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Met Opera Winter Encores 2015

THE MET: CAPTURED LIVE IN HD

THE ULTIMATE STAGE SPECTACLE ON CINEMA SCREENS

Winter Encores August – October 2015

Highlights from the recent record-breaking seasons of the Met Opera: Captured Live in HD

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Giuseppe Verdi’s

La Traviata

Natalie Dessay puts on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Screening from August 1


Franz Lehár’s

The Merry Widow

By huge popular demand – the record-breaking hit of the 2014-2015 season!
The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling woman who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

Screening from September 12

Giuseppe Verdi’s

Aida

Set in ancient Egypt, Aida is both a heartbreaking love story and an epic drama full of spectacular crowd scenes. A cast of powerful voices and a grand production bring the story to life on the Met stage (and on the big screen).

Screening from October 3

PARTICIPATING CINEMAS

VIC
Cinema Nova – Carlton
Sun Theatre – Yarraville
Rosebud Cinemas
Theatre Royal Castlemaine

NSW
Dendy Opera Quays – Sydney
Dendy Newtown
Cremorne Orpheum
Chauvel Cinemas – Paddington
Event Cinemas Bondi Junction
Event Cinemas Castle Hill
Greater Union Newcastle
Scotty’s Cinema Centre – Raymond Terrace
Belgrave Cinemas – Armidale
Empire Cinemas – Bowral
Cinemax Cinemas – Kingscliff
Avoca Beach Theatre
Narooma Cinemas
Odeon Cinemas – Orange
Forum Cinemas – Tamworth
Forum Cinemas – Wagga Wagga
Mount Vic Flicks

ACT
Dendy Canberra

QLD
Dendy Portside – Hamilton
Palace Centro – Fortitude Valley
BCC Pacific Fair – Gold Coast
Noosa 5 Cinemas
Event Cinemas Toowoomba Strand

SA
Palace Nova Eastend – Adelaide
Event Cinemas Marion

WA
Luna Cinemas – Leederville
Luna on SX – Fremantle

TAS
MONA Museum of Old & New Art – Hobart
CMAX Devonport

Exhibition on Screen: Vincent Van Gogh

VINCENT VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING

with exclusive access to the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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Screening from 18 April, 2015

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this is a surprising new film about one of the world’s favourite artists, marking both a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. Experience the wonder of seeing these masterpieces on the big screen while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the Van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other. Not to be missed.

Vincent Van Gogh was a prolific letter-writer – and the film has worked its way through the entire collection to choose the most revealing and moving moments, with actor Jamie de Courcey (Downton Abbey) as Van Gogh bringing to life these illuminating letters to his family and friends, making the film accessible to all ages.

The film also offers exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Van Gogh Museum as it engages in this complete re-hang. Among the key interviewees are Vincent Willem Van Gogh (great grandson of Theo van Gogh), Dominique-Charles Janssens (President of the Institute Van Gogh), Axel Rüger (Director, Van Gogh Museum) and Van Gogh Museum Senior Researchers Teio Meedendorp and Louis van Tilborgh.

Produced by Phil Grabsky, directed by Australian documentary filmmaker David Bickerstaff.


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INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR DAVID BICKERSTAFF


National Theatre Live: Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch

HAMLET

(Sonia Friedman Productions)

By William Shakespeare

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Screening from November 7, 2015

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Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (PoshChimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will screen this eagerly awaited production captured live in Australian cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

National Theatre Live: Everyman

EVERYMAN

A new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor

Directed by Rufus Norris

Screening from August 8, 2015

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BAFTA winner and Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama’s oldest plays, directed by the National Theatre’s new Director Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, it now explodes onto the stage in a startling production with words by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and movement by Javier De Frutos.

National Theatre Live: Man and Superman

MAN AND SUPERMAN

By Bernard Shaw

Starring Ralph Fiennes

Directed by Simon Godwin

Screening from June 27, 2015

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Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The English Patient, Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.

National Theatre Live: The Hard Problem

THE HARD PROBLEM

A new play by Tom Stoppard

Starring Olivia Vinall, Damian Molony

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Screening from May 23, 2015

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★★★★★
“100 minutes of brilliant brainache.”
Daily Mail

★★★★
“Stimulating. Absorbing. A rich, ideas-packed work.”
Guardian

★★★★
“Intellectually charged. Pulses with interesting ideas. Elegantly interpreted by Nicholas Hytner.”
Evening Standard

★★★★
“Offers endless stimulation and represents…a search for absolute values and a belief in the possibility of selfless virtue.”
Guardian

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

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National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

A Young Vic Production

By Arthur Miller

Starring Mark Strong, Nicola Walker

Directed by Ivo van Hove

Screening from May 9, 2015

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★★★★★
“One of the most powerful Miller productions I have ever seen”
The Telegraph

★★★★★
“Not to be missed. Outstanding”
The Times

★★★★★
“Magnetic, Electrifying, Astonishingly Bold”
Evening Standard

★★★★★
“A forceful production of visual brilliance”
Guardian

★★★★★
“Mark Strong is astonishingly good”
Time Out London

★★★★★
“Grips like a thriller”
The Mail on Sunday

★★★★★
“Emotionally devastating. Unforgettable”
The Independent

★★★★★
“The tension never flatlines”
Sunday Times

★★★★
“Strong is outstanding as Carbone…and he is matched by an excellent cast”
Observer

Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014.

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, captured live from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

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National Theatre Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS

A new play by David Hare

Based on the book by Katherine Boo

Starring Meera Syal

Directed by Rufus Norris

Screening from April 25, 2015

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★★★★
‘A triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal’
Guardian

★★★★
‘David Hare’s adaptation of Katharine Boo’s acclaimed study of a Mumbai slum breaks new ground for the National’
Observer

★★★★
‘Compelling. Unforgettably communicates a world in which life is cheap.’
Daily Telegraph

★★★★
‘Magnificent. Rufus Norris’s production has a humane, dignified sweep that captivates’
Independent

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.


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Exhibition on Screen: Girl With a Pearl Earring

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

and other treasures from the Mauritshuis Museum, Netherlands

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Screening from 28 February, 2015

After two years on a blockbuster world tour, the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer has returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, which has just completed extensive renovations. With huge queues lining up for a glimpse of her enigmatic beauty and nearly 1.2 million visitors at its stop in Japan, the enduring appeal of this masterpiece is indisputable.

The beautifully filmed documentary goes in pursuit of the many unresolved riddles surrounding the extraordinary painting and its mysterious creator Vermeer.

Who was this girl?

Why and how was it painted?

Why is it so revered?

Find out in Exhibition on Screen: Girl with a Pearl Earring, screening for a strictly limited season from Saturday 28 February

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Encore screenings: Of Mice and Men from National Theatre Live


ENCORE SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED for JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2015

OF MICE AND MEN

The hit Broadway production, captured live by National Theatre Live

by John Steinbeck
Starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

Nominated for 2 Tony Awards including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O’Dowd

“A moving masterpiece”
Time Magazine

VICTORIA
Cinema Nova: Tues 27 Jan 6:30pm, Wed 28 Jan 11:30am, Sat 31 Jan 10:30am, Wed 4 Feb 6:30pm, Wed 11 Feb 6:30pm, Thurs 12 Feb 6:30pm
Palace Brighton Bay: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm

NEW SOUTH WALES
Cremorne Orpheum: Mon 9 Feb 1:00pm & 8:15pm
Dendy Opera Quays: Wed 28 Jan 6:00pm
Dendy Newtown: Wed 28 Jan 6:00pm
Chauvel Cinema: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm
Palace Verona: Check website for session times
Riverside Theatres Parramatta: Sat 31 Jan 1:00pm
Palace Byron Bay: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm
Empire Cinema Bowral: Friday 30 Jan 2:00pm

ACT
Dendy Canberra: Wed 28 Jan 6:00pm

QUEENSLAND
Palace Centro: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm
Dendy Portside: Wed 28 Jan 6:00pm

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Palace Nova Eastend: Wed 28 Jan 12:30pm

TASMANIA
MONA – Cinemona: Thurs 29 Jan 1:30pm, Fri 30 Jan 6:30pm, Fri 6 Feb 1:00pm