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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Explores the early events leading up to Red Dog's discovery on the road to Dampier, and his ultimate rise from ordinary dog to Australian legend.
Cast
Jason Isaacs, Levi Miller, Bryan Brown
Director
Kriv Stenders
Classification
PG, 89 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Family
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
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, 106 mins
Genre
Comedy, 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
Not yet rated, 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
Not yet rated
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
Not yet rated
Genre
Adventure