Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and David Wenham star as the adoptive parents of Saroo, a five-year-old boy who gets separated from his family and ends up in an orphanage in Calcutta. Based on Saroo Brierley’s memoir, A Long Way Home, Luke Davies’ BAFTA-winning adapted screenplay follows the adult Saroo (played by Dev Patel who also won a BAFTA for the role) and his determined search for his long-lost mother. Beautifully directed by Garth Davies and also featuring Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara, Lion is a moving film not to be missed.
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Writer Andrew Bovell adapted his play, Speaking in Tongues, for the screen in this 2001 Ray Lawrence-directed film. When Dr Valerie Somers (played by Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey) goes missing, the investigation brings to light the deceit and suspicion alive among four entwined couples. The all-star ensemble cast, including Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Rachael Blake, Kerry Armstrong, Leah Purcell and Vince Colosimo, expertly delivers this suspenseful mystery.
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Theatre director Neil Armfield is at the helm of this 2006 film. Armfield and Luke Davies co-wrote the screenplay based on Davies’ semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Abbie Cornish and Heath Ledger star as young artists and lovers, Candy and Dan, whose relationship fluctuates from the highs of being in love, and the self-destruction caused by addiction, as Candy falls deeper into the abyss of heroin use. Candy also stars Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush and screen goddess Noni Hazlehurst as Candy’s mother.
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Mary and Max
Animated feature film Mary and Max from writer/director/designer, Adam Elliot, is voiced by Academy Award winners Toni Collette as Mary and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Max. This achingly beautiful film tells the story of a pen-pal friendship that develops between 8-year-old Mary who lives in the suburbs of Melbourne and New Yorker Max, 44, who is obese and has Asperger’s syndrome. Spanning some two decades of their lives, and including gloriously drawn, memorable supporting characters, Mary and Max will warm your heart.
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From director Ana Kokkinos, Head On took Australia by storm on release in 1998, and went on to screen at the Cannes Film Festival. Based on Christos Tsiolkas’ first novel, Loaded, the film follows Ari (Alex Dimitriades), a young Greek-Australian who’s caught between his two cultures, struggles under the weight of his father’s expectations, and feels repressed by having to hide his homosexuality. A confronting and explicit portrayal, Dimitriades’ performance is unforgettable. In a break-out role, Paul Capsis plays drag queen Tula.
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Samson and Delilah
Warwick Thornton’s beautiful film Samson and Delilah, co-written by Thornton and Beck Cole, traces Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson), two youngsters living tough lives in a small Aboriginal community. After their worlds deliver some heavy blows, the pair, stranded and alone, join forces and set off towards Alice Springs in search of a better life, holding onto each other in the face of new challenges. The budding love story between the leads is exquisitely portrayed.
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Abbie Cornish plays teenager Heidi as she attempts to navigate the rough terrain of impending adulthood. After a play at her mum’s creep of a boyfriend gets her kicked out of the house, Heidi runs away to Jindabyne. She clings to Joe (Sam Worthington), son of a local farmer, and tries to keep her head above water as life’s lessons keep hurtling towards her. Somersault, winner of 13 AFI awards, is from writer/director Cate Shortland.
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David Gulpilil and Burnham Burnham star as park rangers on a mission to help Steve (John Jarratt) track down a giant killer crocodile that’s terrorising the locals. They attempt to relocate the croc to a wildlife sanctuary before a bunch of bloodthirsty poachers beats them to it. Quentin Tarantino counts himself among the fans of this 1987 horror film from director Arch Nicholson and based on the novel by Grahame Webb.
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The Little Death
Writer/director Josh Lawson’s comedy drama The Little Death follows the sexual lives of five suburban couples. Revealing their fantasies, fetishes and desires, the couples try their best to reach satisfaction. The dazzling cast members include Damon Herriman, Bojana Novakovic, Kate Mulvany, Patrick Brammall, Kate Box, Lisa McCune and Lawson himself, as well as Kim Gyngell as the controversial newcomer to the neighbourhood.
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