Each year, the Melbourne International Film Festival presents the MIFF Travelling Showcase, which hits the road from September to November with a series of weekend programs across regional Victoria. This year The Pivotonian Cinema will host the event for the first time, with screenings at GPAC on October 12th & 13th, and all-day sessions at Pivot Cinema on October 14th.
Screenings in 2018 will feature the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported films Acute Misfortune, The Eulogy, Undertow and The Coming Back Out Ball Movie, as well as the Nick Hornby’s book adaption of Juliet, Naked, starring Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke.
MIFF Travelling Showcase screenings will be held in Geelong at GPAC and The Pivotonian Cinema.
12th Oct. GPAC – UNDERTOW
13th Oct. GPAC – THE EULOGY
14th Oct. PIVOT CINEMA – JULIET, NAKED
14th Oct. PIVOT CINEMA – ACUTE MISFORTUNE
14th Oct. PIVOT CINEMA – COMING BACK OUT BALL MOVIE
We are proud to announce that Damian Hill (PAWNO, 2016) will return to The Pivotonian with Director Jason Raftopoulos to meet Geelong’s discerning film-goers for an exclusive Q&A event and film screening.
WEST OF SUNSHINE is a gritty social-realist tale from Jason Raftopoulos that follows a father’s desperate attempts to turn around his life and not disappoint his son.
Jim (Damian Hill) is a working-class courier who has racked up a $15,000 debt to a shady, violent loan shark due to an out of control gambling addiction. The day of reckoning has arrived, and Jim is due to pay in full. His plan is to place a sure bet at the racecourse – and he has no back-up plan if this one fails.
Manoeuvring through the day while also taking care of his young son over the school holidays, WEST OF SUNSHINE charts a family relationship on the brink of shifting from rosy childhood to brutal reality.
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BACK TO BURGUNDY
9th August M France 113mins
Three siblings reunite at their home in picturesque Burgundy to save the family vineyard in this tender tale of a new generation finding its own unique blend from acclaimed director Cédric Klapisch (L’Auberge Espagnole). Jean (Pio Marmaï), the black sheep of the family, unexpectedly returns home from a decade abroad to reconnect with his hospitalized father. He’s welcomed by his strong-willed sister, Juliette (Ana Girardot), who took over the reins of the vineyard after their father fell ill, and Jeremie (François Civil), the youngest of the three who has recently married into one of the region’s more prestigious wine families. Their father passes shortly after Jean’s return, leaving them with the estate and a looming inheritance tax of half a million dollars. As four seasons and two harvests go by, Jean, Juliette, and Jeremie
9th August PG United States 97mins
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.
THE BREAKER UPPERERS
16th August M New Zealand 89mins
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. They’re a platonic, codependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test.
From the Producers of BOY and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
WEST OF SUNSHINE
30th August M Australia 79mins
Jim’s a decent guy who works for a courier company. But he has one terrible problem that’s cost him his marriage. Jim’s gambling addiction has also left him $15,000 in debt to a loan shark. Full payment is due today – or else. Jim’s first thought is to place a big bet on a sure thing in race two at Ballarat. He has no plan B. It’s also school holidays, forcing Jim to take young son Alex around town in search of a solution – or a miracle. Marked by excellent performances and filmed in vibrant, little-seen Melbourne locations, West of Sunshine beautifully captures a father-son relationship and those moments in a child’s life when the adult world comes suddenly and sharply into focus.
Sunshine is a timely and intelligent essay on the eternal theme of how fathers can both inspire and alienate their sons. – Richard Kuipers, Variety
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31st May M Australia 115mins
Based on Tim Wintons award-winning novel of the same name, BREATH follows two teenage boys, Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Loonie (Ben Spence), growing up in a remote corner of the Western Australian coast. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando (Simon Baker), a mysterious older surfer and adventurer, who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.
24th May M France 85mins
A hugely entertaining blend of humour, truthfulness and sensitivity, Blandine Lenoir’s warm-hearted romantic comedy AURORE centres on a middle-aged woman in the midst of major personal and professional life changes. On screen from start to finish, actress and co-writer Jaoui (The Taste of Others, Look at Me) is the heart and soul of this witty, feel-great film. She brings a touching, true-to-life poignancy to an endearing portrait of the resilience of womanhood, as an everyday heroine on the road to (re)discovery
ISLE OF DOGS
17th May PG United States 99mins
In the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that’s a garbage dump. The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet.
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
10th May M Finland 99mins
Kaurismäki’s thoughtful and unmistakably droll films often depict difficult situations and people working in solidarity to overcome them, but with THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE he reaches new levels of resonance. Indeed, this intelligent, funny and affecting film has been hailed one of his best, and a masterful swansong from one of cinema’s finest auteurs.
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Join us for an ‘in conversation’ Q&A with Director Stephen Wallace this Tuesday 10th April at 7.15pm. Stephen has kindly flown down from Sydney to Geelong, for this exclusive Pivotonian Event. Stephen is notable for launching Bryan Brown’s career with a defining performance in the 1981 seminal Australian film STIR.
Stephen has also directed internationally-acclaimed films including his 1984 classic THE BOY WHO HAD EVERYTHING (14th Moscow Int’l Film Festival) and the 1986 drama FOR LOVE ALONE (37th Berlinale). He reached success with BLOOD OATH (1990) and more recently has worked on WATER RATS and directed feature film TURTLE BEACH (2014).
Tickets $20 (Members half-price $10)
7.15pm, Tuesday 10th April
This event forms part of the BRYAN BROWN RETROSPECTIVE screening April 6th -11th
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
(115 minutes) MA15+
The billboards in director Martin McDonagh’s latest film are on a remote road near the home of Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), whose teenage daughter Angela (Kathryn Newton) was murdered seven months before the story starts. Mildred rents the billboards for a year, using them to spell out a blunt message that sets the tone for a series of confrontations between the implacable Mildred and the generally disapproving townsfolk, including the weary town sheriff (Woody Harrelson) and the slow-witted, racist sheriff’s deputy Jason Dixon (Sam Rockwell).
(113 minutes) MA15+
Set in 1929, Sweet Country could be described as a western — or at least the latest in a series of politically charged Australian period pieces that rework aspects of the genre, such as John Hillcoat’s The Proposition and Rolf de Heer’s The Tracker. Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris) is an Indigenous man on the run with his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey Furber) after shooting a sadistic landowner. Pursuing the fugitives over the red sands and salt flats is a group that includes a dogged police sergeant (Bryan Brown) and a cagey tracker (Gibson John).
(107 minutes) M
This is one of Austrian director Michael Haneke’s lightest films, though it touches on most of his usual gloomy themes. Along with the alienation fuelled by technology, we get another dose of the miseries of old age, embodied by Jean-Louis Trintignant. Haneke’s distaste for the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie is an old chestnut on display, so too his repulsed fascination with pop culture. Formally Happy End is a crafty piece of work and, as ever, the director relishes the chance to get some garbage and chaos into his finicky frames.
(143 minutes) CTC
Meet Christian, the respected curator of a prestigious contemporary art gallery. A divorced but devoted father of two, Christian drives an electric car, says all the right things, supports good causes, and is on the verge of opening his new show “The Square” – an installation which invites passers-by to examine their willingness to help others. But disaster strikes when Christian’s phone is stolen, his new performance art piece turns dangerously awry, and his marketing campaign goes viral for all the wrong reasons. As Christian desperately tries to hold onto his own ego while his comfortable life spirals out of control, his good intentions are increasingly abandoned, with hilarious results.
Winner! Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival
(92 minutes) PG
Laid-back suburban everyman Darren “Dazza” Cook loves to entertain his friends and neighbours with his weekly backyard barbecues, utilizing the ancient rum-barrel barbecue that family legend prescribes as having come from Cpt James Cook’s Endeavour. Unexpectedly thrust into the limelight by his employer when an International BBQ Festival comes to town, Dazza needs to sharpen up his act, so enlists the guidance of the mysterious Scottish chef known only as “The Butcher”. As Dazza hones his chops perfecting the perfect steak, his 12-year-old son Jayden is challenged to prove the dubious Cook family ancestral link, with unexpected results.
Set in an unnamed, contemporary, multicultural, average Australian backyard, THE BBQ is a gentle comic fable about the quest for the perfect steak results.
(115 minutes) M
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is an electrifying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones. Larger than life, fierce and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we discover her as lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask.
The film includes unique performances of her iconic hits Slave To The Rhythmand Pull Up To The Bumper as well as more recent autobiographical tracks, Williams’ Blood, This Is and Hurricane. These personal songs link to the film’s narrative that follows Grace on a holiday road trip across her native Jamaica. Director Sophie Fiennes creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage and reaching beyond the iconic mask.
(130 minutes) M
This is perhaps the greatest movie ever made about sewing. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the designer Reynolds Woodcock, who presides over the House of Woodcock – a fictional version of a 1950s London fashion house. Reynolds is also an artist, and that’s really what the film is about, rather than fashion or design. The beautiful fabrics and the phalanx of elderly ladies who sew his exacting designs for the crowned heads of Europe are merely handmaidens to his greatness.
(95 minutes) M
In Lady Bird, writer/director Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
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We have some exciting films arriving at The Pivotonian Cinema in Geelong during January. Kicking off in the new year is French Comedy smash JUST TO BE SURE, the critically-acclaimed film of the summer CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, family favourite PADDINGTON 2 and, beginning with Sneak Previews on Australia Day weekend: brand-new Aussie Comedy THE BBQ.
Also coming up in the new year is Michel Hanke’s THE SQUARE, THE SHAPE OF WATER, SWEET COUNTRY and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
JUST TO BE SURE
Comedy / Drama (M)
When lonely 45-year-old widower Erwan (the remarkable François Damiens, The Bélier Family) discovers by accident that that man who raised him isn’t his real father, he begins a search for his biological one.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
January 26th (Sneak Previews)
Dazza has a passion for barbequing. He accidentally gives his neighbours food poisoning. To make amends he seeks tutelage from the tyrannical Scottish chef and together they enter an international barbecue competition.
The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls’ school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.
Director: Sofia Coppola
After a “white lie” which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric’s eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.
Director: Jeffrey Walker
All for One
ALL FOR ONE is the story of GreenEdge, Australia’s first ProTour cycling team.
Directors: Marcus Cobbledick, Dan Jones