Indie

 

Goddess

2013/ AUSTRALIA/IN ENGLISH/ 104 MINUTES

A FILM BY MARK LAMPRELL
WITH LAURA MICHELLE KELLY, RONAN KEATING, MAGDA SUBSZANKI

Full-time mum of twins, Elspeth Dickens (Laura Michelle Kelly), becomes a web sensation when she inadvertently broadcasts her sink songs across the internet. With Elspeth’s husband, James (Ronan Keating), at sea saving whales, advertising mogul Cassandra (Magda Szubanski) relishes the opportunity to exploit Elspeth s new-found fame by offering Elspeth her dream career in showbusiness. With her dreams of stardom within reach, Elspeth finds the choice between fame and family may come at the cost of losing both.

 

L!fe Happens

USA / CANADA – 2014 – 118 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY KAT COIRO
Featuring:  Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson

From director Kat Coiro, and writers Kat Coiro and Krysten Ritter comes L!FE HAPPENS, a comedy centered on three young women – Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) – who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, things take a sudden turn for the trio. 

With the help of her girlfriends, Kim must cope with single motherhood as she jumps back into the dating scene amid the fear that toting around a tot can be a dating ‘buzz-kill.’ Also featuring Jason Biggs, Seymour Cassel, Rhys Coiro, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston, Andrea Savage, Geoff Stults and Fallon Goodson, L!FE HAPPENS takes a look at single living, friendship and the joys of life’s curveballs.

 

Old Stone

2016 - CHINA/ CANADA - 80 MINUTES - COLOUR - IN MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY JOHNNY MA
FEATURING: GANG CHEN, AN NAI, HONGWEI WANG, ZEBIN ZHANG, XUE’ER LUO

In Johnny Ma’s thrilling debut feature, a Chinese taxi driver finds himself plunged into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no good deed goes unpunished. Beginning as a gritty social-realist drama before u-turning into a blood-drenched noir, Old Stone follows the repercussions of a car accident in a society where life is cheap and compassion is ruinously expensive. 

When a drunken passenger causes Lao Shi to swerve and hit a motorcyclist, the driver stops to help the injured man. When no police or ambulance arrive he drives the victim to the hospital, checks him in and finds himself liable for the man’s medical bills. The repercussions of Shi’s selfless act expose a society rife with bone-chilling callousness and bureaucratic indifference. On the verge of losing his cab, his job and his family, Lao Shi (in a magnificent performance by Chen Gang) has to resort to desperate measures to survive.

 

The Congress

ISRAEL / GERMANY / POLAND / LUXEMBOURG / BELGIUM / FRANCE – 2013 – 120 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY ARI FOLMAN

Robin Wright, playing the role of herself, gets an offer from a major studio to sell her cinematic identity: she'll be numerically scanned and sampled so that her alias can be used with no restrictions in all kinds of Hollywood films — even the most commercial ones that she previously refused. In exchange she receives loads of money, but more importantly, the studio agrees to keep her digitalized character forever young — for all eternity — in all of their films. The contract is valid for 20 years.

THE CONGRESS follows Robin as she makes her comeback after the contract expires, straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

 

THE KEEPING ROOM

USA – 2013 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
WITH BRIT MARLING, HAILEE STEINFELD, MUNA OTARU, SAM WORTHINGTON, KYLE SOLLER, 
A FILM BY DANIEL BARBER

In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar and Kyle Soller, BBC’s “Poldark”) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.

Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, and directed by Academy Award® Nominated Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room is a tense and uncompromising tale of survival that also shatters both gender and genre conventions.

 

THE LAST SURVIVORS

USA – 2014 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
STARRING HAYLEY LU RICHARDSON AND BOOBOO STEWART (X MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, TWILIGHT)
A FILM BY THOMAS S. HAMMOCK

The Last Survivors follows two teenagers battling to survive in a vast and barren valley, where it has not rained for ten years.  As the rain dried up, the rules of society simply blew away, leaving them to single-handedly fight off a gang of bloodthirsty mercenaries, hell bent on seizing their most precious possession, a small water-bearing well.

 

TRANSPECOS

UNITED STATES – 2016 – 86 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY GREG KWEDAR
FEATURING: JOHNNY SIMMONS, GABRIEL LUNA, CLIFTON COLLINS, JR.

On a remote desert highway a makeshift Border Patrol checkpoint is manned by three agents: Flores (Gabriel Luna): with an uncanny ability to track; Davis (Johnny Simmons): joined the Border Patrol with dreams of romancing señoritas and riding on horseback; Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr): one of the old guards who believes a college degree can’t stop a bullet. It's like most boring days, but soon the contents of one car will change everything. What follows is a journey to uncover the surreal, frightening secrets hidden behind the facade of this lonely outpost. The end of the path may cost them their lives along a border where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.