Sharmill Films

‘The Reflektor Tapes’ – Arcade Fire documentary

Directed by Kahlil Joseph
In select cinemas 1 October 2015

Directed by 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films winner Kahlil Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international #1 album Reflektor.

The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breath-taking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.

The Reflektor Tapes blends never before seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 20 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.

Sharmill Films will release The Reflektor Tapes at select theatres nationally on 1 October 2015 for a strictly limited theatrical season.

Participating cinemas

VIC – Cinema Nova, Carlton
NSW – Ritz Cinema, Sydney
SA – Palace Nova, Adelaide
WA – Luna Leederville, Perth

Measure of a Man

Directed by Stéphane Brizé

At the age of 51 and after 20 months on unemployment, Thierry starts a new job that soon brings him face to face with a moral dilemma. How much is he willing to accept to keep his job?

From the acclaimed director of Mademoiselle Chambon, and featuring an extraordinary lead performance by Vincent Lindon, who was awarded Best Actor at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Release date TBC.

Louder Than Bombs

Directed by Joachim Trier

An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.

From acclaimed director Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st), starring Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert and Jesse Eisenberg.

Release date TBC.

Our Last Tango

Directed by German Kral

The feature documentary, executive produced by Wim Wenders (Pina, Buena Vista Social Club), tells the story of María Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, the two most famous dancers in tango’s history, using an innovative combination of interviews, documentary footage and complex dance choreography.

Release date TBC.

Highly Strung

Highly Strung: A story of passion…of obsession…and possession.

A journey into a rarefied world of elusive tones evoked by horsehair on catgut, of investors lured to spend millions on unique instruments. The deadly sins of lust, jealousy and greed jostle with the purity of philanthropy and sonic perfection. A duel of tension and harmony in a Quartet of youthful virtuosi expanding their skills on a clutch of rare Guadagninis. An exploration of the mystery and the lost, delicate art of constructing these robust masterpieces Exquisite imagery will illuminate a complex history of enduring instruments and their temporary custodians.

And then there’s the music!

Highly Strung will have its world premiere as the opening night film of the Adelaide Film Festival – tickets and further information available here!

Directed by Scott Hicks (Shine and Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts). Release date TBC.


The Importance of Being Earnest

Captured live and coming soon to Australian cinemas!

From 6 February 2015



Don’t miss Olivier Award winner and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest which will be captured LIVE for cinemas from London’s Vaudeville Theatre.  A superb satire on Victorian manners and one of the funniest plays in the English language, the delightful repartee and hilarious piercing of hypocrisy will make you laugh out loud!

‘Laugh-out-loud funny… all-out joy’

Dominic Maxwell, The Times

‘A magnificent, stage-filling performance… majestically funny’

Michael Billington, The Guardian

‘David Suchet leads a sparkling cast in this joyful Wilde revival’

Dominic Maxwell, The Times


Strauss’ Elektra

Screening from August 6, 2016

NEW PRODUCTION!    The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducts.

Composer: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Production: Patrice Chéreau
Cast: Nina Stemme, Waltraud Meier, Adrianne Pieczonka, Eric Owens

Sung in German with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 2 hours 10 minutes inc. intermission

Roberto Devereux

Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux

Screening from July 2, 2016

MET PREMIERE!   Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.

Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Production: David McVicar
Cast: Sondra Radvanovsky, Matthew Polenzani, Elīna Garanča, Mariusz Kwiecien

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes inc. intermission

Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Screening from June 4, 2016

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

Conductor: Karel Mark Chichon
Production: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 40 minutes inc. intermission.

Manon Lescaut

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

Screening from April 30, 2016

NEW PRODUCTION!    The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Production: Richard Eyre
Cast: Kristine Opolais, Jonas Kaufmann

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes inc. intermission