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Aptly described as an art-house film, Ammonite may shock discerning audiences owing to the extremely graphic sexual content which literally borders on soft porn. The story centers on Mary (Kate Winslet), a reputable paleontologist who sells sea creature relics to tourists in a seaside town. She takes Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan) under her wings, a sickly […]

British Film Festival

While many film festivals continue to be presented virally owing to the ongoing pandemic, the British Film Festival returns to the big screen with extensive COVID-safe procedures in place, screening a program of 20 new releases and three restored classics. Festival Curator Kim Petalas explained there were a couple of films he was hoping to […]


Woody Allen has written and directed this drama which is set in a 1950s American Coney Island summer. The story surrounds the relationships and romantic entanglements within a family who suffer from the disappointments and high expectations of life. Kate Winslet plays the role of Ginny, an unhappily married woman who works in a clam […]

The Mountain Between Us

Survival films are often full of physical and traumatic pain but not often does the genre explore romance or comedy in the narrative. The Mountain Between Us is the story of two strangers who find themselves stuck in the cold snowy winter in the Uinta Mountains of northeastern Utah after the pilot of a charter plane […]


History enthusiasts and movie-goers who enjoyed James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film The Titanic will not be disappointed by this comprehensive exhibition which has finally arrived in Sydney. Upon entry all visitors are made to feel as if they’re passengers embarking the Titanic. Boarding passes displaying details of genuine passengers are distributed and visitors will ultimately […]

Steve Jobs

In another biopic of the late, great co-founder of Apple, director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin provide an update for the Steve Jobs story. Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, their dramatisation takes a deceptively simple approach to storytelling, arranged in three distinct acts set in real time before Jobs takes the stage […]

The Dressmaker

Based on the novel by Australian author Rosalie Ham, The Dressmaker is an outback drama about revenge with dark comedic undertones. Fashionable femme fatale and dressmaker, Myrtle ‘Tilly’ Dunnage (Kate Winslet), returns to her dusty country home of Dungatar to take care of her unstable mother (Judy Davis) and confront the demons of her past. […]


Appealing to the market already created by The Hunger Games books and movies, Divergent is more simplistic and edgy, without all the bells and whistles. With similar themes of survival of the fittest and grappling with authority, Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago society and begins with a coming-of-age ceremony that determines which of […]


Love comes in many unexpected forms. Sometimes it comes to a manic-depressive recluse in the form of a runaway convict (Josh Brolin) and she falls right into it. Set over five days, the story revolves around the child of a woman (Kate Winslet) who needs a partner. It plays with the viewer’s perspective by contrasting […]