An allegorical examination of race and power, The Survival of Kindness follows a nameless woman (South Australian actor Mwajemi Hussein) as she walks from the desert to the mountains in a nameless country, battling privilege and pestilence, perhaps to find those who once imprisoned her, abandoned her and left her to die. The film premiered at Adelaide Film Festival 2022.
Sarah Snook plays a fertility doctor who believes firmly in life and death, but after noticing the strange behaviour of her young daughter, must challenge her own values and confront a ghost from her past.
PRODUCER: Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw, Olivia Humphrey, Deanne Weir
Teenager Mia becomes hooked on the thrills of conjuring spirits through a disembodied hand, but when she is confronted by a soul claiming to be her dead mother, she becomes plagued by supernatural visions that threaten to splinter her reality and force her to decide who to trust: the dead or the living. The film had its international premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2023 after a preview screening at the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival. European premiere Berlinale 2023. Selected for SXSW 2023.
SELECTED FOR TIFF, SXSW SYDNEY, ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2023 — A thriller inspired by true events, the film follows Hanna (Julia Garner) and Liv (Jessica Henwick) who are best friends backpacking in Australia. After they run out of money, Liv, looking for an adventure, convinces Hanna to take a temporary live-in job behind the bar of a pub called ‘The Royal Hotel’ in a remote Outback mining town. Bar Owner Billy (Hugo Weaving) and a host of locals, including the charming Matty (Toby Wallace), give the girls a riotous introduction to Down Under drinking culture but things turn nasty when their jokes and behaviour cross the line. Soon Hanna and Liv find themselves trapped in an unnerving situation that grows rapidly out of their control.
Simon Baker stars as Travis Hurley, a detective who arrives in a small Australian outback town to investigate a 20-year-old unsolved murder of a local Aboriginal girl. Forming bonds with the victim’s fractured family, Travis unravels a series of hard truths, highlighting the complexities of loss and injustice experienced by First Nations Australians. Filmed in Coober Pedy, South Australia and starring Rob Collins, Natasha Wanganeen (SA), and Nicholas Hope.
PRODUCER: Ivan Sen, David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin, Rachel Higgins
Set in 1940s Australia, The New Boy is the story of a nine-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy (Aswan Reid) who arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery, run by a renegade nun (Cate Blanchett), where his presence disturbs the delicately balanced world in this story of spiritual struggle and the cost of survival. Also stars Deborah Mailman and Wayne Blair, alongside new faces Shane Brady, Tyrique Brady, Laiken Woolmington, Kailem Miller, Kyle Miller, Tyzailin Roderick and Tyler Spencer.
WORLD PREMIERE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2023
PRODUCER: Kath Shelper, Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton, Georgie Pym (co-producer), Coco Francini, Lorenzo De Maio
WORLD PREMIERE AT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2023 — Created by SA artist Nathan Jurevicius, Scarygirl is an adventurous Australian animation following free spirited and cheerful Arkie, who lives with her adoptive octopus father, Blister, on a flourishing, colourful peninsula. Together they help regenerate plant life using their magical tentacles, with the help of friendly mechanical bees powered by sunrays. That’s until space bandits invade and kidnap Blister – so that an evil scientist, Dr Maybee, can use his powers to sap the planet’s lifeforce and discover the key to immortality. Can Arkie rescue Blister in time to save her home from devastation? Based on the acclaimed graphic novel, toy and game brand, and featuring a stellar celebrity voice cast, Scarygirl is a visual treat. Stars the voices of Jillian Nguyen, Sam Neill, Deborah Mailman, Tim Minchin, Anna Torv, Rob Collins.
PRODUCER: Nadine Bates, Sophie Byrne, Ryan Greaves, Kristin Souvlis
In this Stan Original Film two drifters travelling through the outback stumble across the biggest gold nugget ever found, and the dream of immense wealth and greed takes hold. They hatch a plan to protect and excavate their bounty with one man leaving to secure the necessary equipment. The other man remains and must endure the harsh desert climate, preying wolves and intruders, whilst battling the creeping doubt that he has been abandoned to his own fate. Stars Zac Efron, AACTA Award-winning actor and filmmaker Anthony Hayes and award-winning actress Susie Porter.
PRODUCER: John Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, Anthony Hayes
A friendship forms between two strangers. For Henry Teague (Sean Harris), worn down by a lifetime of physical labour, this is a dream come true. His new friend Mark (Joel Edgerton) becomes his saviour and ally. However, neither is who they appear to be, each carry secrets that threaten to ruin them – and in the background, one of the nation’s largest police operations is closing in.
PRODUCER: Rachel Gardner, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Joel Edgerton, Kerry Roberts, Kim Hodgert
IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS 19 OCTOBER, 2023 — Australian rising talent Lily Sullivan (Mental, Picnic at Hanging Rock, I Met A Girl) stars in this thrilling one-hander as a headstrong journalist whose click-baiting investigative podcast uncovers a strange artefact, an alien conspiracy, and the lies at the heart of her own story. MONOLITH is the first feature film production to come out of the SAFC and Adelaide Film Festival’s Film Lab: New Voices initiative and premiered at the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival. International premiere at SXSW 2023.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) enlists the help of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) to fight Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who intends to make the gods extinct.
PRODUCER: Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, David J. Grant
Australia is full of deadly beasts, the one we are about to discover is more deadly than them all. As Australia recovers from unprecedented bushfires, Bailey an aspiring documentary maker joins conservationists Grace and Ben as they travel deep into the Australian outback to track and record animals in the aftermath of the fires. As night falls, the well-equipped trio discover a new terrifying species, which is now intent on tracking and hunting them. Carnifex premiered at Sitges and Adelaide Film Festivals.
Inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise of the same name, this explosive cinematic adventure is the biggest screen production ever shot in South Australia. MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage — or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana — the immense power from within his soul — in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all? Filmed around South Australia including Coober Pedy, Mount Crawford, Port Adelaide, Adelaide city and at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios, this action blockbuster also features PDV work by five South Australian companies: Rising Sun Pictures, Mr X, KOJO, Resin and Artisan Post Group, with titles work by Frame Creative. Stars Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, Chin Han, Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada, Max Huang, Sisi Stringer, Matilda Kimber (SA) and Laura Brent.
PRODUCER: James Wan, Todd Garner, E. Bennett Walsh
This uplifting biopic tells the story of Helen Reddy, the fiercely ambitious Australian singer behind the 1971 megahit anthem that became the rallying cry of the women’s liberation movement. Stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey (SA) as Reddy, Evan Peters, Danielle Macdonald.
When a nursing home stands in the way of a 50-year courtship, four grumpy old Vietnam Vets unite to re-enact the great escape. They may have lost their memory and speed, but these renegades prove it’s never too late for new adventures, even if you have to break rules to break free. Stars Jacki Weaver, James Cromwell, Shane Jacobson, Jack Thompson, Roy Billing and Dennis Waterman.
2067, Earth is on the verge of collapse. After years of doing too little to reverse climate change, plant life is extinct and there is a dramatic reduction in available oxygen. The survival of humanity is threatened by a fatal “oxygen sickness” – as manufactured oxygen, the only source of breathable air, is making millions sick. With no cure in sight, humanity looks to the future, in the hope that people are still alive and have a solution to the O2 crisis. Chronicorp, the world’s leading supplier of synthetic oxygen, has spearheaded this project, building a quantum time machine that pings the future in search of a connection with their descendants. They receive a response: a message from 400 years in the future that simply reads “Send Ethan Whyte”. Unwittingly, Ethan, a reclusive utility worker, barrels into the future as humanity and his sick wife’s last hope. He arrives in a new world… completely alone. As he draws closer to the truth and uncovers an unthinkable conspiracy, he is faced with the ultimate question – who sent the message? And is there a way to save humanity and the woman he loves? Stars Kodi Smit-Mcphee (SA), Ryan Kwanten, Damian Walshe-Howling, Leeanna Walsman, Aaron Glenane, Deborah Mailman.
A coming-of-age story set across the lush wine country of South Australia and Spain, in which a young man explores the nature of father-son relationships and the pathway toward understanding and forgiveness. Stars Paz Vega, Edward James Olmos, Quim Gutierrez, Carmen Maura, Antonio de la Torre, Jessica Marais, Michael Crisafulli.
PRODUCER: Anna Vincent (SA), Hilton Nathanson, Stewart Le Marechal, Anna Mohr-Pietsch, Louise Nathanson
On an outback farm that’s seen hard times, a single mum and her three kids struggle to keep their life together. With Dad recently passed away and Mum slowly losing the plot, it is 14-year-old Hazel who shoulders the burden, managing the failing farm and keeping her younger siblings from careering completely off the rails. They all suspect there won’t be much Christmas joy this year, but when a strange man dressed as Santa Claus crashes a van full of toys onto their property, their world is turned upside down in ways they could never have imagined. Stars Daniel Henshall, Sullivan Stapleton, Ling Cooper Tang, Lena Nankivell (SA), Eaden McGuinness (SA), Tatiana Goode (SA).
Parvin Productions in association with Sterga Productions
Iranian-Australian filmmaker Granaz Moussavi (My Tehran for Sale) returns with the tale of a street-smart boy working to support his family in Kabul. Hewad is an irrepressible kid hustling everything from pomegranate juice to protection from the evil eye. His real ambition is to be a movie star, and this comes a step closer when he meets an Australian photographer. But in a city where it is easy to be “martyred,” the streets are as perilous as they are vivid. This affecting slice-of-life tale is beautifully filmed and wonderfully well performed by a non-professional cast. Based on real events.
From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.
McMahon International Pictures, Meridian Pictures (SA), Anomaly Pictures Pty Ltd (SA)
Karla, a young medical student, is trying to cure her brother, Blake, from a terminal sleep illness called Fatal Familial Insomnia, where you are unable to sleep until you die. On her quest to treat him, a more sinister reason for his condition is revealed. Stars Erik Thomson, Sara West, Benson Jack Anthony.
After a decade of partying, Laura and Tyler’s friendship is strained by Laura’s new love and her focus on her novel. A snapshot of a modern woman with competing desires, at once a celebration of female friendship and an examination of the choices we make when facing a crossroads. Stars Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee, Dermot Murphy.
In the wake of humanity’s extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news. Stars Clara Rugaard, Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne.
Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way, she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. Stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr.
PRODUCER: Kristina Ceyton, Steve Hutensky, Jennifer Kent, Bruna Papandrea
Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding. Stars Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox.
PRODUCER: Rosemary Blight, Kate Croser (SA), Kylie Du Fresne
When a highly successful retired businessman, Michael Kingley, starts to see things he at first can’t explain, his life takes a dramatic turn. And when his grand-daughter rebels against her father, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and to act to prevent her going down a similar path to one he took years before. He tells her his story, when as a boy he lived a lonely existence with his father, Hideaway Tom, on an isolated coastline and how a bond with an orphaned pelican, Mr. Percival, changed his life forever. Stars Geoffrey Rush, Finn Little, Jai Courtney.
American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
PRODUCER: Peter Chernin, James Mangold, Jenno Topping
DIRECTOR: James Mangold
WRITER: Jez Butterworth, John Henry-Butterworth, Jason Keller
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure ever: high school. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots, Diego, a mysterious jungle inhabitant, and a ragtag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.
PRODUCER: Kristin Burr
DIRECTOR: James Bobin
WRITER: Nicholas Stoller, Matthew Robinson, Chris Gifford
While visiting Australia, English actor, Henry, and his French girlfriend Sophie, stay with Adelaide couple Ronnie and Jeff. What should be a fun break, quickly descends into paranoia, bitter recriminations and truly appalling behaviour. In the end, ‘real Australia’ has had enough and lets them know it. The Flip Side pitches a young Australian couple against the visitors from hell, an insufferable European duo operating with the confidence of the anointed. Stars Eddie Izzard, Emily Taheny, Tina Bursill, Hugh Sheridan.
Cyan Films Pty Ltd (SA), A Hamilton and Electric Pictures Production, Double Guess Productions
26 November 2008. A wave of devastating terror attacks throughout Mumbai catapult the bustling Indian metropolis into chaos. In the heart of the city’s tourist district, Jihadist terrorists lay siege to the iconic Taj Palace Hotel, whose guests and staff become trapped in a heroic, days long fight for survival. Stars Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey (SA), Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs.
PRODUCER: Julie Ryan (SA), Mike Gabrawy, Gary Hamilton, Basil Iwanyk, Jomon Thomas, Andrew Ogilvie
Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West) disappeared.
Carrie, an attractive veterinarian accepts an invitation from her fiancée, a best-selling author, for a long weekend away. When she senses something is terribly wrong she decides to leave only to find herself trying to escape the house into a desolate forest fearing for her life and fighting against a psychopathic killer. Stars Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Rob MacPherson.
Cargo is a dual father/daughter love story, unfolding against the backdrop of a deadly outbreak. In a desperate attempt to outrun a violent pandemic, a father stranded in rural Australia has 48 hours to find a new home for his one-year-old daughter after being infected. Stars Simone Landers, Martin Freeman, Marlee Jane McPherson-Dobbins, Susie Porter.
PRODUCER: Kristina Ceyton, Sam Jennings, Mark Patterson
Almost a year after her identical twin disappears, 25-year-old medical student Maude Ashton is haunted by visions of her abduction. Convinced she is still alive, Maude follows the clues to a derelict caravan park where she discovers her fate is intrinsically linked to that of her sister. Stars Alex Russell, Adelaide Clemens, Veerle Baetens.
Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Stars Hamilton Morris, Shanika Cole, Ewen Leslie.
Rex is a cab driver who has never left Broken Hill in his life. When he discovers he doesn’t have long to live, he decides to drive through the heart of the country to Darwin, where he’s heard he will be able to die on his own terms; but along the way he discovers that before you can end your life you’ve got to live it, and to live it you’ve got to learn to share it. Stars Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford, Mark Coles Smith.
Hardened farmer and devoted family man, Adam Wilson, after discovering the last of his livestock have been mauled to death on his farm by a pack of wild dogs, can do nothing but watch as his dreams of continuing the family business are shattered. Furthermore, the arrival of a bank representative at their farmhouse door announcing the foreclosure of their mortgage couldn’t come at a worse time. Angry and defiant, Adam sees the banker off his property, reassuring his saddened wife Carla and their two children Sophia and Kyle that they aren’t going anywhere. But shortly after darkness falls, unsuspecting shadows begin to lurk outside their farmhouse. A pack of wild dogs are preparing to close in, thirsty for blood and ready to attack…Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters with the pack of vicious beasts, Adam and Carla, in survival mode, are forced to protect their two children to make it through the night. Will they make it out alive? Or will they fall victim to…THE PACK! Stars Jack Campbell, Anna Lise Phillips, Katie Moore.
Real Estate agent Frank Mollard doesn’t like to admit it, even to himself, but he’s in a bit of a rut. He’s recently divorced, has a fractious relationship with his fourteen year old son Frank Jnr and at best he’s treading water at work. Then, one night, he gets a phone call from his dead mother. Stars Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke.
Girl Asleep is adapted from the Windmill Theatre play of the same name. It is the story of Greta Driscoll, a chronically shy girl who is privately falling apart. On the cusp of turning 15, she can’t bear to leave her childhood, containing as it does all the things that give her comfort in the increasingly unstable and incomprehensible new world. Downstairs her birthday party is about to kick off and she must draw on all her strength to venture there and face the music. As the events of the night unfold, going from bad to even worse, a stranger arrives and sends Greta into a parallel place: a latent world that’s weirdly erotic, ultra violent and thoroughly ludicrous. It is there that she will find herself. Stars Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Amber McMahon.
Influenced by horror films dubbed the “New French Extremity”, Inner Demon starts off as a serial killer abduction thriller and finishes up as a supernatural revenge film. Teenager Sam Durelle and her younger sister, Maddy are home alone when a knock at the door leads Sam down the road to terror. Abducted by a serial killer couple, Sam manages to escape and find refuge in an isolated farmhouse only to discover it is home to greater horrors and a malevolent spirit. Trapped in the house, Sam is propelled into a struggle for survival, one that will push her to the limits not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually.
The Infinite Man is a time travel comedy-romance about a man whose attempts to construct the ultimate romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover in an infinite loop. Stars Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades.
Porchlight Films Pty Ltd in association with Lava Bear Films LLC
10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey. Stars Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy.
Touch is a haunting mystery that unfolds layer by layer about Dawn, and her daughter Steph, who take to the road after Dawn assaults a man. Hiding out in a secluded motel, Dawn is desperate to keep her daughter hidden yet entertains a risky sexual liaison with a local cop, Nick, by night. Dawn is hiding from something far greater than her words or actions reveal and when the man tracking her closes in, her past finally catches up with her and a shattering truth is revealed, forcing her to go to the one place she doesn’t want to face. Stars Matt Day, Leeanna Walsman, Onor Nottle.
16-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to 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 exploration of desire, responsibility and transformation. Stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Sam Althuizen, Imogen Archer.
Travis, a thirty-something psychiatrist haunted by the death of a patient, is fired from his job at the hospital after attacking a patient. On the train he meets a mysterious girl named Grace, who invites him to a special church run by a charismatic leader, Father Jay. In search of answers Travis is led deeper and deeper into the hidden world of an isolated cult where he must face his demons and ultimately redeem himself.
The Dead Speak Back journeys through a surreal world of secrets, songs and shadows of the nearly departed, a deepening mystery of a victim of crime disappeared. But at what point do we fall into the mystery too far?
From director John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) comes TRACKS, which tells the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) who begins to photograph her voyage. The film, adapted from Davidson’s own memoirs, was produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame).
Blackfella Charlie is getting older, and he’s out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don’t generally make much sense, and Charlie’s kin and ken 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. Stars David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford.
In an abandoned theatre, with the stage itself the puppet-master, five disparate men have disappeared from their complicated adult lives to play at being forever young in ‘Neverland’. It is a magical, parallel universe game – a no-holds barred struggle to stay eternally young – or die trying. Stars Mark Leonard Winter, Amber Matson, Stephen Armstrong.
PRODUCER: Jo Dyer (SA), Stephen Armstrong, Robert Connolly
Reg and Lindsay run an organic fertiliser business. They need a fresh supply of their “secret ingredient” to process through the meat grinder. Reg comes across two guys and a girl with a broken-down vehicle on their way to a music festival. Stars Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan.
Open inspection at the house-for-sale in the quiet, leafy neighbourhood…Max, science teacher, and Therese, tax accountant, decide that here is the house for them. Unsuspecting, they buy and move in, finding a nice family on one side and, well, “interesting” on the other. But interesting soon becomes loud, and loud soon becomes intolerable and when the intolerable becomes the violent, and the police are powerless to do anything, and the community lawyer suggests ear plugs, Max and Therese are forced to try and solve the problem of the neighbour from hell themselves…and end up with a corpse on their hands. But even that’s not the worst of it, because the corpse from hell has friends…and even worse, enemies… Stars Roman Vaculik, Michaela Cantwell, Lily Adey.
The hardest person to forgive is yourself. Karen is a beautiful young woman with a dark past. 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 Aboriginal women like herself. With the support of her new community of friends, Karen begins the painful 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.
Along with the creative team behind Samson and Delilah, including producer Kath Shelper and cinematographer Warwick Thornton, director Beck Cole (First Australians) has marked out a place as one of our most important young filmmakers. Set and shot in and around Port Adelaide, her debut feature is a moving story of the strength and resilience of Aboriginal women.
Stars Shai Pittman, Marcia Langton, Quinaiha Scott.
Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master. Stars Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol.
When sixteen-year-old Jamie is introduced to a charismatic man, a friendship begins. As the relationship grows so do Jamie’s suspicions, until he finds his world threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his newfound father-figure John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer. Stars Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris.
A suitcase of money, a woman, two men; a lot can happen in the middle of nowhere. Driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin plays it safe when he has car problems and takes a short cut to a one horse town. But as luck would have it, he comes across a fatal road accident. One of the drivers, Jina, is shaken, the other dead and beside him, a briefcase full of money. When Colin resists temptation and does the right thing, turning it into the local cop, his good deed causes a series of fateful events to unfold. Stars Jason Clarke, Emma Booth, David Lyons.
A tender story about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou and her grandfather. Not long after Lou’s father walks out of her life, her irascible and befuddled grandfather crashes in. But when Doyle comes to stay, Lou discovers, against all her expectations, the healing power of love. Stars John Hurt, Lily Bell Tindley, Emily Barclay.
PRODUCER: Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Belinda Chayko, Michael McMahon, Liz Watts
A supernatural thriller about a group of teenagers menaced by a driver-less train in the Australian outback. Stars Bob Morley, Sophie Lowe, Georgina Haig, Xavier Samuel.
Winner – Australian Cinematographers Society NSW and ACT Highly Commended Features – Cinema
Winner – Melbourne Underground Film Festival Special Jury Award
Winner – Screen Music Awards Australia, Best Soundtrack Album
Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunite the children involved – now adults living mostly in Australia – with their parents in Britain. Stars Emily Watson, Aisling Loftus, Stuart Wolfenden.
A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While back home, Ned starts having memories of his beautiful twin sister and himself when they were children. These memories awaken long-buried secrets from the family’s past.
The Boys Are Back is a confessional tale of fatherhood. It follows witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter Joe Warr who, in the wake of his wife’s death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. Joe throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he thinks has a shot at bringing joy back into their lives: “just say yes”. Raising two boys – a curious six year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage – in a household devoid of feminine influence, and with a lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless, and on the constant verge of disaster. The three multi-generational boys of the Warr household, father and sons alike, must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up. Stars Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser.
Shot in Adelaide in 2007, Beautiful, the feature debut of Kojo Pictures tells the story of Sunshine Hills, which on the surface appears to be much the same as any other Australian suburb, but within its living rooms and bedrooms many secrets, mysteries and myths are whispered. Stars Deborra-Lee Furness, Peta Wilson, Aaron Jeffery.
Based on Georgia Blain’s critically acclaimed novel, this locally produced film showcases an impressive performance by international music star Natalie Imbruglia in her first leading role. Closed for Winter tells the story of one woman’s journey to overcome the events of the past and to find a way to move on. It is a story of dark secrets and the power of and celebration of letting go.
Also known as “Dark Frontier”, Lucky Country places the fear of the bush, of being outmatched by something larger than yourself, back at the centre of Australian culture, suggesting the tenuous way that Australians might ever claim to be at home in this landscape. One day, your luck runs out… When three strange men arrive at an impoverished farm with rumours of gold, a young family discover that home is no longer the safest place to hide. Stars Aden Young, Helmut Bakaitis and Robert Menzies.
Winner – Australian Cinematographers Society NSW and ACT Silver Award for Feature Film
Shot on location in Iran, produced by Julie Ryan and Kate Croser of South Australian production company Cyan Films and written, produced and directed by Granaz Moussavi, My Tehran for Sale is the story of Marzieh, a young actress living in Tehran. The authorities ban her theatre work and, like all young people in Iran, she is forced to lead a secret life in order to express herself artistically. At an underground rave, she meets Iranian-born Saman, now an Australian citizen, who offers her a way out of her country and the possibility of living without fear. Stars Marzieh Vafamehr, Amir Chegini, Asha Mehrabi.
PRODUCER: Julie Ryan (SA), Kate Croser (SA), Granaz Moussavi
Natalie and Ross struggle to stay in the middle class in a Melbourne suburb, with their son and daughter, 12 and 7. Their lives are upended one August day when Natalie faints during a routine medical checkup: it’s an aneurysm followed by major surgery, convalescence, and a doctor’s advice to avoid heavy lifting, straining on the toilet, stifled sneezes, and orgasms. Over the next year, we watch the family in vignettes, one each month: domestic frustrations, a tempting colleague, Christmas, a pet fish, a holiday, a church choir and conversations about God, a chicken hawk, a birthday party, football games, and fears that another aneurysm is just a sneeze away. Stars Portia Bradley, Jonathan Segat, Sacha Horler.
A western boy. A Chinese girl. An ancient emperor and his daughter’s secret… and a Chinese dragon. Modern times, and Josh and Ling uncover a Chinese dragon that has been hidden for thousands of years, waiting for the time when it can be reunited with its magical pearl of power and wisdom.
After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics. Stars John Malkovich, Natalie Becker, Jessica Haines.
PRODUCER: Steve Jacobs, Anna-Maria Monticelli, Emile Sherman
The story of a father’s desperate struggle to reunite his estranged family over the course of a single afternoon. Stars Richard Green, Tammy Anderson, Syd Brisbane.
Winner – Montreal Festival of New Cinema Acting Award (Richard Green)
Winner – Montreal Festival of New Cinema Special Mention (Kriv Stenders)
PRODUCER: Kristian Moliere, Wayne Lewis, Shane McNeil
Based on the classic Michael Noonan novel, December Boys is the story of four orphan teenagers growing up behind the closed doors of a catholic convent in outback Australia. One summer the boys, who have grown to be the closest of friends, find themselves competing for the attention of the same family. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Lee Cormie.
A scientist & inventor in 1907, Dr Plonk, predicts that the world will end in 101 years, unless something is done about it. A comedy in the Charlie Chaplin / Buster Keaton tradition. Stars Nigel Martin, Paul Blackwell, Magda Szubanski.
A touching and uplifting story of a young girl’s relationship with her imaginary friends and the impact this has on her family and a whole town. Stars Sapphire Blossom, Christian Byers, Vince Colosimo.
PRODUCER: Lizie Gower, Nick Morris and Emile Sherman
At 2:37, someone commits suicide in the school lavatory. The day is told up to that point from the viewpoint of six different students. The privately financed feature directorial debut of Murali K Thalluri. Stars Teresa Palmer, Frank Sweet, Sam Harris.
Winner – ACS SA/WA Gold Award for Feature Productions – Cinema (Nick Remy Matthews)
PRODUCER: Kent Smith, Murali K Thalluri, Nick Matthews
With his wife and small son, John leaves the city to claim his inheritance, a small shack. But in this strange backwoods, John’s behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre as he crosses the path of locals, some of whom he knows from a distant past. Stars Michael Baldwin, Don Barker, Craig Behenna.
It is the distant past, tribal times. Dayindi (played by Jamie Gulpilil, son of the great David Gulpilil) covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way, he is told a story from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, bungling mayhem and revenge gone wrong. In English storytelling (by David Gulpilil) and subtitled Ganalbingu language, this is a film unlike any you have ever seen. Stars Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin.
Shot in the Northern Territory and post produced in South Australia.
PRODUCER: Julie Ryan, Rolf de Heer, Domenico Procacci
An evocative, gentle drama set in a small seaside township. It explores the themes of belonging, loss and the need to connect – all through the eyes of Emily, a teenage girl. Stars Victoria Thaine, Jamie Black, Susie Porter.
Poker, Spasm and Blue Flame are trying to escape the law, school, parents, their demons and a couple of criminals to realise their burning ambition: to meet world class skating champion, Tony Hawk and compete in his skating competition.
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local. Stars John Jarratt, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi.
Deeply ensconced in a top-secret military program, three pilots struggle to bring an artificial intelligence program under control … before it initiates the next world war. Stars Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx.
PRODUCER: Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Neal Moritz, Laura Ziskin
A stunning debut film from award-winning animator Sarah Watt, Look Both Ways follows four people over one weekend, as they deal with a life-changing event which leaves them questioning their right to happiness. Stars Mary Kostakidis, Justine Clarke, Daniela Farinacci, William McInnes.
Human Touch tells the story of Anna (Jacqueline McKenzie), a singer who reclaims her desire when she agrees to pose nude for photographs taken by wealthy connoisseur, Edward (Chris Haywood). Anna is drawn more and more into Edward’s world.
After a near death experience, five boys, all devoted AC/DC fans, make a pact to bury whoever dies first next to their idol, the band’s former lead singer the late Bon Scott. Stars Damon Gameau, Stephen Curry, Ryan Johnson.
Set in South Australia’s Riverland, Peaches is the story of teenage girl, Stephanie (Emma Lung), who is brought up by her aunt Jude (Jacqueline McKenzie) after having survived the crash that killed her parents. On her birthday she begins work at the local cannery under foreman Alan (Hugo Weaving) and is given her late mother’s diary, which allows Steph to understand her legacy and re-create her vision of the world.
Winner – ASSG Best Sound Recording (John Wilkinson)
A meat worker is accidentally nominated to run for Parliament and realises that to save the meat works he has to get elected. All that stands in his way is every other politician in the country and his own fear of public speaking. Stars Kevin Harrington, Alan Cassell, Shaun Micallef.
Two childhood friends, a New York hairstylist and a would-be musician, get caught up with the mob and are forced to deliver $50,000 to Australia, but things go haywire when the money is lost to a wild kangaroo. Stars Anthony Anderson, Jerry O’Connell, Estella Warren.
Leanne trains to be a teacher in 1971, but she is more interested in seeing life through the lens of her camera. When a visiting American hip poet comes to town and urges everyone to seek out the light, she is not sure if life will ever be the same. Stars Pia Miranda, Sacha Horler, Brett Stiller.
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. Stars Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil, Ningali Lawford Wolf, Deborah Mailman.
PRODUCER: John Winter, Phillip Noyce, Christine Olsen
A dramatized documentary about Daisy Bates, who promoted herself as a protector of Aboriginal Australian welfare and culture, but whose life was filled with lies and controversy. Stars Lynne Murphy, Mary Regan.
Sixteen-year old Gary Black helps his football team win the championship by accident, falls in love with a beautiful Aboriginal girl from the local mission, and is caught in a terrible conflict with the local community. Stars Nathan Phillips, Luke Carroll, Lisa Flanagan.
When a white woman is murdered in 1920s Australia, a police officer ventures into the outback with an indigenous tracker and a small crew in search of the Aboriginal fugitive accused of the crime. As the pursuit through the dangerous territory drags on, tensions begin to rise between the crew members. Filmed entirely on location in the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in South Australia’s northern Flinders Ranges. Stars David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau.
Based on a real-life courtroom drama in Adelaide that went as far as the Privy Council in London, Black and White tells of how two young lawyers embark on a battle to save alleged murderer Max Stuart in a case that has far-reaching consequences, both for themselves and Australian society of the 1950s. Stars Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, Colin Friels.
A musical drama based on the true story of a young girl who is so entranced by the beauty of the moon that she vanishes while following it. Her father refuses to allow an Aboriginal tracker to assist in the search, and the tracker watches helplessly as the search party stamps her every trace to dust. Stars Kaarin Fairfax, Paul Kelly, Kelton Pell.
PRODUCER: Aanya Whitehead, Paul Humfress, Kevin Lucas
Australian International Pictures/Kojo Productions
Seeking solace after the premature death of her father, Amanda (Natalie Laing) embarks on a passionate affair with a visiting artist Michael (Ryan Miller), much to the disappointment of her long time boyfriend Tom (Scott Corfield). Matters take a strange twist when Tom befriends Michael as both of them seek to make sense of Amanda’s behaviour. What follows is a summer of love, as Amanda surrenders to her desires with both lovers, an arrangement tested by the unexpected arrival of Amanda’s mother, followed by the appearance of sultry rival, Briana (Bree Maddox). Summer of Love is a bold story that seeks to extend the boundaries of love.
When a teenage boy learns that his mother has taken a job on a remote island off mainland Australia, he is shattered that he must leave his friends and girlfriend and come with them. Stars Bryan Marshall, Celine O’Leary, Shimon Moore.
Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry. Stars Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore.
Visual FX work done in South Australia by Rising Sun Pictures.
PRODUCER: Bruce Berman, Mark Canton, Jorge Saralegui
A retired musician (Charles “Bud” Tingwell) renews his relationship with his first true love (Julia Blake), 50 years after they shared a passionate love affair in post-war Belgium. A poignant homage to the human spirit.
A man is forced to confront a dangerous female jaguar and his own past through the sacrificial killing of the beast he has grown to love. Stars Richard Dreyfuss, Timothy Spall, Hugo Weaving.
Winner – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Winner – IF Award for Best Editing
Years after the original director was killed during the filming of a low-budget thriller, a crew of film students set out to finish where she left off. When the filming begins, so too do the killings. Stars Molly Ringwald, Frank Roberts, Kylie Minogue.
PRODUCER: Bill Bennett, Jennifer Bennett, Martin Fabinyi
Young Blades follows D’artagnan (Hugh Dancy), a young arrogant swordsman; Radegonde (Sarah-Jane Potts), a clever girl he meets in the woods; and a trio of Musketeers as they attempt to thwart a plot to send France and Spain into war.
Ruth’s been brainwashed by a guru in Delhi, India. Her parents in Sydney hire a specialist in reversing this. Ruth is tricked to return to Australia and is isolated in an outback cabin with the specialist. It gets messy. Stars Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton .
Two married anthropologists go to an island off of Papua New Guinea for field research. Stars Rufus Sewell, Martin Donovan, Maya Stange.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Sound
Winner – AFI Award for Best Original Music Score
Winner – Australian Screen Sound Guild Award for Best Achievement in Foley in a Feature Film
Winner – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Cinematography
Winner – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Music Score
Winner – Hawaii International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Perry (Linus Roache) is a successful designer who develops colours for a British paint company, but his life is plagued by bizarre disasters. After his wife is killed in a freak accident, Perry heads to Australia both to escape his everyday life and search for an elusive new colour. While Down Under, he meets Grace (Danielle Cormack), a beautiful woman also trying to get away from a problematic personal life, and the two begin to fall for each other.
A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur. Stars Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel.
After a botched bank job, a gang takes hostage a Japanese girl on the run from an arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheel man saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with cops, the gang and her psycho husband on their tail. Stars Russell Crowe, Yûki Kudô, Kenji Isomura.
After a robbery scam that goes bad, lovers Nikki and Al take off into the Australian outback, pursued by the police and a malevolent footballer named Zipper Doyle, and meet a number of offbeat characters.
An intergalactic love story about a woman from the stars who lands in the outback to teach a traveller about the harmony of the universe, while he helps her understand the nature of love. Stunning cinematography and technical effects from Adelaide-based company Digital Arts make for complex time-lapse images which arrest the eyes as well as the mind.
Rosie (Cate Blanchett) returns to her home city on the death of her father, a former policeman (Tony Martin). His diaries hint at corruption, and she also receives hints and veiled threats which support her suspicions. Rosie puzzles about who he was, and about her early life and relationship to him.
After succumbing to the pressure of his father’s obsessive love and the fierce competition of the concert world as a child prodigy, David Helfgott makes a new beginning in London inspired by his passion for music and the woman he loves. Stars Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, Sir John Gielgud, Armin Mueller Stahl, Noah Taylor.
Winner – Academy Award for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Winner – Golden Globe for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Winner – BAFTA for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Winner – SAG Awards for Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Harry Dare (John Moore) is a shambolic Adelaide private investigator. He’s still not certain why he’s in the business; perhaps to understand his father’s disappearance, 20 years earlier. But now Harry’s got a real case: who stole his father’s old Kombi van, nicked (oddly) just after Harry finished restoring it? Director Vellis’ detective yarn both delights in the idea of a Kaurna Aboriginal man making ends meet as a private eye and in how Harry’s crime-solving smarts seem to grow directly from his resilience as an Indigenous Australian.
Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins. Stars Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill.
PRODUCER: Rolf de Heer, Domenico Procacci, Giorgio Draskovic
After finding religion during a particularly trying stint behind bars, reformed criminal Jack Tyson and his new wife, Alison become the sole inhabitants of a power plant in the rugged Australian outback, where the two build a pious life together far from negative influences. But the Tysons’ peaceful routine is threatened when the arrival of a new employee, Tom Whitton, ignites Jack’s religious fervor, and slowly begins to draw out his darker impulses. Stars Tim Roth, Jim Holt, Odile Le Clezio.
In 1999, Claire’s life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts travelling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented. Stars William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Pietro Falcone, Sam Neill.
John “Dingo” Anderson spends his days in the vast sun-scorched Australian outback. By night he sits alone playing his trumpet reminiscing about the day, 20 years ago, when he met and played with the legendary trumpet player, Billy Cross. Ever since that first meeting, Dingo has dreamed of nothing but playing with his idol in Paris. Now is the time to make the dream come true. Stars Colin Friels, Miles Davis, Helen Buday.
PRODUCER: Rolf de Heer, Giorgio Draskovic, Marc Rosenberg, Marie Pascale Osterrieth
Gary Young has his share of problems with women. His ex-wife is threatening his financial well-being in a bitter divorce settlement and his relationship with his girlfriend is suffering irrevocable damage. Then Gary meets Anna. She’s attractive, exotic and outrageous. The chance encounter erupts into a brief affair. But when Gary’s ex-wife is found murdered he becomes ensnared in a terrifying web of deceit. Stars James Healey, Anne Looby, Melissa Docker.
An Australian political satire about Canberra MP Diane Lane, her married lover, Minister for Health Barry Robbins, her journalist best friend Louise Parker, and her own ambitions to become Australia’s first female Prime Minister. Stars Diane Craig, Gary Day, Lynne Williams.
A doctor treats a sick Aboriginal man who has defied a tribal taboo by visiting a sacred cave. The doctor soon finds herself having disturbing dreams, and involved in a 200-year-old mystery. Stars Arthur Dignam, Penny Cook, Gary Sweet.
One of Craig Lahiff’s stylish thrillers, this one centring on a cop who kills a drug runner, takes the cash and goes on the run, pursued by his wife and her lover. A little seen but very atmospheric film noir, with strong character performances. Stars Bill Hunter, Gary Sweet, Mary Regan.
Ex-convict Eddie Cleary gets a job working on his brothers isolated farm. Soon strange incidents have birds dropping from the sky, pets attacking owners, apparitions and a general sense of dread in the town. Stars Steven Vidler, Celine O’Leary, Ritchie Singer.
A teenager returns to live with his pilot father after years apart. When the father’s plane crashes in the mountains, he must rely on his Brooklyn-raised son to get him out alive. Stars Bruno Lawrence, Rodney Harvey, Arna-Maria Winchester.
In a futuristic city besieged by murderous cyborgs, Ballard (Tom Burlinson) decides he must go back in time if humanity is to have any chance of survival. With his cohorts Annie (Nikki Coghill) and Petra (Carrie Fisher), he journeys to 1980s Australia to search for the key to help them defeat their destined robotic overlords.
In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock. Stars Peter Phelps, Nick Waters, John Larking.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Original Music Score (Mario Millo)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Sound (Lloyd Carrick, Craig Carter, Peter Burgess, James Currie, Phil Heywood)
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town’s queen. Stars Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence.
PRODUCER: George Miller, Terry Hayes, Doug Mitchell
Run Chrisie Run is a thriiling game of cat and mouse. Chrissie (Annie Jones) and her mother Eve (Carmen Duncan) suddenly become the prey of a group of international terrorists. As they run for their lives, Chrissie learns the terrible secrets of her mother’s past and the shocking identity of her real father.
A disillusioned youth obsessed by fantasies of material wealth steals a Porsche and, with his girlfriend in tow, leads the authorities on a cross-country chase. A local entry into the road movie genre, with excellent stuntwork, high-speed chases and an atmospheric soundtrack. Stars Jon Blake, Candy Raymond, Jad Capelja.
A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot, walks out of the wreckage. He doesn’t remember the crash, but 300 passengers and crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers. Stars Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten.
During the Boer War, three Australian soldiers are court martialed and found guilty of murdering civilian prisoners. Based on true incidents surrounding the British Army’s need to find political scapegoats, the script, direction and performances give this Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film an outstanding emotional impact. Stars Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Film
Winner – AFI Award for Best Director
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor (Jack Thompson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Bryan Brown)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Cinematography (Don McAlpine)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay
Winner – AFI Award for Best Sound
Winner – AFI Award for Best Production Design
Winner – AFI Award for Best Costume Design.
Winner – Cannes Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Award (Jack Thompson)
A powerful anti-war statement is made in this Golden Globe nominated film about the mateship between two Australian lads who meet during a race, join the Lighthorse regiment, and become a part of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. Stars Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Film
Winner – AFI Award for Best Director (Peter Weir)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Mel Gibson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Bill Hunter)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Screenplay (David Williamson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Sound (Don Connolly, Greg Bell, Peter Fenton)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Achievement in Editing (William M. Anderson)
Winner – AFI Award for Best Acheivement in Cinematography (Russel Boyd)
Winner – ACS Award for Cinematographer of the year (Russel Boyd)
Winner – Australian Writers’ Guild Awgie Award for Feature Film – Original
A commercial pilot, fired from his job for philandering, soars again when he starts a new career with a tiny airline in this bawdy, rollicking comedy in the “Alvin Purple” tradition. Stars Graeme Blundell, Robin Stewart, Deborah Gray.
Based on David Williamson’s play, The Club offers a nostalgic view of the passionate game of Australian Rules football, in which boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field. Stars Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Frank Wilson.
Biopic of Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser and her quest to become an Olympic champion, following her life from the triumphs of record-breaking swims and her conflicts with sporting officialdom to the eventual breakdown of her marriage. Stars Bronwyn Mackay-Payne, Ron Haddrick, Bunney Brooke.
Winner – Australian Writers’ Guild Awgie Award for Feature Film – Original
A young couple living in a campus apartment complex are repeatedly harassed by an eccentric plumber who subjects them to a series of bizarre mind games while making unnecessary repairs to their bathroom. Stars Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, Robert Coleby.
Based on the children’s novel by celebrated South Australian author Colin Thiele this coming-of-age film set in the tuna fishing town of Port Lincoln, west of Adelaide, sees a boy try to win the respect of his domineering fisherman father. The son’s skills and endurance are put to the test when father and ship are disabled in a storm.
An armoured car company is the target of repeated heists. Company leadership is enforcing new measures in order to tighten security. The biggest danger of a new heist lies from within the company’s own ranks. Stars Terence Donovan, Tony Bonner, Ed Devereaux.
A Sydney lawyer defends five Aboriginal Persons in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions. Stars Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil.
The moving story of a father who discovers that his 12-year-old son is dying of leukemia and is determined to make the last days of his son’s life as happy as possible by granting him three wishes. Stars John Meillon, Robert Bettles, Michael Craig.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Actor (John Meillon)
A young boy living a lonely existence with his reclusive fisherman father amid the sand dunes on the south coast of South Australia befriends a pelican before meeting a young Aboriginal man who educates him in the ways of nature. Stars Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil.
Winner – AFI Award for Best Film
Winner – Australian Writers’ Guild Awgie Award for Feature Film
A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.
Winner of Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Selected for Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight.
Winner of Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Selected for Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight.
During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls’ school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. Stars Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray.
Winner – BAFTA for Best Cinematography
Winner – Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Feature Film
Winner – Taormina International Film Festival Golden Charybdis (Peter Weir)