Russell Crowe, Sigourney Weaver and Geena Davis reflect on the visionary veteran who has taken us from the dystopian futures of Alien and Blade Runner to the ancient past of Gladiator and the troubled present of Thelma and Louise.
Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Assayas and others explore the hypnotic, sensuous and dangerous worlds of Claire Denis, whose provocative takes on sex, violence and politics have made her one of the leading figures in world cinema.
Lars Von Trier's daring, controversial films have made him an art-house superstar. In all-new interviews, his long-time collaborators Jean-Marc Barr and Skellan Skarsgaard reflect on the director's themes and obsessions.
Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy and Freida Pinto discuss the vitality and velocity that course through director Danny Boyle's stories of Mumbai slumdogs, Scottish junkies and other characters facing the fight of their lives.
George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and John Turturro analyse the auteur tag team of Joel and Ethan Coen, sharing stories from the set and breaking down scenes from Oscar-winning classics Fargo and No Country For Old Men.
Matthew McConaughey, Vanessa Paradis and Marc-Andre Grondin take a close look at Jean-Marc Vallee, a director whose films boast a raw emotional charge whether they're inspired by his life in Montreal or push Hollywood stars to their limits.
Elizabeth Moss and more of the director's collaborators tackle the challenging questions about women and men that fascinate Jane Campion, the New Zealander who remains the only female director to win Cannes' top prize.
Kristen Dunst, James Woods and Stephen Dorff explore the films of Sofia Coppola and the stylised yet personal worlds she creates whether her setting is the Tokyo hotel of Lost in Translation or the Court of Versailles in Marie Antoinette.
Claire returns to Lallybroch with Jamie, where she does not receive quite the reception she was expecting. Unbeknownst to her, Jamie's made some choices in their time apart which come back to haunt them with a vengeance.
During the 1946-49 Greek Civil War, young brothers Anestis and Vlassis are recruited by opposing sides. Anestis joins the National Army while Vlassis becomes a soldier in the Democratic Army. Fighting in the countryside they grew up in, the boys become increasingly fanatical as the war progresses.
Barbara, a beautiful student completing her degree, and Nicolas, a charming clerk in a video store, meet and quickly begin a passionate romance that grows into relationship bliss. Their honeymoon period seems to have no end, from extravagant dinners to meeting friends and making a home together. They are shocked to discover that Barbara is pregnant one day, and with cautious enthusiasm they await their first child together. But what begins as a life step quickly puts unexpected strains on their relationship, as the young lovers' lives are turned upside down by raising a baby. In French. Original title: Un Heureux Evenement.
Set in Brisbane over 12 hours, Australia Day explores the lives of three Australians from diverse backgrounds whose different worlds collide, illuminating contemporary issues that simmer beneath the surface of modern Australia. The heartfelt drama interweaves these three stories and highlights the aspirations of everyday Australians on the most controversial national holiday, Australia Day.
Welcome to Camp Crystal Lake, its history is bloody and the locals say it's cursed. It's the perfect place for a psychopath to slay amorous camp counsellors one by one under the light of a romantic full moon.
Respected scientist and psychology professor Edward Jessup decides to combine his experiments in sensory deprivation tanks with powerful hallucinogenic drugs, convinced it may help him unlock different states of consciousness. The experiments are a success at first, but as he continues his work, he begins to experience altered mental and physical states. As he spends more time in sensory deprivation, his grip on reality begins to slip away.
This Oscar-nominated drama is set across three decades of the Algerian struggle for independence. After losing their family home, three brothers and their mother become separated around the world and take radically different paths.
George Clooney, Clive Owen and Emma Watson examine the bold moves and revolutionary innovations of Alfonso Cuaron, the Mexican director and Gravity creator whose wildly diverse movies share a uniquely visceral impact.
Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, Carrie is a tortured high-school misfit with no confidence, no friends and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her 'special gift', causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone.
At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her truancy tax. When Aila's drug money is stolen her only options are to run or fight.
The story of one teacher's overzealous quest to mount a high school musical. After he conceives of a sequel to Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the flamboyant instructor meets resistance from the community and the school board, who don't approve of his play's disdain for political correctness. What ensues is an uproarious increase in mayhem and a clever media satire in which all freedom of creative expression is at stake.
Eva does everything she can to protect her family, but danger is slowly invading more and more of her daily life. The killer who abducted Bastien threatens to harm them. Fearing for his family, Bastien redoubles his efforts to try to escape and come to their rescue. He knows his family needs him, but his captor is not about to let his prey get away so easily. A merciless wrestling match begins.
In this loose adaptation of Hamlet, illegitimate son Koichi Nishi (Toshiro Mifune) climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter (Kyoko Kagawa) of company vice-president Iwabuchi (Masayuki Mori). At the reception, the wedding cake is a replica of their corporate headquarters, but an aspect of the design reminds the party of the hushed-up death of Nishi's father. It is then that Nishi unleashes his plan to avenge his father's death. In Japanese. Original title: Warui Yatsu Hodo Yoku Nemuru. In Japanese.
A drama based on the true story of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chose to live her life as a man and suffered tragic consequences as a result. In 1993, 20-year-old Brandon leaves Lincoln, Nebraska, for the nearby community of Falls City, where she sports a crew cut, favours jeans and boots, and is regarded as a man by most of the people in town. Brandon meets teenage Lana and the two become romantically involved almost immediately.
Idealistic police cadet Chan Wing-Yan (Tony Leung) is recruited by Police Superintendant Wong (Anthony Wong) to go deep undercover as a member of the criminal Triad society. Into the same cadet class, crime boss Hon Sam (Eric Tsang) installs new Triad member Lau Kin Ming (Andy Lau) to become a long-term mole for the gang. A decade later, both have risen through the ranks in their respective aliases -- but when both of their covers are in danger of being blown, a game of life and death ensues.
An artist lives in despair after being responsible for the death of his young daughter. But he soon discovers a door that provides a passage back in time, and the opportunity to change the past and avert the tragedy. However all is not as it seems, and any chance of redemption comes with the risk of eternal damnation. Based on the novel by Akif Pirrincci.
Abdi is a principled young fisherman with generations of fishing in his blood. But now the nearby waters are polluted, and fish are scarce. Struggling to support his young family, he is lured into the perilous world of piracy. While his wife and baby wait for him in Yeman, an outdated satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Abdi and his fellow pirates hit the treacherous high seas and capture a French oil tanker, demanding a hefty ransom. During the long and tense wait for the cash to arrive, Abdi forges a tentative friendship with one of the hostages. When things take a turn for the worse, Abdi must make dramatic choices to determine his course.
Reeling from her recent divorce, Rachel Watson spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that she passes on the train. That is until she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Driven by intrigue and obsession, Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar, but to what lengths will she go to uncover the truth?
This film chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.
Based on the much loved and hugely successful memoir and stage play of the same name, Holding the Man is the warm, funny and achingly sad story of the 15-year-long love affair between Timothy Conigrave and the boy he fell in love with at high school, John Caleo. The course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but this is especially true when you're secretly gay in an Aussie all-male school in the 1970s, and entranced by the captain of the football team. Directed by award-winner Neil Armfield, starring Ryan Corr and Craig Scott, and features Guy Pearce, Sarah Snook, and Anthony LaPaglia.
Explore depictions of Australia and it's culture through a special collection of films representing life Down Under with a range of selected content for all ages. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073, VCHHC097, VCHHC098, VCHHC100)