AUSTRALIAN FILM FOCUS AT LIDO CINEMAS.

Lido Cinemas loves showcasing the films of talented Australian filmmakers. Lido's unique Australian film focus aims to support our highly creative screen industry and offer broader exposure for emerging filmmakers to promote their films in the competitive film market place.

We’re both thrilled and honoured to be screening these films – each one is well worth catching on the silver screen.  

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In one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa (Marie Wawa), falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain (Mungau Dain). When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel.

The Yakel still live a fully traditional Kastom lifestyle in their mountainous jungle home, in the shadow of an active volcano, maintaining their belief system and social structure despite contact with the modern world. Although they had never even seen a film before, the tribe openly embraced the opportunity to explore this new way of storytelling.
Director
Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Classification
M, 100 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
NOMINATED FOR 6 ACADEMY AWARDS incl. Best Picture, Actor (Andrew Garfield), Director, Editor, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.

He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic he single-handedly rescued the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was injured by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour, which is the highest military honour in the US, awarded for personal acts of valour above and beyond the call of duty.
Cast
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn
Director
Mel Gibson
Classification
MA15+, 138 mins
Genre
History, War
NOMINATED FOR 6 ACADEMY AWARDS incl. Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Dev Patel), Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Original Score.

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Cast
Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman
Director
Garth Davis
Classification
PG, 129 mins
Genre
Drama
"A damning, absorbing portrait of one of the most insideous groups in Australian history." —Screen Daily

An incendiary, heartbreaking investigation into one of Australia's most notorious cults, and the scars its victims still bear today.

Anne Hamilton-Byrne was beautiful, charismatic, delusional and damaged. She was also incredibly dangerous. Convinced she was a living god, Hamilton-Byrne headed an apocalyptic sect dubbed The Family, which was prominent in Melbourne through the 60s and 70s. With her husband Bill, she acquired numerous children – some through adoption scams, some born to cult members – and raised them as her own. Isolated from the outside world, the children were dressed in matching outfits, had identically dyed blonde hair, and were allegedly beaten, starved and injected with LSD. Taught that Hamilton-Byrne was both their mother and the messiah, the children were eventually rescued during a police raid in the mid 80s, but their trauma had only just begun.

Melbourne director Rosie Jones has spent years digging into disturbing mysteries of The Family. With survivors and cult members telling their stories on camera, alongside the Australian and international police who worked the case, this confronting local documentary exposes not just what happened within the still-operating sect but also within the conservative Melbourne community that allowed The Family to flourish.
Director
Rosie Jones
Classification
M, 98 mins
Genre
Documentary
Based on the best-selling novel, JASPER JONES is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a young bookish boy living in a small town. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie's life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1965, Charlie faces the local racists, the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous.
Cast
Levi Miller, Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette
Director
Rachel Perkins
Classification
M, 105 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
They call them “Rovers” - aimless wanderers and drifters living on the fringes of society in the vast Australian outback, looking to escape their pasts and start anew.

Buzz (played by Gareth Rickards) has been to damn near every corner of the continent searching for the legendary Stray’s Gold - a haul that will keep him in parts and petrol for the rest of his days. But, just as he is ready to give up, Buzz is approached by Eric (Jamie Kristian), who has come into possession of a map to Stray’s Gold. Eric is happy to part with the map in exchange for passage - he and his activist friends Tori (Hayley Sullivan), Skye (Katie Garfield) and Tom (Adam Horner) want to stage a protest at the site of a new mine from mega mining company Madsen Minerals, headed by nefarious billionaire Daniel Madsen (Robert Babin). To get to the mine unseen, they must travel through the impenetrable Mamuya Valley.

Seeing as this is his last chance to fulfill his dream, Buzz convinces his ragtag crew of Rovers, Abe and Scraps (Vincent Andriano and Sam Glissan), to follow him on one last quest for the lost gold.

With their modified off-road rigs piled high, the Rovers and Activists embark on the greatest adventure of their lives. But soon tensions rise and ulterior motives are revealed with exciting off-road chases, daring rescues and amazing discoveries to follow.
Cast
Gareth Rickards, Vincent Andriano, Sam Glissan
Director
Jonathan Adams
Classification
M, 120 mins
Genre
Adventure
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
Cast
Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry
Director
Ben Young
Classification
Not yet rated, 108 mins
Genre
Crime