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In Search of Chopin – participating cinemas from August 21


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

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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


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

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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Force Majeure



Festival de Cannes 2014

“Visually stunning”



“[Force Majeure] brushes off our surface layer, shows us the icy truth underneath.”



“Brilliantly testing, laugh-as-you-wince experience”


“Biting satire… a smart and original film.”


”Confrontational and sharply observed… another solid and provocative feature from Östlund”

Hollywood Reporter

“Sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psycho-comedy-drama inspired by the selfishness of our survival instincts.”

Screen International


A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls her husband Tomas as she tries to protect her children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life…

Reality returns to embarrassed laughter, the anticipated disaster having failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core. Tomas’ unexpected action leads them to evaluate their roles and assumptions, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. With the end of the holiday approaching, Tomas and Ebba’s marriage hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. FORCE MAJEURE is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life.

Alternate title Turist
Country of Origin: Sweden
Language: Swedish w/ English subtitles
Duration: 118 mins
Rating: M (Coarse language)
Director: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Vincent Wettergren, Brady Corbet, Kristofer Hivju
Australian release: October 16, 2014
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National Theatre Live: Frankenstein encore screenings


National Theatre Live’s thrilling captured live in HD screenings of Frankenstein return to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand!

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the event cinema screenings have since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people around the world.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Sharmill Films acquires LONDON ROAD film for Australasian distribution

Sharmill Films acquires film adaptation of hit National Theatre musical


for Australasian theatrical distribution

Sharmill Films is proud to announce its acquisition of LONDON ROAD, the feature adaptation of Rufus Norris’ ground-breaking and highly-acclaimed National Theatre stage production of the same name, for Australasian theatrical distribution in 2015.

The original stage production of London Road at the National Theatre received 5 star reviews from all major UK press.

Written by Alecky Blythe and with music composed by Adam Cork, London Road documents the events of 2006, when the town of Ipswich in England was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

The ensemble cast includes Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady) and Tom Hardy (Inception, Lawless, Locke). The film version is directed by Rufus Norris (Broken) who will take over as Director of the National Theatre in 2015. The film is now in post production.

David Sabel, the National Theatre’s Director of Broadcast and Digital, said:

“We are thrilled that Sharmill Films will be handling the release of London Road. Having built a great and loyal audience in Australia for our National Theatre Live captured live screenings, it seems fitting that they should now work on this exciting feature film adaptation of one of the National’s most innovative and celebrated works of recent years.”

As the local theatrical distributor of National Theatre Live, Natalie Miller AO, Executive Director of Sharmill Films, says that acquiring London Road for Australasian release is an exciting new step.

“We have seen National Theatre Live in Australian cinemas go from strength to strength over the past 5 years, especially in 2013 which saw the record-breaking $1 million cinema box office success of The Audience starring Helen Mirren.”

A Cuba Pictures/National Theatre production, London Road is produced by Dixie Linder, and executive produced by Nick Marston, Tally Garner and David Sabel. BBC Films, the BFI Film Fund, Arts Council England, and LipSync financed the project. World sales are handled by Protagonist Pictures.

The theatrical deal was brokered at the Cannes Film Festival by Protagonist Pictures’ Dave Bishop and Sharmill Films’ Natalie Miller.

From Executive Director Natalie Miller AO, National Distribution Manager Katharine Thornton and

Marketing Manager Kate McCurdy.

SHARMILL FILMS 03 9826 9077

Sharmill Films acquires Palme d’Or Winner WINTER SLEEP in Cannes

Jury President Jane Campion congratulates Nuri Bilge Ceylan on winning the highest prize in Cannes, the Palme d'Or, for WINTER SLEEP.

Sharmill Films is delighted to announce its acquisition of WINTER SLEEP, the winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Also acquired for Australian distribution is Swedish film FORCE MAJEURE (TURIST), winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category in Cannes.

Winter Sleep, directed by the masterful Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), also won the FIPRESCI prize awarded by the international critics. A “richly engrossing, ravishingly beautiful” and epic film, Winter Sleep is a Chekhovian meditation on marriage starring Haluk Bilginer and Melisa Sözen.

Executive Director of Sharmill Films, Natalie Miller AO, said she was thrilled that Winter Sleep was awarded the top prize in Cannes. “The film is a masterpiece,” she said.

Winter Sleep was one of our two new acquisitions,” commented Miller. “We are thrilled to have the Scandinavian film Force Majeure, a disaster movie set in a ski lodge in the Swiss Alps, directed by Ruben Östlund. The winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category, it has received rave reviews from critics in Cannes.”

Winter Sleep

In Search of Chopin

A new film from the director of the award winning and critically acclaimed
‘In Search of…’ Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn


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“A directorial coup; inventively filmed, insightful, engaging and poignant.” William Dart, NZ Herald

Acclaimed filmmaker Phil Grabsky (In Search of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, Exhibition on Screen series) will bring to cinema screens the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin – one of the greatest composers of all time.

IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN, the latest in the popular In Search of film series, narrated by renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson, opens on August 21 in select cinemas nationally.

Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written?  How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?

For four years, Phil Grabsky has travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin.  By talking to acclaimed musical historians such as Jeremy Siepmann and bringing to the screen performances by such esteemed musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and Kevin Kenner he hopes to answer those questions.

In Search of Chopin is narrated by renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply), and David Dawson (Luther) brings life to the letters of Chopin himself.

Praise for the ‘In Search of…’ series
‘Gripping’ – The Times
‘Outstanding’ – Chicago Sun Times
‘High-class’ – New York Times
‘Terrific’ – Mail on Sunday
‘Ideal’ – BBC Music Magazine
‘Riveting’ – The Observer
‘Beautiful’ – Chicago Tribune

Rating: PG
Running time: 112 mins




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WINNER – Audience Award, Locarno International Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Toronto International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival 2014

From the Academy Award-nominated producers of Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar

“A deeply affecting tale of difference, dignity and the healing power of song”. The Montreal Gazette


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.

Country of Origin: Canada

Language: French w/ English subtitles

Duration: 102 minutes

Rating: M

Director: Louise Archambault

Starring: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Alexandre Landry, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Robert Charlebois

Australian release: June 19, 2014

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“Delightful newcomer Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who actually has Williams syndrome and plays a semi-autobiographical role, is a natural and superb theater actor. Alexandre Landry, who plays her lover, is equally beguiling.” Hollywood Reporter

FOUR STARS “It is impossible not to fall in love with “Gabrielle”.” Le Journal du Dimanche

“The glowing Marion-Rivard, in her first role, appears to seamlessly navigate her thesping requirements, ably supported by professional actors Landry and Desormeaux-Poulin.” Variety

“The work of special needs actors and professionals is faultlessly integrated, and the film represents a fresh approach to a musical.” The Globe and Mail