The Beguiled 

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

Ali’s Wedding

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


Bentley Effect – Director Q&A

The Bentley Effect
Director Q&A

Join us this Thursday and Friday night for a special event Q&A with the filmmaker Brendan Shoebridge.

Filmed over five years, The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free. This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest from a committed community can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness. It celebrates the non-violent ‘Eureka Stockade’ of our time and chronicles one of the fastest growing social movements we have ever witnessed.

All special event tickets are $20.
Thursday Mar 9 @ 6pm
– Greens Fundraiser screening, tix through Trybooking:
Friday Mar 10 @ 6pm – Tix can be purchased here:

Now Showing – November


November has The Pivotonian Cinema host many of the Best Films of 2016, from some of the best directors in the business.

Pedro Almodovar’s JULIETA sees the Spanish impresario return to the heights of his previous films ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, VOLVER and BROKEN EMBRACES. Korean director Park Chan-Wook takes a stylistic departure from the full-on likes of OLD BOY to present an English period novel, adapted to 1930s Korea in THE HANDMAIDEN. Italian up-and-comer Paolo Virzi’s LIKE CRAZY is a great contemporary drama-comedy, mirrored by the Italian comedy smash WHERE AM I GOING? -Italy’s highest grossing film ever. Also screening this month is the new visceral thriller by Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE) starring Elle Fanning: THE NEON DEMON, with crowd favourites CAPTAIN FANTASTIC and the remarkable FRANCOFONIA (from the director of RUSSIAN ARK) continuing into December.

Also coming up in December we have Cold War challenges in Estonia with THE FENCER, British Comedy romp GOLDEN YEARS, period drama SUNSET SONG and Ira Sachs’ much-anticipated LITTLE MEN, just in time for Christmas. For the kids, look out for YOUR NAME, the Japanese animation film that has broken all previous box office records in Japan.

And remember -we are licensed so you may enjoy a fine wine or boutique beer with your quality film at The Pivotonian.

Director Q&A – Joe Cinque’s Consolation

SPECIAL EVENT – Sotiris Dounoukos will present his film, fresh from Toronto and Melbourne International Film Festivals at The Pivotonian Cinema, before hosting a Q&A at the end of the film.


The director of Joe Cinque’s Consolation will take part in special audience Q&A session at Pivotonian Cinema on Saturday, October 8 at 7.00pm. Sotiris Dounoukos will introduce the film and following the screening will be on hand to answer questions from the audience about the film and its controversial subject matter. Tickets for this special event screening are now on sale.

The film tells the true story of the events surrounding the death of Joe Cinque. In early 1997 Anu Singh, a law student at the Australian National University, confided to friends her plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable or unwilling to help, Anu’s boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. As Anu’s mental and emotional state begins to unravel, her plans grow more macabre and more public.

It is the adaptation of Helen Garner’s best-selling account of these events: an examination of collective and individual responsibility, and a crime that shocked Australia.

Sotiris Dounoukos is the director, writer and co-producer of the film, and its recent selection for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival marked Dounoukos’ return to the festival, where in 2014 he was awarded TIFF’s Best International Short Film Award for his film, A Single Body. The film later collected the best film awards at the St Kilda Film Festival and Dendy Award as part of the Sydney Film Festival.

Joe Cinque’s Consolation (M) opens nationally on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Tix selling fast! Buy online:

Coming Soon in August…

MUSTANG (July 28) Coming-of-Age TURKEY (M) Recommended
In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters innocently celebrate the end of the school year at the beach with some boys. The supposed debauchery of their actions causes their home to progressively transform into a prison; classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages are arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed upon them.
Nominated for a best foreign film Oscar in 2016, and anchored by sensational performances and a moving soundtrack by Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), for which Ellis won ‘Best Music’ at this year’s César Awards for his original film score.


Three sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father, absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.


MAGGIE’S PLAN (August 11th) Comedy USA (M) Recommended
A young woman longing to start a family (Greta Gerwig) becomes involved in a complicated love triangle with a professor (Ethan Hawke) and his theorist wife (Julianne Moore). Maggie’s Plan received its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.


THE CARER (August 25th) Comedy / Drama UK (PG)
Featuring a stand-out performance by Brian Cox. Dorottya is a young Hungarian actress with a burning desire: to make it on the English stage. Legendary actor Sir Michael Gifford suffers from an incurable disease, and has one desire: be left alone. When Dorottya becomes his carer they both hope their wish will be fulfilled. 


Ricky Gervais is back in the film adapted follow-on to The Office.
Now working as a rep selling cleaning (and ladies personal hygiene) products up and down the country, David Brent hasn’t given up his dream of becoming a rock star – or more specifically, singer/songwriter for fledgling rock band ‘Foregone Conclusion’. As he assembles a group of mercenary session musicians, a talented sidekick for street cred and an overpriced yet underwhelmed tour manager, he embarks upon a self-financed UK tour coming to a venue near every major city near you.


Special Screenings

Pivot Exclusives 2

The Pivotonian Cinema is pleased to present 2 new #PivotExclusives special event screenings.

PANTANI – Wednesday 29th June at 7pm

In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man verses mountain, athlete verses addiction, Marco Pantani verses himself.

PANTANI Tix available here:

Fundraising proceeds for this event go to SES Victoria.

BRINGING THE LIGHT – Thursday 30th June at 8.30pm

Encore Screening!

This film follows a group of Nepalese women over a period of four years. The women’s lives have been radically changed with access to education and skills training; providing them with the ability to be self sufficient with sustainable income generation.
A story of courage, resilience and strength, these women seek to create a better life for themselves, their families and other women in Nepal.
Tickets available here:
Fundraising proceeds for this event go to the Seven Women foundation.

Chasing Asylum SPECIAL EVENT with Director Eva Orner


The Pivotonian Cinema presents an exclusive Geelong filmic event on Friday, June 17th at 7pm.


Globally, there is no more urgent issue than the plight of asylum seekers and refugees. This film features never-before-seen footage of off-shore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, revealing the conditions asylum seekers are living in.

Right now, there are 60 million displaced people in the world – that’s one in every 122 humans that are either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum. CHASING ASYLUM is an important documentary that brings to light the human impact of this global issue.

Hurry! Book now:


Now Showing & Tickets

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