Australasian Cinema > 2019 features in date order of general release (if known)
Storm Boy (Shawn Seet, 2019) wr. Justin Monjo, prod. Michael Boughen, Matthew Street; Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney; SA
Box office would have been negatively affected due to the inability to use Geoffrey Rush in publicity because of the 'scandal' in which he was involved at the time, but the film garnered nearly AU$5mill.
Themes of loss, grief and separation are pitched at just the right level to resonate with children and adults alike. Seet brings everything to a moving and meaningful conclusion with a lovely piece of magic realism. Richard Kuipers, Variety.
Safran’s film looked up to the skies, evoking the wonderful flying creature as a symbol of eternal beauty, its wings flapping in hearts and minds as much as in the universe. But in the new film, by literally creating a bust of the bird – as if a clump of stone or plaster could compare with the natural majesty of wings and feathers – the meaning has been accidentally inverted: a story about how something can never die becomes about how it will never live again. Luke Buckmaster.
5 February in USA; shown at Monster Fest, Australia, 24 November 2018
Pimped (David Barker, 2018) Ella Scott Lynch, Benedict Samuel, Heather Mitchell, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Robin Goldsworthy; thriller; festival release Aug18
Two twisted housemates lure an unbalanced woman into a sexual trap, with murderous results.
unknown; screened 3 August 2018 at MIFF
Celeste (Ben Hackworth, 2018) Radha Mitchell, Thomas Cocquerel, Nadine Garner, Odessa Young, Emm Wiseman; music drama
Celeste is a love story set in the tropical splendor of far north Queensland. It is a story of a family falling apart coming together again and their last chance to keep a decaying world alive. Celeste is a renowned opera diva who retired early for the man she loved to live on a crumbling and beautiful estate in the heart of a rainforest in Far North Queensland. Ten years after the tragic death of her husband Celeste is set to return to the stage for her final performance. Her stepson Jack, still haunted by the past, arrives amidst the preparations for the performance and finds Celeste is as he remembered. Celeste wants Jack to stay at the estate, but needs him to perform one last request. Celeste is set in a bohemian world of opera and showcases a stunning and unseen part of the world.
Combination: Redemption, The (David Field, 2019) wr. George Basha; Rahel Romahn, George Basha, Simon Elrahi, Neveen Hanna, George Papura, Troy Honeysett, Johnny Nasser, Brendan Donoghue, Tony Ryan; Lebanese culture in Sydney
Six years on and John is still haunted by the death of his younger brother. The choices he faces will push him to the edge like never before.
Hotel Mumbai (Anthony Maras, 2018) Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Tilda Cobham-Hervey; dramatisation of 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks on Taj Mahal hotel
The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.
The shootings in Christchurch, Friday 15 March 2019, would have had a negative effect on the box office, which was, nevertheless, AU$3.3mill.
Back of the Net (Louise Alston, 2109) wr. Alison Spuck McNeeley, Casie Tabanou; Sofia Wylie, Christopher Kirby, Melissa Bonne; family
A new student at a soccer academy is determined to beat her rival's team in the national tournament.
Top End Wedding (Wayne Blair, 2019) wr. Miranda Tapsell, Joshua Tyler; Gwilym Lee, Miranda Tapsell, Kerry Fox, Huw Higginson, Shari Sebbens, Ursula Yovich; comedy; released 2 May
Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.
Me and My Left Brain (Alexandros Lykos, 2018) wr. Alexandros Lykos, prod. Alexandros Lykos; Alexandros Lykos, Rachael Beck, Mal Kennard, Chantelle Barry, Janette Patricia Lakiss Condylis, Natalia Ladyko; comedy
What happens when you are in love with someone, you don't know how they feel about you, you have a job interview in the morning...and you cannot sleep?
Acute Misfortune (Thomas M. Wright, 2018) wr. Erik Jensen, Thomas M. Wright; Daniel Henshall, Toby Wallace, Gillian Jones, Geneviève Lemon
The film adaptation of Erik Jensen's award-winning biography of Adam Cullen is the story of the biographer and his subject, as it descends into a dependent and abusive relationship.
2040 (Damon Gameau, 2019) wr. Damon Gameau; Damon Gameau, Zoë Gameau, Eva Lazzaro
Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.
2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important now. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet.
Pulse (Stevie Cruz-Martin, 2017) wr. Daniel Monks; Caroline Brazier, Daniel Monks, Scott Lee; fantasy
How much do our bodies shape who we are? Where is the line between compromising for love and changing yourself for love? Why do we fall in love with the people we fall in love with? A gay disabled teenage boy changes into the body of a beautiful woman, so that he can make his straight best friend fall in love with him.
I Am Mother (Grant Sputore, 2018) wr. Michael Lloyd Green, prod. Kelvin Munro, Timothy White; Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard; scifi
A teenage girl (Rugaard) is raised underground by a kindly robot 'Mother' (Byrne's voice) - designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger (Swank) arrives with alarming news.
Danger Close: the Battle of Long Tan (Kriv Stenders, 2019) wr. Paul Sullivan, Karel Segers, Jack Brislee, James Nicholas; Travis Fimmel, Richard Roxburgh, Nicholas Hamilton; Vietnam War
Late afternoon August 18, 1966 South Vietnam - for three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 battle hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.
Palm Beach (Rachel Ward, 2019) prod. Bryan Brown, Deb Balderstone, wr. Joanna Murray-Smith, Rachel Ward; Richard E. Grant, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Jacqueline McKenzie, Claire van der Boom, Aaron Jeffrey, Heather Mitchell, Matilda Brown, Frances Berry, Charlie Vickers; dramedy; released 8 August
Lifelong friends reunite for a party at Sydney's Palm Beach.
29 August; screened at Venice FF 6 September 2018, Adelaide FF 13 October 2018, and Sydney FF 9 June 2019
Nightingale, The (Jennifer Kent, 2018) wr. Jennifer Kent, prod. Kristina Ceyton, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky; Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, Harry Greenwood; drama set Tasmania 1829; released 29 August
Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Ride Like a Girl (Rachel Griffiths, 2019) wr. Andrew Knight, Elise McCredie, dp Martin McGrath; Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton; Michelle Payne biopic
Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015.
2067 (Seth Larney, tba) wr. Seth Larney, Dave Paterson; Kodi Smith-MacPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Leeanna Walsman; scifi
Animals (Sophie Hyde, 2019) wr. Emma Jane Unsworth; prod. Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde, Sarah Brocklehurst; Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee, Dermot Murphy, Amy Molloy; dramedy; Adelaide FF 5Apr, Sydney FF 8Jun
Babyteeth (Shannon Murphy, 2019) wr. Rita Kalnejas from her play; Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis; drama
Buoyancy (Rodd Rathjen, 2019) wr. Rodd Rathjen, prod. Samantha Jennings, Kristina Ceyton; Sarm Heng, Thanawut Karso, Mony Ros; slavery drama; premiere Berlin 8Feb
Faceless Man, The (James Di Martino, 2019) wr. James Di Martino, prod. Lucinda Burce, James Di Martino, Rhys Sherring, dp Rhys Sherring; Sophie Thurling, Lucas Pittaway, Andy McPhee; horror
High Ground (Stephen Johnson, 2019) Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey, Jack Thompson, Caren Pistorius, Ryan Corr; drama; Indigenous themes; set NT, 1930
I Am Woman (Unjoo Moon, 2019) Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Danielle Macdonald, Matty Cardarople, Evan Peters; biopic of Helen Reddy
Judy and Punch (Mirrah Foulkes, 2019) wr. Mirrah Foulkes; Damon Herriman, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Hardie, Terry Norris; drama
Locusts (Heath Davis, 2018) wr. Angus Watts, prod. Angus Watts, dp Chris Bland; Jessica McNamee, Ben Geurens, Peter Phelps; crime
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (Tony Tilse, 2019) prod. Fiona Eagger, wr. Deb Cox; Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Miriam Margolyes, Ashleigh Cummings
Nektronic (Kiah Roache-Turner, 2018) wr. Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner; Monica Bellucci, Tess Haubrich, Goran D. Kleut, Ben O'Toole; horror
Rock Sugar (Angela How, 2019) wr. Angela How, prod. Angela How, dp Ben Milward-Bason; Akira Matsumoto, Alec Golinger, Olivia Sprague; thriller
Don Groves, 'Australian films May BO scorecard: Modest tally but very bright outlook', IF, 3 June 2019
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