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ME MYSELF AND MUM    

Thespian Guillaume Gallienne (a member of France\'s prestigious state theatre, Comédie-Française) adapts his own one-man show in this flamboyant comedy confessional. He explores his upbringing, his relationship with his mother (also played by Gallienne, in drag), and the eventual embracing of his inner heterosexual after he was raised like a daughter and assumed gay. Winner of the "Art Cinema Award" (C.I.C.A.E. Award) at Cannes 2013.

 

Starring: Guillaume GallienneAndré MarconFrançoise FabianNanou GarciaDiane KrugerReda KatebGötz Otto

Directed by Guillaume Gallienne (feature debut) Written by Guillaume Gallienne

Festivals & Awards C.I.C.A.E. Award and SACD Prize winner at Cannes Film Festival 2013

Comedy, World Cinema | 1hr 25mins | M | Sex scenes, offensive language & nudity | Country of Origin: France, Belgium | Language: French with English subtitles


LOCKE   

No turning back.

The Oscar-nominated writer of Dirty Pretty Things andEastern Promises directs this minimalist thriller that takes place in a car, on a long evening drive. Stars Tom Hardy as a hard-working professional on the cusp of a major career boost. But on this night trip from Birmingham to London, an attempt to confront his past life may cost him dearly.

This is not escapist popcorn fare and as such won’t be for all, but this is pure storytelling and acting and it is magnificent, compelling and wonderful. A must-see for anyone who loves the thought of seeing one of the great actors of our time pushing himself to the limit. 

Features Ruth Wilson (TV’s Luther), Andrew Scott (TV’sSherlock), Tom Holland (The Impossible) and Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur).

Starring: Tom HardyRuth WilsonAndrew ScottTom HollandOlivia Colman Directed by Steven Knight (\'Hummingbird\', writer of \'Dirty Pretty Things\', \'Eastern Promises\') Written by Steven Knight

Drama, Thriller | 1hr 22mins | R13 | Offensive language | Country of Origin: UK, USA


MR TURNER 

From writer-director Mike Leigh (Another Year), an exploration of the life and work of the eccentric British impressionist great J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Stars Leigh\'s frequent collaborators Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech) in a Best Actor award-winning performance at Cannes 2014, Paul Jesson (Coriolanus) and Ruth Sheen (Vanity Fair).

 

"Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, Turner forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty." (Cannes Film Festival) 

Starring: Timothy SpallPaul JessonRuth SheenDorothy AtkinsonMarion BaileySandy FosterKarl JohnsonAmy DawsonLesley ManvilleMartin SavageRichard Bremmer

Directed by Mike Leigh (\'Vera Drake\', \'All or Nothing\', \'Secrets & Lies\', \'Naked\', \'Life is Sweet\') Written by Mike Leigh 

Festivals & Awards Best Actor (Spall) at Cannes Film Festival 2014, at the 2014 Seville European film festival, at the 2014 New York film critics circle, and at the European Film Awads 2014.

Biography, Drama, True Story | 2hr 30mins | M | Sex scenes | Country of Origin: UK


SUNDAY

Can one day in a broken city fix everything?

SUNDAY is a truly independent self-financed feature film set in Christchurch, New Zealand one year after the devastating earthquakes. While it is not an earthquake film, it is a story like the city of Christchurch: one of past devastation, beauty and a chance at rebuilding bigger and better than before.

Charlie (Dustin Clare) and Eve (Camille Keenan) are about to have a baby, but they are no longer together. After years of history and months of separation, they have 24 hours to find out whether they have a future together.

Sunday is a relationship drama, a classic tale of two people whose lives intertwine with the city they inhabit.

10% of the film\'s profits will go towards the reconstruction of Christchurch City.

Starring: Dustin ClareCamille KeenanJacob Tomuri

Directed by Michelle Joy Lloyd (feature debut)

Written by Camille KeenanDustin ClareMichelle Joy Lloyd

 

Drama, Romance | 1hr 12mins | M | Sex scenes | Country of Origin: New Zealand | Official Site


LOVE IS STRANGE 

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina lead this New York-based drama as a newlywed gay couple who get back from their honeymoon only to suffer unemployment due to the marriage. Co-stars Marisa Tomei.

 

After 39 years together, Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, Ben gets fired from his long-time job as a choir director for a co-ed Catholic school. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple finds that they can’t afford the rent on their small Chelsea apartment. Only days after they have gathered to celebrate the nuptials, this tight-knit community of family and friends now has to come together again to help figure out how to help their two friends. 

Starring: Alfred MolinaJohn LithgowMarisa TomeiCheyenne Jackson,Charlie TahanChristian Coulson Directed by Ira Sachs (\'Keep the Lights On\', \'Married Life\', \'Forty Shades of Blue\') Written by Ira SachsMauricio Zacharias

Drama, Romance | 1hr 35mins | M | Offensive language | Country of Origin: USA, France | 

NZ Herald review here


 

folies bergeres 

French comedy starring Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher) as the wife of a prize cattle breeder in regional France. Bored of a life of routine, Brigitte sets off for Paris under the guise of a doctor\'s appointment. There, she meets a charming Danish gent (Michael Nyqvist, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), and allows herself to be flattered by his attentions...

Starring: Isabelle HuppertJean-Pierre DarroussinMichael NyqvistPio MarmaïAudrey DanaAnaïs Demoustier Directed by Marc Fitoussi (\'Pauline détective\', \'Copacabana\') Written by Marc Fitoussi

Comedy, Romance, World Cinema | 1hr 38mins | M | Drug use and offensive language | Country of Origin: France | Language: French with English subtitles |

Dominion Post review here


pride 

Rousing, true story comedy-drama on the bitter 1984 Miners\' strike in Margaret Thatcher\'s Britain, which fosters an unlikely union of solidarity between embattled mineworkers and the militant gay and lesbian community. Stars Bill Nighy, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton.

 

At the Gay Pride March in London \'84, a group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. Though the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support, the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners - setting off in a mini bus to the a village in deepest Wales, to make their donation in person. So begins this true story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising partnership. 

Starring: Bill NighyDominic WestAndrew ScottImelda StauntonGeorge MacKayJoseph Gilgun

Directed by Matthew Warchus (\'Simpatico\')

Written by Stephen Beresford

Festivals & Awards Queer Palm winner at Cannes Film Festival 2014

Comedy, Drama, True Story | 2hr 00mins | M | Offensive language, sexual references and drug use | Country of Origin: UK | 


NIGHTCRAWLER 

The city shines brightest at night.

Jake Gyllenhaal leads this Los Angeles-set drama as a devilishly persistent creep who, struggling for employment, barges into the underground world of freelance crime journalism. Co-stars Rene Russo. The directorial debut from screenwriter Dan Gilroy (The Bourne LegacyReal Steel).

 

After a chance late night encounter introduces Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) to the freelance footage game, he begins competing with other enterprising journos to capture crime on video. Forging a mutually beneficial relationship with a news producer (Russo), Bloom starts building a business, giving her first dibs on his footage. With this sociopath is roaming late night Los Angeles in a grubby, cut-throat industry, what could possibly go wrong?

Starring: Jake GyllenhaalBill PaxtonRene RussoAnn CusackRiz Ahmed,James Huang Directed by Dan Gilroy (feature debut) Written by Dan Gilroy

 

Drama | 1hr 57mins | R16 | Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb | Country of Origin: USA

4.5 review from Kate Rodgers, here

4.5 review from James Croot, here


 



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