beautiful, fearsome, proud eagles, falcons and owls. With the odds against him Matt chooses Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, the majestic wedge-tailed eagle with a two-metre wingspan. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.
Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves 'Dumbledore's Army' Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.