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.
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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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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: 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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: 

Coming Soon – June 2019

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coming Soon – May 2019

MID 90s
2nd May United States 83mins M

In the mid-1990s, 13-year-old Stevie lives in Los Angeles with his aggressive, fitness-obsessed older brother Ian and single mother Dabney. One day Stevie bikes past Motor Avenue Skateshop, admires the boastful camaraderie of skateboarders outside the shop, and returns the following day. Although an inexperienced skater, Stevie is drawn to the group and aspires to imitate their daredevil behavior and anti-social attitudes. The group nicknames him “Sunburn”. This is a lavish first-time directorial debut from Jonah Hill and epitomises 90s street culture.

9th May Korea 138mins M

Based on a story by Haruki Murakami, Korean master Lee Chang-dong’s remarkable new thriller BURNING was the most acclaimed film of Cannes, setting a record for the highest-ever score achieved in the 18-year history of Screen International’s prestigious critics’ poll. Novelistic in scope, grandeur and impact, and featuring three brilliant performances, it’s a gripping psychological study of thwarted love, ambition and obsession.

16th May UK / France / India 90mins PG

Aja, a young fakir (magician) from the streets of India arrives in Paris in search of his past and his future. He falls head-over-heels for Marie, whom he meets amongst the cabinets and couches in an IKEA store, and plans to meet up with her again the next day. When he accidentally gets stuck in a wardrobe that is shipped in the night to the UK, Aja finds himself on the run from border police and bandits alike. As he tries to make his way back to the city of love, Aja finds himself crossing many borders and meeting many colourful characters.

23rd May UK 99mins

The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and featuring an ensemble UK cast including Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.

23rd May Australia 87mins PG

ROCKABUL by Melbourne based director Travis Beard, follows Afghanistan’s first rock band District Unknown. In the war torn capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, where Rock music is forbidden by Islam. The band put themselves in the firing line to challenge freedom of expression, youth identity and conflict with culture. We get a glimpse into the lives of young people living in the aftermath of absolute destruction and chaos, that is Afghanistan. A glimpse into the underground expat party scene, at odds with a conservative and fundamentalist society. A glimpse into the fire that ignites a young band to play music together and connect with other youth. Season commences with a Special Director Q&A + Screening.

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?

Director Q&A – Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Join Director Gabrielle Brady for an introduction & discussion prior to our Special Screening of this Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary award winner.

The tiny Indian Ocean Territory of Christmas Island has been a centre for migrating populations for millennia – first, the distinctive Christmas Island red crabs; then phosphate miners from Malaya in the 19th century; and most recently, people seeking asylum in Australia. It is here, at the nexus of the three, that first-time feature documentarian Gabrielle Brady locates her extraordinary essay, an expansion of her award-winning 2017 short The Island.

As trauma therapist Poh Lin gently coaxes detainees to tell their stories, the island’s willing residents perform “hungry ghost” rituals for spirits whose lack of proper burial has doomed them to wander its jungles for eternity; meanwhile, the crabs march across the land in their millions, in an endless cycle that repeats every year. Poetic and hypnotic, Island of the Hungry Ghosts presents a unique and moving meditation on politics, people and primeval nature.

Tickets available HERE.

Coming Soon – February & March 2019

7th February M United States 120mins

Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

14th February TBC Lebanon 118mins

After being jailed for committing a violent crime, Zain, a mistreated 12-year-old boy, sues his parents for giving him life. Zain’s large family live hand to mouth in a squalid apartment in Lebanon. The kids work instead of going to school. When Zain’s 11 year old sister is sold into marriage, he flees the family home in search of a better life. He is taken in and lovingly cared for by an illegal Ethiopian worker, Rahil, who lives in a shanty house with her baby. But when Rahil disappears, Zain is suddenly left to fend for himself and her baby, resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive. 

28th February M Iceland 97mins

A nail-biting tale of heroism set against a stunning glacial backdrop. A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long-awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost. He must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation. Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One, Casino Royale, The Hunt) gives a physical, career-best performance in this gripping survival thriller. 

7th March TBC Australia 92mins

Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs travelling in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean, in a movement that has been provoked by the full moon for hundreds of thousands of years. Working on the island is Poh Lin Lee; a “trauma therapist” who lives with her family in this seemingly idyllic paradise. Every day, she talks with the asylum seekers held indefinitely in a high-security detention centre hidden in the island’s core, attempting to support them in a situation that is as unbearable as its outcome is uncertain.

The film is a hybrid documentary that moves between the natural migration and the chaotic and tragic migration of the humans, which is in constant metamorphoses by the unseen decision-making structures. 

14th March PG France 109mins

Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Academy Award Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.

21st March MA India / Australia 119mins

A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, Hotel Mumbai vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name and Nazanin Boniadi, “Homeland”) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.

28th March M United Kingdom 94mins

His job is a drag, his wife may be cheating on him, and he’s not getting any younger. Accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) is simply treading water when he discovers a newfound sense of purpose thanks to an unexpected source: a group of similarly stuck-in-a-rut guys who have found camaraderie and self-worth through synchronized swimming. Sure, they may be a bit paunchy, but they’re determined to prove they have what it takes to be a whirling, twirling, scissor-kicking aquatic dream team. And they’ve set their sights on the ultimate prize: the world championship. Showcasing the sharp wit of The Trip series’ Rob Brydon, Swimming With Men is a big-hearted, delightfully offbeat ode to answering your calling, no matter where you are in life.


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