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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Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to ABBA music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date...
Cast
Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter
Director
P.J. Hogan
Classification
M (Low level coarse language, sexual references), 106 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
1970s Australia: A 200-ton blue whale washes up on a local beach and the kids think it's the biggest thing that's ever happened in their lives. Behind closed doors, the Mums and Dads of this quiet suburban cul-de-sac celebrate in their own special way, by joining the sexual revolution. It’s a time of boxed wine, bad hair, bad styles, bad choices, but good times. And like the rotting whale, it's all about to go spectacularly wrong.

From director, Stephan Elliott, who brought you The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, with an all-star Australian cast including Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce. SWINGING SAFARI is a colourful satire of a typical Australian beachside neighbourhood, in the height of a 1970s summer. It captures the innocence of an era of careless parenting, constant sunburn and suggestive adult behavior.
Cast
Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie, Radha Mitchell, Atticus Robb, Darcey Wilson, Jack Thompson, Jeremy Sims
Director
Stephan Elliott
Classification
M ( Mature themes, sex scenes and coarse language ), 96 mins
Genre
Comedy
Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as posse gathers to hunt him down.
Cast
Bryan Brown, Matt Day, Tremayne Doolan
Director
Warwick Thornton
Classification
MA15+ (Strong violence), 113 mins
Genre
Adventure, Crime, Drama
Physicist and researcher Jane Chandler is happily married to writer, Matt. They have two kids, Jake and Samantha. Jane has her own lab and together with her assistant, Regg, they experiment with matter teleportation. Later, tragedy strikes: Matt is killed in a car crash. Grieving, Jane falls to pieces. But a few weeks later comes a ray of hope. Using her revolutionary teleportation machine Jane finds a way to travel to a parallel world where she finds an ‘alternate version’ of Matt. But this version of her deceased husband reveals himself to be a very different man. A soldier, he carries a strange, deadly weapon and has a temper that can erupt at any moment. It soon becomes clear that she has made a terrible mistake and now she must find a way to defeat him and save her family.
Cast
Jacqueline McKenzie, Hayley McElhinney, Myles Pollard
Director
John V. Soto
Classification
M (Violence), 90 mins
Genre
Sci-Fi
This groundbreaking film reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon. The kangaroo image is proudly used by top companies, sports teams and as tourist souvenirs, yet when they hop across the vast continent some consider them to be pests to be shot and sold for profit. KANGAROO unpacks a national paradigm where the relationship with kangaroos is examined.
Director
Kate McIntyre Clere, Michael McIntyre
Classification
Not yet rated, 94 mins
Genre
Documentary