32 year-old Tracy Heart (Cate Blanchett) works in a video shop and lives with her hard-working single mum, Janelle (Noni Hazlehurst). After a turbulent time in her 20's, Tracy is now trying to live the straight life - having freed herself from the grip of heroin addiction. She swims, she works, and she sleeps, in an outer western suburb of Sydney dubbed 'Little Saigon'.
It's World War One, and while the horrors of war ravage Europe, Harry Lambert (Dan Spielman) is a shy and gentle baker, living and working in a rural Australian town. But with the armed forces desperate for more troops to send to the front line, and feeling the growing hostility and shame from within his own community, Harry signs up to do what he can.
Tells the story of Lena (Danielle Hall), the daughter of an Aboriginal mother and an Irish father and Vaughn (Damien Pitt), a Murri boy who is doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw them together and with no money or transport, they find themselves relying on each other in order to achieve their personal journeys.
Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968.
If you've ever dreamt of a world where ABBA charts forever, dags rule and bitchy friends get what they deserve, then you should meet Muriel Heslop... In her hunt for Mr Right in all the wrong places, Muriel buys a one-way ticket to freedom and embarks on a madcap journey of self-discovery where success isn't the best revenge but being yourself is.
Why does a 19 year-old girl plot to kill her own father? Katrina Skinner is stuck in suburbia with her toddler daughter and her devoted dad. Her brother Danny is in jail for life for murder. Her mother abandoned her years ago. The neighbours are scared of her. The police can't keep up with her. Nobody can control her but everybody's trying.
In the small Victorian regional town of Colac, 61-year-old Cliff Young (Kevin Harrington) is an oddity. For a start, he's a vegetarian. And he's a teetotaller. Add to that, he's a virgin and still lives on the family farm with his mother.
Daniel Henshall and Lucas Pittaway star in this chilling drama based on the true story of Australia's worst serial killings, which sees a vulnerable teenager taken under the wing of an amiable stranger, who finds himself trapped as the man's true nature is revealed.
The first feature by Phillip Noyce. A tale of two outsiders on the run. One white, one black. Heading for nowhere fast. Shot on location in north-western NSW and features Bill Hunter in his earliest lead role, and Gary Foley, Koori political activist. An Australian cult film.
A journalist and a rebellious computer hacker team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger's niece, only to uncover some very dark secrets in this adaptation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling book.
A powerful tale of love and fatherhood. Uxbal, a petty criminal, struggles to take care of his two children after his alcoholic wife abandons them. But his world falls apart when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness and his death becomes imminent. Nominated for two Academy Awards in 2011.
A drama about the coming-of-age of three Aboriginal boys in Arnhem Land who inhabit two cultures at once: traditional Aboriginal culture from north-east Arnhem land (where the word 'Yolngu' comes from, meaning an Aboriginal person from that area) and also western culture.
Two close friends, Palestinians Said and Khaled, are recruited by an extremist group for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. However, things go wrong and both friends must separate at the border. One of them maintains his purpose to carry on the attack, while the other has growing doubts about it. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006.
St Valentine's Day, 1900. On a beautiful summer's day a party of virginal Australian schoolgirls from an exclusive finishing school giddily prepare for an excursion to Hanging Rock, a magnificent natural monument drenched in a mysterious atmosphere. Lead by Miranda, the girls gain permission to explore the upper slopes of the rock. Edith takes a nap and wakes to discover that the other three girls have removed their shoes and stockings and have resumed their trek as if in a dream, disappearing into a passageway in the rock itself.
Writer/director David Michod's debut feature is a powerful crime drama exploring the tense battle between a criminal family, the police and the ordinary lives caught in the middle. Newcomer James Frecheville stars as 17-year-old Joshua 'J' Cody who moves in with his estranged family following the death of his mother. Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Jacki Weaver stars as Janine 'Smurf' Cody, his doting grandmother who keeps a watchful eye on all that is going on.
Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off of the internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's crazy, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet-natured boy that they've always loved.
A vivid illustration of surreal British wit and imagination, the Beatles' iconic 1967 self-directed film, Magical Mystery Tour, has been painstakingly restored and re-mastered for a new generation of television audiences to enjoy.
Critically acclaimed and internationally successful, Ten Canoes won six AFI Awards in 2006 and the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, an honour that is bestowed upon films regarded as having particular significance for the art form. Directed by Rolf de Heer, Ten Canoes is an invitation to glimpse the ancient world of the Yolngu people, through a combination of ethnographically inspired narrative, juxtaposed with ancient Indigenous cultural beliefs and traditions.
Griff a socially awkward office worker spends his days being bullied by his workmates and his night as superhero 'Griff the Invisible' roaming the streets of his local neighbourhood, protecting the innocent (Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody).
In the aftermath of a horrifying crime, Leonard Shelby remembers nothing for more than a few minutes at a time except the haunting memory of his wife's brutal murder. Now, as he desperately seeks to avenge his wife's death, Leonard can only rely on notes, photographs and fleeting interactions with a shifting cast of characters he will not recall from one moment to the next.
Lola, a young woman in Germany, has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket. Three different outcomes may occur depending on some minor event along Lola's run.
The story of four refugees fleeing Vietnam in 1980, Mother Fish goes inside the mind of Kim (Hyen Nguyen), one of the survivors. The present melds with the past as unassuming factory worker Kim relives the harrowing sea journey that she and her sister Hanh (Sheena Pham) undertook in a creaky river boat in search of a better life. But the horror of the trip haunts her still.
In a Sydney suburb, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. In dying, as in living, Mrs. Hunter remains a formidable force on those around her.
Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In East Berlin in 1984, an agent of the secret police who is conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover finds himself becoming increasingly drawn into their lives.
Widely considered one of the best films ever made, this 1941 film noir classic follows a San Francisco private detective's dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers who compete to obtain a spectacular jewel-encrusted statuette of a falcon.
Since its release in 1945, Les Enfants Du Paradis has maintained its position as one of the greatest French films of all time. A complex relationship drama set in 1830s Paris, it is a sophisticated, cynical portrait of actors, murderers, swindlers, prostitutes and the decadent rich. A wickedly flamboyant celebration of the relation between theatre and life.
An Oscar-winning masterpiece about a quadriplegic's desire to die with dignity. Based on the true story of Ramon Sampedro, who was left a quadriplegic after a swimming accident some 28 years prior, the film focuses on the final months of Ramon's life and his attempts to win the right to an assisted suicide through the courts.
Danny wants two things in life more than anything else, one is a Jaguar and the other is Joanna Johnson. After Danny's parents give him their beloved Nissan Cedric, Danny works up the courage to ask Joanna out on a date... One problem! He tells her that he owns a Jaguar, and to prove otherwise, he trades in the Cedric for an early model Jag. But at the car yard he is conned into believing he is getting the deal of the century by the salesman.
Emily Osment and Kelly Rowan star in this topical drama about a high school student who discovers that the online world can be fraught with danger when she is targeted by bullies through a social website, pushing her to become isolated from her family and friends.
The final months of Bobby Sands, the Irish Republican Army activist who protested his treatment at the hands of British prison guards with a hunger strike, are chronicled in this historical drama, the first feature film from artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen.
From myth to legend Rowland S Howard appeared on the early Melbourne punk scene like a phantom out of Kafkaesque Prague or Bram Stoker's Dracula. A beautifully gaunt and gothic aristocrat, the unique distinctive fury of his guitar style shot him directly into the imagination of a generation.
This animated adventure, from acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki, centres on five-year-old Sosuke and his friendship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become human. When a powerful magic threatens to destroy the world, the two friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to save the planet.
A modern classic. A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the new owner and force him to sell. Winner of four BAFTA Awards, including Best Film.
Stunning sequel to Jean de Florette. Manon, a beautiful young shepherdess living in the idyllic Provencal countryside, discovers the truth surrounding her father's death and decides to take revenge upon the men responsible.
A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sofi, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Hauru. Under the curse, Sofi sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Hauru's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Hauru's fire demon, named Karishifa. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Hauru, then Karushifa will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape.
Karen is a beautiful young woman with a dark past, but she's got potential and she knows it. Fresh out of prison, she finds herself on the streets with a burning desire to turn her life around but no one to call for help. Eventually she finds a haven at a shelter for women like herself. With the support of her new community of friends, Karen begins the journey of reconnecting with her estranged mother and her young daughter, and she is soon propelled to face the most difficult truths of her life. But she's determined to never give up.
This fantasy stars Hamish McFarlane as Griffin, a young 14th century boy with acute psychic powers. During the period of the Black Death, Hamish believes that he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine. The fugitives tunnel their way through the darkness and emerge on the other side - into a bustling New Zealand metropolis in the year 1988.
Loving couple Natalie and Ross find their lives turned upside down when Natalie suffers an aneurysm that will prevent them from having sex for an entire year. Coping with spirited children, a tight family budget and job insecurity are common challenges for your typical parent, but for Natalie and Ross, things are about to get a little more complicated.
Downfall starts and closes with the reflections of Hitler's secretary, Traudl Junge, who was in the bunker during the last days of Hitler's life. The film charts the events of these last ten days from 20 April, "Fuehrer's birthday", to 30 April when he committed suicide. Bruno Ganz portrays Hitler as a half-crazed man who keeps trying to delude himself that the final victory is nigh until a series of defeats breaks his spirit and he resigns himself to his end. But it is not only Hitler's downfall that is portrayed. The film tells the tale of Goering's and Himmler's desertion, and of the Goebbels' murder of their children and suicide.
At a girls' high school, music director Karen Carey prepares her young students for a concert at the Opera House. Believing in the transformative power of great music, Carey insists upon a classical repertoire, sets a dauntingly high performance standard and requires the participation of every girl in the school. Mrs Carey inspires many of her girls, but some do not share her passion and are not afraid to say so.
Crossing The Line follows the journeys of two young medical students who leave their safe middle class homes and university behind to be thrust into the harsh reality of everyday life on Mornington Island. Like most Australians, they have never been exposed to life in a remote Indigenous community. Extremely moving yet unsentimental, this film offers a rare insight into the practical realities of providing Western medical services to Indigenous communities and illustrates ways in which engagement can contribute to an improvement in the crisis in Aboriginal health today -
On October 19, 2007, an unknown gunman assassinates President George W Bush. A couple of years later, an investigative documentary is made. It features all the people involved that fateful day: the protesters outside a Chicago hotel; the suspects in the shooting; the Secret Service men who failed to protect their charge; the press; and an array of experts, desperately seeking meaning in this horrible act of violence. We learn, agonisingly, what happened to America after the death of a president. (Docu-drama)
A story of three Aboriginal women who return home for their mother's funeral. In the space of 24 hours they will begin to unravel their somewhat complicated past. Winner of the Peoples Choice Award, Sydney Film Festival 1998.