Feb 22: Welcome to Norway
Dir: Rune Denstad Langlo
In an effort to save his rundown family-owned hotel, xenophobic Primus decides to turn it into a refugee asylum centre to remain financially afloat. However not everything goes to plan!
Winner Audience Award 2016 Goteborg Film Festival.
Cast: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Slimane Dazi, Henriette Steenstrup, Olivier Mukuta
March 29: Monsieur Mayonnaise
Dir: Trevor Graham
After sharing his family’s story on Facebook, Australian artist, Philippe Mora was approached by director, Trevor Graham to film a documentary on the fascinating story of Mora’s father Georges. A tale about a comic book, Nazis, baguettes and mayonnaise.
Cast: Ruth Fivaz-Silberman, Georges Loinger, Mirka Mora, Philippe Mora, Dominic Mora.
April 26: A Streetcat Named Bob
Dir: Roger Spottiswoode
Homeless musician and recovering addict, James Bowen’s life is changed when a stray cat enters his life. Based on a true story and the international best-selling book. Best British film at the 2017 UK National Film Awards.
Cast: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggat, Anthony Head
May 31: Manchester by the Sea
Dir: Kenneth Lonergan
After the untimely death of his brother, Lee (Casey Affleck) discovers he is named as the sole guardian of his 16 year old nephew. When he returns to his hometown, Lee has to face his tragic past that separated him from his wife.
Awards include Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Original Screenplay 2017 Academy Awards.
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck
June 28: LUCKY
Dir: John Carroll Lynch
Set in a small desert town, 90-year-old atheist, Lucky, (Harry Dean Stanton) has outlived and out-smoked his contemporaries. He now faces his own mortality and the meaning of life.
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ed Begley Jnr, Ron Livingston, Tom Skerrett.
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August 30: ALONE IN BERLIN
Dir: Vincent Perez
Set in Nazi Germany in 1940, and based on a true story, Otto and Anna Quangel set out on a dangerous act of resistance after their son is killed in battle. The couple start leaving anti Hitler postcards in stairwells and public places – a capital crime.
Cast:. Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl.
September 27: LOVING VINCENT
Dir: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
The worlds’ first oil painted animated feature film about the life of Vincent Van Gogh. Each of the film’s frames is an oil painting on canvas created by a team of 125 painters.
Winner Best Animated Feature Film at the 30th European Film Awards.
Cast: Robert Gulaczyk, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Chris O’Dowd.
October 25: THE SONG KEEPERS
Dir: Naina Sen
In the Central desert region around Hermannsburg a 140 year old musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is being preserved by four generations of song women (the Central Australian Aboriginal Womens’s Choir). They sing 14th Century Lutheran hymns, brought to the area by missionaries, in the Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara tongues. The choirs efforts to save these sacred songs is boosted by the arrival of a charismatic conductor from Melbourne, who organises an historic tour to Germany to take the hymns back to their homeland.
November 29: PECKING ORDER
Dir: Slavko Martinov
A quirky documentary from across the ditch. Featuring an endearing and eclectic group of chicken breeders, each hoping to take away the top prize, including Doug the determined Club President, Rhys the young upstart, Sarah the chicken whisperer, Ian the exacting judge, Mark the voice of reason and Brian the lovable champion.
Cast: Doug Bain, Sarah Bunton, Bob Dawber