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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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
The invite that goes out is clear. Don’t bring meat. We’ll provide the beer. Just come armed with nothing but the funniest jokes you’ve ever heard. Shane will take care of the rest. It’ll be a night of great friends telling the world’s funniest jokes.
THAT’S NOT MY DOG! is a joyous comedy that celebrates our love of joke telling. The film centres around the loveable Shane Jacobson (playing himself) who is throwing a party. Invited are the funniest people Shane knows comprising of Australia’s biggest stars along with several Australian music legends playing their biggest hits live, right throughout the party.
Cast
Shane Jacobson, Paul Hogan, Michala Banas
Director
Dean Murphy
Classification
M ( Coarse language and crude sexual humour), 87 mins
Genre
Comedy
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

In the central desert region around Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is being preserved by four generations of song women who form the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Singing 14th-century Lutheran hymns – brought to the area by missionaries – in their own western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara tongues, the choir’s efforts to save these sacred songs are boosted by the arrival from Melbourne of a charismatic conductor who orchestrates a historic tour of Germany to bring the hymns back to their homeland.

With support from the MIFF Premiere Fund, award-winning filmmaker Naina Sen documented that tour, and its preparations, capturing the highs and lows as these remarkable women share their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and inclusive cross-cultural collaboration with the world.
Director
Naina Sen
Classification
Not yet rated
Genre
Documentary
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album 'Gurrumul' brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.

GURRUMUL is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.
Cast
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Mark Grose, Michael Hohnen, Sting
Director
Paul Damien Williams
Classification
PG (Infrequent mild coarse language), 97 mins
Genre
Documentary
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