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End Credits Unseen Cinema Program 2017

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WHAT IF IT WORKS poster 4:30pm Sunday Dec 10

Dir. Romi Trower - Australia (M) 84 mins In English

Adrian (Luke Ford), an irrepressibly chirpy tech nerd, has OCD. Grace (Anna Samson), a beautiful street artist, has Multiple Personality Disorder. As new neighbours in an edgy, graffitied suburb of Melbourne, they find themselves in therapy with the same psychiatrist and crash into each other one afternoon. As Adrian becomes aware of a threat to Grace lurking in the form of a fellow street artist ‘Sledgehammer’ (Wade Briggs), Adrian knows he should help Grace. But he struggles to break free of his OCD in order to do it.
Will he overcome his biggest fear? It’s a love story that seems impossible. - But what if it works?
“Every now and then an Australian film comes along that gives me such a buzz, that I just want to run into the middle of a busy street and scream to everyone that they must see it. What If It Works? is one of those films.
A Must See” — Matthew Eeles, Cinema Australia.

LOVING VINCENT 4:30pm Sunday Dec 3

Dir. Martin Provost. - France (M) 117 mins
French, English subtitles.

Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from the César-award winning director Martin Provost (Séraphine).

“Provost’s film is an altogether beautiful thing, a single vision (writer-director) throbbing with truthful understanding of women, and sorrow, regret, salvation and vegetable gardening.”
Libby Purves, Daily Mail (UK)

SCHOOL LIFE POSTER 4:30pm Sunday Nov 26

Dir. David Rane, Neasa Ni Cianain- IRE, (M) mins
In English

Welcome to the school where rock music is taught alongside maths, veteran teachers are loved like parents, and learning is as magical as a Harry Potter film.

Indeed, students at Ireland's Headfort School spend their days in grounds that resemble Hogwarts – and that's just one aspect of their enchanting experience. Since the 1970s, John and Amanda Leyden have devoted their lives to making education fun and fulfilling for several generations of bright minds. As the couple near retirement, whether their passionate approach will continue is a question pondered by many.

Valuing intimacy and eccentricity just like its subjects, School Life is a delightful, whimsical crowd-pleaser of a documentary that takes an observational approach to wandering the school's halls, sitting in on its exuberant classes and watching the Leydens at work.

"Adds a vital perspective on a particular form of education, highlighting most notably that with the right educators and the right environment, it can – and should be – a joyous, mind-opening experience." – The Playlist

ALI'S WEDDING 4:30pm Sunday Oct 29

Dir. JEFFREY WALKER- AU (M) 110 mins
In English

Ali’s Wedding has won The Age Critics Award for the best Australian feature film at the Melbourne International Film Festival. A panel of film writers and critics for The Age judged the award. Ali’s Wedding was a unanimous winner.

An Iraqi-Australian Muslim struggles with the choice between an arranged marriage and a love match.

The comedy is based on the true stories of Osamah Sami, an Iraqi-Australian Muslim who deceives his parents into thinking he is studying medicine while struggling with the choice between an arranged marriage and a love match.

Sami, who stars as himself, co-wrote the movie with Andrew Knight, and the pair received the Australian Writers Guild award for best feature screenplay.

The film won the audience prize at the Sydney Film Festival in June.


A QUIET PASSION 4:30pm Sunday Sept 10

Dir. Terence Davies - UK (M) 125 mins
In English

“An absolute drop-dead masterwork. One of the rare movies about a writer that conveys the sense that the character, as depicted, is capable of artistic creation at a world-historical height of achievement. No filmmaker can create a convincing portrait of an artist without being an artist of comparable imagination.

Davies has been, for thirty years, among the world’s best filmmakers, certainly not concealed or as unheralded in his time as Dickinson was in hers, but not nearly receiving the acclaim or support that he has deserved.

“A Quiet Passion” will take its place as one of his finest
creations, as one of the great movies of its time.”

Richard Brody - The New Yorker.

WHITELEY 7:30pm Friday Sept 08

Dir. James Bogle - Australia (M) 116 mins
In English

WHITELEY is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia’s most iconic artist, Brett Whiteley, told “in his own words” using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage.

There’s a lot of ground to cover here, starting with young Brett’s astonishing technical facility as a teenager in Sydney. Then there’s the scholarship to study in Italy… acclaim in swinging Sixties London…. the time in New York at the Chelsea Hotel… the bust in Fiji… return to Australia, and the mansion in Lavender Bay… He died much too young, at 53, but he left behind a magnificent body of work. Whiteley is an absorbing tribute to that legacy.
***** A truly insightful, brilliantly made portrait of this extraordinary talent. Margaret Pomeranz – Stage & Screen

NERUDA 4:30pm Sunday Aug 27

Dir. Pablo Larrain - Chile (MA) 108 mins
Spanish - English subtitles

Nominated for a Golden Globe award and Chile’s entry into the Best Foreign Language film at the Academy awards, Neruda is a glorious mix of history and imagination - an enthralling new film from multi-award winning director Pablo Larrain (No, Jackie).

It is 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. Following the President’s outlawing of communism, Neruda and his artist wife, Delia, are forced into hiding. Beloved by the populace, they slip underground and are pursued by incompetent, vainglorious inspector Oscar Peluchonneau hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the country’s most infamous fugitive.

“smart, whimsical, extremely quirky and devilishly entertaining portrait of the poet” - DAVID STRATTON

PERSONAL SHOPPER 4:30pm Sunday July 23

Dir. Olivier Assayas - France (M) 105 mins
In English - Winner Best Director Cannes 2016.

Maureen (Kristen Stewart), is a young American in Paris making her living as a high-fashion personal shopper for an A-list celebrity, and is also (wait for it)…. a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother Louis (also a medium), Maureen goes on a journey to fulfil a pact they made as children: whoever died first would send the other a sign from the other realm.

Director Assayas’ (Clouds of Sils Maria, Summer Hours, Irma Vep) demands on Stewart as the lead here, are massive, but in the end, she is truly magnificent and adventurous, moving like smoke through every scene she occupies....
It’s the kind of film that makes you want to get coffee after and dissect it piece by piece; debating with your friends about what you think it all meant – and that’s always the mark of a good film, conventional or not.
Sophia Watson - Filmink

A MAN CALLED OVE 4:30pm Sunday July 2

Dir. Hans Holm - Sweden (M) 116 mins
In Swedish - English subtitles

Hannes Holm’s Swedish comedy drama beautifully explores the life of the neighbourhood’s resident old grump, Ove (Rolf Lassgard). The film was a major critical success in Europe and was the winner of Best European Comedy at the 2016 European Film Awards. It also made a fantastic impression on Hollywood and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (primarily for Lassgard’s transformation) at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Ove’s character and outlook on life is very similar to that of Jep Gambardella in Paolo Sorrentino’s Italian art drama, The Great Beauty. In a sense, you could say that The Great Beauty is a reversal of A Man Called Ove as Jep must find distance in order to find himself while Ove needs to reconnect with people in order to do the same.
A Man Called Ove triumphantly highlights the spontaneity of life. - Chelsea Wick - Filmink

4:30pm Sunday June 11

Dir. Mia Hanson-Love- France (M) 102 mins
In French - English subtitles

Nathalie Chazeaux (Isabelle Huppert), is a Left-leaning philosophy teacher in Paris, and an author. She’s married – with a couple of grownup children – and her husband Heinz (Andre Marcon) is cynical and dour, though not dislikeable. They’ve been together – happily enough – for twenty-five years. Her elderly mother is extremely demanding and possessive....
Things To Come is a low-key, dignified and bittersweet film about the rhythms, changes and patterns of life, some unforeseeable but others inevitable. Its understatement merely adds to its intensity. It looks great, the acting is uniformly excellent (but best of all by the perfectly cast Huppert), and the use of music – from Woody Guthrie to pop to classical – is very effective. It’s a study of emotions, stress and ambivalence, but it’s also partly one of ideas.

Highly recommended. Mark Demetrius - Filmink

DAVID STRATTON 4:30pm Sunday June 4

Dir. Sally Aitken - AU (M) 90 mins

A compelling personal journey with David Stratton, as he relates the fascinating development of our cinema history. David guides us from his boyhood cinema experience of Australia in England, where he saw the first images of this strange and exotic landscape via the medium of film, to his migration to Australia as a ‘ten pound pom’ in 1963 and onto his present day reflections on the iconic themes that run through our cinematic legacy. All of this reflects a passionate engagement in a uniquely Australian medium. Parallel and at the heart of the series is the story of an industry whose growing pains David has witnessed over a lifetime. Alongside David, the protagonists of this history are the giants of Australian cinema – both behind the camera and in front of it.

TONI ERDMANN 4:30pm Sunday May 21

Dir. Maren Ade - GER (M) 160 mins
In German - English subtitles
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film - 2017 Oscars.

Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines and decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog.
Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany.

Enter flashy ‘Toni Erdmann’, Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

THE COMING WAR ON CHINA 4:30pm Sunday May 7

Dir. John Pilger - AU (exempt) 113 mins
In English

In John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV, The Coming War on China sheds light on an issue missed by mainstream media.
Two nuclear armed nations, the US and the world’s second biggest economic power, China, are on the road to war.

Karl Quinn – The Sydney Morning Herald.
” It’s dramatic stuff. But is he perhaps over-emphasising the American risk and downplaying the significance of the Chinese build-up in order to make his point?

No, Pilger insists. “The point I make in the film is that one-sided news suppresses the degree of danger we face,” he says. “The fact that China itself is surrounded by US bases, with American ships, missiles and bombers on its doorstep, has been virtually ignored. Once you fill in the whole picture, the pattern is clear. With every American move in the region, China reacts.”

PERFECT STRANGERS poster 4:30pm Sunday April 30

Dir. Paolo Genovese- ITALY (M) 100 mins
Italian - English subtitles

The multi award-winning new comedy of manners from Paolo Genovese is a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of modern technology, and poses the question: how well do we really know those close to us?

Fairly bristling with of-the-moment talking points about the wonders and complications of modern technology, PERFECT STRANGERS became a box office sensation in Italy. Thanks to its superb, rapid-fire dialogue and terrific ensemble cast, including Marco Gallini (God Willing) and Alba Rorhwacher (I Am Love), the film effortlessly transitions between incisive comedy and emotion, delivering a fresh and wildly entertaining spin on the many ways performance has come to define our public lives.

WINNER 2016 Italian Academy Awards, Best Film & Screenplay
WINNER 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Best Screenplay
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION 2016 Lavazza Italian Film Festival



PATERSON 4:30pm Sunday March 26

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - US (MA) 100 mins
In English

Paterson (Adam Driver - Star Wars: The Force Awakens & Midnight Special) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey — they share the name.

Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani - My Sweet Pepperland & About Elly).

By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.

The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Jarmusch has created a small miracle of a film, one that is both intellectually dazzling and emotionally provocative. - David Wiegand - San Francisco Chronicle.

FLICKERFEST Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March

Fri 7:30pm Session 1 - Best of Australian

Sat 4:30pm Session 2 - Best of International

Sat 7:30pm Session 3 - Short Laughs - Comedy

FLiCKERFEST 2017 - International Short Film Festival
Celebrating 26 Years ‘The Home Of Great Short Film’

Celebrating its 26th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, and the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, presents the best of shorts from Australia and around the world, handpicked from over 2400 entries.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2017, with selected highlights touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour Jan-May 2017. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short filmmaking from around the world.

Flickerfest returns to End Credits at CoCA with Best Of Australian, International and Comedy Shorts, a one-off chance to see these amazing shorts before they continue their journey around the world; curated from the Flickerfest in competition screenings at Bondi, expect to experience the best in short filmmaking Australia (& the world) has on offer.

I DANIEL BLAKE 4:30pm Sunday March 5

Dir. Ken Loach- UK (MA) 100 mins
In English

Winner - Palme d'Or - 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State.

He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy.

Writer: Paul Laverty (screenplay).

★★★★★ A battle cry for the dispossessed.
Mark Kermode – THE OBSERVER

★★★★½ Loach has made one of his finest films.
David Stratton – THE AUSTRALIAN

ROSALIE BLUM 4:30pm Sunday February 19

Dir. Julien Rappeneau- France (M) 96mins
French with English subtitles

Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut ROSALIE BLUM is a warm, witty and impeccably performed comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.

Thirty-something Vincent Machot (Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins following her...

To reveal more would only spoil the surprises of Rappeneau’s ingeniously structured tale, other than to say that a series of coincidences – both hilarious and dramatic – memorably brings together a group of lost souls in a manner reminiscent of Claude Berri’s wonderful Hunting and Gathering.

Indeed, with its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, ROSALIE BLUM delivers a timely reminder of the best that French cinema has to offer.


4:30pm Sunday February 05

Dir. Feng Xiaogang - China (M) 128 mins
Mandarin with English subtitles

I Am Not Madame Bovary tells the satirical story of Li Xuelian (Fan Bingbing), a village woman accused of being an adulterer. After a ruling is made against her in her divorce case, she begins an annual “journey of petition” to Beijing in order to prove that her divorce was a sham and to redeem her reputation.
The film is an adaptation of Liu Zhenyun’s 2012 novel “I Am Not Pan Jinlian.”
The translators decided to find an equivalent character in Western literature for the English name of the film, settling on Madame Bovary.
Besides a critical story, Feng, the director employed revolutionary circular and square framing during filming and production. Circular (Fang) and Square (yuan) combining together in Chinese means ‘Renqing’ and rules , which obscurely transcends the meaning of the film, to ‘judge the contemporary society of China.

7:30pm Friday February 03

7:45pm Sunday February 05

Dir. Ding Shen - China (M) 118 mins
Mandarin with English subtitles

Set in 1941, during World War 2, Jackie Chan’s latest action-packed comedy tells a story about a railroad worker, Ma Yuan (Chan), who leads a team of freedom fighters to derail the Japanese war effort by using his deep knowledge of the train network. His ragtag group find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed military train filled with desperately needed provisions.

Ambushing soldiers and stealing supplies and provisions to help poor and starving locals, this legendary team of partisans on the rail tracks become known by the Chinese people as the “Railroad Tigers” .

Harkening back to Jackie Chan’s classic Hong Kong films, the dazzling set pieces and action scenes rival anything seen on the big screen before.

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