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St Kilda Film Festival is Australia's longest running and highest profile short film festival, held annually in May in the beach side suburb of St Kilda. Each year the the Top 100 short film entries received are screened alongside a rich programme of new music videos, international short films, special screenings and events.
Holocaust Film Series
30 Apr to 11 May
MELBOURNE: Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick
SYDNEY: Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction
Filmmakers Monique Schwarz and Jonatan Jerichow will be in Melbourne to present their films at the upcoming HOLOCAUST FILM SERIES (HFS), to take place in Melbourne and Sydney from 30 April until 11 May.
Laura Tiko and Lauren Papadouplos attended a preview and recommend it highly.
Visit the official website at: www.jiff.com.au/hfs
David Stratton's 2nd Great Britain Retro Film Festival
Screening at Cinema Nova from May 12-25
Films In This Edition Are:
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943) starring Deborah Kerr & Roger Livesey, directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Blithe Spirit (1945) starring Rex Harrison & Constance Cummings, directed by David Lean
A Matter Of Life And Death (1946) starring David Niven & Raymond Massey, directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Odd Man Out (1947) starring James Mason & Robert Newton, directed by Carol Reed
Whisky Galore! (1949) starring Joan Greenwood & Basil Radford, directed by Alexander Mackendrick
The Man In The White Suit (1951) starring Alec Guinness & Joan Greenwood, directed Alexander Mackendrick
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) starring Alec Guinness & Sid James, directed by Charles Crichton
Hobson's Choice (1954) starring Charles Laughton & John Mills, directed by David Lean
The Ladykillers (1955) starring Alec Guinness & Peter Sellers, directed by Alexander Mackendrick
Our Man In Havana (1959) starring Alec Guinness & Maureen O'Hara, directed by Carol Reed
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) starring Maggie Smith & Robert Stephens, directed by Ronald Neame
Travels With My Aunt (1972) starring Maggie Smith & Alec McCowan, directed by George Cukor
Chariots Of Fire (1981) starring Ben Cross & Ian Charelson, directed by Hugh Hudson
A Passage To India (1984) starring Judy Davis & Alec Guinness, directed by David Lean
Mrs Brown (1997) starring Judi Dench & Billy Connolly, directed by John Madden
Due for release 5 th
The Man Who Knew Infinity
Based on the biography by Robert Kanigel, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY tells the amazing true story of self-taught mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan. Dev Patel stars alongside Jeremy Irons in a film that explores the brilliance of a man many believe could decipher the very fabric of the universe and possibly existence itself.
for release 5 th
Bad Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they'd reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.
Miles Ahead (2015)
An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis. (exclusive to Cinema Nova)
Due for release 05 th
Mia Madre (2015)
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti returns with his semi-autobiographical and award-winning dramedy MIA MADRE, with Margherita Buy starring as a director struggling to balance life and art. With characteristic openness to life's big questions, Moretti's mature and entertaining film skillfully manoeuvres between pathos and comedy as it considers the uneasy relationship between artistic ambition and everyday life, the real and the imagined.
Only Yesterday (1991)
From Studio Ghibli, and Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and general producer Hayao Miyazaki, ONLY YESTERDAY is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humour and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world's most revered animation studios. To celebrate the film's 25th anniversary Studio Ghibli returns Takahata's rarely-seen masterpiece to the cinema screen. All screenings will be in the new English dub, unless otherwise stated in the cinema listings here. Exclusive to Cinema Nova in Melbourne.
Due for release 05 th
Florence Forster Jenkins (2016)
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice
Now releasing 12 th May
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan by journalist Kim Barker. A desk-bound journalist is offered the opportunity to become a war correspondent in Afghanistan.
Going in Style (2016)
Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty.
Angry Birds (2016)
In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds -- or almost entirely (Animated)
Green Room (2015)
After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads. (with Patrick Stewart). Exclusive to Cinema Nova in Melbourne.
Free State of Jones (2016)
an epic wartime action romance about one man's defiance which led to a revolution on and off the battlefield. FREE STATE OF JONES is based on the thrilling and moving true story of Newton Knight (McConaughey), a soldier who, in a time of conflict that divided a nation, flees the battlefields after being disillusioned by the horrors of war
Due for release 12 th
Bastille Day (2016)
An American pickpocket living in Paris finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba, 'LUTHER', PROMETHEUS), the field agent on the case, soon realises that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy. Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption.
Due for release 19 th
The Meddler (2015)
The Meddler follows Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon), recent widow and eternal optimist, as she moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne). Armed with an iPhone and a full bank account, Marnie sets out to make friends, find her purpose, and possibly open up to someone new.
Due for release 19 th
The memories and skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict.
Due for release 21 st
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse humankindand create a new world order, over which he will reign.
Due for release 26 th
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Due for release 26 th
Chasing Asylum (2016)
Documentary. Chasing Asylum tells the story of Australia's cruel, inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, examining the human, political, financial and moral impact of current and previous policy
Due for release 26 th
The Nice Guys (2016)
"The Nice Guys" takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
Due for release 26 th
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (2016)
Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art but he was not alone. Artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art.
Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2015)
From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile
Featured DVDs/BluRays/Digital Releases
Blood Punch (2014)
A young man breaks out of rehab to follow a mysterious bad girl into an easy drug score. But when she lures him to an isolated cabin with her psychotic boyfriend, their simple love triangle quickly descends into a mind-blowing supernatural cycle of carnage and mayhem with no end...and no escape.
Due for release ? th
Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne) (2016)
Based on Colin Harrison's acclaimed novel Manhattan Nocturne (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), MANHATTAN NIGHT tells the story of Porter Wren (Adrien Brody), a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy and anything that passes for the truth. At home he is a model family man, devoted to his loving wife (Jennifer Beals). But when a seductive stranger (Yvonne Strahovski) asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon (Campbell Scott), he can't resist. In this modern version of a classic film noir, we follow Porter as he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail - one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life. MANHATTAN NIGHT will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and On Demand May 20, 2016.