Films in January 2022


Julie (Renate Reinsve) is turning thirty and her life is an existential mess. She is struggling to find her career path and her older boyfriend, Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie) – a successful graphic novelist – is pushing for them to settle down. One night she gatecrashes a party and meets the young and charming Eivind (Herbert Nordrum). Before long she has broken up with Aksel and thrown herself into yet another new relationship, hoping for a new perspective on her life. But she will come to realise that some life choices are already behind her. Winner of the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD is a smart, sexy and funny coming-of-age drama from famed Norwegian director Joachim Trier.
Trailer viewable HERE


Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. Written and directed by Wes Anderson, the film stars Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephan Park, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Liev Schrieber, Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Lois Smith, Saoirse Ronan, Christoph Waltz, Cécile de France, Guillaume Gallienne, Jason Schwartzman, Tony Revolori, Rupert Friend, Henry Winkler, Bob Balaban, Hippolyte Girardot, and Anjelica Houston.
Trailer viewable HERE

Writer/director Éric Besnard’s mouth-watering new historical comedy indelibly pairs Grégory Gadebois and Isabelle Carré as a gifted chef and his unlikely protégé, who must find the resolve to free themselves from servitude. In 1789 France, just prior to the Revolution, gastronomy is strictly the domain of the aristocrats; indeed, the prestige of a noble house is entirely dependent on the quality and reputation of its table. So, when the talented but prideful cook Manceron (Gadebois) serves an unapproved dish of his own creation at a dinner hosted by the self-entitled Duke of Chamfort (Benjamin Lavernhe), the repercussions are brutal, and he is promptly dismissed. The wounded Manceron swears off his passion and retreats with his son to a regional inn visited only infrequently by travellers, and where vegetable soup is the common meal. But when a mysterious woman (Carré) arrives and offers to pay to become his apprentice, the stage is set for a wildly enjoyable tale of reignited passion, mentorship and revenge… and of the creation of France’s very first restaurant. Joining the ranks of films such as ‘Big Night’, ‘Chocolat’ and ‘Babette’s Feast’ in its joyous depiction of the preparation and love of fine cuisine, DELICIOUS is just that.
Trailer viewable HERE


From director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia) LICORICE PIZZA is a coming of age comedy set in early 1970s California. Starring Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman (son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman), Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, Tom Waits and Benny Safdie, Anderson’s latest feature is an awards season favourite.
Alana Kane (Haim) meets teenage actor and entrepreneur Gary Valentine (Hoffman) while working as a photographic portrait assistant during the dying days of the age of Aquarius. Drawn to the smooth-talking Gary’s confidence, Alana soon discovers a mature soul who’s well connected across the San Fernando Valley. Joining forces on a new business venture, their new friendship blossoms in unexpectedly positive ways.
Trailer viewable HERE


Nominated for two BAFTA® awards for Best British Film and Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, LIMBO is a funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience.
Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request, and wanders the epic landscape searching for answers to a complex past and unknown future.
He may be stuck, but he is not alone. Omar and his new flatmates attend hilariously misjudged ‘cultural awareness’ classes. They binge the Friends boxset, debating whether Ross and Rachel were on a break. And Freddie Mercury-obsessed Farhad tries to convince Omar to participate in the local open mic night.
LIMBO deploys pitch perfect wit and crisp observation to shine a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a crisis that most of us only experience through headlines.
Trailer viewable HERE

The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be a whole lot different. SPENCER is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.
SPENCER is directed by Pablo Larraín and stars Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins, Jack Farthing.

Trailer viewable HERE

Now Showing: December ’21


Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. Written and directed by Wes Anderson, the film stars Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephan Park, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Liev Schrieber, Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Lois Smith, Saoirse Ronan, Christoph Waltz, Cécile de France, Guillaume Gallienne, Jason Schwartzman, Tony Revolori, Rupert Friend, Henry Winkler, Bob Balaban, Hippolyte Girardot, and Anjelica Houston.
Trailer viewable HERE


Marjorie Lawrence was born in 1907 and grew up in Winchelsea, country Victoria, Australia, dreaming of becoming an opera star. She went to Paris to study singing in 1928 and became the greatest Wagnerian Soprano in France, before being lured to the USA to perform at the Metropolitan, where she famously rode her horse Grane into Siegfried’s pyre in a performance of Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. She also performed Salome at the Met, delivering an enticing “Dance of the Seven veils” that shocked and delighted New York audiences, winning critical acclaim. At the height of her career, Marjorie was tragically cut down by polio at the age of 33. Remarkably she partially recovered from the illness and continued singing in a wheelchair. In 1955 M-G-M made a movie of her life, “Interrupted Melody” starring Glenn Ford and Eleanor Parker, which won an Academy Award.
Trailer viewable HERE


From award-winning writer/director Justin Chon, Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.
Trailer viewable HERE

From acclaimed writer/director Janicza Bravo, Zola’s stranger than fiction saga, which she first told in a now iconic series of viral, uproarious tweets, comes to dazzling cinematic life. Zola (newcomer Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough), who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale.

Trailer viewable HERE

Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides.
The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, reveling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her.
As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?

Trailer viewable HERE

Special Season of Two Hands

Please join us for the Opening Night screenings of TWO HANDS on Thursday 2nd December at 6pm or 8.30pm, with all tix $20 inc. Cocktail courtesy of our friends at CAPI and FOUR PILLARS. Posters from the entire #PivotPosterArt series will be available to purchase on the night!
Also, there are a series of encore screenings through the week (see below) at standard ticket prices – book now!

Double Vaxx now Required for Entry

Please note from Friday 22nd October:

All attendees to the cinema must sign in with the QR Code in own foyer spaces & produce proof of Double Vaccination. You may produce a hard copy, digital image or the most handy way is to link your Vaccination Record to the QR Check-In App via the Medicare App.
Please email us: if you require assistance.#SupportEachOther

Upcoming Films – October 2021

NITRAM  Now Showing!
A narrative depiction of the events leading up to one of the darkest chapters in modern Australian history from director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and stars Caleb Landry Jones (WINNER – Best Actor Cannes 2021), Anthony LaPaglia (Balibo), Judy Davis (The Dressmaker) and Essie Davis (The Babadook).
Nitram comes to The Pivotonian straight from Cannes, where it was the first Australian film to screen as part of the illustrious festival’s official competition in 10 years – and the first Victorian film to do so in more than 30 years, with Caleb Landry Jones receiving Best Actor award for ths harrowing performance.
Trailer viewable HERE

PIG  Now Showing!
Nicolas Cage stars as Rob, a hermitic Oregonian truffle hunter and former chef who lives alone in the woods by choice, with only his beloved foraging hog for company. Less pet than livelihood, the sow has value for Rob that is more than just sentimental. So, when she’s pig-napped in a violent raid, Rob is forced to return to civilisation – and the past he deliberately left behind – as he goes looking for the animal, and the swine who took her. Also featuring Adam Arkin and Alex Wolff (Hereditary), the feature directorial debut of Michael Sarnoski has earned early comparisons to Taken and John Wick, but is decidedly its own beast. It’s not so much man-on-a-rampage as it is a sometimes-bloody but composed exploration of psychological damage – a character-driven drama that delves into the not-so-tasty side of haute cuisine. Pig allows Cage to deliver a more soulful, finely calibrated performance that once again proves just how eclectic and magnetic an actor he is.
Trailer viewable HERE

SUMMER OF SOUL  Limited Season from 7th October
The feature documentary debut of The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a long-overdue corrective for this erased watershed moment. Piecing together interviews and archival footage – including spine-tingling performances from Simone, Wonder, King, Jackson, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight and more – this stunning, exuberant time capsule chronicles, with comprehensive precision, a pioneering celebration held by and for the African American community. With attention also paid to the festival’s place at the intersection of the waning civil rights movement and burgeoning Black Power movement, Summer of Soul revels in the rich rebellion of Black resistance through song.

This sizzling concert film is a resurrected piece of power-to-the-people art, featuring dizzyingly rich footage … [It] reclaims a forgotten piece of Black culture with aching timeliness.” – Harper’s Bazaar

Trailer viewable HERE

A FIRE INSIDE  Limited Season from 14th October
When a volunteer firefighter drives his car into almost certain death during the worst fires in Australian history, he does it because he ‘has a job to do’. Three months later, the fires are out but his nightmares are just beginning. What’s tormenting him, however, isn’t the memory of flames. Turning a sensitive lens on the unprecedented devastation of Australia’s 2019/2020 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires, from a country-wide emergency to the astonishing stories of help that emerged, A FIRE INSIDE presents an inspirational look at the way people respond to crisis and its true cost to the human spirit.
Trailer viewable HERE

LAMB from 21st October
Mother. Nature.
Icelandic couple, María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason), live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their land they decide to keep it and raise it as their own. The unexpected prospect of a new family brings them much joy, but they soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature.

WINNER Certain Regard – Prize of Originality at the Cannes Film Festival, LAMB is a bold, atmospheric experience from debut feature director Valdimar Jóhannsson.

Trailer viewable HERE

PALAZZO Di COZZO from 28th October
Arriving in Melbourne in 1956, Sicilian-born Franco Cozzo is a universally beloved figure with a truly inspirational, and aspirational, story. Beginning his career as a door-to-door salesman, he became a cultural icon by building a furniture empire in Brunswick and Footscray, his experience encapsulating the ideal for those who’ve uprooted to seek a better life in a new land. Part biography, part cultural celebration, Madeleine Martiniello’s film traces Cozzo’s personal fortunes alongside those of the generations of migrants who have been drawn to his ornate, ostentatious wares, viewing ownership of them as a sign of success.

Trailer viewable HERE


Tickets now available to purchase online!
We are again proud to present the 5th Ukrainian Film Festival. The cinema scene coming out of Kyiv & beyond continues to amaze with it’s sublime, hilarious and thoughtful productions. These are incredible films & are backed up with two filmmaker Q&A sessions at the cinema, along with a great Opening Night or Ukrainian beer & varenyky (dumplings) available on the night.
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Coming Soon: May – June 2021

20th May Australia 97mins MA
Experiential cinema in its purest form, GUNDA chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack, Master director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. GUNDA asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it.
View Trailer HERE

27th May Australia 95mins M
In heartfelt dramedy JUNE AGAIN, a twist of fate gives family matriarch June (Noni Hazlehurst) a reprieve from an ongoing illness. Much to their amazement, June re-enters the lives of her adult children, Ginny (Claudia Karvan) and Devon (Stephen Curry), and learns that ‘things haven’t gone according to plan’. With limited time but plenty of pluck, she sets about trying to put everything, and everyone, back on track. When her meddling backfires, June sets out on a romantic journey of her own and discovers she needs help from the very people she was trying to rescue.
View Trailer HERE

3rd June Chile 102mins MA

One of contemporary cinema’s most exciting and award-winning directors, the remarkable Pablo Larraín (NoJackieNeruda) unites Gael García Bernal with striking newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo for EMA, an immersive and incendiary new drama about art, desire, performance and family, set in the vibrant dance world of the port city of Valparaíso, Chile.

Free-spirited, platinum-blonde Ema (Di Girolamo) is a beguiling, stubborn and fiercely talented young dancer and teacher. Her insatiable passion lies in the sexy reggaetón music she and her friends dance to on the city’s streets; she’s forged a career as part of an experimental modern ensemble overseen by her husband, demanding choreographer Gastón (Bernal). The couple is reeling from a crisis: they’ve just returned their adopted 12-year-old son Polo to child services, after the troubled boy set fire to their home and injured Ema’s sister. The couple’s agonising decision spins the marriage into chaos, but the guilt-ridden Ema refuses to let go, and sets out on a strange, secretive, and fearless quest to reunite her family…
View Trailer HERE

3rd June Guatemala 76mins
In THE MEDDLER aka EL METIDO, a nightcrawler obsessed with recording the violence that pervades the streets of Guatemala City must investigate a crime committed by his father. This is a documentary film in the vein of Erol Morris’ THE THIN BLUE LINE and is a fascinating character study of a man who dedicates himself to documenting crimes & then trancends the line between ethical and manipulation. It is the reference point for the Jake Gyllenhaal blockbuster THE NIGHTCRAWLER. Limited Season! Don’t miss this unique film…
View Trailer HERE

10th June Israel 97mins M

BREAKING BREAD follows Arab and Jewish chefs in Haifa, Israel as they collaborate in the kitchen. Connected through a shared love of food, the chefs unite to celebrate their cultures and the food of their region free from political and religious boundaries. Welcome to the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival. Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef, the festival invites Arab and Jewish chefs to celebrate their shared culinary history as they exchange stories, recipes and techniques.

A celebration of the region’s diverse cuisines and people, BREAKING BREAD offers a mouth-watering taste of rich culinary traditions that will leave you wanting more.
View Trailer HERE

Friends of the ABC screening…




Thursday 13 May 2021 at 6pm


The Friends of the ABC Geelong will host the screening of this World War II-era spy thriller which features Judy Dench.

Please come and join The Friends and support this fundraiser! Tickets $18 at (search using key words, either the film’s title or ‘Friends of the ABC Geelong’). If you book before 5pm Wednesday 12 May there is no need to print a ticket, as we will have a list of those names booked at the door.



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