Sharmill Films

VIKINGS from the British Museum



Schools version available: contact us for details

This special British Museum cinema event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend filmed live in London in April 2014. Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and presented by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood, the exhibition will be brought to life by curators Gareth Williams and Tom Williams, alongside experts on Viking ships and swords, burial and beliefs, and language and legacy.

With demonstrations, stunning close-up photography of the Viking objects in the exhibition and a torch-lit burial staged in the grounds of the museum, Vikings from the British Museum will be a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped our modern lives.

Running time: 90 mins (to be confirmed)

Supported by BP

Organised with the National Museum of Denmark and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet


By William Shakespeare
Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad
Directed by David Leveaux
Screening from 17 May, 2014


‘Orlando Bloom sets hearts racing!’ The Hollywood Reporter
‘Genuinely luminous’ The New York Times
‘Orlando Bloom roars onto the stage!’ Associated Press
‘Condola Rashad is a radiant Juliet’ Entertainment Weekly

Prejudice. Anger. Betrayal. And the chance that true love could actually conquer all. It could only be the greatest love story of all time…

Filmed live on Broadway and starring the British actor Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad, this dazzling new production of Romeo and Juliet is a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. Staged on Broadway for the first time in 36 years, director David Leveaux brings a dynamic energy and contemporary setting to his interpretation of this eternally tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.  With 2014 marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet will appeal both to the regular theatre-goer and those coming to Shakespeare for the very first time.


VIC: Cinema Nova, Village Rivoli Cinemas, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Balwyn, Sorrento Athenaeum, Upper Yarra Arts Centre and The Memo Healesville

NSW: Dendy Opera Quays, Cremorne Orpheum, Dendy Newtown, Palace Norton Street, Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, Event Cinemas Castle Hill, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Palace Byron Bay, Greater Union Newcastle

ACT: Dendy Canberra, Palace Electric

QLD: Dendy Portside, Palace Barracks, Noosa 5 Cinemas, BCC Toowoomba Strand Cinema, BCC Pacific Fair

SA: Palace Nova Eastend, Event Cinemas Marion

WA: Luna Cinemas Windsor

TAS: State Cinema




National Theatre Live: A Small Family Business


By Alan Ayckbourn
Starring Nigel Lindsay
Directed by Adam Penford

Screening from July 2014

A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.



Country of Origin: Canada

Language: French w/ English subtitles
Duration: 102 minutes
Rating: To be advised
Director: Louise Archambault
Australian release: June 19, 2014

Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin, at the recreation centre where they are choir members, they have been inseparable. However, because they are “different,” their loved ones are fearful of their relationship. As the choir prepare for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence. As determined as she is, Gabrielle must still confront other people’s prejudices as well as her own limitations in the hope of experiencing an extraordinary love with Martin.


Bolshoi Ballet: Marco Spada


Screening on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May 2014

[Replaces The Golden Age]

Music:Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
Original choreography: Joseph Mazilier (1857)
New choreography, sets and costumes: Pierre Lacotte (2013)
With the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de ballet

The bandit Marco Spada cheerfully plunders the surrounding region just under the nose of the Governor. He hides his identity carefully and raises his daughter Angela in a castle. Completely unaware of his double life and his clandestine activities, Angela is concerned about her love situation. She longs for Prince Frederici but is shattered when she discovers she may not be able to marry him as he is already engaged…

Recently added to the Bolshoi’s repertoire (November 2013), this “swashbuckling” ballet, rarely presented previously, now sees its rebirth on the stage of the famed theatre. Re-created specifically for the Bolshoi by French choreographer Pierre Lacotte, “Marco Spada, or the Bandit’s Daughter” is a grandiose and unique ballet both on a technical and dramatic level: complex choreography, five lead roles created for five principals, several changes in scenery, the participation of nearly all the Corps de ballet, and even the presence of animals on stage. With its scenes of pantomime, devilish intrigue, rejected suitors, kidnapping heroines, rebellion, and lovers misunderstandings, Marco Spada is a fresh and joyful ballet not to be missed.


National Theatre Live Encores: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

National Theatre Live: Encores
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
Starring Luke Treadaway, Niamh Cusack, Nicola Walker, Paul Ritter, Una Stubbs

Directed by Marianne Elliot

Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play


Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to cinemas from 24 May.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.


NT Live: CORIOLANUS starring Tom Hiddleston in cinemas 22 February

National Theatre Live: King Lear


By William Shakespeare
Starring Simon Russell Beale
Directed by Sam Mendes

Screening from JUNE 2014

Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.

National Theatre Live: National Theatre’s War Horse

National Theatre Live:
The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford
Captured live in HD from London’s West End

Screening from March 8, 2014

Click here for participating cinemas around Australia

The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, captured live in HD from London’s West End to cinemas.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this landmark production in a cinema near you.


Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Express, Sunday Times, Time Out, The Times

‘The theatre event of the decade.’ Sunday Times

‘A landmark theatre event. Thrilling!’ Time Magazine

‘Theatrical magic.’ New York Times

‘Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production’ Daily Telegraph (UK)




Cinema Nova – Carlton

Palace Cinema Como
Palace Dendy Brighton
Sun Theatre – Yarraville
Rosebud Cinemas
Theatre Royal Castlemaine
Her Majesty’s Theatre – Ballarat
Deakin Cinemas – Mildura
Wangaratta Cinemas
The Memo and Upper Yarra Arts Centre

Dendy Opera Quays – Sydney
Dendy Newtown
Hayden Orpheum – Cremorne
Chauvel Cinemas – Paddington
Riverside Theatres – Parramatta
Palace Byron Bay
Empire Cinemas – Bowral
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Belgrave Cinemas – Armidale
Cinemax – Kingscliff
Arcadia Twin – Ulladulla
Narooma Cinema
Inlet Cinema – Sussex
Mount Vic Flicks
Forum Cinemas – Tamworth
Forum Cinemas – Wagga Wagga
Odeon Cinemas – Orange
Griffith City Cinema
Regent Cinema – Murwillumbah
Picture Show Man Cinema – Merimbula
Manning Entertainment Centre – Taree

Dendy Canberra

Palace Barracks – Brisbane
Dendy Portside – Hamilton
The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Pilbeam Theatre – Rockhampton
Noosa Arts Centre (Breath of Fresh Air)

Palace Nova Eastend – Adelaide
Mitcham Cinema
Mt Barker Cinema
Whyalla Cinema & Middleback Theatre
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre
Northern Festival Centre
Chaffey Theatre
Statewide Cinema – Moonta & Kadina

Luna Cinemas – Leederville
Luna on SX – Fremantle
Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Mosman Park

MONA Museum of Old & New Art – Hobart
CMAX Devonport

Alice Springs Cinemas

One Life


BBC Earth Films in association with Magic Light Pictures present an extraordinary film – ONE LIFE – about the greatest force on Earth.
In celebrating its challenges, triumphs and beauty, ONE LIFE reveals how we are all connected, reminding us we all share one planet, one future.

ONE LIFE celebrates the journey that all living things take, from the moment they are born to that most important achievement, their vital goal: the happy and successful delivery of youngsters of their own – the next generation.
The film explores the common themes and challenges that connect us all with animals and nature as we take life’s journey.
BBC Earth Films combine great storytelling with awe-inspiring HD film footage to connect audiences with their planet, and have set the benchmark for this genre with landmark film credits including Deep Blue (Andy Byatt & Alastair Fothergill, 2003) and Earth (Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield, 2007).
ONE LIFE is narrated by Daniel Craig (James Bond) the first time the actor has lent his voice to a documentary feature.



VIC: Cinema Nova, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn

NSW: Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Palace Chauvel, Palace Norton Street, Palace Byron Bay, Scotty’s Cinema Centre, Arcadia Twin Ulladulla

ACT: Dendy Canberra, Palace Electric

QLD: Palace Centro, Dendy Portside, Palace Barracks

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

WA: Luna Windsor Nedlands

TAS: CMAX Devonport