May 2014 is set to be a massive month with five highly anticipated Australian films set to hit cinemas.
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.
After 18 years in prison, Viktor Khadem (Don Hany – East West 101, Offspring, Serangoon Road, Broken Shore) is a man who has almost given up on life. Near the end of his sentence he is sent to Won Wron, a low-security prison farm 200 km outside Melbourne in regional Victoria, where Senior Case Worker Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls.
Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle with a two metre wingspan. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.
John Doe: Vigilante
Some call him a hero. Some call him a villain. He’s “John Doe: Vigilante” – an ordinary man who decides to take the law into his own hands. Frustrated with a failing legal system that continues to allow violent criminals to go free, John Doe begins exacting justice the only way he knows how – by killing one criminal at a time. Soon he becomes a media sensation and inspires a group of copycat vigilantes, but who is the real John Doe – a pillar of justice or a cold-blooded murderer? You decide.
The Babadook is a phsychological thriller in the tradition of Polanski’s classic domestic horrors (Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, Repulsion). Using her award winning short horror Monster (check it out here) as a springboard, writer/director Jennifer Kent has developed the script at the BINGER LAB in Amsterdam with assistance from SCREEN NSW and SCREEN AUSTRALIA.
Writer/director Rhys Graham and producer Philippa Campey’s debut feature Galore is a moving, lyrical drama about a group of reckless teenage friends and lovers. The film is set in Canberra’s suburban fringe, and was developed and financed with investment from Screen Australia. Graham and Campey have teamed previously on the award-winning documentaries Words from the City and Murundak: Songs of Freedom, and helmed the ‘Small Mercies’ chapter of Arenamedia’s portmanteau feature The Turning. Rhys’ short Love This Time won a jury special mention at Berlinale 2006. Galore’s cast features rising Australian stars Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues, Tomorrow When the War Began), Lily Sullivan (Camp, Mental), Toby Wallace (Never Tear Us Apart, Return to Nim’s Island) and Aliki Matangi (Chris Lilley’s upcoming Jonah), whose performances were lauded after Galore’s sold-out world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival in August.