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Drama

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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Mao's Last DancerMao's Last Dancer (2009)
Dir. Bruce Beresford
Feat. Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan
Enthralling true-life story traces the life of acclaimed ballet dancer Li Cunxin from his impoverished upbringing in communist China to the events leading up to his defection to the United States. One for audiences more than the critics, as they say, it's a broadly appealing, sweeping melodrama that…
BurntBurnt (2015)
Dir. John Wells
Feat. Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Omar Sy
Culinary drama with Bradley Cooper as a temperamental chef pushing his staff to the limits as he strives for a third Michelin star.
Jane EyreJane Eyre (2011)
Dir. Cary Joji Fukunaga
Feat. Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell
A delicate and atmospheric adaptation of the much-filmed Charlotte Bronte melodrama tragedy about a young governess who seals her tragic fate by falling deeply in love with her "unsuitable" employer. Some have found this version a little chilly but actor-of-the-moment Fassbender has the necessary charisma…
SybilSybil (1976)
Dir. Daniel Petrie
Feat. Sally Field
Sally Field gives a tour-de-force performance in this profoundly disturbing dramatisation of the life of a woman who developed 17 different personalities.
Final PortraitFinal Portrait (2017)
Dir. Stanley Tucci
Feat. Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy
The chaos and beauty of the artistic process is examined in this biopic about world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), representing something of a labour of love for writer/director Stanley Tucci. The film presents Giacometti through the eyes of the American art critic James Lord (Armie…
Goodbye Christopher RobinGoodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
Dir. Simon Curtis
Feat. Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly MacDonald
A heartwarming story of the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, set in a picturesque England in the aftermath of WWI.
WaruWaru (2017)
Dir. Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner
Feat. Miriama McDowell, Tanea Heke, Kararaina Rangihau
An outstanding and confronting film exploring the subject of domestic child abuse in New Zealand. Eight female Maori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of…