Upcoming Films – October 2021

NITRAM  Now Showing!
A narrative depiction of the events leading up to one of the darkest chapters in modern Australian history from director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and stars Caleb Landry Jones (WINNER – Best Actor Cannes 2021), Anthony LaPaglia (Balibo), Judy Davis (The Dressmaker) and Essie Davis (The Babadook).
Nitram comes to The Pivotonian straight from Cannes, where it was the first Australian film to screen as part of the illustrious festival’s official competition in 10 years – and the first Victorian film to do so in more than 30 years, with Caleb Landry Jones receiving Best Actor award for ths harrowing performance.
Trailer viewable HERE

PIG  Now Showing!
Nicolas Cage stars as Rob, a hermitic Oregonian truffle hunter and former chef who lives alone in the woods by choice, with only his beloved foraging hog for company. Less pet than livelihood, the sow has value for Rob that is more than just sentimental. So, when she’s pig-napped in a violent raid, Rob is forced to return to civilisation – and the past he deliberately left behind – as he goes looking for the animal, and the swine who took her. Also featuring Adam Arkin and Alex Wolff (Hereditary), the feature directorial debut of Michael Sarnoski has earned early comparisons to Taken and John Wick, but is decidedly its own beast. It’s not so much man-on-a-rampage as it is a sometimes-bloody but composed exploration of psychological damage – a character-driven drama that delves into the not-so-tasty side of haute cuisine. Pig allows Cage to deliver a more soulful, finely calibrated performance that once again proves just how eclectic and magnetic an actor he is.
Trailer viewable HERE

SUMMER OF SOUL  Limited Season from 7th October
The feature documentary debut of The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a long-overdue corrective for this erased watershed moment. Piecing together interviews and archival footage – including spine-tingling performances from Simone, Wonder, King, Jackson, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight and more – this stunning, exuberant time capsule chronicles, with comprehensive precision, a pioneering celebration held by and for the African American community. With attention also paid to the festival’s place at the intersection of the waning civil rights movement and burgeoning Black Power movement, Summer of Soul revels in the rich rebellion of Black resistance through song.

This sizzling concert film is a resurrected piece of power-to-the-people art, featuring dizzyingly rich footage … [It] reclaims a forgotten piece of Black culture with aching timeliness.” – Harper’s Bazaar

Trailer viewable HERE

A FIRE INSIDE  Limited Season from 14th October
When a volunteer firefighter drives his car into almost certain death during the worst fires in Australian history, he does it because he ‘has a job to do’. Three months later, the fires are out but his nightmares are just beginning. What’s tormenting him, however, isn’t the memory of flames. Turning a sensitive lens on the unprecedented devastation of Australia’s 2019/2020 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires, from a country-wide emergency to the astonishing stories of help that emerged, A FIRE INSIDE presents an inspirational look at the way people respond to crisis and its true cost to the human spirit.
Trailer viewable HERE

LAMB from 21st October
Mother. Nature.
Icelandic couple, María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason), live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their land they decide to keep it and raise it as their own. The unexpected prospect of a new family brings them much joy, but they soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature.

WINNER Certain Regard – Prize of Originality at the Cannes Film Festival, LAMB is a bold, atmospheric experience from debut feature director Valdimar Jóhannsson.

Trailer viewable HERE

PALAZZO Di COZZO from 28th October
Arriving in Melbourne in 1956, Sicilian-born Franco Cozzo is a universally beloved figure with a truly inspirational, and aspirational, story. Beginning his career as a door-to-door salesman, he became a cultural icon by building a furniture empire in Brunswick and Footscray, his experience encapsulating the ideal for those who’ve uprooted to seek a better life in a new land. Part biography, part cultural celebration, Madeleine Martiniello’s film traces Cozzo’s personal fortunes alongside those of the generations of migrants who have been drawn to his ornate, ostentatious wares, viewing ownership of them as a sign of success.

Trailer viewable HERE


Tickets now available to purchase online!
We are again proud to present the 5th Ukrainian Film Festival. The cinema scene coming out of Kyiv & beyond continues to amaze with it’s sublime, hilarious and thoughtful productions. These are incredible films & are backed up with two filmmaker Q&A sessions at the cinema, along with a great Opening Night or Ukrainian beer & varenyky (dumplings) available on the night.
Book Now via pivotcinema.com.au

Coming Soon: May – June 2021

20th May Australia 97mins MA
Experiential cinema in its purest form, GUNDA chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack, Master director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. GUNDA asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it.
View Trailer HERE

27th May Australia 95mins M
In heartfelt dramedy JUNE AGAIN, a twist of fate gives family matriarch June (Noni Hazlehurst) a reprieve from an ongoing illness. Much to their amazement, June re-enters the lives of her adult children, Ginny (Claudia Karvan) and Devon (Stephen Curry), and learns that ‘things haven’t gone according to plan’. With limited time but plenty of pluck, she sets about trying to put everything, and everyone, back on track. When her meddling backfires, June sets out on a romantic journey of her own and discovers she needs help from the very people she was trying to rescue.
View Trailer HERE

3rd June Chile 102mins MA

One of contemporary cinema’s most exciting and award-winning directors, the remarkable Pablo Larraín (NoJackieNeruda) unites Gael García Bernal with striking newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo for EMA, an immersive and incendiary new drama about art, desire, performance and family, set in the vibrant dance world of the port city of Valparaíso, Chile.

Free-spirited, platinum-blonde Ema (Di Girolamo) is a beguiling, stubborn and fiercely talented young dancer and teacher. Her insatiable passion lies in the sexy reggaetón music she and her friends dance to on the city’s streets; she’s forged a career as part of an experimental modern ensemble overseen by her husband, demanding choreographer Gastón (Bernal). The couple is reeling from a crisis: they’ve just returned their adopted 12-year-old son Polo to child services, after the troubled boy set fire to their home and injured Ema’s sister. The couple’s agonising decision spins the marriage into chaos, but the guilt-ridden Ema refuses to let go, and sets out on a strange, secretive, and fearless quest to reunite her family…
View Trailer HERE

3rd June Guatemala 76mins
In THE MEDDLER aka EL METIDO, a nightcrawler obsessed with recording the violence that pervades the streets of Guatemala City must investigate a crime committed by his father. This is a documentary film in the vein of Erol Morris’ THE THIN BLUE LINE and is a fascinating character study of a man who dedicates himself to documenting crimes & then trancends the line between ethical and manipulation. It is the reference point for the Jake Gyllenhaal blockbuster THE NIGHTCRAWLER. Limited Season! Don’t miss this unique film…
View Trailer HERE

10th June Israel 97mins M

BREAKING BREAD follows Arab and Jewish chefs in Haifa, Israel as they collaborate in the kitchen. Connected through a shared love of food, the chefs unite to celebrate their cultures and the food of their region free from political and religious boundaries. Welcome to the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival. Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef, the festival invites Arab and Jewish chefs to celebrate their shared culinary history as they exchange stories, recipes and techniques.

A celebration of the region’s diverse cuisines and people, BREAKING BREAD offers a mouth-watering taste of rich culinary traditions that will leave you wanting more.
View Trailer HERE

Friends of the ABC screening…




Thursday 13 May 2021 at 6pm


The Friends of the ABC Geelong will host the screening of this World War II-era spy thriller which features Judy Dench.

Please come and join The Friends and support this fundraiser! Tickets $18 at trybooking.com (search using key words, either the film’s title or ‘Friends of the ABC Geelong’). If you book before 5pm Wednesday 12 May there is no need to print a ticket, as we will have a list of those names booked at the door.



GPFF 2021

The Geelong Pride Film Festival is back at The Pivotonian in April and May with 5 feature films and 6 packages of short films.
The program is jam-packed and presents a diverse range of stories, genres and LGBTIQ+ experiences. Highlights include: the passionate Georgian coming-of-age tale And Then We Danced; The Greenhouse (winner of Best Australian Feature film at Melbourne Queer Film Festival); romantic comedy Breaking Fast and the powerful documentary Ahead of the Curve, which traces the founding of best-selling lesbian magazine, Curve.

The 6 carefully curated short film sessions include a dedicated package for documentary lovers, as well as a Youth Shorts package, two themed packages (“From Now On” and “Knowing Me, Knowing Her”) and feel-good crowd favourites “Happy Endings” and “Rainbow Shorts”.

Tickets are available directly from GPFF at https://gpff.ferve.tickets


Capturing the greatest stories and sends from the year in climbing, the four new films of REEL ROCK 15 deliver a joyful dose of inspiration, heart, and humor. Witness an unimaginable triumph of determination, an epic journey of self-discovery, a magical adventure across the world, and a bond-building expedition that forever changes lives.

BLACK ICE45 mins

A crew of aspiring ice climbers from the Memphis Rox gym travels to the frozen wilds of Montana, where mentors Manoah Ainuu, Conrad Anker, and Fred Campbell share their love of winter adventure in the mountains.


French powerhouse Melissa Le Nevé spends seven years battling insane moves, inner doubt, and the burden of history to climb the most revered sport route on earth.


Best friends Hazel Findlay and Maddy Cope journey to the rocky outer reaches of Mongolia, on a quixotic search for new trade routes.


Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs.

Book Now… 2 Sessions only:
Thursday 25th March – 8.20pm BOOK HERE
Monday 29th March – 6pm BOOK HERE

Coming Soon: February 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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