• From left: Lion, The Railway Man, Tracks, Jasper Jones. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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7 Nov 2018 - 3:45 PM  UPDATED 7 Nov 2018 - 3:45 PM

The Railway Man

United Kingdom, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Hiroyuki Sanada, Stellan Skarsgård, Marta Dusseldorp, James Fraser, Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hobbs
What's it about?
Oscar winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman headline the poignant story of a WWII veteran intent on confronting his tormentors. Erik Lomax (Colin Firth), a British soldier, was captured by the Japanese and forced to build The Burma Railway aka the 'Death Railway'. Decades later and still haunted by nightmares, he sets out to find those responsible for his torture, with the help of his wife (Nicole Kidman).

The Railway Man: Jonathan Teplitzky and Colin Firth
The Railway Man: Hiroyuki Sanada interview
The Railway Man Review

Jasper Jones

Australia, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Aaron L. McGrath, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Matthew Nable, Daniel Wyllie, Myles Pollard, Susan Prior, Wilson Moore, Ferdinand Hoang
What's it about?
Rachel Perkins directs Based the adaptation of the best-selling novel (and acclaimed stage play).  Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones appears at Charlie’s window and the pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.

The Playlist 11 - Rachel Perkins and Craig Silvey
<p><span>In this special episode our hosts Fiona Williams and Nick Bhasin speak to Director Rachel Perkins and Author Craig Silvey about the screen adaptation of his novel Jasper Jones.</span></p>

Watch the trailer for 'Jasper Jones'
“I want to know: What happened?” - Rachel Perkins talks 'Jasper Jones'


Australia 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Emma Booth, Adam Driver, Jessica Tovey, Melanie Zanetti, Robert Coleby, Mia Wasikowska
What's it about?
A homegrown epic, Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson's 1977 trek across the Australian outback. Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) sets out from Alice Springs to trek across 2,700 kilometres of harsh desert of Western Australia to reach the ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson had no other purpose than to reach the ocean and find herself on a journey of self-discovery.

Making tracks
Tracks: Mia Wasikowska and Robyn Davidson interview
Tracks Review
Tracks, a film that lets a woman thrive in the outback



Also available to stream at SBS On Demand


United Kingdom, Australia, Estados Unidos, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman
What's it about?
The Oscar-nominated story of Saroo Brierley's true attempt to reconnect with his lost family. A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

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Burning Man

United Kingdom, Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Essie Davis, Anthony Hayes
What's it about?
The reckless, sexy, funny, moving and ultimately life-affirming story of Tom, a British chef in a Sydney restaurant, who seems to have decided there are no longer any rules he needs to obey. Whatever Tom is up to, his actions seem to be tolerated by those around him. As Tom descends into darkness, fragments of a different story begin to emerge. All the women in his world are trying in their own, very different ways to help put him back together.

Burning Man: Jonathan Teplitzky &amp; Bojana Novakovic
Burning Man Review


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