Coming Soon to Academy Cinemas
Singular sci-fi weirdness that could only have been made in the ‘70s,
The Man Who Fell to Earth gets better and better with age. Continuing
Nicolas Roeg’s amazing early run of visionary masterworks
(Performance, Walkabout, Don’t Look Now), this multilayered, highly
resonant art pic stars the otherworldly, inimitable David Bowie as a
space alien-turned-industrialist seeking water for his dying planet.
An entrancing, unusual film, tackling meaty themes of identity,
alienation, capitalist malfeasance and media saturation, and filled
with poetic, atmospheric images best experienced on the big screen.
Widely considered one of the greatest and most unusual of the genre,
Robert Aldrich’s late-cycle nuclear age film noir is hardboiled pulp
infused with the unsettling tone of a horror nightmare. A key
influence on filmmakers such as David Lynch, David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino, KISS ME DEADLY is the definitive version of Mickey
Spillane’s private eye character Mike Hammer, played here with
thuggish amoral magnetism by Ralph Meeker. Dark, ultra-stylish,
thrillingly surreal, with a truly mind-blowing finale.
Releasing in October. Six competitive men (Yorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis) play a series of bizarre games while sailing on a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea.
Opening in October. When an emotionally neglected woman and her best friend go on an impromptu road trip, their bond deepens and intensifies until an abrupt farewell separates them.
Releasing 6th October exclusively at Academy Cinemas.
Ohad Naharin is one of the most prominent, innovative and productive choreographers in the world. The film follows Naharin between Japan, Holland, Sweden and Israel - through the uncompromising work with dancers and draws a unique portrait of the 60-year old artist at the most critical point of his personal life.
Releasing October 13th at Academy. Delivered with muscularity and verve, Pablo Trapero’s 80s true crime drama unravels the exploits of a well-connected Buenos Aires businessman and his rugby-star son and their ruthless kidnapping and ransom operation.
In Argentina everybody knows about the Puccio Clan case. In 1985 it was discovered that a spate of kidnappings and murders had been the work of the Puccios, a well-established Catholic family with five children from San Isidro, a high-class suburb of Buenos Aires. They had held the hostages in their basement, then, after the ransoms had been paid, murdered them. Mamá Puccio and the daughters were allegedly oblivious, but the sons were up to their necks, none more so than golden-haired national rugby star Alejandro (Peter Lanzani), used as bait to attract victims by the controlling paterfamilias. It is through the conflicted eyes of young Alejandro that the story unravels in Pablo Trapero’s fearsomely compulsive film.
“Guillermo [The Secret of Their Eyes] Francella’s performance as Arquímedes Puccio… is one of the damnedest things you’ll ever see… Few actors have made evil so insidiously accessible.” — Michael Sragow, Film Comment
“Trapero stages the kidnapping set pieces with stirring dispatch, amping up the action with a bold, ironic, propulsive use of such pop tunes as the Kinks’ ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and David Lee Roth’s ‘Just a Gigolo’…
Despite the mayhem and Puccio’s inevitable downward spiral, the heart of the film remains the strained dynamic between Arquímedes and Alejandro: a monstrous father demanding loyalty and obedience at all costs from the prized son… Francella and Lanzani are excellent… throughout this nervy and provocative picture.” — Gary Goldstein, LA Times
Louis Theroux hits the big screen in his first feature documentary, LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, created in collaboration with director John Dower and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire). Following a long fascination with the religion, and with a lot of experience dealing with eccentric
human behaviour, incomparable British broadcaster Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters is turned down. Theroux’s insatiable curiosity motivates him to understand what life inside the Church is really like, and with the aid of former second-in-command at the Church, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, he uses actors to replay incidents people claim they experienced with high profile members such as Tom Cruise and leader David Miscavige. Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE proves that what people do in the name of religion can be truly stranger than fiction.
From the mind behind EVANGELION - the King of Monsters receives a terrifying resurgence for a new generation.
It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.
As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side—the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.
SHIN GODZILLA stomps on NZ Cinemas October 20th
Opening November 24th. Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.
Releasing 13th of October at Academy Cinemas.
“Infused with autobiographical elements, Babak Anvari’s debut feature is a terrifying allegory of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, a now often overlooked conflict that shaped much of this London-based Iranian filmmaker’s early childhood.
A constantly shifting expressionistic nightmare, Under the Shadow centers upon Shideh (Narges Rashidi), a frustrated mother unable to fulfill her career aspirations because of her former political activism. When her doctor husband is drafted, Shideh is left alone with her daughter Dorsa and must protect her from supernatural phenomena brought upon their Tehran apartment by a missile attack.
At first skeptical of ghost stories, Shideh slowly realizes that her home is haunted and gets sucked into a web of paranoia wherein malevolent djinn mess with her mind. Like any insightful work of horror, Anvari’s film leaves it to the viewer to decide whether the supernatural threat is a shared reality or no more than a psychosomatic symptom – a harrowing projection of the protagonist’s deranged psyche.” — Yonca Talu, Film Comment
A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.
When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge.
With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.
Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production.
The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing lifesized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.
London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off…
With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond), as Macheath alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum. This bold, anarchic production is brought to you by a creative powerhouse; adapted by Simon Stephens, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and directed by Rufus Norris, (Everyman, London Road).
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening.
Playing: Thursday, 13 October, 8:30pm
Sunday, 16 October, 6:15pm
Rather than spend Christmas with her
unstable mother and angry father, sixteenyear-old
Alex takes a rash decision that
lands her in a psychiatric unit with three
other emotionally troubled teenagers.
Free to leave but with nowhere to go, she
must learn to live with the others and with
the unorthodox therapy techniques of their
psychiatrist Dr Wolff. This coming-of-age
drama stands out for its sharp script and
confi dent handling of serious issues, giving
us scenes of warm humour alongside anger
and pain. As the teenagers discover common
ground, 4 Kings offers hope without false
optimism or sentimentality.
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Saturday, 15 October, 6:15pm
A couple’s joy at expecting their second child
turns to anguish in this hard-hitting drama.
We fi rst meet Astrid on the set of her standup
comedy show where she is announcing
her pregnancy to the studio audience.
She and her partner Kurt are confi dent that
they can handle anything, but their next
appointment at the antenatal clinic reveals a
ninety-eight-percent chance that their child
has Down syndrome. Later they learn that
the baby will also require multiple surgeries
for a heart condition. At six months pregnant,
Astrid must choose whether to go ahead or
have a late-term abortion. This fi lm looks
unfl inchingly at her moral dilemma, offering
a powerful portrait of a woman confronted
with a terrible decision.
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing:Tuesday, 11 October, 8:30pm
Thomas is an ordinary guy who prefers
not to face up to his problems. Rather than
acknowledge the steady breakdown of his
marriage and the downward slide of his
career, he sets off happily on a ski holiday
with his wife, teenage daughter and his
boss’s daughter. When one of the girls
entrusts him with a terrible secret, Thomas
has the choice of facing up to the situation
or pretending everything is fi ne. How far will
he go to preserve the illusion of harmony?
In this compelling drama, a man commits
perjury and worse in an effort to avoid
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Monday, 10 October, 8:30pm
Friday, 14 October, 6:15pm
Hoping to distract herself from heartbreak at
home, young German woman Marie travels
to Fukushima in the aftermath of the nuclear
disaster and joins a charity circus group.
Still immersed in her own problems and now
panicked by the wreckage around her, she is
not up to the job of distracting others from
their grief. Just as she is on the point of
leaving, she meets elderly geisha Satomi who
is rebuilding her home in the radioactive
zone. The two women form a tentative
friendship as Marie is drawn out of her selfabsorption
by the ghosts of Satomi’s past.
Beautifully shot in black-and-white, Doris
Dörrie’s acclaimed new film moves fluently
between human drama and catastrophe, with
superbly judged performances from the two
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Wednesday, 12 October, 12:30pm
Sunday, 16 October, 3:30pm
A huge hit with audiences and critics, this
new adaptation puts the mud back into the
Alpine pastures of Johanna Spyri’s classic
novel. Our heroine Heidi is sent to live
with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the
mountains of Switzerland after the death
of her parents. Her world is turned upsidedown
again when her aunt dispatches her
to Frankfurt to become a paid companion
to Klara who uses a wheelchair. Of course
everything works out splendidly in the end,
but director Alain Gsponer allows us to see
the hardships of nineteenth-century life as
well as the magically invigorating properties
of mountains and fresh air.
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Friday, 14 October, 8:30pm
Unscrupulous journalist Sebastian Zöllner
is planning the next big step in his career: a
biography of the once-famous ‘blind artist’
Manuel Kaminski. He has no qualms about
intruding into the ageing painter’s home, life
and past, unceremoniously taking him on a
journey to reunite him with a lost lover – the
anticipated highlight of the book. But is the
young biographer or his subject really in
charge of the plot? A hugely entertaining trip
through life and art starring Daniel Brühl (Good
Bye, Lenin) as the egocentric journalist and
Jesper Christensen (007 – Quantum of Solace)
as the elusive Kaminski.
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Thursday, 13 October, 6:15pm
First things fi rst. This is a documentary
about order and organisation – about fi nding
patterns, principles and logic. The world
around us is full of information waiting to be
catalogued and decoded. Landscapes need to
be mapped, households categorised, parking
habits investigated, and tortoise shells
demystifi ed. From scientifi c researchers
to amateur statisticians, the people in this
fi lm are on a quest to make sense of their
segment of reality. Is their search for order
admirable, dangerous or amusing?
The fi lmmakers step back and allow the
viewer to decide.
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Wednesday, 12 October, 6:15pm
One day everything changes for supermarket
cashier Gabi Kovanda. There is someone
new in her life: God. No one else notices
his sudden appearance, but her life
is transformed. His voice intrudes on
her thoughts and forces her out of her
routine - much to her annoyance and the
consternation of her husband. The comedy
and wonder of the unwelcome encounter
are captured through realistic narrative and
God’s-eye camera angles. Who will triumph:
Gabi or God? A visually arresting and warmhearted
feature from director Karl Markovics,
who fi rst came to attention as an actor
(The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Counterfeiters).
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing:Saturday, 15 October, 8:30pm
Twelve years after the end of the Second
World War, lawyer Fritz Bauer receives a
letter tipping him off about the whereabouts
of Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann. Apparently
Eichmann, who escaped capture in 1945,
has been spotted in Buenos Aires. Bauer is
personally and professionally committed to
tracking him down, but powerful members
of the new West German establishment are
more interested in blocking his efforts.
Who else will be incriminated if Eichmann is
put on trial? This legal thriller brings to life
the political tensions of the postwar era and
pays tribute to the historical Fritz Bauer who
committed an act of treason in order to bring
Eichmann to justice.
Tickets are FREE and can only be booked via phone 09 373 2761. Tickets are only collectable on the day of the screening. Playing: Tuesday, 11 October, 6:15pm
A young man returns to an ancient way
of life in this contemplative documentary
about a family farm high in the mountains of
Austria. The Werners have been working the
land for over four centuries. The last of their
line is Heinz who has been running the farm
single-handedly for most of his adult life.
Now in his eighties, he is on the lookout for
a successor and settles on Johannes Gastl.
The twenty-two-year-old learns how to
forge a scythe, reap the grain and mill his
own fl our, becoming heir to the farm and to
knowledge that has passed down through
Based on the acclaimed book ``History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,`` DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt`s (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award winner Mick Jackson (``Temple Grandin``) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award nominated writer David Hare (THE READER). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.
Since the early days, Jerry Lewis - in the line of Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel - had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches and signature slapstick humor. Yet Lewis was far more than just a clown. He was also a groundbreaking filmmaker whose unquenchable curiosity led him to write, produce, stage and direct many of the films he appeared in, resulting in such adored classics as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, and The Nutty Professor. By becoming a ``total filmmaker,`` Lewis surpassed expectations as a comic performer and emerged as a driving force in Hollywood. He broke boundaries with his technical innovations, unique voice and keen visual eye, even garnering respect and praise overseas. However, American critics and the cultural elite tended to reject his abrasive art. While they viewed Lewis as nothing more than just a clown, others like the French recognized him as a true auteur, giving rise to questions that have perplexed American pop culture for over 50 years: Why do Europeans love Jerry Lewis? What is this inexplicable aversion Americans have towards him? Is he just a brash, anything-for-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown?
Sylvia: Tracing Blood plots the clandestine and violent path of international spy Sylvia Raphael, a South African woman who infiltrated Israel`s enemies, emerging as a top female Mossad agent.
Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist`s epic adventure into his family`s secret past. Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father`s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother`s miraculous escape enroute to Auschwitz. Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family`s story. He also packs his paints and easel, as he embarks on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents, their survival and the Holocaust. From LA to Berlin, Paris to Melbourne, Monsieur Mayonnaise is a richly layered, road movie starring artists, real life heroes, Nazi villains ... and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!