THE STRANGER in cinemas October 6 & Netflix October 19

A friendship forms between two strangers. For Henry Teague (Sean Harris), worn down by a lifetime of physical labour, this is a dream come true. His new friend Mark (Joel Edgerton) becomes his saviour and ally. However, neither is who they appear to be, each carry secrets that threaten to ruin them – and in the background, one of the nation’s largest police operations is closing in.
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STRICTLY BALLROOM – Rediscover Baz Luhrmann’s first film this year at Cannes with Elvis in the Official Selection

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, M&A Films, Baz Luhrmann and Spectrum Films have collaborated to digitally preserve and restore Baz Luhrmann’s first feature, Strictly Ballroom in the Cannes Classics’ selection. This 4K restoration utilized original materials held in the NFSA’s collection staying true to the film’s original presentation in 1992. The Original Picture Neg was digitized by the NFSA’s Film Services team to deliver an over-scanned 4K 16 bit DPX sequence from which the restoration work was generated. Grading and Aspect Ratio references were drawn from other components in the national collection along with guidance from Baz Luhrmann and producer Tristram Miall. Painstaking cleaning and grading work at Restoration Partner Spectrum Films followed with careful attention to maintain original grain and density. The same workflow was employed by the Sound restoration and after comparison of a number of analogue master components held in the collection by the NFSA’s Audio Services team, the best quality sound master was selected and restorative work was completed at Soundfirm and Spectrum Films.
French subtitles for Cannes produced by Access Media Pty Ltd

SERIOUSLY RED only in cinemas November 24

The comedy written by and starring Krew Boylan and directed by Gracie Otto follows Red (Boylan), a vivacious but, at times, misguided red-head who trades her job in real estate for a new career as a Dolly Parton impersonator.
Featuring a catalogue of classic songs including music by Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, David Bowie and more, Seriously Red is the debut feature film from the all-female collective Dollhouse Pictures, founded by Krew Boylan, Rose Byrne, Jessica Carrera, Gracie Otto and Shannon Murphy.
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CLEAN – World Premiere March 12 at SXSW

CLEAN is a fly-on-the-wall exploration of trauma cleaning through the journey of larger-than-life business owner Sandra Pankhurst and the workers at Melbourne’s Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services.
Trauma cleaners clean spaces that no one else will touch – hoarder sites, meth-labs, murder scenes, deaths and suicides. They clean the homes of some of society’s most vulnerable people – the neglected, the lonely, the addicted, and the mentally unwell.
When illness forces her away from her beloved trauma cleaning business, Sandra faces up to her traumatic past and begins a search for her birth mother. Meanwhile, the workers approach this difficult work with camaraderie and humour, bringing hope to their clients despite carrying trauma of their own.
CLEAN shows us that life is more fragile than we might think, but there is hope and reassurance in human connection.

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HERE OUT WEST – in cinemas February 3

Stories from eight talented Western Sydney writers intertwine through themes of family and place.
Nancy visits her daughter in hospital who has just given birth. Tagging along is her 8-year-old Lebanese neighbour, Amirah, who she is babysitting. It is a bittersweet meeting for Nancy, as her new grandchild is about to be taken away, her mother being deemed unfit by the authorities to keep her. In an act of desperation, Nancy makes the decision to steal the baby, fleeing from the hospital with Amirah by her side. Not long after their audacious escape, a pedestrian is involved in a hit and run. Three young men from the neighbourhood step in to help, unsure if he’ll survive the night. Across eight distinct yet interconnected stories, Nancy’s spontaneous flight sets off a chain of events that brings together complete strangers over the course of one dramatic day.
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ABLAZE premieres at 2021 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)

Melbourne opera singer Tiriki Onus sets out to uncover the mystery surrounding the life of his Indigenous grandfather William Bill Onus. As Tiriki journeys across the continent he pieces together Bill’s story. He unearths a fiery and charismatic civil rights leader, entrepreneur, theatre impresario and, probably, the first Indigenous filmmaker.
Through rare archival footage, state-of-the-art animation and eyewitness accounts, Ablaze tells a compelling and entertaining story of how Bill passionately sought to change the course of history unaware of the murky campaign to stop his rising national influence.
National cinema release planned for early 2022.
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MY NAME IS GULPILIL is available with Audio Description

In his final film, the great Australian actor David Gulpilil faces his own mortality: he is dying of lung cancer. He talks to a future audience about what it is to stare down death, and what it was to live a life such as he did, a dizzying mix of traditional Aboriginal ways and modern Western movies. And now he looks toward going home, to his own funeral.
My Name Is Gulpilil is directed by Molly Reynolds and produced by Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr, David Gulpilil and Molly Reynolds.
Audio Description produced by Access Media.

LITTLE TORNADOES – rolling out nationally May 12

Introverted Leo is a metalworker at his small town’s local plant. After his wife vanishes, leaving him to care for their two young children, he is bereft – barely able to cook a decent meal or keep the household running. So when a recently-arrived Italian colleague suggests that his sister, Maria, act as surrogate homemaker, Leo reluctantly accepts. But can one woman’s warm, nurturing presence fill the void left by another, and can Leo yield to the winds of change?
The film distils the many upheavals of 1970s Australia – from immigration and post-war resettlement, to urbanisation, anti–Vietnam War protests and the women’s liberation movement – into a narrative about one man’s struggle to adapt.
LITTLE TORNADOES is a portrait of a country at a turning point and the human desire for connection.
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BLIND AMBITION – will be released in Australian theatres on the 3rd March

Having escaped starvation and tyranny in their homeland of Zimbabwe, four refugees have conquered the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers. Driven by relentless optimism, a passion for their craft and unshakeable national pride, they form Zimbabwe’s first ever wine tasting team and set their sights on the coveted title of ‘World Wine Tasting Champions’. From the moment they arrive in France to compete, this team of mavericks turns an establishment of privilege and tradition on its head. A truly uplifting documentary that celebrates just how irrepressible the human spirit can be.
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JUNE AGAIN – releasing Australia wide on Mother’s Day

June Again is a heart-warming story about family matriarch June, and her journey to bring together her estranged children, save the family business and rekindle an old flame. It’s a beautiful film about family, and going after what’s important in life!
June Again can be enjoyed with Captions and Audio Description in accessible Australian Cinemas nationally from May 6.
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