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Rotting In The Sun – ECIB

Writer-director Sebastián Silva’s Sundance hit ROTTING IN THE SUN is a darkly funny and refreshingly audacious meta-comedy that skewers the business of filmmaking and our self-obsessed culture. While unwinding at a Mexican gay beach town, depressed director Sebastián Silva meets gregarious Instagram influencer Jordan Firstman (both playing versions of themselves), and Sebastián reluctantly agrees to […]

Nefarious

On the day of his scheduled execution, a convicted serial killer gets a psychiatric evaluation during which he claims he is a demon, and further claims that before their time is over, the psychiatrist will commit three murders of his own.    

Bloodshot Heart

Bloodshot Heart is a journey into obsession, memory and delusion. In a world where the difference between reality and fantasy can be hard to discern, Hans, a middle-aged driving instructor, attempts to shake off the manipulative grasp of his Italian mother and pursue a younger woman, Matilda, a musician renting a room in their apartment. As jealousy and infatuation […]

Kairos

Chris Bunton packs a formidable punch in KAIROS, a trailblazing Australian drama film that places both a performer and a character with Down Syndrome at its centre. Bunton plays Danny, who wants to box as a way to earn respect, confidence and acceptance, and to prove that he’s more than his disability. Ex-fighter and trainer […]

Ashburn Waters

When Brett agreed to join his friends on a high school reunion camping trip, he thought the height of his worries would be dealing with his ex-girlfriend and her new flame. But little did he know that the campground, Ashburn Waters, had been closed due to unexplained murders and now his friends are falling victim […]

Angel of Mine

Seven years after the death of her daughter, Lizzie locks eyes on a sight she thought she’d never see again: a girl, Lola, who is the spitting image of her own lost child. As she battles for custody of her surviving son, Lizzie’s obsession with Lola only grows – befriending the young girl’s mother, following […]

Turbines

When immigrants Attila and Jana resettle in a rural Australian town as part of a government policy to populate isolated areas, they consider themselves lucky. Although they must work on a wind farm in the middle of nowhere, they have each other, and soon, a family. Problems with narrow-minded locals, the isolation, backbreaking labor and […]

Jirga

**AACTA Award Winner for Best Indie Film 2018** A modern morality tale about a former Australian soldier, Mike, who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga. ______

The Birds

Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home. She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike up a romance. One day birds start attacking children at Mitch’s sisters party. A huge assault starts on the town by attacking […]

Psycho

Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and […]

Landfall

A young couple in tropical Australia is trapped in their beach house by three fugitives carrying a mysterious icebox containing unknown contents, and they must rely on their wits and cunning to survive as a severe tropical cyclone looms.

Australia Day

On a sweltering Australia Day in Brisbane, the worlds of three desperate young people collide. Indigenous teen April (Miah Madden), young Chinese woman Lan (Jenny Wu), and Sami (Elias Anton), an Iranian-Australian teen, are each on the run from something. As their stories unfold, farmer Terry (Bryan Brown), Indigenous policewoman Sonya Mackenzie (Shari Sebbens) and […]

Sugar Mountain

Deep in debt to a local thug (Jason Momoa), Miles persuades his girlfriend Lauren and brother Liam to help fake a disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness. While the town works together to find Miles, the local sheriff (Cary Elwes) begins to suspect foul play. As he closes in on the truth, Liam struggles to conceal […]

The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

Cox and Hirsch play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.

Boys in the Trees

It’s Halloween 1997 – the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons. But for Corey, his past has some unfinished business. When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him […]

The 9th Life of Louis Drax

A psychologist (Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey) begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

Remember

From acclaimed Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) comes a powerful film about the ultimate cost of revenge and the terrifying truths unearthed when we are forced to confront our past. With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a handwritten letter, an elderly man with dementia seeks to right the […]

Feeling Lucky

Seven days earlier in a bikini pageant three best friends Nick, Josh and Harry were reflecting on their present lives. Their lives take a “U turn” when Nick gets a call from Fiji, its their fourth best friend Raj. To their surprise Raj who is a compulsive worrier and lives in constant fear of his overly strict […]

Embedded

Stephen Sewell’s erotic political thriller sees a war correspondent meet an alluring, enigmatic woman at a cocktail party, before a dangerous power play engulfs the two. Playwright and screenwriter Sewell (who scripted The Boys – the restored version is screening at SFF this year) is no stranger to cagey, dark characters, and this is certainly […]

The Lights

This film documents the last moments of Jared Gallagher, Mark Gunnerson, and Candace Hennessey missing since 2014. It includes interviews and footage that purports to show supernatural activity captured in New South Wales. ‘Billed as a micro-budget horror film with a science fiction twist, the flick follows two friends as they track UFO sightings and […]

Cut Snake

Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), a very private man in his twenties who is trying to make a life for himself in a new city. He has found honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula (Jessica De Gouw). But the prospect of […]

Jacob’s Ladder

Terrifying, demonic hallucinations haunt Jacob Singer’s everyday life, where it seems that around every corner, a monstrous shadow lurks. When his army buddies from Vietnam reveal that they suffer the same symptoms, Jacob goes on a quest for answers. But the truth is far stranger then any of them could have possibly imagined.

Divergent

Based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel, Divergent is a gripping action-thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless – the daring […]

Only God Forgives

This stylish revenge thriller stars Ryan Gosling as Julian, who runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his family drug business. When his brother savagely murders a young prostitute, he is killed as retribution. The matriarch of the family – and of the criminal organisation – Crystal, arrives to retrieve her son’s […]

Crash

This compelling urban thriller tracks the volatile intersection of a multiethnic cast of characters struggling to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another’s lives. In the grey area between black and white, victim and aggressor, during the next 36 hours, they will all collide

Blue Jasmine

After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.

The Bank

Power. Corruption, Revenge. With a stellar local cast including David Wenham, Sibylla Budd and Anthony LaPaglia THE BANK is a corporate thriller in which the good guys lose and the rich guys just get richer. Centabank CEO Simon O’Reilly (LaPaglia) declares that he is “like God, but with a better suit”, and he is as […]

Balibo

East Timor, 1975: Five Journalists Are Missing. One Man Searches For The Truth. One Man Fights For Justice As Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian-based journalists go missing. Four weeks later, veteran foreign correspondent Roger East is lured to East Timor by the young and charismatic José Ramos-Horta to […]

Animal Kingdom

Following the death of his mother, 17-year-old Joshua ‘J’ Cody (newcomer James Frecheville) moves in with his doting grandmother, Smurf (Jacki Weaver), and her three criminal sons—the Cody boys. The eldest, “Pope” (Ben Mendelsohn) is an armed robber, in hiding from a cadre of renegade detectives. Then there’s Craig (Sullivan Stapleton), a successful but volatile […]