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.
The poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. The story follows Marjane as she outsmarts the 'social guardians' and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war.
Based on the eponymous novel by Antonio Incorvaia that began as a hit online blog, The 1000-Euro Generation follows the desperate plight of a broke 30-year-old mathematics graduate working in the marketing department of a telecommunications company.
Salute tells the story of the events surrounding one of the most iconic moments of the 1968 Mexico Olympics and US Civil Rights Movement. A documentary that reveals the history, the pride and the price three athletes paid for standing up for their beliefs.
In the title role, Abbie Cornish delivers a fearless portrayal of a young artist whose lust for life takes her to the edge of sanity. Heath Ledger breathes a sweet and tender optimism into Dan, a sometime-poet lost in love with Candy. In heroin they find a path to limitless pleasure. But as addiction takes hold they lose the very thing they sought. Candy opens the door on a dream vision that will have meaning for all who have been dazzled by the beauty of the world.
The Most Dangerous Man In America is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of classified documents, decides to challenge an "Imperial" Presidency-answerable to neither Congress, the press, nor the people-in order to help end the Vietnam War. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg shook America to its foundations when he smuggled a top-secret Pentagon study to the New York Times that showed how five Presidents consistently lied to the American people about the Vietnam War that was killing millions and tearing America apart.
The mercurial high point of Australian cinema of the '90s, Shine is a universal phenomenon that touched millions around the world. Based on the true story of piano prodigy David Helfgott, Scott Hicks' film traces the volatile journey of the pianist from childhood through to adulthood, detailing David's troubled relationship with his repressive father, the tragic mental breakdown and eventual resurrection as a brilliant performer.
Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people's affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite men and women who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings, and her relationship with gentle Mr Knightly.
Esther is not like other girls; she befriends a duck, talks to God through the toilet and break-dances at her Bat Mitzvah. Her all-girls private school is a daily torment of mind-numbing conformity and bell-ringing rituals, and home is a pressure cooker driven by her mother Grace's demand for perfection. However, things change when Esther meets the unconventional Sunni and her mother, Mary.
Not since Woodstock has there been a concert with so much love. In the summer of 2004, an excited crowd of strangers board a bus to Brooklyn to join comedian Dave Chappelle at his block party. Meanwhile, at an undisclosed venue not far away, Dave is greeting musicians such as Jill Scott, The Fugees, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and Cody Chestnut, who have all come to perform at the party.
This engaging and beautiful film has delighted audiences around the world and is the highest grossing foreign language film in Australian history. Audrey Tatou stars as reticent Amelie, a shy waitress who lives in Montmartre, Paris, and sees life quite differently to other people.
Bowling for Columbine is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the United States. It is a film about the state of the Union, and the violent soul of America. Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence?
Adapted from David Williamson's classic play, this wry black comedy sees a successful couple move from Melbourne to Sydney in search of artistic integrity, but instead encounter a world of hustlers and opportunists.
This French drama explores the often troubled life of Edith Piaf as her fame took her from the City of Light to America to the south of France. Abandoned by her mother, Piaf grew up in her grandmother's brothel and her father's circus. While singing on streets of Paris as a teen, Piaf is discovered by club owner Louis Leplee, and this chance encounter changes her life.
Drinking heavily and stuck as the cook for a seedy rock club, Carl desperately hopes that a romance with Sophie, a Greek-Cypriot barmaid, will alter his luck. Instead, the death of his drug-dealing, Turkish kitchen hand embroils him in a black comic nightmare involving an inconvenient body, a sadistic bouncer, and Sophie's Club-owner finance.
Nora - in her early 30s - is recently divorced and caring for her 13-year-old daughter, trying to live free of the compromises of conventional domesticity and dependence upon men but in spite of this, is drawn into a dangerously obsessive relationship with an attractive actor addicted to heroin.
Puberty Blues traces the lives of two adolescent females who have spent the first part of their lives in a group by themselves, while desperately trying to break into the 'in' group who dominate the Greenhill beach.
Kate Woods directs this AFI-winning coming-of-age story where Pia Miranda stars as a high school girl growing up in a broken but loving home with Italian traditions who finds love and heartbreak in one of the most difficult years of her life. This dilemma leads to the discovery of her father's (Anthony LaPaglia) identity and a deeper understanding of her mother (Greta Scacchi). She comes to terms with her background and romantic interests.
Gavin's flatmates Charlie and Anna are finally prepared to let him die with dignity, and have found a GP willing to administer a lethal dose of morphine. Gavin's mother and younger brother Simon, with wife and baby in tow, immediately drive to Sydney. Then, in the aftermath of Gavin's death, tempers fray as friends and family grapple ineptly with their loss.
There's no need to fear, Underdog is here! The superhero canine with a gift for rhyme returns in an all-new live-action re-imagination of the classic cartoon, Underdog. After an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr Simon Barsinister, an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with unimaginable powers and the ability to speak. Armed with a fetching superhero costume, Underdog vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City and, in particular, one beautiful spaniel named Polly Purebread. When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad threatens to destroy Capitol City only Underdog can save the day.
In Maycomb, Alabama, during the '30s, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) strives to minimise the traits of prejudice in the minds of his motherless children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford). Theirs is a contented home, helped immeasurably by housekeeper Calpurnia (Estelle Evans).
In this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's witty play about mistaken identities, two proper gentlemen in 1890s London use the same pseudonym, Earnest, for their on the sly courtship activities. Pandemonium ensues when the two men find themselves face-to-face and have to explain who they really are.
On Tweedy's Chicken Farm in the north of England, Ginger is sick of being cooped up and forced to lay eggs. Determined to lead her fellow chickens to freedom, she tries one escape plan after another - but nothing works. Then one day a new arrival crash-lands in the barnyard: Rocky the Flying Rooster a brash, cocksure American escapee from a nearby circus. In return for hiding him from the searchers, Ginger persuades Rocky to teach the chickens to fly.
The classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles stars Christopher Plummer as the psychologically tortured Oedipus. The successful monarch begins his downward slide after he discovers he has murdered his father and had children with his own mother.