Australasian Cinema > features for general release in 2020 (in alpha order atm)
2067 (Seth Larney, tba) wr. Seth Larney, Dave Paterson; Kodi Smith-MacPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Leeanna Walsman; scifi
In the year 2067, earth is on the verge of collapse.
After years of doing too little to reverse climate change, humans are paying a terrible price – forests, plants and wildlife are gone, and soon humans will be too, due to the dramatic decline in available oxygen. In this grey, dying world, the synthetic oxygen people breathe through masks has begun to make them sick. With no cure in sight, the only place humanity can look for help is to the future, in the hope someone is still alive and can tell them how to save the planet. Chronicorp, the world’s leading supplier of oxygen, has spearheaded that project. One day, they receive a message from 400 years in the future: “Send Ethan Whyte”.
Ethan is a utility worker at Chronicorp; seemingly a nobody. But the future asked for him, and the people in charge of this project aren’t going to disappoint their saviors. Ethan is defiant at first, but encouragement from Jude, his surrogate big brother, and promises from Chronicorp that they will help Ethan’s sick wife convince him. Ethan barrels into the future as humanity’s last hope. He arrives into a new world – lush, green, and… alone. Ethan was led to believe that the future would give him answers, but there are only more questions, most notably: if he’s the only one here, who sent that message?
Babyteeth (Shannon Murphy, 2020) wr. Rita Kalnejas from her play; Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis; drama; Venice
When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But as Milla's first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone in her orbit - her parents, Moses, a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, and a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbour - how to live like you have nothing to lose. What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family instead leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life. Babyteeth joyously explores how good it is not to be dead yet and how far we will go for love.
Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux, 2020) aka Le Daim; Jean Dujardin; man's obsession with his designer jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime
Dirt Music (Gregor Jordan, 2020) wr. Jack Thorne from novel by Tim Winton, prod. Finola Dwyer, Amanda Poser, Polly Staniford, and Angie Fielder; Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund, David Wenham; film shot in WA set in fictional seaside town of White Point; UK/Aust copro; shot mid-west WA, Kimberley, Dongara, Port Denison; WA Regional Film Fund [history: film rights of Tim Winton's novel were bought by Phillip Noyce in 2002: Layla Tucak, "Noyce to put Music on film", The Australian, 11 May 2002: 3]
DIRT MUSIC is an epic romantic drama with a haunting love story at its heart, set against the powerful backdrop of Western Australia’s evocative landscape. Georgie (Macdonald), sometimes sailor, diver and nurse used to have guts. But somehow she has lost her way. Stranded in a remote fishing town on the West Australian coast, she’s living with a man she doesn’t love, Jim (Wenham), and his young sons whose dead mother she can never replace. But a reckless moment leads to a life-changing encounter with Lu (Hedlund), an enigmatic loner, one time musician and sometimes poacher, outcast from the community. The two are powerfully drawn to each other and embark on an inescapable, intense and sexually charged affair. Georgie will risk everything for this chance of love, but Lu is haunted by a tragic accident from his past. For him the prospect is too painful and he retreats into the wilderness to the remotest islands leaving little clue as to his whereabouts. With the unlikely help of Jim who is determined to right the wrongs of his own past, Georgie embarks on a journey to bring Lu back from his past and his grief, ultimately finding herself. Based on the acclaimed novel, DIRT MUSIC is a film about people whose hopes and dreams are lost, and the redemptive power of love.
Furnace, The (Roderick Mackay, 2020) wr. Roderick Mackay, dp Mick McDermott; Ahmed Malek, David Wenham, Osaman Sami, Jay Ryan, Trevor Jamieson, Baykali Ganambarr; WA
Go! (Owen Trevor, 2020) Richard Roxburgh, Frances O'Connor, Dan Wyllie, Damian de Montemas
H is for Happiness (John Sheedy, 2020) wr. Lisa Hoppe, dp Bonnie Elliott; Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Emma Booth, Daisy Axon; family
A twelve year old girl with boundless optimism and a unique view of the world, is inspired by the strange new boy at school and sets out to mend her broken family - whatever it takes.
Dov Kornits, in FilmInk: "Sheedy’s inexperience in cinema (his only effort behind the camera is the 2017 short film Mrs McCutcheon) is evident, making the early scenes especially uncinematic, despite the premise’s potential, the beautiful locations (Albany, WA), cinematography (Bonnie Elliott – Slam, Palm Beach) and production design (Nicki Gardiner). However, the source material, Barry Jonsberg’s book My Life as an Alphabet adapted by Lisa Hoppe, means that the spine is strong enough to sustain your interest, and build your investment in the characters, performed expertly by the cast, including small turns from Deborah Mailman and WA legend George Shevtsov (Love Serenade)."
Sarah Ward, in ScreenDaily: "Thanks to a healthy sense of humour and assisted by a climactic sing-along, Happiness never leans too far from bouncy fun. And while Margolyes is amusingly eccentric in her small but memorable role, Roxburgh and Booth prove suitably affecting, and Mailman is tender as Douglas’ mother, they’re outshone by the animated but never cartoonish Axon and Patten. In a buoyant, thoughtful movie that muses on adolescents doing what adults around them don’t, they lead the charge."
I Am Woman (Unjoo Moon, 2020) Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Danielle Macdonald, Matty Cardarople, Evan Peters; biopic of Helen Reddy; Venice
Measure for Measure (Paul Ireland, 2020) wr. Damian Hill, Paul Ireland, William Shakespeare; Hugo Weaving, Harrison Gilbertson, Daniel Henshall
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (Tony Tilse, 2020) prod. Fiona Eagger, wr. Deb Cox; Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Miriam Margolyes, Ashleigh Cummings
The film is based on the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries television series and the series of Phryne Fisher novels written by Kerry Greenwood.
After freeing a young Bedouin girl from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Phryne Fisher begins to unravel a decade-old mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin's forgotten tribe.
Relic (Natalie Erika James, 2020) wr. James & Christian White, prod. Sarah Shaw, Anna McLeish, Carver Films; Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote; psychological thriller; dementia
Streamline (Tyson Wade Johnston, 2020) wr. Tyson Wade Johnston; Levi Miller, Jason Isaacs, Jake Ryan; 15-yo swimming prodigy self-destructs after father released from jail
True History of the Kelly Gang (Justin Kurzel, 2019) wr. Shaun Grant from Peter Carey novel, prod. Liz Watts, Porchlight, Daybreak Pictures; George MacKay, Essie Davis, Sean Keenan, Earl Cave, Louis Hewison, Russell Crowe; Venice
Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.
The Very Excellent Mr Dundee (Dean Murphy, 2020) wr. Robert Mond, Dean Murphy; Chevy Chase, Olivia Newton-John, Reginald VelJohnson, Luke Hemsworth, Paul Hogan; released 1 March
Paul Hogan is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight as he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation on the eve of being knighted.
Vivarium (Lorcan Finnegan, 2020) Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, sci-fi mystery: couple find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighbourhood of identical houses
Email me: Garry Gillard | New: 22 November, 2019 | Now: 18 February, 2020