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3 Women

3 Women

Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall and Janice Rule star in this surreal, twisted psychological study of the bizarre relationship between three apparently ordinary women in an isolated desert community.

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35 Letters

35 Letters

This innovative and moving documentary follows Angelique Flowers, a young woman in the last phases of a terminal illness, as she struggles to find grace in an inflexible healthcare system.

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400WORDS

400WORDS

This inventive film offers a glimpse into the lives of an engaged couple who are struggling with their parents' cultural legacy.

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20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

Drama and reality collide in this extraordinary portrait of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave - a visually astonishing and highly stylised imagination of Cave's 20,000th day on Earth.

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Abuse of Weakness

Abuse of Weakness

Isabelle Huppert stars as director Catherine Breillat's surrogate in the disturbing tale, based on true events, of Breillat's perverse relationship with an ex-con who defrauded her of her life savings.

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All This Mayhem

All This Mayhem

This documentary about two champion skateboarding siblings - self-described bogans - from the wrong side of Melbourne is an unflinching exposé of the perils of success and an ode to brotherly love.

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Amanda F***ing Palmer on the Rocks

Amanda F***ing Palmer on the Rocks

Filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig!, We Live in Public) paints a complex portrait of the punk cabaret icon Amanda Palmer in just 18 minutes.

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American Dreams (lost and found)

American Dreams (lost and found)

A key work of James Benning's, as well as a personal favourite of his, this 1971 exploration of US history with baseball cards and audio collage was painstakingly restored by the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna.

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Appropriate Behavior

Appropriate Behavior

The outrageously funny and irreverent debut feature from Desiree Akhavan (known for the web series The Slope) has been described as a queer Persian American Annie Hall or Girls.

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At Berkeley

At Berkeley

Documentary maestro Frederick Wiseman's comprehensive and absorbing portrait of an elite American university, California's rabble-rousing Berkeley, has been hailed as 'one of his best' by Variety.

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Babylon

Babylon

In Danny Boyle's witty, fast-paced feature-length TV pilot, a PR guru (Brit Marling) is lured to London to serve at the Metropolitan Police, but faces many challenges on her first day - including a sniper on the loose.

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The Battered Bastards of Baseball

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

A classic true story of baseball that's not just about the game: In '70s America, Bing Russell, father of actor Kurt, takes on a down-at-heel minor-league team from Portland, Oregon and turns their fortunes around.

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Begin Again

Begin Again

Writer-director John Carney, who made the international hit Once, unites with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in this uplifting comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together.

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Beijing Ants

Beijing Ants

Filmmakers and married partners Ryuji Otsuka and Huang Ji are the main characters in this funny, angry, scary, stirring - and very personal - homemade documentary about life at ground level in Beijing.

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Black Coal, Thin Ice

Black Coal, Thin Ice

The winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale is a stylish film noir set in industrial northern China. A murder investigation involves a retired cop and a beautiful and mysterious woman.

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Black Panther Woman

Black Panther Woman

The story of Marlene Cummins, a member of Brisbane's short-lived Black Panther movement who struggled with sexism within the organisation, is told with great sensitivity by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Mabo, Redfern Now).

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Blind Dates

Blind Dates

This melancholy comedy from Georgia follows a hapless 40-year-old teacher still living with his parents, and his misadventures in love with the mother of one of his students.

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Born to Fly

Born to Fly

Acclaimed choreographer and lesbian icon Elizabeth Streb (the 'Evel Knievel' of dance) and her company of extreme action dancers are the focus of this intense documentary filled with adrenaline-pumping footage.

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Boyhood

Boyhood

Richard Linklater's groundbreaking latest film was shot over 12 years, telling a family's story with rare authenticity and wonderful performances from Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and young Ellar Coltrane.

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Buffalo Dreams

Buffalo Dreams

Scott struggles to realise his crazy dream of running Scotland's only commercial buffalo farm.

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Calvary

Calvary

Director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard) and a brilliant Brendan Gleeson reunite in this blackly comic drama about a good priest who is threatened with death during confession and given a week to live.

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The Captive

The Captive

Direct from Competition at Cannes, Atom Egoyan's complex psychological thriller stars Ryan Reynolds as the father of an abducted child who, eight years later, becomes convinced that she may still be alive.

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Casa Grande

Casa Grande

In this vibrant and layered coming-of-age tale set within Rio de Janeiro's social elite, a teenager remains preoccupied with girls and clubbing, unaware that his life of privilege is under severe threat.

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The Case Against 8

The Case Against 8

An award winner at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Case Against 8 chronicles the moral battle over California's repeal of same-sex marriage laws with the kind of heart-and-soul filmmaking that such a topic demands.

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Central Texas Barbecue

Central Texas Barbecue

From Australian filmmaking duo, director Matthew Salleh and producer Rose Tucker, this mouth-watering slice of American life shows why barbecue embodies the Texan way.

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Charulata

Charulata

Satyajit Ray's 1964 adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's novel, about a love triangle centered around a lonely housewife in Victorian Calcutta, helped make him a master of world cinema.

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Chicago Loop

Chicago Loop

"In three virtuosic sequences created entirely in-camera, Benning alternates contrary camera movements in a trio of Chicago locations with increasing rapidity to a point where they first fracture and then merge in the viewer's eye." - Ann Arbor Film Festival

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China’s 3Dreams

China’s 3Dreams

The changing face of China, where the generation gap is wider than the Three Gorges, is the subject of this absorbing Australian documentary from Nick Torrens', 12 years in the making.

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Cold in July

Cold in July

Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard and Don Johnson are an unlikely Texan trio in this nasty, funny pulp thriller from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are).

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Concerning Violence

Concerning Violence

Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson combines sometimes shocking archival footage of the decolonisation of Africa with Franz Fanon's anticolonial tract The Wretched of the Earth, spoken by singer Lauryn Hill.

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Crochet Noir

Crochet Noir

A stop-motion animated film noir that follows Joe and the tough choices he must make to protect those dear to him.

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Dancing in the Room

Dancing in the Room

Newcomer Jiang Yuchen is a sort of Chinese Greta Gerwig in Peng Lei's oddball non-romantic comedy about a young woman newly arrived in Beijing and living on the margins of society.

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The Day She Commits Suicide

The Day She Commits Suicide

Today is going to be a good day, because, today is an ideal day to suicide. But she brushes her teeth, washes her clothes, and eats something, just the same as usual...

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David Hockney IN THE NOW

David Hockney IN THE NOW

From Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel, SFF 2013) comes the provocative story of the iconic British artist David Hockney - a man who is adamant about living life in the now.

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Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead

Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead

Nazi zombies and undead Russian army forces square off in a winner-takes-all smack down in this very funny and very bloody Norwegian flick.

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Demonstration

Demonstration

Thirty-two local film students and one Russian documentarian, Victor Kossakovsky (¡Vivan las Antipodas!, SFF 2012), create cinematic poetry from their footage of Barcelona's 2012 anti-government protests.

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Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Ten finalists compete for the Dendy Live Action Short Award, the Yoram Gross Animation Award and the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director.

 

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Deseret

Deseret

In this 1995 film, James Benning uses articles mined from issues of the New York Times from 1852 to 1992 to tell the history of Utah through spectacular black-and-white and colour images.

 

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Devil’s Playground

Devil’s Playground

From a new miniseries by Rachel Ward and Tony Krawitz: Thirty-five years after the events of the original Fred Schepisi film, Tom Allen (Simon Burke) is entangled in political and theological intrigue in 1980s Sydney.

 

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Difret

Difret

A Sundance Audience Award winner, and executive-produced by Angelina Jolie, Difret is the powerful true-life tale of a group of brave Ethiopian women who defend a girl caught between the justice system and customary law.

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Dinosaur 13

Dinosaur 13

This documentary chronicles the long perverse legal and bureaucratic battle for the bones of a dinosaur named Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found.

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Dior and I

Dior and I

Designer Raf Simons has eight weeks to create his first Dior Haute Couture collection. This highly entertaining and surprisingly touching documentary follows his progress from concept to catwalk.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her

This daring, ambitious first feature is made up of two separate films telling the story of a broken relationship from two different perspectives. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy are stunning in the lead roles.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him

This daring, ambitious first feature is made up of two separate films telling the story of a broken relationship from two different perspectives. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy are stunning in the lead roles.

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Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

Two mavericks of the movie world - avant-garde film artist James Benning and indie hero Richard Linklater (Slacker, Boyhood) - talk life and movies in this award-winning documentary.

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Eastern Boys

Eastern Boys

From the director of Les revenants (developed into the TV series The Returned): this daring and subversive film moves from a home invasion to a tender romance to a suspenseful race against time.

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Embrace

Embrace

On the eve of the 18th birthday of his daughter, who is brain-damaged, Daniel Shaw must find a way to reconnect with his family.

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E-Team

E-Team

Dedicated, valiant teams of investigators from Human Rights Watch head to the world's hotspots to document and expose human-rights atrocities in this dynamic and inspiring documentary.

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Faith Connections

Faith Connections

The latest film from Pan Nalin (Samsara) focuses on India's Kumbh Mela, the biggest gathering of people on earth, and the ultimate pilgrimage for 100 million Hindus.

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The Fake

The Fake

Yeon Sang-ho (The King of Pigs, SFF 2012 Official Competition) returns with another dark animated drama, taking a scathing look at how religion is used to swindle the poor in a rural Korean village.

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Fell

Fell

A stunning debut, Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic drama. A dreamlike tale of nature, revenge and redemption, it marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the Australian film scene.

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Finding Fela!

Finding Fela!

The life of the superstar pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, was as polyrhythmic as his music. Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney's (We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks - SFF 2013) documentary is packed with interviews and funky archival footage.

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Fire & Rain

Fire & Rain

"I took the steel rolling process that takes about 10 minutes and condensed it down to one minute by cutting out portions and hiding the passage in time with dissolves." - James Benning

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Fish & Cat

Fish & Cat

Coupling a phenomenal single-shot approach with a nightmarishly surreal story and a sick sense of humour, this unnerving Iranian film is a tribute to the slasher genre by way of David Lynch.

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For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

An Australian tourist discovers the Bosnian hotel she patronises has a dark history steeped in wartime atrocities in Berlinale Golden Bear winner Jasmila Žbanić's suspenseful and poignant drama.

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Four Corners

Four Corners

Set in South Africa's Cape Flats, an area dominated by gangsters and violence, this is a beautifully made, adrenaline-charged film that depicts both a culture of brutality and a sense of hope for a way forward.

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Frank

Frank

Michael Fassbender (who spends most of the film wearing a bizarre fake head) stars in a hilarious and sometimes dark comedy about an ambitious pop group who face the pitfalls of fame at SXSW. Maggie Gyllenhaal co-stars.

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Gabrielle

Gabrielle

From the producers of 2012 SFF Audience Award winner Monsieur Lahzar: a young woman with intellectual disability falls in love, only to discover her family has concerns. Can she handle an adult sexual relationship?

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Goal of the Dead

Goal of the Dead

A soccer match between top club Olympique de Paris and small-town battlers Caplongue is interrupted by an apocalyptic zombie outbreak.

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God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl

Directed by and featuring music from Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, this poignant indie-pop musical is a coming-of-age story about a troubled girl (played by Emily Browning) who sings and dances her way through the streets of Glasgow.

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The Gold Spinners

The Gold Spinners

This documentary charts the pleasurably perverse story of the only studio in the USSR that produced commercials, filled with reams of comical retro adverts - usually for products that didn't exist.

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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Isao Takahata's heartbreaking 1988 animated classic follows two young refugees of World War II living in the Japanese countryside. Roger Ebert said it "belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made."

Images © 1988 Akiyuki Nosaka / Shincho

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The Great Museum

The Great Museum

This insightful, visually stunning and witty documentary looks behind the scenes at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna as it reinvents itself for the 21st century. "As all-enveloping and elegant as the establishment itself" - Variety

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Grey Bull

Grey Bull

A South Sudanese refugee happens upon a bull he believes is his spiritual totem. He decides to rescue it from the abattoir where he works. Once home, the animal begins to jeopardise the family's chance at fitting into their new life.

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Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

The follow-up to director Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies is a warm and approachable ensemble comedy starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey and Girls' Lena Dunham.

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Hiroshima, mon amour

Hiroshima, mon amour

A Hiroshima architect's love affair with a French actress is marked by the trauma of war; Alain Resnais' 1959 masterpiece (scripted by Marguerite Duras) is still revolutionary with its freeform narrative and non-naturalistic dialogue.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The second chapter of the epic animated trilogy brings back the world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. Features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett.

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Human Capital

Human Capital

This stylish thriller features an incisive look at Italian society and great performances from a star-studded cast including Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino and Fabrizio Bentivoglio.

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If You Don’t, I Will

If You Don’t, I Will

The great Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric star in this superb comedy/drama about a couple who've been together a long time and have reached an impasse. Radical change comes in a most unexpected form.

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Ilo Ilo

Ilo Ilo

First-time filmmaker Anthony Chen won the Camera d'Or at Cannes for this warm and wonderfully intimate Singapore-set family drama about the relationship between a precocious brat and his family's put-upon Filipina maid.

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I’m Not Him

I’m Not Him

Reminiscent of his countryman Nuri Bilge Ceylan's work and inspired by Hitchcock's Vertigo, Turkish director Tayfun Pirselimoglu's latest is a slow-burning, visually stunning existential thriller.

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The iMom

The iMom

A boy forms a connection with the family's iMom - a futuristic product designed to "raise your children for you."

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In Order of Disappearance

In Order of Disappearance

In this wild, violent and very funny action comedy, a snowplough driver (Stellan Skarsgård) goes on the warpath when his son is killed. Cold, hard revenge has rarely been this laugh-out-loud funny.

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Iranian

Iranian

An Iranian expat filmmaker invites four religious leaders to his family home to discuss on what terms believers and non-believers could live together in this 2014 Cinéma Du Réel Grand Prize winner.

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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

This documentary is a filmed conversation, illustrated with hand-drawn animation, between two distinctive minds: director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky.

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I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked

I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked

A man struggles to recreate a lost memory of the last day with his mother, using simple objects to great effect.

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I Want to Dance Better at Parties

I Want to Dance Better at Parties

In need of some form of human contact, a grieving man takes up dance classes with a young instructor. This hybrid film, based on co-director Gideon Oberzanek's internationally successful stage production, fuses documentary, drama and dance.

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Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jimi: All Is By My Side

Directed by John Ridley (Oscar-winning writer of 12 Years a Slave), this unconventional biopic of Jimi Hendrix (wonderfully played by André 3000 of OutKast) looks at his transition from sideman to rock legend.

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jodorowsky’s Dune

This is a fabulously entertaining story, packed with top-notch interviews, of a legendary doomed project: cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky's visionary interpretation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel Dune.

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Joe

Joe

Nicolas Cage is remarkable in this Southern Gothic drama from David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, SFF 2013; Pineapple Express) as a hard-drinking tough guy who takes a 15-year-old under his wing.

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Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty

On the road with one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Texas blues man Johnny Winter: This documentary is an intimate portrait of a man who truly lived a life of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

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Joy of Man’s Desiring

Joy of Man’s Desiring

A visually enrapturing exploration of factory life, Denis Côté's film weaves together realistic vignettes of factory life with sparse absurdist dialogue and a thundering soundtrack of machinery at work.

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Junked

Junked

Australian filmmaker Gus Berger recorded the last days of 35mm projection at St Kilda's George Revival Cinema. It's a poignant tale of changing technologies.

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Keep on Keepin' On

Keep on Keepin' On

This beboppingly delightful debut from Australian director Alan Hicks documents the vibrant life and music of 89 year-old jazz legend Clark Terry and his relationship with his latest prodigy, a 23 year-old blind pianist. Clark's former students include Miles Davis and Quincy Jones.

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The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Controversial French author Michel Houellebecq plays himself in this smart, unsettling and hilarious farce in which he is kidnapped by a bunch of tough guys with literary aspirations.

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Killers

Killers

A Tokyo serial killer who uploads footage of his grisly deeds to a secret website is stalked by a copycat Jakarta journalist. An intense psychological drama and a riveting study of violence ensues.

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio, and the latest works of its genius founders Hayao Miyazaki (The Wind Rises) and Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), are the focus of this enchanting documentary.

Images © 2013 DWANGO

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Featuring a heartbreaking central performance by Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim, Norwegian Wood), this is the haunting, whimsical story of a lonely Japanese woman determined to find the fortune from the film Fargo.

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Lake August

Lake August

A young drifter reeling from tragedy and heartbreak holes up in a riverside hotel in indie director Yang Heng's beautiful portrait of contemporary backwater China.

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The Last Impresario

The Last Impresario

Gracie Otto's vibrant documentary celebrates the life of Michael White, the British theatre impresario behind Oh! Calcutta! and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Life Itself

Life Itself

The life and times of influential film critic, TV presenter and blogger Roger Ebert is documented by the award-winning Steve James (Hoop Dreams, SFF 1994). This poignant tribute is a must-see for movie lovers.

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The Lion’s Mouth Opens

The Lion’s Mouth Opens

A courageous young actor takes the boldest step imaginable to confront her risk of having inherited the fatal, incurable Huntington's Disease.

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The Little Death

The Little Death

Comedic actor Josh Lawson's feature directorial debut is a funny, honest and moving look at the secret sex lives of ordinary people and the extent they'll go to to reach that moment of ecstasy.

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Locke

Locke

Tom Hardy stars in this powerful minimalist drama, which takes place in real time, as a businessman who attempts to deal with a series of crises while driving with just a speakerphone to aid him.

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Love Eternal

Love Eternal

A young man who hasn't left his room in 10 years is obsessed with death in Irish director Brendan Muldowny's morbid but strangely beautiful adaptation of Japanese novelist Kei Oishi's Loving the Dead.

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Love Is Strange

Love Is Strange

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are magnificent in this topical and tender romance about a couple who confront prejudice and financial hardship after they are married in New York.

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Love.Love.Love

Love.Love.Love

Special Jury Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival: Every year, through the endless winters, love takes new shapes and forms.

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Love Marriage in Kabul

Love Marriage in Kabul

This insightful documentary follows determined Afghani-Australian Mahboda Rawi, a Sydneysider who founded an orphanage in Kabul, as she attempts to help one of her young charges marry the girl of his dreams.

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The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) stars in this Indian indie hit - a delicious celebration of food and romance. A wayward lunchbox connects a housewife with an office worker in the dusk of his life.

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MAN

MAN

A worn-out, ageing shearer gets on the gear to keep up his numbers. But when the drugs take over, he must learn what it really means to be a man, before he loses so much more than his country pride.

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M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H

This iconic, irreverent Korean War-set black comedy lit the spotlight on the 50-year feature-film career of Robert Altman as well as its brilliant ensemble cast, including Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall.

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Macondo

Macondo

In this touching, humane feature-film debut, 11-year-old Chechen boy Ramasan must navigate between adult responsibilities and his childish impulses in a Viennese refugee neighbourhood.

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Manakamana

Manakamana

Radical cinema from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab (Leviathan): a dozen cable-car trips to a Nepalese monastary, unedited and with little dialogue, offer a revealing and meditative experience.

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McCabe & Mrs Miller

McCabe & Mrs Miller

This classic homage to the western features stellar performances from Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in the title roles, stunning Canadian locations and poignant music from Leonard Cohen.

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Meeting Susan

Meeting Susan

From the Australian creator of interactive series Goa Hippy Tribe: Thirtysomething and pregnant, Jen is on the hunt for an elderly relative in an effort to discover more about her own mother.

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Miners Shot Down

Miners Shot Down

This tragic story of a low-paid South African mining community striking for a better life is made all the more poignant in the light of that country's celebration of 20 years of freedom and democracy.

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Miss Violence

Miss Violence

The death of an 11-year-old girl in an apparent suicide triggers the unveiling of a family secret in this devastating Greek film, which won the best director and best actor prizes at Venice Film Festival.

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Mommy

Mommy

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2014, Xavier Dolan's latest is an emotional rollercoaster filled with laughter, sadness and magnificent performances.

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Mothers

Mothers

Filmmaker Xu Huijing secured astonishingly free access to local bureaucrats and residents in this look at the complexities of China's family-planning policies and their casualties.

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My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro

Hayao Miyazaki's enchanting 1988 animated classic, about two young sisters who discover a magical woodland full of kind and cuddly spirits, is a family film to be viewed again and again.

Images © 1988 Nibariki • G

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The Mystery of Happiness

The Mystery of Happiness

An Argentine businessman disappears, leaving his partner and his wife to come to terms with their relationship in this comedy/drama from award-winning director Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace).

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Nashville + Altman Live!

Nashville + Altman Live!

A clever romp through the iconic country-music capital, Robert Altman's classic is an unforgettable tapestry of flawed people and troubled lives. Ned Beatty, Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine lead the brilliant ensemble.

Session includes a special extended Altman Live presentation with guest Michael Altman

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National Gallery

National Gallery

Direct from Cannes, prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman's latest is an epic cinematic essay about London's National Gallery, acutely observing the roles of curators and conservators and more.

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Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me

Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me

In his personal letter to Mandela - featuring interviews with the Dalai Lama, Ariel Dorfman, Tariq Ali and others - director Khalo Matabane tackles the question of whether his hero went too far in his policy of reconciliation.

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Ne Me Quitte Pas

Ne Me Quitte Pas

This striking and beautifully crafted documentary about two Belgian mates who do little else but drink is a funny yet disturbing look at male friendship.

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Next Goal Wins

Next Goal Wins

Australia 31 - American Samoa 0. Remember that score line? Get ready for Brazil 2014 with this charming close-to-home story of an underdog team's determination to turn their luck around.

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Nightfall

Nightfall

From James Benning's prolific digital phase, this single-shot 98-minute dusk tableau, filmed in a wooded area high up in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, gradually immerses into the profoundest of black.

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Night Moves

Night Moves

Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) directs Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning in this tense drama about a group of environmental activists who plot an act of sabotage.

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Of Horses and Men

Of Horses and Men

An award-winner at a number of festivals worldwide, this bizarre, hilarious and wondrous feature-film debut is a singular ode to the relationship between people and horses in Iceland.

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Omar

Omar

The latest Oscar-nominated drama from Palestinian director Hany Abu Assad (Paradise Now) is a high-impact thriller tinged with political consciousness and imbued with romance and tragedy.

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Once My Mother

Once My Mother

Australian director Sophia Turkiewicz's heartrending and redemptive documentary about her mother's life during the Second World War tells a miraculous tale of survival and hope.

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The Other Woman

The Other Woman

This is a brave film set in a secret world of multiple-spouse households, beautifully acted and sensitively filmed against the backdrop of colourful and beguiling Dakar.

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The Overnighters

The Overnighters

The Special Jury Prize winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival is an unsettling, intimate portrait of a man of faith under pressure and a deeply troubling picture of today's America.

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Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Gia Coppola lives up to her family's cinematic pedigree with this atmospheric portrait of adolescence based on short stories by James Franco, who appears in the film. Score by Dev Hynes (Blood Orange)

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Particle Fever

Particle Fever

This exhilarating and thoroughly enjoyable documentary looks behind the scenes of one of the most momentous scientific feats of our age: the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the 'God Particle'.

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Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb

In the aftermath of an accident a young couple learn to deal with phantom pains.

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Pocket Money

Pocket Money

Two Sydney schoolboys, Charlie and Izzy, are on their way home from school when a shooting occurs in the street and they are confronted by the gunman.

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The Possibilities Are Endless

The Possibilities Are Endless

This intimate film is an innovative interpretation of singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins' life-changing experience - a stroke that wiped clean his brain, except for two phrases: "the possibilities are endless" and his wife's name.

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Praia do Futuro

Praia do Futuro

Atmospheric, sensual and featuring a dynamic soundtrack, Praia do Futuro  is a romance between two men who lose and find each other between Brazil and Germany.

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A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion

Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan and John C. Reilly are among the stars of Robert Altman's swan song, set behind the scenes of Garrison Keillor's beloved radio show.

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The Private Life of Fenfen

The Private Life of Fenfen

Leslie Tai's short documents an experiment in which a feisty young Chinese migrant worker's tragic love story is broadcast to migrant workers across China.

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Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

This portrait of the Britpop icons at their last hometown concert is full of wit and warmth; when the charismatic Jarvis Cocker takes to the stage and the crowd sings 'Common People', you'll want to join in!

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The Queen

The Queen

Memi is 11 years old, and she is going to be Queen of the Carnival. It's a dazzling honour, but you have to suffer to be beautiful.

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Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause

The Hollywood teen rebellion movie exploded in 1955 with Rebel Without a Cause, making an international sensation of its iconic star, James Dean - and then a legend when he died just before the film's release.

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The Redfern Story

The Redfern Story

Darlene Johnson's forceful documentary tells the story of the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre, and features interviews with some of the company's pioneering members.

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The Referee

The Referee

Lower-division Italian soccer, high-level corruption, a blind trainer and the intricate codes of sheep breeding collide in this riotous black-and-white comedy about sport, love and loyalty.

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The Reunion

The Reunion

This confronting and category-defying debut from conceptual artist Anne Odell is based around a fractious class reunion. Winner: Best Film, 2014 Guldbagge Awards; FIPRESCI Prize, 2013 Venice Film Festival

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Rock the Casbah

Rock the Casbah

The latest from Laïla Marrakchi (Marock, SFF 2006) is a lovingly crafted family drama populated by top Middle Eastern talent including Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass and the legendary Omar Sharif.

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The Rover

The Rover

David Michôd's follow-up to Animal Kingdom is an uncompromising and dark thriller set in a dangerous near-future Australia and starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

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Ruin

Ruin

In the stunning follow up to Hail (SFF 2011), Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody deliver a visually breathtaking tale of two Cambodians, forced to flee the city and magnetically drawn together in love.

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School of Babel

School of Babel

From director Julie Bertucelli (The Tree, SFF 2010) comes a 21st century schoolbook full of insights into a multicultural society, based around a class for new immigrants in the north of Paris.

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The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

Winner of a special jury prize at Cannes, this exquisite documentary about the life and work of renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado was co-directed by Wim Wenders (Pina, Buena Vista Social Club).

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The Second Game

The Second Game

Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East of Bucharest) tests the boundaries of cinema with a 'film' made up of TV footage of a 1988 soccer contest, featuring running commentary by the director and his father (the match's referee).

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Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars

Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars

This heart-stirring documentary tells the story of Sepideh, a determined teenaged girl from regional Iran, who yearns to be an astronaut despite social mores and financial woes.

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Short Cuts

Short Cuts

This ensemble stew of vignettes overlaps and intersects well over half a dozen relationships. The all-star cast includes Lily Tomlin, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Waits and Julianne Moore.

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Showboy

Showboy

After the unexpected death of his mother, a young football player finds himself struggling to support his depressed father - while fighting to keep safe the secret he once shared with his mother.

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Siddharth

Siddharth

This affecting and powerful film, about an Indian father desperately searching for his 12-year-old son who goes missing after being sent to work at a factory, was a hit in Venice and Toronto.

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The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed

The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed

One of the funniest calls ever made from the Oval Office is chronicled in this documentary short.

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The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig play estranged thirtysomething siblings who reunite after hitting rock bottom in this fearless, funny drama - winner of the US Dramatic Screenwriting Award at Sundance.

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Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

Korean genre master Bong Joon-ho (The Host) delivers a spectacular sci-fi thriller with a political edge. The world has frozen over and humanity's only survivors live on a train that is strictly divided by class. Chris Evans leads a stellar cast.

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Something Must Break

Something Must Break

Infused with punk energy and raw intimacy, this unconventional love story between two young Swedish people pushes against the conventions of love, gender and identity.

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Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Bouncy tunes and bloody murders combine to splendid effect in the delightfully demented feature about a summer camp for young musical-theatre hopefuls terrorised by a masked maniac.

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Starred Up

Starred Up

In this explosive, gritty prison drama, Jack O'Connell (Skins) is superb as a young offender whose violent behavior has had him transferred to the adult prison which also houses his father (Ben Mendelsohn).

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Stop the Pounding Heart

Stop the Pounding Heart

An intimate portrait of a Texan girl from a devout Christian family on the cusp of adulthood, crafted with great sensitivity and lyrical imagery by Italian filmmaker Roberto Minervini.

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A Story of Children and Film

A Story of Children and Film

Filmmaker-critic Mark Cousins (The Story of Film: An Odyssey) explores the portrayal of children in the movies in his free-ranging, inimitable style, with countless clips to inspire further viewing.

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Stuffed

Stuffed

Taxidermist Peter Murphy loves his mother, so when she dies he can't bear to live without her and does all that he can to keep her close.

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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

The directorial debut of Mike Myers (Austin Powers) is a star-packed documentary about a legendary showbiz figure: Shep Gordon, talent agent to the stars (Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Blondie).

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Japan's oldest folk tale, the story of a miniature princess born in a bamboo grove, is exquisitely animated in Isao Takahata's Cannes-selected feature from the legendary Studio Ghibli.

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Tamako In Moratorium

Tamako In Moratorium

In this sweet and witty Japanese slacker comedy, Tamako (Maeda Atsuko of AKB48 fame) returns home from uni to live with her father who expects her to find a job - but Tamako is content with sitting around.

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Tender

Tender

Australian artist-filmmaker Lynette Wallworth's beautiful documentary tells a story of love and death, following a community centre in Port Kembla as it attempts to set up funeral services for the local people.

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That Cold Day in the Park

That Cold Day in the Park

This early offering is the first and certainly one of the darkest and most disturbing psychological thrillers in the Altman collection, evidencing his honed skills and experience from years of television direction and the influence of Alfred Hitchcock.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Superbly restored, Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic about five friends who encounter a family of cannibal psychopaths remains one of the most notorious, influential and terrifying motion pictures ever made.

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‘Til Madness Do Us Part

‘Til Madness Do Us Part

The great Chinese documentarian Wang Bing (West of the Tracks) explores the lives of patients in a run-down mental institution in southern China.

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Timbuktu

Timbuktu

Presented in Competition at Cannes, Abderrahmane Sissako's magnificent Timbuktu is a searing and moving portrait of a village outside Timbuktu in Mali under siege by foreign religious fundamentalists. 

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Tim’s Vermeer

Tim’s Vermeer

An inventor in Texas sets out to solve the riddle of Johannes Vermeer's almost unbelievable ability to capture life on canvas. This doco was directed by Teller, one half of magic duo Penn & Teller.

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Tom at the Farm

Tom at the Farm

A young gay man is trapped in a dangerous dance of lust and violence in this intense Hitchcockian thriller directed by and starring Xavier Dolan (2010 Sydney Film Prize winner for Heartbeats).

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Touch

Touch

A high-impact, confident Australian feature-film debut, Touch is a tight and enigmatic thriller about a woman who takes to the road with her daughter, running from a mysterious pursuer.

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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

Straight from Cannes, the new film from the Dardenne brothers (Kid on a Bike) stars Marion Cotillard as a woman who has one weekend to convince her colleagues to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.

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The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

The directorial debut from the writer of Drive, this classy suspense thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel features great performances from Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

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Ukraine Is Not a Brothel

Ukraine Is Not a Brothel

An award-winner at the Venice Film Festival, Australian filmmaker Kitty Green's fascinating documentary reveals the true story of FEMEN, Ukraine's infamous topless female protestors.

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The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known

Oscar winner Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) quizzes former US Secretary of Defense - and slippery wordsmith - Donald Rumsfeld on hot-potato topics from his years in office, including the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Up in the Wind

Up in the Wind

A Shanghai journalist finds spiritual comfort on assignment for a posh magazine in Nepal in Teng Huatao's gorgeously shot feature - part travelogue, part quest tale.

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The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & ¾

The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & ¾

His name is Desmondo Ray - and this is his video dating tape.

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Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky

This innovative documentary explores the unsung life of Raphael Lemkin, the linguist turned lawyer who created the word 'genocide' and attempted to establish international law to fight mass atrocities.

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Watermark

Watermark

Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and visionary environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscapes) reunite to document humanity's relationship with (and misuse of) water in all its forms.

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We Are the Best!

We Are the Best!

Lukas Moodysson (Lilya 4-Ever) returns with a boisterous, feel-good film about three 13-year old girls in early-'80s Stockholm who are determined to form a punk band despite a notable absence of musical talent.

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A Wedding

A Wedding

One of the best examples of the 'Altmanesque' style, this 24-character tragic comedy runs several simultaneous plot lines with flawless mastery. Lillian Gish, Carol Burnett, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Mia Farrow are among the stars.

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Welcome to Iron Knob

Welcome to Iron Knob

When a young boy accidentally shoots a stranger with his father's gun, it is left to the nonchalant townsfolk of Iron Knob to cover it up as quickly as possible - then get back to whatever it was that they were doing before…

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What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

The new film from Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs Shark) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) is a clever and hilarious mockumentary about a group of vampire flatmates in New Zealand.

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When Animals Dream

When Animals Dream

A 16-year-old girl finds that her body is transforming and her family history has been kept from her in this Danish coming-of-age werewolf romance - fresh from its premiere in Critics' Week at Cannes.

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White Earth

White Earth

The tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes: Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.

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Willow Creek

Willow Creek

A Bigfoot believer takes his girlfriend camping in the woods where the legendary creatures are said to roam in Bobcat Goldthwait's found-footage chiller.

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Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep

Winner of the 2014 Palme d'Or at Cannes, the latest from Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) marks a step forward in his ongoing, illuminating exploration of the human condition.

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Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here

In his long-awaited follow up to Garden State, Zach Braff stars in a quirky and emotional comedy drama about a struggling actor faced with an ailing father and a big decision about his future.

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Words and Pictures

Words and Pictures

Fred Schepisi returns with a delightful romantic drama starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as two teachers at an elite school who argue over which is more powerful: the word or the picture.

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Xenos

Xenos

From the multi-award winning director of A World Not Ours (2012): Palestinian men from Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp find themselves stranded in Greece after the country's economic collapse.

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Yearbook

Yearbook

A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Animation Award.

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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (3D)

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (3D)

The first 3D creation from Jean-Pierre Jeune (Amélie), featuring his trademark mix of madcap characters, rich visuals and surreal plot, is faithful to its source, Reif Larsen's book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.

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You’re Sleeping Nicole

You’re Sleeping Nicole

This 2014 Cannes Directors' Fortnight selection from Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, A Film Without Guns, SFF 2008; Familiar Grounds) is a delightful and absurd comedy about a twentysomething's surprisingly eventful summer spent housesitting.

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Gourmet Cinema: The Lunchbox

Gourmet Cinema: The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox, a delicious celebration of romance and food set in
Mumbai, is followed by an Indian-inspired menu especially created by top Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan. This multi-course meal at glass brasserie will include bubbles, Little Creatures beer and Eden Road wine.

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Gourmet Cinema: The Two Faces of January

Gourmet Cinema: The Two Faces of January

Take a trip back in time to when a night at the movies was a grand experience in the sumptuous surrounds of the State Theatre for the Special Presentation of The Two Faces of January. Before the screening dine at the hat-winning Gowings Bar & Grill to round off your film-and-feast experience.

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James Benning Retrospective Package

James Benning Retrospective Package

James Benning is little known in mainstream film culture, but hugely important to a small but discerning group of curators, critics, academics, and fellow artists from all over the world who continually support him and engage in dialogues about his work.

This package contains all James Benning sessions for $45

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Robert Altman Retrospective Package

Robert Altman Retrospective Package

For a limited time, all eight sessions in our Robert Altman retrospective are available in a heavily discounted package. The Altman on Altman Package saves you $36.50 ($41.50 concession). Only 50 packages are available - get yours today!

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E-Team + Human Rights Watch Benefit

E-Team + Human Rights Watch Benefit

Dedicated, valiant teams of investigators from Human Rights Watch head to the world's hotspots to document and expose human-rights atrocities in this dynamic and inspiring documentary.

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Talk: Altman on Altman

Talk: Altman on Altman

In this live recording of the  Hell Is for Hyphenates podcast, hosts Lee Zachariah and Paul Anthony Nelson run through the filmography of the great Robert Altman with his son, special guest Michael Altman.

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