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 the truth.

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 leads.

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 generations

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!