Summer Scoops Film Festival

Our very own film festival to celebrate icey air-con and delicious drinks, along with a hand-picked bunch of films from around the world.

Summer Scoops Film Festival has 17 flavour filled films and starts on Thursday 17th January.

Rottofest’s Funniest Shorts

OPENING EVENT

Need a laugh? This year’s Summer Scoops festival opens with Rottofest’s Funniest Shorts, a handpicked selection of comedy shorts plus some of our own local talent, live at the mic! Rottofest, Western Australia’s only ‘overseas’ festival that you don’t need a passport for, celebrates the finest comedy filmmakers, stand-up comedians and musicians from across the country. www.rottofest.com.au

Special price: $18/$15 includes drink on arrival and snacks.

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Sightseers

Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way. That is, on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are some sites she really needs to see; like the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum & the rolling countryside. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him and anyone who rubs him up the the wrong way, over a very jagged edge!

“…it’s very black, very funny and a times quite strangely poignant” Four stars, Margaret Pomeranz.

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Queen of Versailles

**NB: schedule change. Final screening Fri 15 Feb 6.30pm**

Listed as one of the Guardian’s top 10 films of 2012, this see-it-to-believe-it doco is a rags-to-riches story with the epic proportions of Versailles itself.  The Queen of Versailles follows Florida time-share real estate billionaire David Siegel and his wife – a former beauty queen with a penchant for plastic (surgery and cards) as they build their 90,000 square-foot home. The largest private residence in the US and based on the Palace of Versailles in France.  Filmed over several years, filmmaker Lauren Greenfield captures the effect of the GFC and its consequence on this mega-rich couple and lays bare the flaws in the American Dream.  And gives a satisfying depth to the word schadenfreude!

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Smashed

Kate and her husband Charlie (Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame) like getting smashed. After yet another boozy night, first grade teacher, Kate, pukes in front of her class. When a student asks if she’s pregnant, she panics and says yes, a lie that literally ends up saving her life! Kate sets on a course of recovery – but not without cost.  Winner of a Sundance special jury prize, Indie hit Smashed is a compassionate take on love and addiction.

“Sad, funny, and strangely exuberant… enhanced by a rich, offbeat sense of life teeming in the margins” Variety.

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Turn Me On, Goddammit!

Alma is a 15-year-old small-town girl from the hinterlands of Norway and is consumed by out-of-control hormones and fantasies. These fantasies range from sweet, romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to raunchy daydreams about virtually everyone she lays eyes on. After Alma has a stimulating yet awkward encounter with Artur, she makes the mistake of telling her incredulous friends… Laced with warmth and quirky humour, Turn Me On, Goddammit! is a light-hearted take on a story that is often told about boys but so rarely about girls.

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Pusher

A British remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s cult classic, Pusher is a high-adrenaline tale of a desperate drug dealer fighting to stay alive. Frank is a small-time London drug dealer who stages a major deal to get out of debt and into the big time. Of course it all goes wrong and he finds himself in serious trouble with a merciless gangster. Gritty, vivid with viciously drawn characters, this is to London what Refn’s Drive was to LA – a gripping look at a surprisingly human underworld, complete with a brilliant soundtrack by Orbital.   

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Anton Corbijn: Inside Out

Inside Out explores the life and persona of celebrated rock photographer (and film director – Control) Anton Corbjin.  The film offers great insight into the man and uncovers his creative motivations and conflicts. With interviews from Bono, George Clooney and most importantly Corbijn himself, we follow him to places he’s lived and worked, the studios and the film sets, to reveal an intimate, never-before-seen portrait of one of pop culture’s most significant figures.

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I Am Eleven

Eleven year-olds from 15 countries across the world candidly reveal their desires and concerns at an age when they are becoming more conscious of events in the world around them. This IF Best Doc and Melbourne IFF audience award-winning film offers heart-warming insight into both the similarities and differences between their cultures and the thoughts and lives of young people in their pre-teen years.  Everyone who sees this film simply adores it.  

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Beauty

Winner of the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, Beauty is the powerful story of a man in turmoil.  South African François is a successful family man in his mid-40s. He runs his own timber company, is the father of two daughters and a devoted husband, but beneath this seemingly faultless veneer is a seething nest of internal conflict.  When a chance encounter unravels his controlled life, Francois is thrown into flux and embarks on a desperate path to take from the world what he wants – happiness.  An electrifying drama and an illuminating study in obsession and self-destruction: a cinema experience you’ll not easily forget.  “Powerful. One of the year’s most moving and fascinating films” four stars. Evan Williams, Australian.


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Compliance

Sandra, an overworked manager at a fast food restaurant receives a call from a police officer accusing one of her employees, teenage Becky, of stealing from a customer. Taking the officer at his word, Sandra detains Becky and strip searches her, but the demands of the disembodied voice soon escalate to disturbing heights and the scenario spirals out of control.  Based on true events, Compliance is a psychological thriller about normal people manipulated into monstrous acts. “Compliance might be the most disturbing movie ever made.” Huffington Post


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Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir is a life-affirming story of the man and the filmmaker. With unprecedented access and told with touching sincerity, Polanski details his extraordinary life from his childhood in the Cracow ghetto to the meteoric rise of his career in Europe and America.  Polanski also discusses the horrific murder of his pregnant wife Sharon Tate, the controversy surrounding his arrest in 1977 as well as his work and life today in France.  Filmed during his house arrest in Gstaad, this is an honest and revealing portrait of a true artist. Featuring many excerpts from his distinguished filmography.

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The Master

One of Margaret Pomeranz’s top 5 films of 2012, The Master, is a stand out film of the year but only had a short run in Adelaide.  From Paul Thomas Anderson the director of Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood; The Master tells the relationship between Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a WWII veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and cult leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman).  Loosely based on the early years of Scientology, this film is a work of art that dissects postwar America.  “It is an extraordinary film and I think Paul Thomas Anderson is an extraordinary filmmaker.” 4.5 stars, David Stratton.

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Bully

This moving documentary follows five families whose children are subject to bullying and highlights the damaging impact of bullying and makes a strong case for action. A restrictive classification system in the US has drawn criticism because it has prevented kids who could benefit from the film from seeing it.  The film contains some strong language but probably no worse than what you might hear in the school yard!

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Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice is one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering physical evidence of our changing planet. With a band of young adventurers in tow, acclaimed photographer James Balog used revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s melting glaciers.  His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice is the story of a photographer striving to deliver indisputable evidence of the costs of our carbon-powered planet whilst personally contending with harsh conditions and facing his own mortality.  Compelling viewing, Chasing Ice has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world.

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Bathing Franky

When Steve (Shaun Goss) is released from prison, still haunted by his relationship with a fellow inmate, he is unable to connect with his girlfriend Susie (Bree Desborough). Taking a ‘meals-on-wheels’ job, he meets Rodney (Henri Szeps), an irrepressible older man, who is the full time carer for his invalid mother Franky (Maria Venuti). Rodney is an eccentric “backyard magician” and brings the same vaudevillian exuberance to his job as Franky’s carer. But he is torn between the love and loyalty he feels for his mother and the need to lead his own life. Captivated by the mother and son’s extravagant world of make-believe, a close friendship between Steve and Rodney develops.

Bathing Franky is about forgiveness, hope and the trouble with using imagination and fantasy as a way to deal with the harsher aspects of reality.

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Searching for Sugarman

Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Momentarily hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, he disappeared only to rise again in a completely different context a continent away.

In the late ‘60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album they believed would secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. But the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero… Searching for Sugarman is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

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OSCAR© 2013 NOMINATED SHORTS

For the first time, 2013 Academy Award nominated short films will be screened in Adelaide, giving you the opportunity to see them before the Big Day on the 24th of February.  We have two programmes – live action and animation. 

Sat 16th Feb

7pm Shorts Live Action & 9pm Shorts Animation

Sun 17th Feb

6pm Shorts Animation & 7:45pm Shorts Live Action

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