Australian drama about an inmate who, at the tail end of a 16-year sentence, is sent to a low-security pre-release prison with a special programme that pairs men with injured game birds. Co-stars Hugo Weaving (The Matrix trilogy). More
Viktor (Don Hany, White Collar Blue) has almost given up on life by the time he’s sent to the Won Wron rehabilitation centre. Case worker Matt (Weaving) decides to pair his two toughest cases – Viktor and Yasmine, a wedge-tailed eagle with a wingspan of two metres.
This is Weaving’s third film with director Craig Monahan after The Interview and Peaches. Also stars Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse).
Drama 1hr 59mins (M ) Offensive language
Country of Origin: Australia
The Z-Nail Gang (M)
Some things really are worth more than gold.
Comedic eco-drama independently made in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, based on the true David vs Goliath story of a leisurely coastal town community who took a stand against a global corporation looking to mine their sacred mountain for gold.
Local postman Ned passes the hours inventing musical sub-genres. Resident cop Tipene spends more time fishing than crime-fighting. The hardest decision for Dave is whether to make pottery or go surfing, leaving his ever-patient wife Mareeka to enjoy the serenity of their surroundings. But someone else has an eye on this paradise and the serenity is shattered when Ned delivers a letter that will change their lives forever.
It announces the arrival of multi-national mining corporation, Golia Minerals, who are questing for gold. This once tightlywoven community is torn between those who welcome the promise of prosperity and those who oppose the mining of their sacred mountain. Whether through passive action or brazen defiance of the law, one thing’s for sure – unless they can come together as a unified front, they stand to lose not only their land but something far more precious – their community.
Starring: Erroll Shand, Tanya Horo, Vanessa Rare, Malachi White, Paul Ballard, Coben Storer-Goto, Jim McLarty
Directed by Anton Steel (feature debut)
Written by Anton Steel
Comedy, Drama, True Story 85Mins
A Promise (M)
Romantic period drama set in pre-WWI Germany, chronicling a simmering love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall), and his protégé (Richard Madden). The first English-language film French filmmaker Patric Leconte, inspired by the novella Journey into the Past by Stefan Zweig (whose work also served as inspiration for The Grand Budapest Hotel).
“Hoffmeister (Rickman) is an ailing factory owner, whiskered and respectable. As his energies flag, he looks to a sharp young man in his employ for help. Ludwig (Madden) impresses Hoffmeister with his reliability and youthful spirit, and the older man finds himself leaning more and more on this promising up-and-comer. At the same time, Hoffmeister’s young bride (Hall) is looking for a tutor for their child, and Ludwig proves both flexible and willing. When he moves into their home, an emotional triangle develops. Societal dignity and decorum must be respected, and it is. Nevertheless, heated passions come into play, while Hoffmeister looks on. Unravelling over many years, this tale extends well beyond its set-up, and Leconte moves us through the emotional maze, making us aware of the complexities of feeling amongst all of the players.” (Toronto International Film Festival)
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Toby Murray, Maggie Steed, Shannon Tarbet
Directed by : Patrice Leconte (‘Monsieur Hire’, ‘Intimate Strangers’, ‘The Widow of Saint Pierre’)
Written by :Jérôme Tonnerre, Patrice Leconte (based on the Stefan Zweig novella ‘Journey Into the Past’)
Drama, Romance | 1hr 34mins | M | Sex scenes | Country of Origin: France, Belgium | Language: English