Galore – 19 June, 2014
Directed by: Rhys Graham
Starring: Ashleigh Cummings, Lily Sullivan, Toby Wallace and Aliki Matangi
In the tradition of Somersault, writer/director Rhys Graham (Murundak: Songs of Freedom) explores the heartrending, chaotic, immense world of teenagers in his narrative feature debut GALORE.
It’s a sweltering summer before the final year of school. Best friends Billie (Ashleigh Cummings, Puberty Blues) and Laura (Lily Sullivan) share every secret, except one – Billie is crazy in love and sleeping with Laura’s boyfriend Danny. When Billie’s social worker mum takes in Isaac, a troubled teen looking to get his life straight, the delicate balance of the three friends’ lives is disrupted. The four teenagers immerse themselves in a swirl of parties, possible love, sex and desire – until secrets are revealed and their lives are thrown into chaos. Visually stunning, Rhys Graham’s debut feature captures the world of teenage suburbia with a sensuous and vivid intensity; a world where adults are exiled to the outer margins. Evoking the burning energy of adolescent rebellion against small-town inertia, GALORE is an intimate and hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age story of love, loss, and betrayal.
GALORE was selected for the Generation section of the Berlin Film Festival.
Charlie’s Country – 17 July, 2014
Directed by: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil
An Official Selection and awarded Best Actor – Un Certain Regard at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, CHARLIE’S COUNTRY pairs renowned director Rolf de Heer with screen legend David Gulpilil for their third film collaboration following the multi-award winning Ten Canoes and their first feature The Tracker.
Gulpilil stars as blackfella Charlie, who is getting older and is out of sorts. Frustrated with the failures of the government intervention and the ‘whitefella’ laws enforced in his remote community, Charlie takes off to live the old way. But in doing so he sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.
CHARLIE’S COUNTRY offers a deeply affecting portrait of contemporary Aboriginal Australia and Gulpilil is absolutely captivating in the titular role. Drawing the audience in with a character both vulnerable and dignified, and at times joyously comical, this is his most significant performance to date. Filmed in Gulpilil’s home country of Ramingining, Arnhem Land, the story was inspired by his own experiences. Gulpilil and de Heer worked collaboratively on the screenplay and with the skillful direction of de Heer the heartbreaking, humorous and ultimately hopeful story of one man’s search for belonging was brought to life.
Son of a Gun – 4 September 2014
Directed by: Julius Avery
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites and Alicia Vikander
The much-anticipated feature debut of award winning Australian director Julius Avery (Jerrycan), SON OF A GUN tells the story of a young man who becomes embroiled in a world of crime when he is taken under the wing of Australia’s public enemy Number One. Locked up for a minor crime, 19-year-old JR (Brenton Thwaites) quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. There is no survival guide. Keep your head down, do your time, get out. Protection – if you can get it – is paramount.
After a chance encounter, JR finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). But protection comes at a price; Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protégé and soon JR’s debt is called in. Outside, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a series of heists that promise to deliver millions. But as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues and JR soon finds himself on a collision course with his former mentor, unsure of whom he can trust. A visceral, edge-of-your-seat heist thriller, SON OF A GUN promises a uniquely Australian take on the genre, with Ewan McGregor as you’ve never seen him before.
The Little Death – 25 September, 2014
Directed by: Josh Lawson
Starring: Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Lisa McCune, Kim Gyngell and Lachy Hulme
THE LITTLE DEATH is a darkly comic look at the perverse lives of “ordinary people”. It looks at what happens to a couple when a fetish drives them into dark, unexpected and hilarious places. A woman with a rape fantasy and a man’s struggle to please. A man who starts an affair with his own wife without her knowing anything about it. A woman trying to love a man who loves himself. A woman who can only find pleasure in the pain of her husband. A call centre operator caught in the middle of a dirty phone call. And the distractingly charming new neighbour who links them all together.
THE LITTLE DEATH explores why we want what we want, how far we will go to get it and who suffers in the wake of that fleeting glimpse of ecstasy. A moment the French call La Petit Mort, but we call The Little Death.
The Mule – October 2014
Directed by: Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble
It’s 1983. A naive man with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. Alone and afraid, ‘the Mule’ makes a desperate choice: to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence… literally. By doing so he becomes a human time bomb; dragging cops, criminals and concerned family into his impossible escapade.
Inspired by true events, THE MULE is directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony, with a darkly comic screenplay by Sampson, Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and Jaime Browne.
The Water Diviner – 26 December, 2014
Directed by: Russell Crowe
Starring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko and Jai Courtney
Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER, is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, Connor must travel across the war-torn landscape with the help of a Turkish Officer, himself a veteran of the battles.
THE WATER DIVINER is an extraordinary tale of love, faith and heroism that explores the conflicted and unpredictable nature of war and the human heart.