It’s Australian and it’s about paper planes. What’s not to love? This cute 3D family drama directed by Robert Connolly (Balibo, The Boys) tells a story about a young boy from NSW, Dylan (young talent Ed Oxenbould of Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day), who dreams of competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Co-written by Steve Worland, the film boast a bevy of homegrown stars including Sam Worthington, David Wenham and Deborah Mailman. This feel-good Aussie flick takes us from rural Australian to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, with a touching and unique story loosely based upon the real-life endeavours of paper plane afisciando Dylan Parker, who competed at the World Paper Plane Championships in Austria back in 2009. Paper Planes is a testament to the power of friendship, imagination and following your dreams.
Paper Planes is out now
A one-time action hero tries to put on a play while contending with a scene-hogging narcissist, a vulnerable actress, an unhinged girlfriend, a resentful daughter, a manager who’s about to come undone… and his alter-ego Birdman. Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s new film Birdman is a front-runner Oscar contender, and boasts a career-best performance from its lead Michael Keaton (Batman, oh the irony) and a strong, ballsy supporting cast that includes Edward Norton (Fight Club), Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive), Emma Stone (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover). The plot is bizarre, the performances are epic, the cinematography groundbreaking and the music score electrifying. Birdman is one of the most talked about films of the year and it’s one you’re not going to want to miss!
Birdman is out now
Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.
Starring alongside O’Connell, Gleeson and Wittrock are Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.”
Unbroken out now
The company’s new production, John, authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Lloyd Newson (DV8’s Artistic Director), interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John. What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others, in an unexpected place, unknown by most. Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated new production, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. Viewer advisory: this production includes strong coarse language, adult themes and nudity. I know, I know, I know, we’re all adults here, but it’s a live broadcast so I have to flag it up.
John is out now limited release at cinema Nova