Established in 1967 by Natalie Miller, Sharmill Films has an incomparable and uncompromised record of bringing sublime cinema to Australian shores. Specialising in European, often foreign language films, Sharmill promises an eclectic and always rewarding cinematic experience year after year.
Sharmill’s founder, Natalie Miller, is passionate about cinema and the business of film. A pioneer of Australian arthouse cinema and visionary distributor, Natalie is best known for being the first independent woman distributor in Australia, and as the successful co-founder of the iconic Cinema Nova.
Natalie’s participation in the Australian film community could never be described as ‘just business’. Since 1975, she has been active behind the scenes through membership of boards and committees of Government and independent film organisations. Natalie is an incredibly passionate supporter of independent films and filmmakers, and for women’s involvement in the industry.
In buying a small number of foreign language , arthouse and commercial films of quality, Sharmill’s longevity has outstripped the majority of her independent competitors. Her distribution successes have included The Edge of Heaven, The Closet, Moolaade, Osama, Tais-Toi, The Valet, Innocence, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, An Angel at My Table, The Dinner Game, Love Is The Devil, Repulsion.
In 1984, Natalie (with partners) fulfilled another of her ambitions by becoming an independent exhibitor when she took over the Longford Cinema in South Yarra, where she coined the idea of ‘boutique cinema’ by providing personalised, quality service. In 1993, as a co-director, Natalie expanded her interests in as an exhibitor with the establishment of the Cinema Nova in Carlton, Melbourne, which opened screens in Adelaide in 1996 (now Palace Nova Eastend).