NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

An emotional, gripping film that makes you want to stand up and shout

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by KEN LOACH. Written by PAUL LAVERTY

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Nocturnal Animals is a cautionary tale about coming to terms with the choices that we make as we move through life and of the consequences that our decisions may have. In an increasingly disposable culture where everything including our relationships can be so easily tossed away, this is a story of loyalty, dedication and of love. It is a story of the isolation that we all feel, and of the importance of valuing the personal connections in life that sustain us – Tom Ford
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THE REVENANT

THE REVENANT
"Stunning! THE REVENANT is gritty, primal, completely riveting and will probably win every award going, it has my vote" ... Naomi Rossdeutscher

I took my Mum and she loved it too, we fancied watching it again the very next day, so you see it's not a blokes-only film at all. The Director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, has made some of the best cinema in recent years, including directing one of my favorite films, BIUTIFUL, with Javier Bardem, plus 21 GRAMS with Naomi Watts and Benecio del Toro. His films are unique with strong, passionate characters, and mystical elements.

SYNOPSIS

Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu brings the legend of Hugh Glass to the screen with an epic adventure set in the unchartered 19th century American Frontier. While on an expedition into the wilderness, explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is attacked & abandoned. Near death, Glass undertakes an incredible 200-mile journey through a vast, icy wild West on the trail of fellow fur trader John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). He discovers inner strength and resilience to the brutality of man, animal and nature as he struggles for survival.

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SISTERS

SISTERS
"Funniest film I've seen in a long while, and not just a giggle here and there,  SISTERS cracked me up from start to finish and it was not just me, I heard unbridled guffawing from the audience too." ... Naomi Rossdeutscher

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house.  Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. 

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BY THE SEA

"A cool, laid back film which is visually gorgeous." ... Naomi Rossdeutscher
 BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE PITT in By the Sea. Photo by Merrick Morton

BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE PITT in By the Sea. Photo by Merrick Morton

In a time when audiences are well versed in the fast cut movies, with stories that start on the run and don't let up until the end, where characters change completely from start to finish and every word and scene must move the story forward and never repeat itself, BY THE SEA, really stands apart. It's a brave film, very European in style and fascinating, I really enjoyed it. If you go into the film prepared to sit back and let the story unwind slowly you just might love this film too.

The stunning location alone is worth seeing and then of course it's tantalizing, watching Angelina and Brad together. Putting the voyeurism aside, although it is within theme, the story looks at an intriguing couple, struggling with grief, love and failure, who arrive at a romantic seaside hotel to work through their pain.

 Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Pitt in BY THE SEA. photo by merrick morton. Universal pictures

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Pitt in BY THE SEA. photo by merrick morton. Universal pictures

By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience, By the Sea is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s. “This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance,” said Jolie Pitt.

Jolie Pitt is joined behind the scenes by a key crew that includes cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer Jon Hutman (Unbroken); editor Patricia Rommel (The Lives of Others); and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Pitt joins her in production duties, while Chris Brigham (Inception), Holly Goline (Unbroken) and Michael Vieira (Unbroken) serve as executive producers.

BY THE SEA IS OUT NOW!

CINESURFER - ONLINE FILM STREAMING

Where do you see Australian short films after they have done the rounds of festivals? Quality, professional Aussie movies are being made through hard work, sweat and tears and audiences desperately seeking fresh new content. CINESURFER will launch a new online film streaming platform to help filmmakers find an audience, get feedback on their movies and move their careers forward. And audiences can enjoy these hidden gems, connect with the filmmakers and become part of the ride. You can follow the growth of CINESURFER and make contact early, if you're keen to see some of the best Australian films online

LOVE THE COOPERS

Love The Coopers is a warm and funny Christmas movie with a great ensemble cast, including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde and the voice of Steve Martin. It's light and fluffy, very American and very enjoyable.

 LOVE THE COOPERS

LOVE THE COOPERS

The Cooper family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. With her marriage on the rocks, Charlotte Cooper (Diane Keaton) has just one wish – to bring the whole family together for one last perfect Christmas, but Charlotte’s husband Sam (John Goodman) wants to use the opportunity to rekindle the spark in their relationship. There is romance between their daughter Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) and a soldier (Jake Lacy) she meets at the airport. Charlotte’s sister Emma (Marisa Tomei) has a run-in with the law and her son Hank (Ed Helms) struggles with unemployment, while his 16 year-old son awkwardly navigates his way through his first crush.

 Jake Lacy and Olivia Wilde in love the coopers

Jake Lacy and Olivia Wilde in love the coopers

Director Jessie Nelson says “The Coopers want to get through the night without anybody in the family knowing what’s really going on in their individual lives, and hopefully buying the idealised version of themselves that they are all presenting. What they do get is much better – truth, real connection and intimacy.”

Nelson continues: “It’s all those ghosts of Christmases past that visit us through memory. We bring so many memories to the holidays. We’re either worrying about the past or projecting our fears of the future. We’re often not in the moment. I think everyone will see the insanity of their own family in this film!”

Rating: PG     107 minutes    Out Now

THE ROVER

A fascinating film, tonally like THE ROAD

 Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in THE ROVER

Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in THE ROVER

After the success of his first feature, ANIMAL KINGDOM, talented new director, David Michod, had a range of scripts to choose from, but he chose one of his own, "THE ROVER." He put together a stellar cast fronted by Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce and once again he was Produced by Liz Watts of Porchlight Films.

The Rover is set in the near future, in the stark Australian outback. Pearce plays a hardened drifter who chases a gang, after they steal his car, and Pattinson plays the younger brother of a gang member who's been left behind.

It's a beautifully shot film with outstanding performances by Pearce and Pattinson, both magnetic on screen while playing completely different characters. It was a joy to watch the characters get to know each other, grow and change along the journey. I enjoyed the film but the holes in the script bugged me, I thought the story could have been so much more intriguing and challenging. Saying that I did enjoy it more than Animal Kingdom. Some people might find it a bit slow, but I think it's worth watching even if it's just for the performances.