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The latest –
Filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe recommends Atlantics (2019) & I Am Not A Witch (2017)
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Filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe recommends Atlantics (2019) & I Am Not A Witch (2017)
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Filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe recommends Atlantics (2019) & I Am Not A Witch (2017)
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The latest –
RMIT DesignHub curator Kate Rhodes recommends The Red Balloon (1956)
The latest –
RMIT DesignHub curator Kate Rhodes recommends The Red Balloon (1956)
The latest –
RMIT DesignHub curator Kate Rhodes recommends The Red Balloon (1956)
Take 2 — Fine film recommendations from our favourite friends (< say that 5 times fast)... Some you can stream here and now. Some you can’t... Such is life...

Sid & Judy (2019)

Stephen Kijak

Synopsis: A fascinating portrait of Judy Garland that takes a deeper look beyond this queer icon.

Released:2019
Duration:97 min
Country:USA
Director:Stephen Kijak
Language:English
Rating:M

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972 )

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Synopsis: A fashion designer who treats her personal assistant like a slave falls in love with a woman who does not love her in return.

Released:1972
Duration:120 min
Country:West Germany
Director:Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Language:German with English subtitles
Rating:Unclassified

Pride (2014)

Matthew Warchus

Synopsis: During the 1984 Welsh mineworkers’ strike in England, gay and lesbian activists forge an unlikely alliance with the striking miners’ families.

Released:2014
Duration:120 min
Country:UK
Director:Matthew Warchus
Language:English
Rating:M

The Australian Dream (2019 )

Daniel Gordon

Synopsis: The remarkable story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes. Through the backdrop of Goodes’ journey, the feature documentary explores race, identity and belonging in Australia today.

Released:2019
Duration:106 min
Country:Australia, UK
Director:Daniel Gordon
Language:German with English subtitles
Rating:MA15+

Stir (1980 )

Stephen Wallace

Synopsis: Stephen Wallace’s feature directorial debut is a prison film based on the 1974 prison riot at Bathurst Correctional Complex and the subsequent Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons. Note – Olympia advises against watching the trailer to leave space for the harrowing film’s slowly built tension.

Released:1980
Duration:101 min
Country:Australia
Director:Stephen Wallace
Language:English
Rating:R18+

Volver (2006)

Pedro Almodovar

Synopsis: Raimunda (Penelope Cruz), her teenage daughter and her sister are coping as best they can since the death of their mother and also their grandmother, who died along with her husband, in a mysterious fire. However, all is not as it seems in their village, and unresolved matters within the family bubble to the surface. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2006.

Released:2006
Duration:121 min
Country:Spain
Director:Pedro Almodovar
Language:Spanish with English subtitles
Rating:M

Elle (2016)

Paul Verhoeven

Synopsis: The seemingly indestructible Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) is changed forever when she is attacked by an unknown assailant in her home. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Released:2016
Duration:106 min
Country:France
Director:Paul Verhoeven
Language:French with English subtitles
Rating:MA15+

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

Robin Campillo

Synopsis: Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. Note – Elise was able to access this film on Kanopy via her local library membership. Your library may carry a different collection of films.

Released:2017
Duration:143 min
Country:France
Director:Robin Campillo
Language:French with English subtitles
Rating:MA15+

Samson and Delilah (2009)

Warwick Thornton

Synopsis: Two teenagers find love and look for a place where they can be together in peace in this Australian drama.

Released:2009
Duration:101 min
Country:Australia
Director:Warwick Thornton
Language:English and Aboriginal with English subtitles
Rating:MA15+

The Red Balloon (1956)

Albert Lamorisse

Synopsis: Albert Lamorisse celebrates the experience of childhood in his 1957 Oscar winning short classic about a young boy who develops a friendship with a red balloon that follows him around the gloomy streets of post-war Paris.

Released:1956
Duration:34 min
Country:France
Director:Albert Lamorisse
Language:French with English subtitles
Rating:G

The Teacher (2016)

Jan Hrebejk

Synopsis: The lives of the students and parents at a Bratislava suburban school are turned upside down when teacher Maria Drazdechova, with her corrupt ways and ties to the Communist Party, joins the faculty.

Released:2016
Duration:98 min
Country:Slovakia
Director:Jan Hrebejk
Language:Slovak with English subtitles
Rating:MA15+

Milada (2017)

David Mrnka

Synopsis: Politician and human rights campaigner Milada Horáková battles against all odds to defend her beliefs in a Czechoslovakia under Communist rule.

 

Released:2017
Duration:123 min
Country:Czech Republic, USA
Director:David Mrnka
Language:English, German, Czech with English subtitles
Rating:M

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Stanley Kramer

Synopsis: A multitude of people have been given a clue by a dying man as to the location of money that he has buried. They cannot come to an agreement to seek out the loot as a cooperative unit, so they set out separately in a mad race to get to it first.

Released:1963
Duration:160 min
Country:USA
Director:Stanley Kramer
Language:English
Rating:PG

Gloria Bell (2018)

Sebastián Lelio

Synopsis: A fun-loving divorcée lives life to its fullest, working in insurance by day and dancing in LA clubs at night. Then a new man appears on the scene.

Released:2018
Duration:101 min
Country:Chile, USA
Director:Sebastián Lelio
Language:English
Rating:M

Seopyeonje (1993)

Kwon-taek Im

Synopsis: Despite its falling popularity, a father teaches his two children the Korean musical tradition of Pansori (one singer accompanied by one drummer).

Released:1993
Duration:112 min
Country:South Korea
Director:Kwon-taek Im
Language:Korean with English subtitles
Rating:N/A

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Taika Waititi

Synopsis: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

 

Released:2016
Duration:97 min
Country:New Zealand
Director:Taika Waititi
Language:English
Rating:PG

Orlando (1992)

Sally Potter

Synopsis: After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world.

Released:1992
Duration:94 min
Country:USA
Director:Sally Potter
Language:English
Rating:PG

Departures (2008)

Yōjirō Takita

Synopsis: Daigo, a depressed and unemployed cellist, inadvertently finds himself after he takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

 

Released:2008
Duration:83 min
Country:Japan
Director:Yōjirō Takita
Language:Japanese with English subtitles
Rating:M

Rafiki (2018)

Wanuri Kahiu

Synopsis: “Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Released:2018
Duration:83 mins
Country:Kenya
Director:Wanuri Kahiu
Language:English and Swahili with English subtitles
Rating:M

Mikey and Nicky (1976)

Elaine May

Synopsis: In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who’s on his trail.

Released:1976
Duration:119 min
Country:USA
Director:Elaine May
Language:English
Rating:Unclassified 18+

Franca: Chaos and Creation (2016)

Francesco Carrozzini

Synopsis: A documentary filmmaker chronicles the life and times of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue and a fashion-world provocateur.

 

Released:2016
Duration:79 min
Country:Italy
Director:Francesco Carrozzini
Language:Italian, English, French with English subtitles
Rating:M

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Céline Sciamma

Synopsis: On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Released:2019
Duration:122 min
Country:France
Director:Céline Sciamma
Language:French with English subtitles
Rating:M

Nobody Knows (2004)

Hirokazu Koreeda

Synopsis: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Released:2004
Duration:140 min
Country:Japan
Director:Hirokazu Koreeda
Language:Japanese with English subtitles
Rating:M

Knife + Heart (2018)

Yann Gonzalez

Synopsis: Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of cheap gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to get her back by making a more ambitious film with the flamboyant Archibald.

Released:2018
Duration:103 min
Country:France
Director:Yann Gonzalez
Language:French, Spanish with English subtitles
Rating:Unclassified 16+

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)

Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

Synopsis: After a lukewarm marriage of over twenty years, a woman appeals to her husband’s compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document in front of a court, which proves to be more challenging than she would expect.

Released:2014
Duration:115 min
Country:Israel
Director:Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Language:Hebrew, French, Arabic with English subtitles
Rating:Unclassified 15+

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

Ari Folman

Synopsis: An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Released:2008
Duration:90 min
Country:Israel
Director:Ari Folman
Language:Hebrew, Arabic, German, English with English subtitles
Rating:MA15+

Jallikattu (2019)

Lijo Jose Pellissery

Synopsis: A portrait of a remote village where a buffalo escapes and causes a frenzy of ecstatic violence.

Released:2019
Duration:94 min
Country:India
Director:Lijo Jose Pellissery
Language:Malayalam with English subtitles
Rating:Unclassified 13+

Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010)

Nabwana I.G.G.

Synopsis: The ultra low-budget action comedy film based on a violent and destructive war that erupts between two conflicting groups – the mafia and some soldiers.

Released:2010
Duration:92 min
Country:Uganda
Director:Nabwana I.G.G.
Language:English and Swahili with English subtitles
Rating:Unclassified

Mystery Road (film) (2013)

Ivan Sen

Synopsis: The feature film that came before the series. In this acclaimed thriller, cowboy detective Jay Swan returns to his outback home town to solve the murder of a teenage girl and finds himself caught between the divide in a community he once called home.

Released:2013
Duration:121 min
Country:Australia
Director:Ivan Sen
Language:English
Rating:M

Mystery Road (series) (2018)

Various

Synopsis: Detective Jay Swan takes on a grisly case in a new town, a coastal community where the desert meets the ocean and secrets past and present run deep. Jay must reconcile the law and deep lore and confront a dangerous enemy.

Released:2018
Duration:2 seasons
Country:Australia
Director:Various
Language:English
Rating:M

Atlantics (2019)

Mati Diop

Synopsis: Arranged to marry a rich man, young Ada is crushed when her true love goes missing at sea during a migration attempt – until a miracle reunites them.

Released:2019
Duration:106 min
Country:France, Senegal, Belgium
Director:Mati Diop
Language:Wolof, French, Arabic with English subtitles and English
Rating:M

I Am Not a Witch (2017)

Rungano Nyoni

Synopsis: In her BAFTA award-winning debut feature, Rungano Nyoni crafts a satiric feminist fairy-tale set in present-day Zambia. When 9-year old orphan Shula is accused of witchcraft, she is exiled to a witch camp run by Mr. Banda, a corrupt and inept government official.

Released:2017
Duration:92 min
Country:UK, France, Germany, Zambia
Director:Rungano Nyoni
Language:English and Nyanja, Bemba,Tonga with English subtitles
Rating:Unclassified

The Big Steal (1990)

Nadia Tass

Synopsis: An Australian teen (Ben Mendelsohn) dates his dream girl (Claudia Karvan) in a used Jaguar bought from a crooked car dealer (Steve Bisley).

Released:1990
Duration:99 min
Country:Australia
Director:Nadia Tass
Language:English
Rating:PG

My Neighbor Totoro (1998)

Hayao Miyazaki

Synopsis: When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

 

Released:1998
Duration:86 min
Country:Japan
Director:Hayao Miyazaki
Language:Japanese with English subtitles
Rating:G

The Boys From Brazil (1978)

Franklin Schaffner

Synopsis: Based on Ira Levin’s best-selling novel and set in the late 1970s, this gripping drama concerns a fanatical Nazi cloning Adolph Hitler in an attempt to groom a future Fuhrer. Lawrence Olivier plays the man who’s out to stop him.

Released:1978
Duration:119 min
Country:UK
Director:Franklin Schaffner
Language:English
Rating:MA15+

Strange Colours (2018)

Alena Lodkina

Synopsis: Milena travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom. Soon, he doesn’t want her to leave.

Released:2018
Duration:82 min
Country:Australia
Director:Alena Lodkina
Language:English
Rating:MA15+

First Day (2020)

Julie Kalceff

Synopsis: It’s Hannah’s first day of high school. It’s also the first day she’ll wear a girl’s school uniform and go by her chosen name rather than the boy’s name she was given at birth.

Released:2020
Duration:4 episodes
Country:Australia
Director:Julie Kalceff
Language:English
Rating:PG

Doctor Sleep (1999)

Mike Flanagan

Synopsis: Years following the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

Released:1999
Duration:152 min
Country:USA
Director:Mike Flanagan
Language:English
Rating:MA15+

Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

Wim Wenders

Synopsis: A documentary following renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country’s finest musicians to record an album.

Released:1999
Duration:101 min
Country:Germany, USA, UK, France, Cuba
Director:Wim Wenders
Language:English, Spanish with English subtitles
Rating:G

Runaway Train (1985)

Andrey Konchalovskiy

Synopsis: Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

Released:1985
Duration:110 min
Country:USA
Director:Andrey Konchalovskiy
Language:English
Rating:Unclassified 15+

Party Girl (1995)

Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Synopsis: Party girl Mary gets bailed out of jail by her librarian godmother. She starts working at the library, slowly fills her empty brain.

Released:1995
Duration:94 min
Country:USA
Director:Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Language:English
Rating:Unclassified 

Near Dark (1987)

Kathryn Bigelow

Synopsis: A small-town farmer’s son reluctantly joins a travelling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Released:1987
Duration:94 min
Country:USA
Director:Kathryn Bigelow
Language:English
Rating:MA15+

Burn (2012)

Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez

Synopsis: A documentary about Detroit told through the eyes of firefighters charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.

Released:2012
Duration:86 min
Country:USA
Director:Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez
Language:English
Rating:Unclassified

Dave Made a Maze (2017)

Bill Watterson

Synopsis: Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps and critters of his own creation.

Released:2017
Duration:80 min
Country:USA
Director:Bill Watterson
Language:English
Rating:Unclassified

Life After People (2009)

Synopsis: Building off the success of HISTORY’s two-hour special Life After People, this series continues the exploration of a world wiped clean of humanity, in even more vivid detail.

Released:2009
Duration:20 episodes
Country:USA
Director:
Language:English
Rating:Unclassified 

Sans Soleil (1983)

Chris Marker

Synopsis: Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Sans Soleil is his mind-bending free-form travelogue that journeys from Africa to Japan.

Released:1983
Duration:104 min
Country:France
Director:Chris Marker
Language:French | Japanese | English | Cantonese | Japanese Sign Language (with subtitles)
Rating:Unclassified

Thanks for the Dance: Moving On (2020 )

Laure Prouvost

Synopsis: Walk in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen at his Hydra hideout in this visual elegy by Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost and collaborator Ciarán Wood.

Released:2020
Duration:4 min
Director:Laure Prouvost

My Life As A Zucchini (1980)

Claude Barras

Synopsis: After losing his mother, a young boy is befriended by a police officer and sent to a foster home with other orphans his age. With the help of his new friends, he begins to trust and love again.

Released:1980
Duration:63 min
Country:France
Director:Claude Barras
Language:English
Rating:M

Cosmos (1980)

Adrian Malone

Synopsis: Astronomer Carl Sagan’s landmark 13-part science series takes you on an awe-inspiring cosmic journey to the edge of the Universe and back aboard the spaceship of the imagination.

Released:1980
Duration:98 min
Country:USA, UK
Director:Adrian Malone
Language:English
Rating:PG

RAMS (2018)

Gary Hustwit

Synopsis: A documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability, and the future of design.

Released:2018
Duration:74
Country:USA
Director:Gary Hustwit
Language:German with English subtitles
Rating:Unclassified

Beach Rats (2017)

Eliza Hittman

Synopsis: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

Released:2017
Duration:98 min
Country:USA
Director:Eliza Hittman
Language:English
Rating:MA15+

Raw (2016)

Julia Ducournau

Synopsis: A bloody horror cannibal film about a young veterinary student who encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world when she starts veterinary school. Desperate to fit in during the first week of hazing rituals, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time and faces the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions as her true self emerges.

Released:2016
Duration:99 min
Country:France, Belgium, Italy
Director:Julia Ducournau
Language:French with English subtitles
Rating:R18+

The Breaker Upperers (2018)

Jackie Van Beek

Synopsis: For the right price, BFFs Jen and Mel will ruthlessly end any romance. But when one grows a conscience, it threatens to derail their relationship.

Released:2018
Duration:77 min
Country:New Zealand
Director:Jackie Van Beek
Language:English
Rating:M