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Monday 9 October 

Under the Hawthorn Tree

China, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Chinese
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou, Xi Mei-Juan, Li Xuejian, Cheng Tai-Shen, Sa Ren-Na, Liping Lü, Jiang Rui-Jia, Yu Xinbo, Sun Hai-Ying
What's it about?
A schoolgirl Jing Qiu (Zhou Dong-Yu) is sent to the countryside for re-education, and tasked to help write a textbook. There she meets Lao San (Shawn Dou), a young soldier with a bright future ahead. Despite the class divide and parental disapproval, romance blooms against turbulent times

Friday the 13th

MA 15+
United States of America, 1980
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Mark Nelson, Robbi Morgan, Peter Brouwer, Ronn Carroll
What's it about?
In this film that helped define the modern horror genre, camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

Betsy Palmer, who played Mrs. Voorhees in 'Friday the 13th,' dies at 88
John Carpenter has some choice words about 'Friday the 13th', specifically, ‘It just doesn’t rise above its cheapness’

Prince of Darkness

[classification]
United States, 1987
Genre: Horror
Language: English, Latin
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Alice Cooper, Lisa Blount, Victor Wong, Jameson Parker, Dennis Dun
What's it about?
Father Loomis (Donald Pleasance) is a priest who discovers a strange object in a church basement - a canister filled with a swirling and volatile green substance. With the help of Professor Birack (Victor Wong), Loomis finds that Satan, who is actually an alien life form, had a son, whose essence is now trapped inside the canister. The evil spirit has the ability to free itself whenever it decides the time is right... and it seems that time is just around the corner. 


 

Tuesday 10 October 

The Fox and the Child

G
[country], 2009
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Family
Language: [language]
Director: Luc Jacquet
Starring: Isabelle Carré, Bertille Noel-Bruneau, Thomas Laliberte
What's it about?
/The fox and the child/ (Le renard et l'enfant) recounts the story of a magical, life-changing encounter between a wild fox and a young girl, portraying the story of their impossible friendship played out against a breath-taking mountainside wilderness. Springing from his own formative childhood encounters with a fox and drawing on years of wildlife documentary experience seen almost exclusively from the animal's perspective, director Luc Jacquet's film will offer audiences an unprecedented journey into the magical, secret world of this most elusive and enigmatic creature.

The Fox and the Child Review

The Girl Who Played with Fire

MA15+
[country], 2009
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Swedish, Italian, French
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Sofia Ledarp, Georgi Staykov, Noomi Rapace, Peter Andersson, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre
What's it about?
In this follow-up to /The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo [1]/, the focus falls on the character of Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace). Accused of a triple murder, she is drawn into tangled web of intrigue that leads back to her murky past, while Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) does everything in his power to prove that she is innocent. [1] http://www.sbs.com.au/films/movie/5942/The-Girl-with-the-Dragon-Tattoo

The Girl Who Played with Fire: Daniel Alfredson
The Girl Who Played with Fire Review


 

Wednesday 11 October 

A Distant Neighbourhood

PG
Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, France, 2014
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Sam Garbarski
Starring: Pascal Greggory, Jonathan Zaccaï, Alexandra Maria Lara
What's it about?
By chance, fifty-year-old Thomas finds himself back in the little town of his childhood. While visiting his mother’s grave he faints, after being overwhelmed by the memories of her and the father that abandoned him. He soon realises he has awoken in the past, in the body of his 14 year-old self. With all the foresight of his fifty years, Thomas revisits high school, meets with the girl with whom he was secretly in love, and tries to find the real reasons for his father’s departure. Based on the popular Japanese manga Harukana Machi-e.

Spring

MA 15+
United States of America, 2014
Genre: Horror, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Nick Nevern
What's it about?
A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.

Afflicted

MA15+
Canada, 2014
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: Italian, English, French
Director: Clif Prowse, Derek Lee
Starring: Baya Rehaz, Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
What's it about?
Two friends' tour of Europe takes a dark turn when one of them contracts a mysterious illness. They race to find out what it is and how to cure it before the sickness consumes him completely.

After the Storm

Japan, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Hiroshi Abe, Kirin Kiki, Yôko Maki, Taiyô Yoshizawa, Satomi Kobayashi, Sosuke Ikematsu, Lily Franky, Isao Hashizume
What's it about?
Ryota is won a literary award 15 years ago but now works as a private detective. He is divorced from Kyoko, with whom he shares custody of 11-year-old Shingo. His mother Yoshiko lives alone at her apartment. One day, all four are holed up in Yoshiko's apartment as they await a typhoon.


Thursday 12 October 

About Her Brother

Japan 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Yôji Yamada
Starring: Ryô Kase, Yû Aoi, Tsurube Shôfukutei, Sayuri Yoshinaga
What's it about?
Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed comedian, is the oddball of the family. Embarrassing, loud and plain inappropriate at times causes Ginko to disown him. The two reunite when she discovers Tetsuro is terminally ill. Tetsuro’s impending death marks the beginning of love and toleration.

About Her Brother Review

 

Fresh Meat

New Zealand, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Danny Mulheron
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Nicola Kawana, Hannah Tevita, Kate Elliott, Jack Sergent-Shadbolt, Leand Macadaan, Ralph Hilaga, Kahn West, Will Robertson, James Ashcroft
What's it about?
A dysfunctional gang of criminals takes a middle class Maori family hostage and discovers too late that they are cannibals.


Friday 13 October 

The Well Digger's Daughter

PG
[country], 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Daniel Auteuil
Starring: Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sabine Azéma, Kad Merad, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
What's it about?
By cutting through the fields to take her father lunch, Patricia Amoretti (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) encounters Jacques Mazel (Nicolas Duvauchelle). She is 18-years-old, he is 26. She is pretty, with the fine manners of a young lady; he is fighter pilot and handsome. A little bit of moonlight will do the rest during their second meeting. There will not be a third as Jacques is sent to the front. The second encounter leads to Patricia's pregnancy. Jacques's rich parents claim its blackmail and Patricia and her well-digger father (Daniel Auteuil) are the only ones to have the joy of welcoming the child into this world. A joy that the Mazels soon envy them and try to share, for Jacques is declared missing.

 

Holding the Man

MA 15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: [language]
Director: Neil Armfield
Starring: Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Guy Pearce, Sarah Snook, Anthony LaPaglia
What's it about?
In the 1970s, a young Australian boy, Timothy, finds himself confused. He falls for the captain of the football team. What follows shows all aspects of a relationship, regardless of gender or sexual preference. Conflict, temptation, and a huge burden which will affect every aspect of their lives.

Watch the trailer for new Australian film 'Holding the Man'
Neil Armfield on 'Holding The Man', and how it can fly the flag for marriage equality (Interview)

Vampyros Lesbos

MA 15+
Germany, Spain, 1971
Genre: Horror
Language: German
Director: Jesus Franco
Starring: Soledad Miranda, Ewa Strömberg, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Heidrun Kussin, Andrés Monales, José Martínez Blanco, Michael Berling, Jesus Franco
What's it about?
Count Dracula's descendant, Nadine Countess Korody, entices young women to her isolated island, then seduces and kills them in order to remain young. A lawyer, Linda Westinghouse, becomes fascinated with Nadine, when visiting her about an inheritance from the Dracula family. Linda becomes her newest victim, giving her blood to Nadine, but now she must try and save herself from joining the vampire world forever.

 

Saturday 14 October 

Sharknado

MA15+
United States, 2013
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring: Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo
What's it about?
A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles, causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in tornadoes and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin sets out with his friends Baz and Nova to rescue his estranged wife April and teenage daughter Claudia.

'Sharknado 2' creates feeding frenzy on Twitter

Sharknado 2: The Second One

[classification]
United States, 2014
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring: Vivica A. Fox, Kari Wuhrer, Tara Reid, Ian Ziering
What's it about?
When Fin and April are on their way to New York, a Category 7 Hurricane spawns heavy rain, winds, storm surges, and deadly Sharknadoes, and it's up to Fin and April to save the Big Apple from total devastation. 

 

 

Sunday 15 October

Major!

M
United States, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: [language]
Director: Annalise Ophelian
Starring: Miss Major Griffin Gracy
What's it about?
Major! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

 

 

The Secret in Their Eyes

MA15+
Argentina, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Juan José Campanella
Starring: Pablo Rago, Soledad Villamil, Ricardo Darin
What's it about?
Benjamin (Ricardo Darín), a retired court employee, decides to write a book about an old murder case that he believes wasn't properly solved. He becomes determined to find the real culprit and reopen the case.

The Secret in Their Eyes Review