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8 Aug 2024 Cinema

Chungking Express - 30th Anniversary

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai an instant icon.

8 Aug 2024 Cinema

2024 Blacktown Shorts Film Festival

Blacktown Shorts Film Festival is back and heading to one of Australia’s most iconic venues. Now in its third year, the 2024 Blacktown Shorts Film Festival will premiere five newly-commissioned short films from some of western Sydney’s most exciting filmmakers.

9 Aug 2024 Cinema

Mogwai - If The Stars Had A Sound

Over 25 years and 10 studio albums Mogwai have defined their own musical genre and built a loyal following by staying true to their roots. Following its SXSW world premiere, If The Stars Had A Sound takes us on a journey from the beginning in the mid 90s, to the band writing their tenth studio album during lockdown.

9 – 10 Aug 2024 Cinema

Crystal Voyager + Director Q&A with special guests

Over 50 years since it first premiered at Sydney Opera House, legendary surf film Crystal Voyager returns to our shores for the debut of a new 4K restoration.

10 Aug 2024 Cinema

My Neighbor Totoro

Rightfully considered one of the greatest animations of all time, My Neighbor Totoro follows the story of two young girls, Satsuki and Mei, who discover that they share this home with some rather unusual creatures.

10 Aug 2024 Cinema

The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun + Q&A with Chris Brock

Celebrating the World Premiere of its new 4K restoration, The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun is the cult 1970 directorial debut of George Greenough that captures the freedom of ocean living and the first stages of the shortboard revolution.

10 Aug 2024 Cinema

You Should Have Been Here Yesterday + Director Q&A

A poetic homage to Australia’s early surf-culture with unearthed footage set to an original soundtrack. You Should Have Been Here Yesterday combines hundreds of hours of lovingly restored 16mm footage with a salt-infused soundscape by Headland.

11 Aug 2024 Cinema

Morning of the Earth + Filmmaker Introduction

Beautifully remastered in 4K, Albert Falzon and David Elfick’s 1972 classic Morning of the Earth is renowned as one of the greatest surf films of all time.

11 Aug 2024 Cinema

The Blind Sea + Q&A with Matt Formston and Director Daniel Fenech

The Blind Sea is an inspirational and breathtaking documentary about Australian World Champion blind surfer, Matt Formston. With only 3% vision, Formston attempts his most dangerous challenge, surfing the monster waves of Nazaré, Portugal.

11 Aug 2024 Cinema

Girls Can’t Surf + Q&A with Pauline Menczer

The untold story of how a band of renegade surfer girls in the 1980s fought for equality, changing surf culture forever. Featuring champion surfers Layne Beachley, Pauline Menczer, Pam Burridge and more.

11 Aug 2024 Cinema


BLACKPINK’s BORN PINK tour that captivated the world comes to the big screen, celebrating the group’s 8th anniversary since their debut.

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Love List: Ryuichi Sakamoto by Groovescooter

Ahead of the Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus encore screening this May, Paris Pompor and Georgie Zuzak from co-presenters Groovescooter have put together a Love List dedicated to Ryuichi Sakamoto.

In the Mood: A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong

Celebrating the landmark film’s 20th anniversary, 'In the Mood – A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong' is a fever dream live streamed performance featuring a theatrical set, ‘60s style costumes, and sax-drenched renditions of the film’s romantic soundtrack; alongside new music sung by Chinese-Australian artists Rainbow Chan and Marcus Whale with narration by Eugene Choi. 

5 Sydney Opera House near misses (in the movies)

From killer sea creatures to crashing UFOs, the Sydney Opera House has been threatened in the most imaginative and unexpected ways. Here are just a few of our close calls.