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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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
Seventeen-year-old Emma Wilson (Kelli Berglund) moves from the USA to Australia with her Air Force officer father. At her new high school, she befriends Hannah Thompson (Emily Morris) and together they join forces to form a competitive cheerleading squad. They recruit an unlikely team of girls and guys, drawn from a wide variety of sports including gymnastics, dance, soccer and AFL.

When the team signs up for the state championships, they soon find themselves up against the reigning champions, led by the devious Charlotte. Can this unlikely cheer squad beat the odds in their quest to win the state champs and go all the way to the nationals? With the stakes this high, they’ll get just one chance of going for gold.
Cast
Kelli Berglund, Emily Morris, Terry Rogers
Director
Clay Glen
Classification
G (General), 89 mins
Genre
Drama, Family, Sport
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
M ( Mature themes and scenes of animal slaughter), 103 mins
Genre
Documentary
On a cold morning in the middle of country Victoria, two brothers
arrive at the family home intent on murdering their step-father Roger. Terry and Jeff’s motive is simple, killing their step-dad will render their dying Mother’s plan to change her will in his favour, redundant. The staged “suicide” has been meticulously planned but there is one thing the boys didn’t take into account, spending an entire day together. Old grudges, different worldviews and a general troubled history will pit these two brothers against each other and by the end of the day three people will be dead. “Sibling Rivalry” is the very blackest of comedies about family, loyalty and murder – cos after all “blood is thicker than water.”
Classification
Not yet rated, 100 mins
Genre
Drama, Family