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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12 years after the phenomenal success of Kenny, director/actor Clayton Jacobson reunites with his brother Shane Jacobson in a very different film, yet just as quintessentially Australian and individual.

On a cold morning in the middle of country Victoria, two brothers arrive at the family home with treacherous intent. Terry and Jeff’s motive is to make sure their dying Mother’s plan to change her will in favor of her husband - their stepfather - is upturned.

It is all meticulously planned, but there is one thing the boys didn’t take into account - spending an entire day together. Old grudges, different world views and a general troubled history will pit these two brothers against each other. Brothers’ Nest is a tragic comedy about family, loyalty and murder - demonstrating that ‘brotherly love’ has its limits.
Classification
MA15+ (Strong themes, violence and coarse language ), 97 mins
Genre
Drama, Family
Working Class Boy is the unflinching story of Jimmy Barnes – from childhood survival in the slums of Glasgow to the forlorn immigrant suburbs of Australia, to the day he is asked to join a band and finds his escape with Cold Chisel. A powerful & confronting coming-of-age tale ripped with poverty, alcoholism, domestic violence and abuse. Raw and compassionate, this is how a wild cheeky kid from the mean streets of Scotland and South Australia was saved by rock n roll ... only to have it nearly destroy him.
Cast
Jimmy Barnes
Director
Mark Joffe
Classification
M (Mature themes and coarse language), 104 mins
Genre
Documentary
Pawno’s Damian Hill stars in this Venice-premiering exploration of fatherhood, trauma and second chances, shot in Melbourne’s inner southeast by first-time local filmmaker Jason Raftopoulos.

Friday is no ordinary day for courier Jim. His loan shark wants $15,000 by close of business; his boss wants him to stick to his normal deliveries; and, being school holidays, he’s supposed to be looking after his adolescent son (Hill’s real-life stepson Tyler Perham). From dawn until dusk, Jim endeavours to juggle all three – come up with cash he doesn’t have, keep his job and entertain the boy he doesn’t spend enough time with – all while trying to avoid further trouble.

Adapting Raftopoulos’ short film Father’s Day to feature length, West of Sunshine wears its Italian neo-realist inspirations on its sleeves as it follows a desperate dad doing his best in difficult circumstances. Shot with clear-eyed affection, it’s a warm-hearted look at life’s ups and downs that benefits from the intimate rapport between its two stars, with Kat Stewart also among the cast.
Cast
Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Kat Stewart
Director
Jason Raftopoulos
Classification
M (Mature themes and coarse language ), 78 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
Almost a year after her identical twin’s disappearance, 25 year old medical student Maude Ashton is still haunted by visions of her violent abduction. Convinced she is still alive, Maude follows the clues to a derelict caravan park where she discovers her fate is intrinsically linked to that of her sister, while the entire experiment is controlled by a “secret society” that likes to watch.
Cast
Adelaide Clemens, Alex Russell, Jonny Pasvolsky, Veerle Baetens
Director
Luke Shanahan
Classification
MA15+ (Strong coarse language ), 100 mins
Genre
Thriller
While visiting Australia, English actor, Henry, and his French girlfriend Sophie, stay with Adelaide couple Ronnie and Jeff. What should be a fun break, quickly descends into paranoia, bitter recriminations and truly appalling behaviour. In the end, ‘real Australia’ has had enough and lets them know it. THE FLIP SIDE pitches a young Australian couple against the visitors from hell, an insufferable European duo operating with the confidence of the anointed.
Cast
Eddie Izzard, Vanessa Guide, Emily Taheny, Luke McKenzie, Hugh Sheridan, Tina Bursill, Susie Youssef, Tiriel Mora
Director
Marion Pilowsky
Classification
Not yet rated
Genre
Comedy
Troy Carrington, a former professional football player returns to his country town after an abrupt end to his sporting career and is persuaded to coach the hapless local footy team, the Roosters.
Cast
Damian Callinan, Kate Mulvany, John Howard
Director
Mark Grentell
Classification
M (Coarse language), 103 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Sport
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John, Ladies in Black is an alluring and tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney.
Cast
Rachael Taylor, Angourie Rice, Susie Porter
Director
Bruce Beresford
Classification
PG (Coarse language and sexual references ), 109 mins
Genre
Comedy

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An international hit from Toronto to Fantastic Fest to London, Australia’s answer to Sons of Anarchy sends Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee and Aaron Pedersen into a brutal bikie turf war.

For three years, Paddo has led the charge at the Copperheads Motorcycle Club while gang president Knuck serves time. He’s on the cusp of taking the crew in a new direction, but his just-released leader isn’t keen on change. Then Paddo’s brother begins stirring up trouble with a rival club head, jeopardising everyone’s future.
Cast
Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pedersen
Director
Stephen McCallum
Classification
MA15+ (Strong themes, violence, sexual violence, sex scenes and coarse language ), 93 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama
Milena travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom...
Cast
Kate Cheel, Justin Courtin, Daniel P. Jones
Director
Alena Lodkina
Classification
Not yet rated
Genre
Drama
A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic Australian tale.

‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.

Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.
Cast
Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, Erik Thomson
Director
Shawn Seet
Classification
Not yet rated
Genre
Drama, Family