6.00AM & 1.10PM Sunday
When his father bundles him into the car in the middle of the night, ten-year-old Chook knows something is wrong. As the two escape into the desert facing an unknown future, their troubled relationship and the need to survive sees them battling the elements, and each other. Both beautiful and harsh,
The Last Ride is a journey of heartbreak and hope. Hugo Weaving delivers a career-defining performance alongside ten-year-old newcomer, Tom Russell. As Kev and Chook they reveal a complex and moving relationship in which friendship, betrayal, loyalty and love are portrayed with rawness and a poetic urgency.
Director: Glendyn Ivin (2009, 90min)
“On of the most stunningly photographed films I have ever seen” – David Stratton, At the Movies
3.00PM Sunday & 7.00AM Monday
The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom
in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us.
But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire.
This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called Gasland. Part vérité travelogue, part exposé, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.
Director: Josh Fox (2010, 107min)
“On the want-to-see- scale, GASLAND tops the list” – Washington Post
4.00PM Saturday & 5.10AM Monday
In 1974, the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness
by the violently new and raw sound of a band of misfits from Queens, called The Ramones. Playing in a seedy Bowery bar to a small group of fellow struggling musicians, the band struck a chord of disharmony that rocked the foundation of the mid-70’s music scene. This quartet of unlikely rock stars travelled across the country and around the world connecting with the disenfranchised everywhere, while sparking a movement that would resonate with two generations of outcasts across the globe. Although the band never reached the top
of the Billboard charts, it managed to endure by maintaining a rigorous touring schedule for twenty-two years.
Director: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia (2003, 110min)
“The film holds the viewer in a headlock…End of the Century is an important piece of music history.” – Sarah Jo Marks, International Documentary Magazine
2.00PM Saturday & 6.45PM Sunday
Set in a remote WA town on spectacular and rugged coastline in the early 70’s, Drift tells the story of two brothers at the genesis of the modern surf industry. Determined to escape a life of factory work and petty crime, headstrong older brother Andy (Myles Pollard) and his wayward surf prodigy younger brother, Jimmy (Xavier Samuel) form a
volatile alliance. With their seamstress mother, Kat (Robyn Malcolm) they custom-made Drift wetsuits and new shorter surfboards out of their back yard garage. Their fledgling business generates a powerful buzz amongst the hard-core local surfers, but the brothers’ progressive ideas are soon at odds with their conservative town as they find themselves embroiled in a violent feud with a drug-dealing biker gang looking to manipulate Drift’s early success. Based on true stories from the era, Drift is the action filled story of a complex family of outsiders who struggle to escape their troubled past to forge a successful future…stumbling upon the worldwide multi-billion dollar cultural movement we know today.
Director: Ben Nott, Morgan O’Neill (2013, 109 min)
“I had a ball. It’s funny and truthful…and the surfing takes your
breath away” – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
2.30AM & 10.20PM Sunday
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James
Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a sceptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by
gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Director: Mark Monroe (2012, 75min)
“Stunning…Timely…A solitary quest with global implications.” – [A Critics’ Pick] – Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times