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Opening Night Film

Opening Night Film
Drama / Comedy
Diana (Zosia Mamet, “Girls”), is an ambitious, aspiring writer who finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment only to discover that her new downstairs neighbour is her ex-boyfriend.

Special Event

Special Event
Australian Premiere
Crime
Exuding charisma, John Travolta transforms into the late John Gotti, aka “Teflon Don,” for this chronicle of the mafia kingpin’s rise to power and its impact on his wife (Kelly Preston) and son.

Contemporary Selection

Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Drama
Based on the true story of the friendship between lawyer Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank) and psychiatric patient Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter) and their 1987 landmark San Francisco case for patients’ rights.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Drama
Popular American folk singers Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth portray musicians getting to know each other on a cross-country road trip in the days after 9/11.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Documentary
Featuring rare interviews with the genre’s pioneers, this documentary traces the origins of African-American gospel quartets on the chittlin’ circuit in the 1930s and 40s creating a sound that foreshadowed rhythm and blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.
Contemporary Selection
Comedy
From the producer of Moonrise Kingdom, this heartfelt comedy stars Jemaine Clement as a struggling New York playwright who moves into his wisecracking father’s (Elliott Gould) New Jersey retirement community.
Contemporary Selection
Drama / Fantasy
Based on the acclaimed eponymous graphic novel I Kill Giants tells the story of a defiant teenage girl who struggles through school and family life by escaping into a fantasy world where she fights evil giants.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Drama
An ailing photographer (Ed Harris) and his estranged son (Jason Sudeikis) embark on a road-trip across America to reach the last photo lab able to process Kodachrome film before it closes for good.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Thriller
Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this rip-snorting black comedy as a couple whose senses are dulled by suburban malaise until a bizarre phenomenon sweeps the neighbourhood, filling parents with an overwhelming (and murderous) rage.
Contemporary Selection
Drama
Ellen Page and Kate Mara star as lovers against the backdrop of a death penalty case. The two are on opposite sides of the debate: Lucy’s (Page) father is on death row, while Mercy (Mara) is a victims’ rights advocate.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Drama
A voyeuristic artist finds her own privacy invaded in Camille Thoman's haunting Lynchian thriller, starring Mireille Enos (“The Killing”) and the late Sam Shepard.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Drama
In this new drama from Lynn Shelton (Your Sister's Sister), an ex-con (Jay Duplass) struggling to readjust to life in his small town forms an intense bond with his former high-school teacher (Edie Falco).
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Romantic Comedy
Leigh is a smart as a whip would-be grad student but caring for her sick mother has put a lid on that for the time being. In an effort to clear her head she decides to go camping for a few days dragging her ex along which isn’t always smooth sailing, but man is it great to watch!
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Documentary
This triumphant look at the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revisits landmark cases and decisions, but also reveals the woman behind the robe and the personal experiences that continue to shape her legacy.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Musical
Based on the award-winning Off-Broadway musical, the film follows a group of strangers who are stranded on a New York subway train together, starring singer Ashanti and Giancarlo Esposito.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
Western
What’s an American film festival without a sprawling Western? Bill Pullman is Lefty Brown in this classic bounty huntin’, revenge dealin’, gun totin’, hard ridin’, liquor swillin’, bush whackin’ old school Western adventure where a busted-out loser meets a quick shooting gang on the open range.
Contemporary Selection
Australian Premiere
War
Based on the acclaimed novel by American poet and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers, this drama follows two young soldiers (Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan), who face the terrors of the Iraq War; co-starring Toni Collette.

Postcards From LA

Postcards From LA
Drama / Mystery
In one of his most iconic roles, Jack Nicholson stars as Jake Gittes, a dogged private investigator in ‘30s Los Angeles whose latest case brings him into contact with the elusive Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway).
Postcards From LA
Crime
A Los Angeles crime saga, Heat focuses on the lives of two men on opposite sides of the law - one a detective; the other a thief – featuring one of the greatest showdowns in cinema history between De Niro and Pacino.
Postcards From LA
Comedy
Set on the eve of Nixon’s 1968 election win, a pleasure seeking Beverly Hills hairdresser (Warren Beatty) dreams of opening his own salon; in Hal Ashby’s screwball classic.
Postcards From LA
Drama
Both lyrical and starkly neorealist, Charles Burnett’s portrait of a struggling African-American family in L.A.’s Watts neighbourhood influenced generations of filmmakers and is widely regarded as an American masterpiece.
Postcards From LA
Documentary
More than a concert film, Wattstax captures a heady moment in mid-1970s, "black-is-beautiful" African-American culture, just seven years after the Watts riots and features performances by musical greats like the Staple Singers.