Highlights #YOUMUSTSEE At This Year’s Adelaide Film Festival

6 August 2018

Three of the most highly-anticipated Australian films of the year (one starring Oscar winner Hilary Swank), the recently announced Australian Premiere of Hotel Mumbai and a special preview of spy thriller series Pine Gap are just the start of this year’s stunning Adelaide Film Festival lineup.

The festival, which returns in October, also features a range of documentaries, shorts, virtual reality and more. Read about the Adelaide Film Festival FUND projects and additional highlights set to premiere below, and make sure to purchase tickets before they run out!

Hotel Mumbai

Australian Premiere

Based on true events.

26 November 2008. A wave of devastating terror attacks throughout Mumbai catapult
the bustling Indian metropolis into chaos. In the heart of the city’s tourist district, Jihadist terrorists lay siege to the iconic Taj Palace Hotel, whose guests and staff become trapped in a heroic, days-long fight for survival.

Wednesday 10 October, 6:30pm. Tickets $95, including Gala Premiere Party.

I Am Mother

A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother” – designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

Friday 12 October, 6:45pm. Tickets $37, including Premiere Party.

She Who Must Be Obeyed

World Premiere

The epic life story of Freda Glynn.

She Who Must Be Obeyed tells the life story of Alfreda Glynn: 78-year-old Aboriginal woman, stills photographer, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) and Imparja TV, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, radical, pacifist and grumpy old woman. The film also details what drove Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to stake a claim to Australia’s media landscape.

Saturday 13 October. Tickets $37, including Premiere Party.

The Nightingale

Australian Premiere

1820s Tasmania. A young Irish convict seeks revenge.

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Saturday 13 October, 6pm. Tickets $37, including Premiere Party.

Pine Gap (Series)

World Premiere

Trust but verify. Reveal their secrets but protect our own.

Set in the intensely secretive world of intelligence at the enigmatic US/Australia joint defence facility in central Australia, Pine Gap delves into the famously strong alliance. With a new global player encroaching – and the world inching closer to war – trust, betrayal, love and loyalty all come into question. What do you do for the liberal world order, what do you do for your country, what do you do for those you love and what do you do for yourself?

Thursday 11 October, 6:45pm. Tickets $20 / $16 Concession.

The Woman and the Car

World Premiere

Who gets to sit in the driver’s seat?

Artist Kate Blackmore looks at motherhood and mobility, film and feminism through the prism of Margaret Dodd’s classic short lm This Woman is not a Car (1982).

Presented as Art on Screen Trilogy with The Goatman & The Art of the Game. Sunday 14 October, 2pm. Tickets $30 / $25 Concession.

The Goatman

World Premiere

During the 1980s, claims of satanic ritual abuse ran rife throughout the western world, uncovered by hypnotic therapists and perpetuated by media. Pia Borg explores this bizarre chapter of history.

Presented as Art on Screen Trilogy with The Woman and the Car & The Art of the Game. Sunday 14 October, 2pm. Tickets $30 / $25 Concession.

The Art of the Game

World Premiere

A family of artists investigate if sport can be art.

Filmmaker Matthew Bate explores the making of Trent Parke and Narelle Autio’s Summation of Force, a moving image work that studies bodies in motion and the world of professional sport.

Presented as Art on Screen Trilogy with The Goatman & The Woman and the Car. Sunday 14 October, 2pm. Tickets $30 / $25 Concession.


World Premiere

One person’s water is another’s torture.

With the unique ability to emit pure water, The Numi are the Dry Land’s most valuable slaves. When young Numi, Davi and her sister are captured and ‘milked’ for their water, Davi must find a way to outsmart her abusers.

Presented as Made in SA with A Stone’s Throw. Monday 15 October, 6:45pm. Tickets $37.

A Stone’s Throw

World Premiere

What would you do to protect your child from jail?

With their comatose daughter suspected of manslaughter, and police on their way to the hospital, two troubled parents must decide whether to lie to protect her.

Presented as Made in SA with Davi. Monday 15 October, 6:45pm. Tickets $37.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits

World Premiere

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits reveals never-before-seen stories of Australian cinema. Through photographic portraits, candid behind-the-scenes shots, rare film posters, casting books and original costumes, Starstruck celebrates the past and present of Australian film—including watershed moments in cinema and iconic visions of Australian life—and also offers a glimpse into the experiences of the actors and crew. The exhibition explores how cinema portraiture can create a bridge between the magic of a movie’s fictional worlds and the realities of filmmaking.

A National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and National Portrait Gallery exhibition supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, presented by the Samstag Museum of Art for the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival.

Friday 14 September to Friday 30 November, Samstag Museum of Art. Free Entry.

The Waiting Room (VR)

World Premiere

The Waiting Room… a time between the before and the after.

The Waiting Room speaks to the time in between the before and the after; the time before we, the alien life-form on planet Earth, arrived; and the time after, after we have colonised and are gone. The Waiting Room is a tribute to time; she is elusive, ethereal and abstract, yet perpetually exacting. The Waiting Room is a VR installation presented in partnership with Samstag Museum of Art and the Adelaide Film Festival.

Friday 14 September to Friday 30 November, Samstag Museum of Art. Free Entry.

Want to see more than one film? Passes are available now.