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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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Smash PalaceSmash Palace (1981)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Bruno Lawrence, Grier Robson
One of local cinema's finest hours is this rural tale of a brusque auto-mechanic (Bruno Lawrence) whose estrangement from his family leads him to kidnap his 7-year-old daughter. The springboard for the director's career in Hollywood.
WavesWaves (2019)
Dir. Trey Edward Schults
Feat. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell
An emotionally resonant character drama from accomplished director Trey Edward Shults (IT COMES AT NIGHT, KRISHA) following a suburban African American family, whose teenage son is a promising wrestler hiding an injury from his dominating father. Exploring the ripple effect of 'toxic masculinity' in…
Rose Plays JulieRose Plays Julie (2019)
Dir. Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor
Feat. Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen
Bracing drama made by the interdisciplinary art collective Desperate Optimists, which follows an adopted Irish girl who tracks down her birth mother. Her journey uncovers a dark history of abuse and trauma within her biological family, which becomes increasingly terrifying as she delves deeper. A…
Blue BayouBlue Bayou (2021)
Dir. Justin Chon
Feat. Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark OBrien
Deeply affecting drama about the impact of America's inhumane citizenship laws on a Korean-American adoptee and tattoo artist, who unexpectedly faces deportation from his home and family in Louisiana. Based on many real life stories of unnaturalised adoptees who face similar circumstances, this was a…
PoppyPoppy (2021)
Dir. Linda Niccol
Feat. Libby Hunsdale, Ari Boyland, Seb Hunter
Endearing Kiwi drama about an ambitious teenager who aspires to be a car mechanic despite the hurdles - which include her protective brother who has inherited the family motor workshop, and her Down Syndrome disability. Taking control of her own life, she works towards her goals, starting by teaming up…
Fanny Lye Deliver'dFanny Lye Deliver'd (2019)
Dir. Thomas Clay
Feat. Maxine Peake, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox
British period thriller set in 1657 on a Shropshire farm, where Fanny Lye (the magnificent Maxine Peake) is living a quiet, puritan life until the arrival of a mysterious young couple threatens her disciplined life. Enjoyably weaves elements of folk horror and feminism into one ambitious slow burner.
AnnetteAnnette (2021)
Dir. Leos Carax
Feat. Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg
A magnificent musical-drama which marks the English language debut of French director Leos Carax (HOLY MOTORS). Adam Driver gives another excellent lead turn as a stand-up comedian whose wife (Marion Cotillard) is a famous opera singer with a flourishing career. When she embarks on an international tour,…