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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.

GPFF Rainbow Shorts

To celebrate the 2020 Geelong Rainbow Festival, Geelong Pride Film are presenting a collection of Rainbow short films that represent the LGBTQ rainbow. You will also get to see a sneak peak at the trailers of some of the films screening at the Geelong Pride Film Festival from the 2nd to the 5th of April 2020. Featuring 10 short films from around the world including Australia, Ireland, France, Colombia, New Zealand and more.
Tickets are available at http://gpff.ferve.tickets/Events/

Two Heads Creek + Director Q&A

Join Director Jesse O’Brien & the filmmakers as they discuss the hilariously macabre and delightfully irreverent TWO HEADS CREEK. The film follows a pair of British siblings who become stranded in a rural Australian town where the ghoulish locals have a sinister means of dealing with immigration.

After the death of their adoptive mother, a shy butcher and his drama queen sister leave the UK and adventure to Australia in search of their biological mother, but the local townsfolk of Two Heads Creek are hiding a dark secret: The pair must reconcile their differences to fight for their lives in this dementedly dark comedy-horror.

Tickets for this Special Event are available HERE.

TWO HEADS CREEK screens Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Saturday 22nd December only.

Geelong International Animation Festival 2019

In collaboration with MIAF and Deakin University, The Pivotonian Cinema proudly presents the Geelong International Animation Festival!

Showcasing some of 2019’s most visually stunning and thought provoking animations from around the world, in two diverse screenings.

Entry is FREE!

Screening 1 begins at 4:00pm
Screening 2 (18+) begins at 6:30pm

Cafe bar during intermission.

Coming Soon: Sept / Oct 2019

AMAZING GRACE
12th September   United States 90mins G

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is far from forgotten in this new documentary presenting the live recording of her album Amazing Grace at The New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. Brilliantly capturing a remarkable, then 29 year-old performer near the peak of her prodigious power with the Southern California Community Gospel Choir, Amazing Grace is a thrilling must-watch documentary for Aretha Franklin fans. Directed by Sydney Pollack and painstakingly re-edited over the course of almost 50 years, this is a remarkable film that was almost lost in time.

DOGMAN
19th September   Italy 103mins MA15+

In a dilapidated Neapolitan suburb, the pint-sized, mild-mannered Marcello (Marcello Fonte) runs the dog-grooming business of the film’s title, caring for the neighbourhood pooches, and raising his young daughter, Alida, for whom he’d do anything to spoil. But he’s domineered by one of his customers, Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a petty criminal and former boxer who throws his substantial bulk around this tight-knit community at every opportunity. Marcello soon becomes swept up in a criminal plan he wants nothing to do with…
WINNER – Best Actor – Cannes 2019 & European Film Awards

ANIMALS
26th September   Australia / Ireland 104mins M

Holliday Grainger & Alia Shawkat star as best friends Laura and Tyler. They’re either side of 30 and have spent the better part of the last decade indulging their every hedonistic whim, arm in arm, to an almost co-dependent level. But their bond begins to crack under the weight of looming adulthood when Laura falls for teetotal pianist Jim.
Following her award-winning films LIFE IN MOVEMENT and 52 TUESDAYS, Adelaide’s Sophie Hyde returns with a nuanced, honest and non-judgemental look at contemporary female friendship. Scripted by Emma Jane Unsworth, who also wrote the 2014 novel of the same name, ANIMALS upends expectations and doesn’t pull its punches. Set (and gorgeously shot) in Dublin, it’s a visceral, bittersweet and charming examination of modern love; wherever it is found.

THE FAREWELL
3rd October   USA / China 99mins PG

Based on a story director Lulu Wang recounted in a 2016 episode of This American Life, THE FAREWELL follows Billi, a New York-based writer who learns that her beloved grandmother – who lives in Changchun, China – has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But Billi’s appalled to learn that not only is her extended family not telling her Nai Nai that she’s going to die, they’re actually manufacturing a fake wedding as an excuse to gather together to be with her.
THE FAREWELL could have been a silly black comedy or a devastating drama, but it’s something more than that – a depiction of how this family, split across multiple countries and cultures, experiences grief and celebrates life.

DOWNTON ABBEY
10th October   United Kingdom 119mins PG

Julian Fellowes and Michael Engler reunite for the big screen debut of cultural phenomenon Downton Abbey. The film continues the story of the Crawley family, who are wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. The film follows the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff as they prepare for the most important moment of their lives: a royal visit from the King and Queen of England that will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that threatens to leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE
17th October   Colombia 121mins MA

A unique sensory adventure, BIRDS OF PASSAGE, with its fascinating depiction of duelling tribal codes, rituals and beliefs, and the destabilising impact of outside influences, couldn’t be further removed from the time-honoured, rags-to-riches crime sagas of Western cinema. Almost mythical in its storytelling, this extraordinary film bursts with eye-popping traditional costumes and culture, an immersive atmosphere of surreal imagery, vivid sound design and glorious widescreen cinematography. It demands to be seen on the big screen.

WORKING WOMAN
24th October   Israel 93mins M

Orna, a mother of three young children, returns to the workforce when her husband’s new restaurant is failing. She secures a job as an assistant to Benny, a real estate developer whose interest in her isn’t entirely professional. Smart and capable, Orna’s quickly promoted but her boss’s suggestive comments about her appearance soon escalate into more aggressive behaviour that threatens her marriage, career and mental health.
Grounded in one woman’s experience, Michal Aviad’s film nevertheless speaks to the stories of countless women whose ambitions are thwarted by male abuses of power. It’s a film fuelled by quiet fury – from Aviad’s restrained direction to Liron Ben Shlush’s measured performance as Orna. This coolly observed drama presents the insidious nature of sexual harassment in the workplace with all the complexity and urgency it deserves.

MAIDEN
24th October   UK / USA / NZ 90mins PG

A testament to female strength, commitment and endurance, MAIDEN is this year’s power ballad for feminism and being fearless, no matter the odds. Utilising exhilarating race footage alongside new interviews with the original crew, director Alex Holmes weaves a story of hope, perseverance and lifelong friendships that were forged at sea. This stirring tale is sure to inspire every audience member – and to be greeted with the same rousing cheers that welcomed Maiden when it sailed into Auckland’s harbour on a balmy night in January 1990.

 

Coming Soon – July / August 2019

APOLLO 11 
18th July   USA 98mins G 

Now Showing! From director Todd Douglas Miller comes a cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, APOLLO 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future. 

Season commences in conjunction with the 50th Annivesary of the moon landing. Ticket holders to the Geelong Gallery The Moon exhibition receive $11 tickets to this incredible film. 

BALLAD OF A RIGHTEOUS MERCHANT 
21st July USA 74mins G 

A never before seen portrait of the legendary and visionary director Werner Herzog. Narrated through the eyes of Herbert Golder a close friend and colleague. This film provides a behind-the-scenes look at the master at work and draws a deeply personal portrait of Herzog while exploring some of the most profound themes of his work. 

A fresh and candid glimpse of one of the great masters of cinema at work, by his longtime friend (of more than 25 years) and collaborator (on 10 films) Herbert Golder, BALLAD OF A RIGHTEOUS MERCHANT chronicles Werner Herzog’s making of the feature film, MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE (co-written by Golder), which was nominated for a Golden Lion and for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, and which stars Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, and Chloe Sevigny. 

This film commences with Director Hebert Golder visiting The Pivotonian from the United States, hosting a Q&A and screening of the film on Sunday, 21st July. Tix available here: https://ticketing.oz.veezi.com/purchase/4172?siteToken=tpzyttaaawrpx51hfyb3hmaf7w 

THE LION KING 
25th July   USA 108mins PG 

A new live-action 2019 reincarnation of THE LION KING comes to The Pivotonian!

Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But, not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasas brother—and former heir to the throne—-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. 

AN UNEXPECTED LOVE 
1st August   Argentina 126mins M 

When Ana (Mercedes Morán, NERUDA) and Marco (Ricardo Darín, EVERYBODY KNOWS) arrive at the airport to farewell their son Luciano, who is leaving Argentina to study abroad, they are filled with certainty that they’ve done well as parents. However, his departure leaves a significant hole in their everyday lives, and after more than twenty years of marriage, both reluctantly come to admit that their feelings for each other have shifted. So as if it were one last project together, Ana and Marco decide to ‘consciously uncouple’, and begin to explore the surprising and sometimes wonderful world of the newly-single, to hilarious and unexpected results. 

DEFEND CONSERVE PROTECT 
8th August   Australia / Canada / UK 88mins PG 

Set far from the world’s eyes in Antarctica, the most inhospitable environment on Earth, the Japanese so called “Research” fleet are openly commercially harvesting thousands of whales in the world’s only international Whale Sanctuary. On the one hand is Sea Shepherd, a volunteer guerrilla navy funded by the citizens of the world, and on the other, the Japanese whaling fleet, hell bent on harvesting protected Minke whales. 

With never before seen footage, and narrated by the legendary Dan Aykroyd, DEFEND CONSERVE PROTECT is shot from the point of view of the young, international Sea Shepherd crew, with unprecedented underwater access to Minke whale pods. In a time of great apathy and unrest, this film is a rally cry to people across the world to stand up and fight for what they believe in. In a time when we are losing more species to extinction than any other through our own actions, DEFEND CONSERVE PROTECT might just be the final nail in the coffin that ends illegal whaling activities forever. 

THE WHITE CROW
14th August   UK / Russia 87mins M 

THE WHITE CROW is a well-crafted piece, from writer David Hare and director Ralph Fiennes, about Rudolf Nureyev’s early days – pre-international stardom – and the lead up to his defection from the Soviet Union in 1961. Based on the biography by Julie Kavanagh, this is a story with which younger audiences might not be so familiar. Focusing on a young Nureyev battling his way into the upper echelons of the ballet world, the film spends time exploring Nureyev’s position as an outsider – both to dance and then the West – as well as his yearning for freedom of expression. 

DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN
22nd August  Australia 118mins M 

Late afternoon August 18, 1966 South Vietnam – for three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming force of 2,000 battle-hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer, and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.  

See a pre-release special screening + filmmaker Q&A at Pivot Cinema on Wed 7th August. Tickets on sale now: https://ticketing.oz.veezi.com/purchase/4258?siteToken=tpzyttaaawrpx51hfyb3hmaf7w 

Coming Soon – June 2019

TOP END WEDDING
30th May Australia 110mins M

Engaged and in love Lauren and Ned have just 10 days to reunite her newly separated parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding. But Lauren’s mother has gone missing, experiencing a midlife crisis. In order to find her, the couple goes on a fantastic road trip across northern Australia. Along the way they find fulfillment for their own personal journeys through the wild beauty of the landscapes and the unbeatable charm of the characters that they meet along the way. But will they finally recover Lauren’s mother and pursue their dream wedding?

YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN
30th May NZ / France 87mins PG

YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN is a modern day Cinderella story where the brave, diminutive and daring heroine’s dream doesn’t end at the ball. Guo Pei is chasing every designer’s fantasy – to become part of the exclusive yet savage world of Haute Couture.
It’s an unprecedented story, taking the viewer inside the world where Guo Pei creates magic: a 50kg dress so heavy Guo Pei has to consider a gymnast not a model to walk the runway, a gown spun by 300 embroiderers, precious gold material printed with centuries-old Swiss fresco. All from a woman who learnt her craft at Number 2 Light Industrial School after the reign of Mao Tse Tung.

THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD
31st May France 84mins MA

Based on the novel by Pit Argarmen, NIGHT EATS THE WORLD follows Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie) who turns up at his ex-girlfriend’s place during a raucous party to claim some personal belongings he accidentally left behind. To avoid sparking a bitter confrontation, he locks himself in a back room while getting things in order, and falls asleep in the process. When he wakes up, the party has turned into a bloodbath and the world beyond the apartment is looking similarly messy. Is there anyone out there like him? Or will he be consumed by his own insanity, if not by zombies? Hailed as one of the most inventive horror-thrillers in years.

2040
13th June Australia 89mins PG

2040 is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important now! Award-winning director Damon Gameau, director of THAT SUGAR FILM, embarks on journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

ROCKETMAN
20th June UK / USA 121mins M

ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

UKRAINIAN FILM FESTIVAL
28th June – 6th July Ukraine / International

The Pivotonian Cinema presents the 4th annual festival of ‘Uki’ film here in Geelong. Featuring all-new films from the exciting, accomplished and emerging Ukrainian film industry. His Excellency the Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia will open the festival on Friday, 28th June at 7pm with a gala screening of the 2019 screwball comedy HERO OF MY TIME. Ukraine beers & vareneky (dumplings) will be available throughout the festival.

Films featured include: HERO OF MY TIME, WOMAN AT WAR, DONBASS (from acclaimed director Sergei Loznitsa), WHEN THE TREES FALL and VOLCANO, along with an exciting package of 2019 SHORT FILMS from the DOVZHENKO film centre.

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