Coming Soon: February 2021


THE DRY
28th January Australia 117mins MA
Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life – a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17- year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke’s innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and pent-up rage of a terrified community.
View Trailer HERE


SUMMERLAND
4th February United Kingdom 99mins PG
SUMMERLAND follows the story of fiercely independent folklore investigator, Alice (Gemma Arterton) who secludes herself in her clifftop study, debunking myths using science to disprove the existence of magic. Consumed by her work, but also profoundly lonely, she is haunted by a love affair from her past. When spirited young Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and curiosity awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions. Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, second chances do occur, and that, just perhaps – magic really does exist.
View Trailer HERE


ONLY THE ANIMALS
4th February France 109mins M
Based on Colin Niel’s taut 2018 novel of the same name, gripping thriller ONLY THE ANIMALS by director Dominik Moll ducks and weaves across different time periods and geographical borders – from Africa to Europe – as the truth behind a woman’s mysterious death is uncovered.
Set in an isolated town in the lush, wintery mountains of Southern France, the film opens with the departure of Évelyne (Valeria Bruni), a local woman who has been murdered after going missing during a snowstorm. With echoes of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Rashomon, Évelyne’s death reveals the hidden agendas of several locals, setting into motion the unexpected. A true crime thriller from an upcoming master filmmaker.
View Trailer HERE


DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER
18th February United Kingdom 86mins
The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird’s directorial debut is a funny, charming and wince-inducingly accurate adaptation of Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel, with a soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian. DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER sweetly draws you into the wobbly relationship between well-intentioned single librarian Sue Bagnold and her black-clad teenage son Daniel, who’d rather listen to Metallica than his mother.
Daniel was meant to spend the summer in Florida visiting his dad, but is now stuck with Mum following the trip’s cancellation. The film boasts supporting turns by Rob Brydon and Alice Lowe, but belongs to its two leads. A comedy to relish as we drift through late summer.
View Trailer HERE


FIRESTARTER: THE STORY OF BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE
18th February Australia 97mins M
Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned the newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. Through the eyes of the brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma, and – crucially – the power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.
View Trailer HERE


ANOTHER ROUND
25th February Denmark 115mins M
There is a theory that man is born with half a per mille too little. That alcohol in the blood opens the mind to the outside world, problems seem smaller and creativity increases. We know it well; after the first glass of wine, the conversation lifts, the possibilities open up. Martin is a high school teacher. He feels old and tired. His students and their parents want him terminated to increase their average. Encouraged by the per mille theory, Martin and his three colleagues throw themselves into an experiment to maintain a constant alcohol impact in everyday life.
The ever-dynamic Mads Mikkelsen reunites with acclaimed director Thomas Vinterberg (THE HUNT, FESTEN) in this wry comedy drama -a must see!
View Trailer HERE


ZAPPA
25th February United States 120mins CTC
Directed by Alex Winter (BILL & TED, acclaimed maker of THE PANAMA PAPERS and DEEP WEB), ZAPPA presents an intimate portrait of one of music’s most important and iconoclastic figures, a man whose prolific and brilliant work changed music and the music industry for ever, & whose cultural impact – he even helped inspire a revolution in Czechoslovakia – was far-reaching & enduring. With unprecedented access to Zappa’s archives, exclusive interview and eye-popping unseen live & behind-the-scenes footage, ZAPPA will open your mind to the creativity & fearlessness of a man whose “worldview, art & politics” were, in Winter’s words, “far ahead of their time, & profoundly relevant in our challenging times.”
View Trailer HERE

A NIGHT AT THE LOUVRE: LEONARDO DA VINCI
19th December   France 93mins G

Ten years in the making, shot on the final night of the smash hit sell out exhibition, this immersive private tour of the LEONARDO DA VINCI’s Louvre masterpieces is a unique opportunity to contemplate the painter’s most beautiful works up close. Never before have so many Leonardo da Vinci artworks been in the same place at the same time, and never has your access to their secrets and wonders been closer.

This major retrospective devoted to his entire career as a painter shows how Leonardo’s investigation of the world – the “science of painting” as he called it – was the instrument of an art whose supreme ambition was to give life to his works. The insights provided by the exhibition curators during this guided journey offer a brand new understanding of Leonardo’s unparalleled artistic practice.


OTTOLENGHI & THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES
26th December   France / USA 79mins G

This critically-acclaimed film is an extravagant feast for the senses; exploring the mouth-watering intersection between food, culture, and history.

Documenting the collaboration between world renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi (Plenty, Simple) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES follows five visionary pastry makers. A veritable who’s who of the dessert world is assembled – including Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko – as they race against the clock to construct a decadent food gala based on the sumptuous exhibit: Visitors to Versailles.


CORPUS CHRISTI
26th December   Poland 109mins MA

Inspired by true events, Jan Komasa’s multi award-winning drama CORPUS CHRISTI is a remarkable tale of morality and redemption, about a charismatic young ex-convict who fooled an entire Polish village by falsely posing as a priest.

20-year-old Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) has found God whilst incarcerated in a youth detention centre, but his criminal record excludes him from entering the seminary. At the end of his sentence he is sent to a small town to take up a position in a woodworking factory, but thanks to a stolen collar is mistakenly taken as the parish’s new clergyman. It’s a seemingly God-given opportunity for transformation, and Daniel – whilst wholly unconventional in his approach (and after a shaky start) – takes to the pulpit with a fervour and compassion that his predecessor has clearly lacked. Meanwhile, the arrival of this magnetic young preacher seems to be the spark needed for the town to acknowledge a recent tragedy that has affected the entire community, one that few have been able to speak about. But not everyone is open to his approach, and Daniel learns the hard way that following the road to salvation can also lead one astray…


THE SECRET GARDEN
1st January   UK 106mins G

The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents. When they die suddenly, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven  at Misselthwaite Manor, a remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors, under the watchful eye of Mrs. Medlock  and with only the household maid, Martha for company.

Mary begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after chancing upon her sickly cousin Colin, who has been shut away in a wing of the house, and through her discovery of a wondrous garden, locked away and lost within the grounds of Misselthwaite. While searching for Hector, a stray dog that led Mary to the garden walls, she befriends local boy Dickon who, through the garden’s restorative powers, helps her to fix Hector’s injured leg. Once brought together, these three slightly misfit children heal each other as they delve deeper into the mysteries of the garden – a magical place of adventure that will change their lives forever.


BABYTEETH
7th January   Australia 116mins M

What might have been a disaster for the Finlay family leads to letting go and finding grace in the glorious chaos of life.

When seriously ill teenager Milla (Eliza Scanlon) falls madly in love with a small time drug dealer, Moses (Toby Wallace), it’s her protective parents’ (Ben Mendelsohn / Essie Davis) worst nightmare. Things get messy and morals go out the window as the lives of those around the family: a sensitive music teacher, a budding child violinist, a disarmingly honest pregnant neighbour become intertwined and Milla shows those in her orbit how to live like you have nothing to lose. In a story about life, grief and the chaos of family, Babyteeth joyously explores how far we will go for love and how good it is to be alive.


HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE
7th January   France 108mins M

Three of France’s most endearing leading ladies – Juliette Binoche, Noémie Lvovsky and Yolande Moreau – star in HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE, the eagerly anticipated new comedy by César-winner Martin Provost (Séraphine, The Midwife).

It’s 1967. The immaculate and morally upright Paulette Van Der Beck (Binoche) and her husband Robert have been running Van der Beck’s School of Housekeeping and Good Manners in the lush regions of Alsace for over two decades, with the help of Paulette’s eccentric stepsister Gilberte (Moreau) and the school’s communist-fearing, ex-Resistance nun Marie. Their mission: to train teenagers to become perfect housewives, in times when women were expected to be largely subservient.

After an accident turns clockwork order into chaos, Paulette discovers that the school is on the verge of financial ruin. Forced to assume executive responsibilities, she is flustered even more by an encounter with her long-lost first love, André who becomes relentless in his desire to rekindle their romance. Meanwhile, a sweeping nationwide protest movement is transforming society around them, encouraging the school’s pupils to challenge authority and question their own desires and beliefs…

Coming Soon: December 2020

BRAZEN HUSSIES
10th December   Australia 88mins PG

A documentary celebrating the bold women of the Womens Liberation Movement who reignited Australia’s feminist revolution.

Interweaving freshly uncovered archival footage, personal photographs, memorabilia and lively personal accounts from activists, BRAZEN HUSSIES shows us how a daring and diverse group of women joined forces to defy the status quo, demand equality and create profound social change – contributing to one of the greatest social movements of the 20th Century.

IN THE NAME OF THE LAND
10th December   France 103mins M

Few could have predicted that an intimate rural drama about succession and resilience would become one of the most popular French films of the past year, but its underdog status is just one of the reasons why the remarkable and heartfelt IN THE NAME OF THE LAND became such a box office phenomenon and national talking-point.

The debut feature of photojournalist Édouard Bergeon, the film is a deeply personal one, inspired by his own childhood and dedicated to his parents. It tells the story of Pierre (portrayed in a superb, career-best performance by Guillaume Canet), who returns from Wyoming to the Mayenne district of France in the late 70’s to marry his sweetheart and take over his imperious father’s farm. The couple have two children, and for many years, life is good. But the business is soon placed under enormous pressure, and what was once satisfying begins to take an insidious toll on the family.

A NIGHT AT THE LOUVRE: LEONARDO DA VINCI
19th December   France 93mins G

Ten years in the making, shot on the final night of the smash hit sell out exhibition, this immersive private tour of the LEONARDO DA VINCI’s Louvre masterpieces is a unique opportunity to contemplate the painter’s most beautiful works up close. Never before have so many Leonardo da Vinci artworks been in the same place at the same time, and never has your access to their secrets and wonders been closer.

This major retrospective devoted to his entire career as a painter shows how Leonardo’s investigation of the world – the “science of painting” as he called it – was the instrument of an art whose supreme ambition was to give life to his works. The insights provided by the exhibition curators during this guided journey offer a brand new understanding of Leonardo’s unparalleled artistic practice.

OTTOLENGHI & THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES
26th December   France / USA 79mins G

This critically-acclaimed film is an extravagant feast for the senses; exploring the mouth-watering intersection between food, culture, and history.

Documenting the collaboration between world renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi (Plenty, Simple) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES follows five visionary pastry makers. A veritable who’s who of the dessert world is assembled – including Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko – as they race against the clock to construct a decadent food gala based on the sumptuous exhibit: Visitors to Versailles.

CORPUS CHRISTI
26th December   Poland 109mins MA

Inspired by true events, Jan Komasa’s multi award-winning drama CORPUS CHRISTI is a remarkable tale of morality and redemption, about a charismatic young ex-convict who fooled an entire Polish village by falsely posing as a priest.

20-year-old Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) has found God whilst incarcerated in a youth detention centre, but his criminal record excludes him from entering the seminary. At the end of his sentence he is sent to a small town to take up a position in a woodworking factory, but thanks to a stolen collar is mistakenly taken as the parish’s new clergyman. It’s a seemingly God-given opportunity for transformation, and Daniel – whilst wholly unconventional in his approach (and after a shaky start) – takes to the pulpit with a fervour and compassion that his predecessor has clearly lacked. Meanwhile, the arrival of this magnetic young preacher seems to be the spark needed for the town to acknowledge a recent tragedy that has affected the entire community, one that few have been able to speak about. But not everyone is open to his approach, and Daniel learns the hard way that following the road to salvation can also lead one astray…

SPECIAL Christmas Eve Pre-Release Session on 24th December at 8pmBOOK HERE

HOUSE OF CARDIN
23rd July   France 94mins G

Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature, but few know the man behind the larger than life label. Ultimately, we seek to answer the question: Who is Pierre Cardin? What is the story behind this legendary icon?

House of Cardin is a rare peek into the mind of a genius, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of Pierre Cardin. A true original, Mr. Cardin has granted the directors exclusive access to his archives and his empire and unprecedented interviews at the sunset of a glorious career.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4aM_3JJ_Us

BELLBIRD
30th July   New Zealand 96mins M

Told with warm humour, this quietly powerful feature debut takes us into the heart of a small rural town in New Zealand, where a community comes together after a personal loss.

Inspired by his own childhood neighbours, director Hamish Bennett follows Ross (Marshall Napier, Babe), a largely silent man who farms his land alongside his far more exuberant wife Beth (Annie Whittle).  When Beth suddenly dies, Ross is crushed but incapable of displaying his emotions. His son Bruce (Cohen Holloway, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) moves back in and tries to help, but is not suited to the farming life and also has great difficulties in expressing himself.  Perfectly capturing love, loyalty and reliance in all the little moments, Bennett brings a gracious tenderness to this exquisite, gentle film.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DOiI_zYQrs

DEERSKIN
6th August   France 87mins MA

Thanks to one very special jacket, it’s open season on killer style – and on filmmaking itself.

Wracked by a mid-life crisis, Georges (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) splashes €8000 on a fringed deerskin jacket, with a digital video camera thrown in to sweeten the deal. And it ignites in him a madness of taste. Convinced he shares a special understanding with the supple suede, Georges decides nobody else must ever wear a jacket. And he recruits waitress and aspiring film editor Denise (Adèle Haenel, The Unknown Girl) to help document his violent adventures on fashion’s wild frontier.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_u4YDiGH3k

LA BELLE ÉPOQUE
13th August   France 110mins M

A French film to equal the gleeful inventiveness of The Truman Show, this reimagining of the film-within-a-film concept boasts the mighty combination of Daniel Auteuil and Fanny Ardant.

Victor (Auteuil), a 70-something tech-phobic cartoonist, is struggling both professionally and personally. His work is evaporating with the growing dominance of the Internet, and his wife, Marianne (Ardant), loathes him. Things take a turn when Victor meets Antoine (Guillaume Canet) whose company offers a unique theatrical service where customers are able to revisit memories and play out fantasies through carefully orchestrated re-enactments. Victor decides to relive the most memorable week of his existence, 40 years earlier, when he met the love of his life.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIZS6AT98FI

REOPENING from 2nd July

We are pleased to announce The Pivotonian Cinema will recommence screening films daily from Thursday, 2nd July. And to kick off the new cinema season, we will be presenting the engrossing & affecting documentary drama HONEYLAND, Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon’s comedy romp THE TRIP TO GREECE, a jaunt through India in an old Rolls Royce with ROMANTIC ROAD and the visceral thriller IN FABRIC, by arthouse stalwart Peter Strickland. Other titles coming soon include HOUSE OF CARDIN, DEERSKIN and LA BELLE EPOQUE.

Please note all tickets must be pre-purchased online prior to entry. Cashless payment will be accepted for Candy Bar purchases & a range of social distancing and cleanliness practices have been implemented to ensure a safe viewing environment.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Geelong’s premier cinema venue & of course if you are feeling unwell, please stay home and seek medical advice!

We are now CLOSED

Our thoughts are with all of our valued patrons in these difficult times.

Effective from 12:01am Monday 23rd March, the cinema will cease operations until government informs us otherwise.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the cinema soon!

UNDERTOW – Director Q&A

Join Director Miranda Nation for a Q&A to discuss her feature directorial debut + screening of this Geelong-shot psychological thriller about grief and obsession set against the backdrop of local footy culture.

Struggling to cope after losing her unborn child, photo-journalist Claire (Laura Gordon, Joe Cinque’s Consolation) becomes increasingly obsessed with Angie (Olivia DeJonge), a pregnant young woman Claire suspects of having an affair with her husband, AFL player and mentor Dan (Rob Collins). It’s an obsession that could put both women in danger, but the deeper Claire digs, the more unsettling her discoveries become. Undertow is a bold and exciting leap into feature-length filmmaking for Nation, whose award-winning shorts Eli the Invincible and Perception have previously screened at MIFF. With evocative Surf Coast cinematography by Bonnie Elliot (These Final Hours) and a starkly topical underbelly, it’s bound to have audiences talking long after the final credits roll.

Book Now! Tickets available HERE

Coming Soon: Feb / March 2020

BEATS
27th February   Scotland 101mins G

Journey back to the halcyon daze of the UK’s 90s rave scene with this nostalgic coming-of-age tale, executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and set to the most electrifying sounds of the Trainspotting era.

It’s the summer of 1994, and the free rave scene has exploded across the UK. In small-town Scotland, two childhood best friends about to go their separate ways decide to escape for one last memorable adventure: a night at an illegal rave, and a journey deep into an underworld of anarchy and freedom they’ll never forget. Scottish filmmaker (and Black Mirror director) Brian Welsh brings both a sense of specific nostalgia and universal celebration to this tale of youthful rebellion, capturing the exuberant spirit of Cool Britannia’s techno-wired hedonism while crafting an affecting elegy for a distant, pre-Brexit dream.

IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS
5th March   Australia 84mins PG

Four years after GAYBY BABY, Maya Newell crafts another powerful, essential portrait of Australian youth, putting the plight of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight.

“I was born a little Aboriginal kid,” explains Dujuan. “That means I had a memory – a memory about being Aboriginal.” Never more excited than when he’s talking about his heritage and homeland, the precocious 10-year-old has a strong connection to his culture, speaks three languages and works as a healer. But he also struggles with school, acts out in class, and attracts attention from the police and the welfare system. Intimate and impassioned, In My Blood It Runs follows Dujuan’s attempts to reconcile the traditions he holds dear with the colonised world he’s forced to inhabit. A personal documentary told with a perceptive eye, poetic imagery and made in collaboration with Dujuan and his family, it’s also an account of the NT’s harsh treatment of Indigenous youths, a situation that’s never far from the boy’s mind.

UNDERTOW
5th March   Australia 96mins MA

Miranda Nation makes her feature directorial debut with this Geelong-shot psychological thriller about grief and obsession set against the backdrop of local footy culture.

Struggling to cope after losing her unborn child, photo-journalist Claire (Laura Gordon, Joe Cinque’s Consolation) becomes increasingly obsessed with Angie (Olivia DeJonge), a pregnant young woman Claire suspects of having an affair with her husband, AFL player and mentor Dan (Rob Collins). It’s an obsession that could put both women in danger, but the deeper Claire digs, the more unsettling her discoveries become. Undertow is a bold and exciting leap into feature-length filmmaking for Nation, whose award-winning shorts Eli the Invincible and Perception have previously screened at MIFF. With evocative Surf Coast cinematography by Bonnie Elliot (These Final Hours) and a starkly topical underbelly, it’s bound to have audiences talking long after the final credits roll.

EMMA
12th March   Australia 119mins PG

This new film adaption of the classic Austen novel has been lauded by critics and fans alike.

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

HONEYLAND
19th March   Australia 119mins G

A multiple award winner at Sundance, Honeyland is a visually sumptuous look at the endangered tradition of Macedonian wild beekeeping, the tenacious woman keeping it alive and the powerful environmental message her efforts have for us all. 

Deep in the mountainous heart of the Balkans, far from civilisation, Hatidze Muratova tends to her elderly, frail mother, and to her wild bees. The women are the last remaining hold-outs of a crumbling village, and of a dying way of life: farming honey sustainably. But when a new family settles in the area, bringing modernity and a capitalist mentality with them, they threaten everything Hatidze has spent her life protecting. Debut documentarians Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska spent more than three years with Hatidze, who provided the filmmakers remarkable access to her life, resulting in a film that feels intimate, collaborative and unguarded. Gently funny but full of dramatic moments, it’s a poignant snapshot of a fragile balancing act – between humankind and the natural world, past and present, sustainability and exploitation.

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