Australian Film Focus at Cameo Cinemas

AUSTRALIAN FILM FOCUS AT CAMEO CINEMAS

Cameo Cinemas loves showcasing the films of talented Australian filmmakers. Cameo'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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Brothers' Nest

  • Synopsis
  • 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+, 97 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Strong themes, violence and coarse language
  • Genre
  • Drama, Family
  • Running Time
  • 97 minutes

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy

  • Cast
  • Jimmy Barnes
  • Director
  • Mark Joffe
  • Synopsis
  • 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.
  • Classification
  • M, 104 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Mature themes and coarse language
  • Genre
  • Documentary
  • Running Time
  • 104 minutes

West of Sunshine

  • Cast
  • Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Kat Stewart
  • Director
  • Jason Raftopoulos
  • Synopsis
  • 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.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 78 mins
  • Genre
  • Crime, Drama
  • Running Time
  • 78 minutes

Rabbit

  • Cast
  • Adelaide Clemens, Alex Russell, Jonny Pasvolsky, Veerle Baetens
  • Director
  • Luke Shanahan
  • Synopsis
  • 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.
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 100 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Strong coarse language
  • Genre
  • Thriller
  • Running Time
  • 100 minutes

The Flip Side

  • Cast
  • Eddie Izzard, Vanessa Guide, Emily Taheny, Luke McKenzie, Hugh Sheridan, Tina Bursill, Susie Youssef, Tiriel Mora
  • Director
  • Marion Pilowsky
  • Synopsis
  • 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.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated
  • Genre
  • Comedy

Acute Misfortune

  • Cast
  • Daniel Henshall, Toby Wallace, Gillian Jones, Geneviève Lemon, Carmel Cullen, Max Cullen
  • Director
  • Thomas M. Wright
  • Synopsis
  • Daniel Henshall stars as infamous Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen in this lyrical adaptation of Erik Jensen’s acclaimed biography.

    When 19-year-old wunderkind journalist Erik Jensen (now editor of The Saturday Paper) was invited by bad-boy Australian painter Adam Cullen to write his biography, Jensen (Toby Wallace, Romper Stomper) jumped at the chance. Despite a turbulent relationship, the two formed a unique bond that lasted until Cullen’s death in 2012 aged just 46.

    Shooting in the Blue Mountains where Cullen was based, Acute Misfortune spins Jensen’s award-winning book into a subtle, striking tale of two wildly different men. Making his debut as a feature film filmmaker, theatre director and actor Thomas M Wright (Top of the Lake; Balibo, MIFF 2017) delivers a portrait of the writer and of the artist as a troubled and troubling man. With remarkable access – Henshall (Fell, MIFF 2014; The Babadook, Snowtown) wears Cullen’s actual clothing as he fully inhabits the role, and the artworks that appear onscreen are the real deal – this MIFF Premiere Fund supported feature was co-scripted by Jensen and is executive produced by Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, MIFF 2014; Tim Winton’s The Turning, MIFF 2013; These Final Hours, MIFF 2013).
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated
  • Genre
  • Biography, Drama

The Eulogy

  • Director
  • Janine Hosking
  • Synopsis
  • Inspired by former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s searing eulogy for Geoffrey Tozer, music educator Richard Gill explores the remarkable and tragic story of Australia’s greatest-ever, and perhaps most overlooked, pianist.

    Born in India but raised in Victoria, the late Geoffrey Tozer was a child prodigy who played with the Victorian Symphony Orchestra when he was nine years old, and at 13 became the youngest ever recipient of a Churchill Fellowship. He was a virtuoso pianist and improviser with an unprecedented repertoire, whose career saw him lauded around the world. But in Australia he struggled to achieve recognition, despite the well-documented patronage of then Treasurer Paul Keating. Tozer died in poverty in 2009, aged 54; at his memorial service, Keating delivered a characteristically unforgettable 45-minute address.

    Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund and drawing extensively on Tozer’s own archives, The Eulogy sees Keating re-stage his famous funeral oration, around which director Janine Hosking (My Khmer Heart) weaves a long overdue commemoration for the under-appreciated musician. Conductor Richard Gill AO goes on a journey to rediscover and restore Tozer’s historical legacy, while interviews with family and friends offer revealing, previously un-earthed insights, into his life and loves.

    "[Tozer] deserved to be remembered alongside the Australian triumvirate of Nellie Melba, Percy Grainger and Joan Sutherland." – Paul Keating
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated
  • Genre
  • Biography, Documentary

Undertow

  • Cast
  • Olivia DeJonge, Josh Helman, Laura Gordon, Rob Collins
  • Director
  • Miranda Nation
  • Synopsis
  • MIFF Accelerator Lab alumna Miranda Nation makes her feature directorial debut with this Geelong-shot psychological thriller about grief and obsession set against the backdrop of local footy culture.

    Struggling to cope after losing her unborn child, photo-journalist Claire (Laura Gordon, Joe Cinque’s Consolation, MIFF 2016) becomes increasingly obsessed with Angie (Olivia DeJonge), a pregnant young woman Claire suspects of having an affair with her husband, AFL player and mentor Dan (Rob Collins, Cleverman; Glitch, MIFF 2017). It’s an obsession that could put both women in danger, but the deeper Claire digs, the more unsettling her discoveries become.

    Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund and also starring Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road; X-Men: Apocalypse), Undertow is a bold and exciting leap into feature-length filmmaking for Nation, whose award-winning shorts Eli the Invincible and Perception have previously screened at MIFF (2011 and 2013, respectively). With evocative Surf Coast cinematography by Bonnie Elliot (These Final Hours, MIFF Premiere Fund 2013) and a starkly topical underbelly, it’s bound to have audiences talking long after the final credits roll.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated
  • Genre
  • Drama

The Coming Back Out Ball Movie

  • Director
  • Sue Thomson
  • Synopsis
  • In the middle of Australia’s divisive marriage equality vote, Melbourne hosted a gala event to honour and celebrate its LGBTIQ elders. These are their stories.

    LGBTIQ seniors have been pioneers in many ways, beginning the fight for equality in an era when being queer could land you in jail, lose you your job or worse. But as they have aged, some started going back into the closet in nursing homes or when accessing aged-care services, owing to feeling unsafe in these environments.

    The Coming Back Out Ball was a glittering red-carpet evening held in October 2017 to celebrate these pioneers and their achievements, and to combat invisibility for LGBTIQ seniors. Hosted by cabaret legend Robyn Archer and with a guest list including Carlotta, Deborah Cheetham, Gerry Connolly (as the Queen) and a who’s who of Melbourne’s elder LGBTIQ community, it was a night to remember!

    Director Sue Thomson documents the process as All The Queen’s Men puts the event together and – most importantly – captures the stories of key elders being honoured at the Ball. The resulting film, supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund, is a life-affirming love letter to senior members of the ‘alphabet’ community, and to Melbourne, with an important message about the necessity of pride, acceptance, equality and dignity at all stages of life – and a whole lot of dancing!
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated
  • Genre
  • Documentary, Queer

The Merger

  • Cast
  • Damian Callinan, Kate Mulvany, John Howard
  • Director
  • Mark Grentell
  • Synopsis
  • 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.
  • Classification
  • M, 103 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Coarse language
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • Running Time
  • 103 minutes

Ladies in Black

  • Cast
  • Rachael Taylor, Angourie Rice, Susie Porter
  • Director
  • Bruce Beresford
  • Synopsis
  • 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.
  • Classification
  • PG, 109 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Coarse language and sexual references
  • Genre
  • Comedy
  • Running Time
  • 109 minutes

1%

  • Cast
  • Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pedersen
  • Director
  • Stephen McCallum
  • Synopsis
  • 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.
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 93 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Strong themes, violence, sexual violence, sex scenes and coarse language
  • Genre
  • Crime, Drama
  • Running Time
  • 93 minutes

Strange Colours

  • Cast
  • Kate Cheel, Justin Courtin, Daniel P. Jones
  • Director
  • Alena Lodkina
  • Synopsis
  • 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...
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated
  • Genre
  • Drama

Storm Boy

  • Cast
  • Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, Erik Thomson
  • Director
  • Shawn Seet
  • Synopsis
  • Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a highly emotional tale of a young boy growing up on the beautiful but uninhabited coastline of Southern Australia who unexpectedly rescues and then raises three orphaned pelicans. When he forms a close bond with them, he finds himself at odds with his fisherman father and his life takes a new and unexpected turn.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated
  • Genre
  • Drama, Family

 

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