Homegrown

In four corners of the globe - in each of the four seasons - four outstanding violinists undergo an extraordinary journey through their homelands. The resonant and much-loved music of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, along with the timeless stories of the artists, form the backbone of this celebration of friendship, homeland and, fundamentally, the cycle of seasons. From the springtime blossoms of Japa... Read more
Young. Real. Naive. ... In 1999, 21-year-old Jesse Martin became the youngest person ever to sail solo, non stop and unassisted around the world. On his return he took four other young people sailing on what was planned to be a three-year voyage, stopping at the world's most remote and beautiful places. Dubbing the trip the ‘Journey of Young People', Martin intended to make a 13-part documentary s... Read more
If you go down to the woods today... ... The close friendship of three teenagers crumbles at the hands of a deranged sociopath in Acolytes, a nail-biting thriller from Redball director Jon Hewitt.James and Mark have been tormented their whole lives by local bully Gary Parker, and in their final year of high school they vow revenge. When they stumble across a serial killer they see an opportunity t... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... You wouldn't know a cult if you joined one.What is Kenja? It is derided as a ‘secretive cult' in the media, its leader described as a ‘seedy conman' in parliament. For 25 years, Kenja has fought all the negativity the world could throw. But Kenja isn't going under.Last year, Ken Dyers and Jan Hamilton allowed a film crew unprecedented access to the ‘spiritual evolvement centre' ... Read more
Two's a crowd. ... Geoff Brewster is seeing out his final days at the family's isolated coastal shack - walking the beach and leaving tape-recorded confessions for his estranged wife. But when his Porsche-driving nephew Josh arrives unannounced, a deadly game ensues that threatens to destroy both men. ... Hailing the much-awaited return of celebrated Australian auteur Alkinos Tsilimidos (Tom White... Read more
A Danish drugs and sex education book, The Little Red Schoolbook, caused so much outrage in 1971 that the governments of Australia and many European countries called for it to be banned. Using this furore as its lynchpin, The Book that Shook the World investigates the repressive censorship laws under which Australians lived in the 60s/70s, and shows how change was brought about by the actions of p... Read more
A father's struggle to reunite his family over a single afternoon, told in real-time and, effectively, shot in a single take. Living alone on home detention, Chris (Richard Green) is preparing Christmas lunch for his teenage daughter when an old friend offers a disturbing truth about his ex-wife's new boyfriend. In painstaking detail - minute by minute - he wrestles with this secret and with the p... Read more
Bring'Em Back is a political and emotional plea for the return of Melbourne's beloved ‘connies' - or conductors, for those of you of a younger vintage. ... Director Phillip Donnellon's documentary, full of humour and passion, harks back to a time before the government sell off of public assets, to a debate that brought this city to a standstill and caused deep divisions within the Victorian Labor ... Read more
“Rarely has an ecological menace appeared as entertaining.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Frog-marching their way across the nation for the last 75 years, these amphibian invaders have multiplied from a mere 102 - introduced in the 30s to kill sugar-cane-devouring beetles - to numbers estimated in excess of 1.5 billion. In a follow up to his 1988 documentary Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, filmmaker ... Read more
“Enigmatic, playful like some sensual and modern Mankiewicz movie, beautifully directed, fragile… It distillates trouble in a very subtle way.” - Laurent Jacob at Cannes Film Festival A dying director sends for a young man to visit him in a meditation retreat to perform scenes from a story of his life. The young man has been given a tape of instructions: He must visit different rooms over the week... Read more
'It could be easier to ask what isn't Dreamland about. But I think the answer would still be the same. Everything and nothing, all at the same time.' - filmmaker Ivan Sen ... Set somewhere on the Extraterrestial Highway, just outside of the infamous Area 51, Dan Freeman, UFO hunter, searches for reasons for living and for signs of life from outer space. ... This second feature from filmmaker Ivan ... Read more
Drive is a film about lethal combinations. A documentary project conceived by community organisation Big hART, it goes behind the official advertising campaigns to produce a highly personal and cinematic look at the connections between young Tasmanian men, fast cars, booze and drugs. The truth about Australia's biggest killer of young men between the ages of 18 and 25 is moving, intimate and direc... Read more
A real-life thriller about Norma Khouri, the people she conned and how no-one's safe in the age of spin. In July 2004, Norma Khouri, best-selling author of Forbidden Love, was exposed as a fake. She had won fame and fortune as a Jordanian virgin on the run from Islamic extremists who had put a fatwah on her for her campaign against honour killings. But she was really Norma Bagain, a Chicago real e... Read more
WORLD PREMIERE ... Four hundred asylum seekers pitched into the sea when their people-smuggling boat from Indonesia sank in 2001. Three hundred and fifty three people drowned. Only seven survivors made it to Australia. Amal Basry was one of those survivors. ... Controversy surrounded the sinking of the boat, known as SIEV X (Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel Unknown). In public, Amal became an advoca... Read more
It is happening now: in our country. ... Shot by Dutch cinematographer Leonard Retel Helmrich, known for his innovative camera techniques, this documentary is one of the most exquisitely crafted pieces of filmmaking in this section - and beyond. In My Father's Country takes us inside the Dhuruputji community in remote Australia as it prepares a young boy for a ritual initiation ceremony. Handled w... Read more
Two of the world's finest actors, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, prepare to perform the Sydney Theatre Company's version of Hedda Gabler in New York. Normally, the rehearsal room is a sacred space, a private domain for taking risks, exposing vulnerabilities and, at its best, creating magic. This documentary gives unprecedented access to a demanding five-week rehearsal process, observing the high... Read more
Known as the unofficial curator of Australian architecture, John Gollings is a wizard who can turn a building into an award-winning piece of art. Combining his two loves, architecture and photography, this man has conceived the most memorable of architectural images - whether detailing the modern metropolis of Melbourne, or the rapidly changing topography of Asia. ... This documentary offers a pee... Read more
The stories of these marvellous people who suffered so terribly as individuals yet eschew bitterness for warmth, generosity and a wonderful sense of humour are proof that, even in the darkest night, there is light. Filmmaker Paul Cox returns to the documentary form following his experiences of 1998 making Molokai, The Story of Father Damien. Having nurtured a friendship with the 32 remaining lepro... Read more
“Australia's own buried idol… he was a world champion, a former Australian of the Year, a musician with Number 1 hits and the greatest Aboriginal boxer of all time.” - filmmaker Eddie MartinTokyo 1968, Japanese boxer Fighting Harada loses the world bantamweight title after 15 rounds, propelling the victor Lionel Rose into the history books as the first ever Aboriginal world championship boxer. Ret... Read more
It's about love, it's about loss, it's about sex. ... Isolated, a lonely tollbooth operator watches as the world flows past him in a never-ending stream of vehicles, their passengers travelling to and from their lives. They don't give him a second thought, but from their clothes, their hair, their cars, he imagines the kind of world they inhabit. Taking this concept and running with it, Giula Sand... Read more
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