Saudi Arabian gem
Wadjda is an intimate, yet powerful film about a lively and rebellious 10-year-old girl who is determined to fight for her dreams. Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, who studied film at Sydney University (read more about it here), gives us a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia. What makes Wadjda even more fascinating is that it was shot on location in a country where cinemas have been banned for over thirty years.
Wadjda has been selected in the official competition and had its Australian premiere at last year's Sydney Film Festival and also screened as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. To find out more about Wadjda listen to the interview with Haifaa Al Mansour and click below for exclusive clip and more info. Wadjda is a fascinating, honest and hugely satisfying film, both boundary-pushing in all the best ways and a thrilling cinematic achievement. We simply cannot recommend it enough. In Australian cinemas March 20.
AWESOME Action Adventure
The anticipation surrounding the release of Divergent is gaining more and more momentum. Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. For the latest info join the official Divergent FB page below. Out in Australian and New Zealand cinemas April 10.read more
EVOCATIVE CRIME THRILLER
Capturing the chilling action and laconic wit of Peter Temple's acclaimed The Broken Shore, this television adaptation filmed against the ruggest south-east Victorian coastline brings alive the novel's cast of complex characters as it slowly reveals the shocking face behind a community's respectable mask. Joe Cashin (Don Hany: East West 101, Offspring) is a Homicide Detective transferred to the small Victorian coastal town of Port Monro where he grew up. When wealthy benefactor Charles Bourgoyne dies, Joe's investigation uncovers a cycle of lies, betrayal and systematic corruption in a community where tensions over race, class and politics are at boiling point. Available on Blue-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD now.read more
Award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) and one of the biggest bands in the world, Metallica, combined to produce Metallica Through the Never - a bracing, raw and visceral entertainment experience, which seamlessly weaves an out-of-this-world narrative with Metallica's spectacular live performance. We follow Trip (Dane DeHaan: The Place Beyond the Pines, Lawless), a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during Metallica's roaring live set. Featuring dazzling pyrotechnics and the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built, Metallica Through the Never is mind-bending, ear-shattering and features many of the bands most iconic songs. Available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD now.read more
Starring Nicole Kidman
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated 'wedding of the century', Grace of Monaco tells of a year in the life of one of the 20th century's most iconic women - Grace Kelly. This film presents a unique portrait of Kelly, as she strives to reconcile her past and present, a yearning for a return to the big screen, with her newfound role as a mother of two and as a monarch of Monaco and a wife to Prince Rainier III. Starring Nicole Kidman as Kelly and co-starring Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction), Parker Posie (You've got Mail) among many others, this based on true accounts film is directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose). We'll be releasing this exquisite tale of glamour, politics and personal discovery early next year. Grace of Monaco promises to be the most lavish cinematic event of the year.read more
Four Oscar nominations!
Philomena is a film inspired by true events, tinged with both tragedy and comedy about two very different people who join forces for a remarkable journey. They are seeking to uncover the truth behind a heartbreaking story that has remained a mystery for half a century. Already one of the most talked about films at both Venice and the Toronto International Film Festivals, Judi Dench stars as Philomena, who searches for her son who was taken away from her when she was a young woman.
In its 5 Star review The Guardian praises the film as "one of those unusual movies it's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying." Whilst the highly respected Time Magazine offered this beautiful quote referring to the amazing (and as they claim Oscar-worthy) performance by Dame Judi, saying "Dench gives a performance of grace, nuance and cinematic heroism."
Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons) and co-starring Steve Coogan (who also co-wrote the screenplay) Philomena is based on Martin Sixsmith's book 'The Lost Child of Philomena Lee'. Beautifully realised and filled with incredible performances. In cinemas now.