Sharmill Films

Force Majeure in cinemas October 16


A film by Ruben Östlund


Festival de Cannes 2014

87th Academy Awards


An impulsive decision in a moment of crisis – an avalanche – drives a wedge between a husband and wife, in this gripping moral drama and pitch black comedy from provocative director Ruben Östlund (Play), that has become a word-of-mouth sensation at film festivals from Cannes to Fantastic Fest.

Critics have described Force Majeure as “A hilarious takedown of masculinity,” (Time Out New York), “A sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psycho-comedy-drama inspired by the selfishness of our survival instincts,” (Screen) and “By no means a traditional disaster movie” (Variety).

Acclaimed filmmaker Ruben Östlund is being touted as the first Swedish director who is not Ingmar Bergman to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards next year.

Force Majeure opens in select cinemas on October 16.

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Cinema Nova
Village Rivoli
Palace Brighton Bay

Dendy Opera Quays
Dendy Newtown
Cremorne Orpheum

Palace Electric
Dendy Canberra

Dendy Portside
Palace Centro

Palace Nova Eastend

State Cinema

TRAILER: MOMMY the new film by Xavier Dolan

Sharmill Films acquires Xavier Dolan’s acclaimed new film MOMMY for Australasian theatrical distribution in 2015

Sharmill Films is very proud to announce its acquisition of Xavier Dolan’s highly acclaimed new feature film MOMMY for Australasian theatrical distribution in the first quarter of 2015.

A competition title at the Cannes Film Festival, Mommy was awarded the Jury Prize, sharing the honour with French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language. Mommy has since been announced as the official entry from Canada for the 87th Academy Awards to be held next year.

Mommy centres on an explosive 15 year old boy with ADHD and his widowed single mother. But when Kyla, a new neighbour, enters their lives, things begin to change. The film stars Anne Dorval (who portrayed Dolan’s character’s mother in his 2010 feature I Killed My Mother), Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément.

The theatrical deal was brokered by Anick Poirier of Les Films Séville and Natalie Miller of Sharmill Films.

In Search of Chopin – participating cinemas from August 21


Participating cinemas and session times across Australia from August 21, 2014

Click here for more information about the film

Cinema Nova, Carlton
11.40am, 1.50pm, 4pm, 6.25pm, 8.35pm DAILY
Palace Cinema Como

Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave

Cremorne Orpheum
1pm Sun, 1pm Mon
Dendy Opera Quays
10am Thur
Dendy Newtown

Palace Chauvel, Paddington
Roxy Nowra
Paradiso Ettalong
Palace Byron Bay

Narooma Kinema
w/c August 28
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Mount Vic Flicks
w/c September 11

Dendy Canberra
1pm Thurs
Palace Electric, Canberra

Dendy Portside, Brisbane
10am Thurs
Palace Centro, Brisbane

Regal Twin Graceville
4:40pm Thurs, 12:15pm Fri, 12:15pm Sat, 12:15pm Sun, 4:40pm Mon, 4:40pm Tues, 4:40pm Wed

Palace Nova Eastend, Adelaide

Luna Paradiso, Northbridge

State Cinema, Hobart
1pm Thurs, 1pm Fri, 1:30pm Sat, 1:15pm Sun, 3;45pm Mon, 1pm Tue, 1pm Wed

David Bowie Is


A documentary tour of the ground-breaking exhibition

In cinemas from 14 November 2014


A documentary film of the groundbreaking David Bowie is exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A). Described by The Times as “stylish & outrageous” and The Guardian as “a triumph”, the exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive. The exhibition was the fastest selling in the V&A’s history and is now on a global tour that has already travelled to Toronto, Sao Paulo, and Berlin to international acclaim, opening next at the MCA in Chicago until January 4 2015.

The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Kansai Yamamoto, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie’s artistic career. The exhibition curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie’s ideas.

The documentary was filmed on the closing night of the V&A exhibition in London and directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA winning director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

David Bowie Is the exhibition will  will appear in Melbourne at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image  for strictly limited season from July 2015.  Buy tickets here


PARTICIPATING CINEMAS – 14 NOVEMBER 2014 (more to be announced)

VIC ACMI Australian Centre for the Moving Image (7 November), Cinema Nova, Palace Brighton Bay, Star Cinema Bendigo

NSW Cremorne Orpheum, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Palace Chauvel, Riverside Theatres Parramatta (from 22 November), Palace Byron Bay

ACT Dendy Canberra, Palace Electric

QLD Palace Centro, Dendy Portside

SA Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

WA Luna Leederville, Luna on SX

TAS MONA Museum of Old & New Art

Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Doctor Who makes a spectacular return to the big screen in the feature-length premiere episode of Series 8; Deep Breath.

Directed by acclaimed director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites the Paternoster Gang – Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) – in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.

Doctor Who: Deep Breath will be screened in participating cinemas around Australia from 24 August, 2014.



ACT: Palace Electric, Limelight Cinemas

NSW: Cremorne Orpheum, Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Ritz Cinemas Randwick, Belgrave Cinema Armidale, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Majestic Cinemas Port Macquarie, Majestic Cinemas Singleton, Majestic Cinemas Nambucca Heads, Palace Byron Bay, Mount Vic Flicks, Forum Cinemas Tamworth, Forum Cinemas Wagga Wagga, Odeon 5 Cinemas Orange, Scotty’s Cinema Centre Raymond Terrace, Fays Twin Cinema Taree

QLD: Palace Barracks, Palace Centro, Southbank 5 Cinemas, Limelight Cinemas Ipswich

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Wallis Cinemas Mt Barker, Wallis Cinemas Noarlunga, Wallis Cinemas Piccadilly, Wallis Cinemas Mitcham, Cinema Augusta

TAS: CMAX Devonport, State Cinema

VIC: Cinema Nova, Palace Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Balwyn, Palace Westgarth, Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, Sun Theatre Yarraville, Cameo Cinema Belgrave, The Rex Cinema Daylesford, Sun Theatre Bairnsdale, Rosebud Cinemas, Warragul Cinemas, Deakin Cinema Complex Mildura, Regent Cinema Ballarat, Wangaratta Cinema, Showbiz Cinemas Swan Hill

WA: Luna Cinemas Leederville, Luna on SX, Grand Warwick, Grand Bunbury, Grand Currambine

NT: Katherine Cinema 3

Hermitage Revealed

Hermitage Revealed

Art. Treasure. History. Revolution.
The story of Russia’s legendary museum.

Directed by BAFTA Award-winning film and television director Margy Kinmouth

Only in cinemas for a strictly limited time from September 6


The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary the museum opened its doors for the filming of Hermitage Revealed – a cinematic event that is a must-see for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia.

Hermitage Revealed takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the museum’s tumultuous history from imperial palace to state museum, and offers unprecedented access to special collections and exclusive areas that remain hidden from the public eye. The production brings together the oldest, the rarest, the most precious and the most closely guarded of Russia’s greatest treasures; items bought with great wealth or acquired by other means, items hoarded and saved from violent revolutionaries, items thought lost and later re-found – all works and their unique stories presented with an intimacy and immediacy that no museum or gallery experience can match.

From Rembrandt to Russian masterpieces, from prehistoric artefacts to the private gemstone collection of Catherine The Great, from Michelangelo to Matisse and much, much more, the exquisite treasures the Hermitage has to offer are seemingly endless. Hermitage Revealed puts you right there amongst it all – exploring the art and revealing the human stories behind this great institution.




VIC: Cinema Nova, Palace Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Sorrento Athenaeum

NSW: Cremorne Orpheum, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Palace Chauvel, Palace Norton St, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Palace Byron Bay

ACT: Dendy Canberra, Palace Electric

QLD: Palace Centro, Dendy Portside

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

WA: Luna Cinema Paradiso

TAS: MONA – Museum of Old & New Art

Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep

WINNER Palme d’Or

WINNER FIPRESCI International Critics Prize

Festival de Cannes 2014

WINNER Foxtel Movies Audience Award

Sydney Film Festival 2014


“A stunning picture.”


“One of the more rewarding film achievements of the year.

Ceylan’s cast performs with such precision and feeling that even Bergman would have applauded.”

Screen International

“Richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus.”


“The esoteric world of masterful Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan

proves as vibrant as ever in WINTER SLEEP, a Chekhovian meditation.”

Hollywood Reporter



Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes, the new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) is an immersive and provocative Chekhovian drama.

Set in the picturesque and striking landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a small village, half-empty, in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), an actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre.

Like all the villagers, Aydin has time on his hands, but as Ceylan’s film progresses, the director carefully strips away the veneer that surrounds this self-satisfied and insular man. Through some magnificent set pieces, beautifully written and performed, we get a close look at Aydin’s interactions with his wife, his recently divorced sister, and a family of locals who are tenants of one of his properties.

With a steady, penetrating gaze reminiscent of that which Ingmar Bergman brought to his chamber pieces, Ceylan cuts through the smug self-image of a man who considers himself of elevated stature, but is ultimately brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is.  Awarded the International Critics Prize in Cannes in addition to the Palme d’Or, Winter Sleep is a compelling and hypnotic study of human frailty.

Country of Origin: Turkey
Language: Turkish w/ English subtitles
Duration: 196 mins
Rating: M (Coarse language and mature themes)
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag
Australian release: November 13, 2014

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Winter Sleep – in cinemas November 13

Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible

Screening from June 20, 2015

Music Sergei Prokofiev
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigour, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia.

Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.

Running time: 2 hours 15 mins approx

Return to Bolshoi Ballet cinema season