Feb 23: The Beatles-Eight Days a Week
Dir: Ron Howard
The 2016 documentary film is about The Beatles’ career during their touring years from 1962 to 1966 including performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final concert in San Francisco in 1966. The film was produced with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatle widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
Cast: The Beatles of course!
March 30: Tanna
Dir: Bentley Dean and Martin Butler
Tanna, an extraordinary Australia/Vanuatu co-production, is a Romeo and Juliet story set in one of the world’s last true tribal societies. It is the first feature film shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, in a village called Yakel. None of the ‘cast’ had ever acted before, but astonishingly, they passionately and naturally re-created this real-life story from recent tribal history.
Director, Bentley Dean will join us to introduce the film and conduct a Q&A session.
April 27: Mustang
Dir: Deniz Gamze Erguven
When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalised conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives
Cast: Gunes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
May 25: Women He’s Undressed
Dir: Gillian Armstrong
A cinema length documentary that explores the life of Australia’s most prolific costume designer and 3 time Oscar winner. Until now Orry-Kelly has been unacknowledged in his country of birth and pretty well forgotten in the adopted country of his greatest success. He designed for the stars like Marilyn Munroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn and many more.
Cast: Darren Gilshenan, Deborah Kennedy, Louis Alexander
June 29: Bridge of Spies
Dir: Steven Spielberg
During the Cold War, an American lawyer James Donovan, is recruited to defend a Soviet spy in court. He is then co-opted to facilitate an exchange of the spy for captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers..
Cast: Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Noah Schnapp
July 27: Cafe Society
Dir: Woody Allen
Looking for an exciting career, young Bobby Dorfman leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. After landing a job with his uncle, Bobby falls for Vonnie, his employer’s mistress. Settling for friendship but ultimately heartbroken, Bobby returns to the Bronx and begins working in a nightclub. Everything falls into place when he finds romance with a beautiful socialite, until Vonnie walks back into his life and captures his heart once again.
Cast: Steve Carell, Sheryl Lee, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart
August 31: The Dark Horse
Dir: James Napier Robertson
Based on the true story of Genesis ‘Gen’ Potini, a Maori speed-chess champion and his struggles with bipolar disorder. Upon his release from an institution, he is remanded into the custody of his older brother Ariki, the leader of a gang planning the initiation of Gen’s reluctant teenage nephew Mana. When Gen volunteers to coach the ragtag members of the Eastern Knights chess club, Mana is inspired by his uncle’s determination to bring hope to these youngsters and to turn his troubled life around.
Cast:. Cliff Curtis, Wayne Hapi, James Rolleston, Miriama McDowell
September 28: Madame Bovary
Dir: Sophie Barthes
Set in Normandy, France, this is the classic story of Emma Bovary, a young beauty who impulsively marries small-town doctor, Charles Bovary, to leave her father’s pig farm far behind. After being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband and mundane life.
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Giamatti
October 26: Rams (Hrútar)
Dir: Grimur Hakonarson
In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat.
Cast: Sigurour Sigurjonsson, Theodor Juliusson, Charlotte Boving
November 30: The Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Dir: Taika Waititi
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush.
Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House