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The rich human condition told with a straight face, this is the mother of all genres. So if it doesn't fit snugly anywhere else it's usually Drama...

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Light Between Oceans, TheLight Between Oceans, The (2016)
Dir. Derek Cianfrance
Feat. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
An elegant sweeping melodrama set in post-WWI Western Australia about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat, only to years later face a moral dilemma when they encounter the real mother of the baby. Largely film in New Zealand (Dunedin & Marlborough), and…
Man Who Knew Infinity, TheMan Who Knew Infinity, The (2015)
Dir. Matthew Brown
Feat. Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm Sinclair
Biographical drama based on the extraordinary life and academic career of pioneering Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.
London RoadLondon Road (2015)
Dir. Rufus Norris
Feat. Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy, Anita Dobson
An audacious but audience-dividing musical devised around the unlikely premise of Ipswich community members who are drawn together to come to terms with the serial murders of five women in their neighbourhood. Based on true events that occurred in 2006, and adapted for the screen from the hit National…
Daughter, TheDaughter, The (2015)
Dir. Simon Stone
Feat. Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto, Paul Schneider
Australian melodrama based on Henrik Ibsen's play "The Wild Duck", in which a prodigal son's return home to a small logging town reveals a dark family secret. Feted theatre director Simon Stone enjoyed success with his stage production of the play and this translation to the screen marks his confident…
Captain FantasticCaptain Fantastic (2016)
Dir. Matt Ross
Feat. Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler
Viggo Mortensen stars in this provocative yet delightful drama set in the forests of the Pacific Northwest as a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. While it has polarised audiences along personal-political lines and the front-and-centre parenting…
Great Maiden's Blush, TheGreat Maiden's Blush, The (2016)
Dir. Andrea Bosshard, Shane Loader
Feat. Miriama McDowell, Renee Lyons
A precarious friendship develops between two first-time single mothers - one a taxi-driver and girl racer, the other a pianist and gardener - who share a room in a post-natal ward and confront the respective truths of the paternity of their newborn babies. An earnest and brave feature that will strike an…
Rehearsal, TheRehearsal, The (2016)
Dir. Alison Maclean
Feat. James Rolleston, Kerry Fox, Alice Englert
Finely judged adaptation of Eleanor Catton's debut novel follows a young Auckland drama student desperate to impress his tutor, who mines a scandal engulfing his girlfriend's family for acting material.

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