2013

This is a list of releases, screenings and events relating to Australian cinema in the United Kingdom for 2013.  For current and future events, please see the Aussie Film Calendar.

2013 saw the death of former PM Margaret Thatcher (and subsequent charting of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!), the gruesome murder of Lee Rigby, parliamentary approval for a same sex marriage bill, Andy Murray winning Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles title since 1936, and, of course, the staging of Royal Academy’s major retrospective of Australian art, Australia. Meanwhile, Australian cinema in the UK continued much in the vein of 2012, with theatrical releases for Aussie-produced  blockbusters The Great Gatsby and The Wolverine, alongside shorter runs for Cate Shortland’s German-language drama Lore, Fred Schepisi’s Patrick White adaptation The Eye of the Storm and John Pilger’s polemic Aboriginal affair documentary Utopia, and even a limited theatrical stint for shark thriller Bait 3D. Australian films also appeared at all the usual festival haunts, including Film4 FrightFest, London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the East End Film Festival, but the biggest highlight of the Aussie Film Calendar in 2013 was undoubtedly the staging of Australia: Shifting Sands, a major retrospective of indigenous-themed cinema at BFI Southbank in London.

JANUARY

7 Jan       Not Suitable for Children (Templeman, 2012) – DVD release via Revolver
8 Jan      The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978) @ Hampstead Film Society (London)
9 Jan       BMX Bandits (Trenchard-Smith, 1983) @ Prince Charles Cinema (London)
15 Jan     Animal Kingdom (Michôd, 2010) – Chester Film Society @ Steam Mill (Chester)
22 Jan     Mao’s Last Dancer (Beresford, 2009) @ Tricycle Cinema (London)
26 Jan     The Castle [Quote-along] (Sitch, 1997) @ Riverside Studios (London)
28 Jan    Jack Irish: Bad Debts/Black Tide (Walker, 2012) – DVD release via Arrow Films
28 Jan    ‘Crocodile’ Dundee (Faiman, 1986) @ Broadgate Ice Rink (London)

FEBRUARY

4 Feb         The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) – Blu-ray release via 20th Century Fox
4 Feb         The Sapphires (Blair, 2012) @ Duke’s at Komedia (Brighton)
6 Feb         Animal Kingdom (Michôd, 2010) @ Harbour Lights Picturehouse (Southampton)
13 Feb       Graphic Novels! Melbourne! (Hayward/Caleo, 2012) @ Comica Presents at King’s College (London)
14 Feb       Moulin Rouge (Luhrmann, 2001) – Single day theatrical re-release via 20th Century Fox
14 Feb       Romeo + Juliet (Luhrmann, 1996) – Single day theatrical re-release via 20th Century Fox
15 Feb       Lore (Shortland, 2012) @ Glasgow Film Festival – Glasgow Film Theatre
16 Feb       Lore (Shortland, 2012) @ Glasgow Film Festival – Glasgow Cineworld
18 Feb       Lore (Shortland, 2012) – FilmFest Australia & London Australian Film Society preview @ Hackney Picturehouse (London)
20 Feb       Dead Calm (Noyce, 1989) @ Glasgow Film Festival – The Tall Ship (Glasgow)
21 Feb       Snowtown (Kurzel, 2011) – Grimm Up North @ Dancehouse Theatre (Manchester)
22 Feb       Dead Calm (Noyce, 1989) @ Glasgow Film Festival – The Tall Ship (Glasgow)
22 Feb       Lore (Shortland, 2012) – Theatrical release via Artificial Eye
25 Feb       Crawl (China, 2011) – Theatrical and DVD/Blu release via Arrow Films

MARCH

1 Mar        Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (Miller, 1981) @ SCIFIWEEKENDER – Hafan y Mor Holiday Park (Wales)
2 Mar        The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) @ Phoenix Picturehouse (Oxford)
4 Mar        The Sapphires (Blair, 2012) – DVD release via Entertainment One
6 Mar        The Sapphires (Blair, 2012) @ Roxy Bar & Screen (London)
13 Mar      The Sapphires (Blair, 2012) @ Rio Cinema (London)
15 Mar      Submerge (O’Connor, 2012) – London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival: NFT1 @ BFI Southbank (London)
18 Mar     My Tehran for Sale (Mousavi, 2009) @ Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS (London)
19 Mar      Submerge (O’Connor, 2012) – London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival: NFT1 @ BFI Southbank (London)
19 Mar     Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution (Meillier, 2012) – Human Rights Watch Film Festival @ Ritzy (London)
20 Mar     Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution (Meillier, 2012) – Human Rights Watch Film Festival @ Curzon Soho (London)
23 Mar     Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975) – UCLU Festival of the Moving Image @ UCL Campus (London)

APRIL

1 April       Mental (Hogan, 2012) – DVD/Blu-ray release via Universal
1 April       6 Plots (Sheehan, 2012) – DVD release via Matchbox Films
1 April       The Cup (Wincer, 2011) – DVD release via Koch Media
5 April      Wake in Fright (Kotcheff, 1971) / Turkey Shoot (Trenchard-Smith, 1982) @ The Good, The Bad and the Unseen – Genesis Cinema, Mile End (London)
6 April      Moulin Rouge (Luhrmann, 2001) @ Cavalcade of Cabaret, Roxy Bar & Screen (London)
8 April     Dead End Drive-In (Trenchard-Smith, 1986) – DVD release via Arrow Films
9 April      Mary and Max (Elliot, 2009) @ Barbican Cinema (London)
19 April    Bait 3D (Rendall, 2012) – Limited theatrical release via StudioCanal
25 April    Gallipoli (Weir, 1981) – London Australian Film Society @ Hackney Picturehouse (London)
25 April    The Dish (Sitch, 2000) @ Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle)
29 April    Bait 3D (Rendall, 2012) – DVD/Blu-ray release via StudioCanal

MAY

3 May       The Eye of the Storm (Schepisi, 2011) – Theatrical release via Munro Film Services
4 May       Strictly Ballroom (Luhrmann, 1992) @ Screen on the Green (London)
5 May       Muriel’s Wedding (Hogan, 1994) @ Brockwell Lido – Herne Hill Free Film Festival (London)
5 May       Vessel (Ciancio, 2013) – Sci-Fi London Film Festival (World Premiere) @ Stratford East Picturehouse (London)
10 May     Sing-a-long-a-Moulin Rouge (Luhrmann, 2001) @ Prince Charles Cinema (London)
12 May     Strictly Ballroom (Luhrmann, 1992) @ Sharrow Reels (Sheffield)
12 May     The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) @ BFI Southbank (London)
15 May     The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) @ BFI Southbank (London)
16 May     The Great Gatsby (Luhrmann, 2013) – Theatrical release via Warner Bros
18 May     The Castle (Sitch, 1997) – Quote-along presented by Bogan Bingo UK @ Riverside Studios (London)
20 May     Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (TV series) – DVD release via Acorn Media
27 May     Lore (Shortland, 2012) – DVD/Blu-ray release via Artificial Eye

JUNE

13 June    RAI IFEF: Savage Memory (Stuart/Thomson, 2011) @ National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)
13 June    The Network (Orner, 2012) @ Library Theatre, Sheffield Doc/Fest (Sheffield)
14 June    The Network (Orner, 2012) @ Library Theatre, Sheffield Doc/Fest (Sheffield)
14 June    RAI IFEF: Wollemi: A Land Inscribed with Story (Strong/Taçon, 2011) @ National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)
14 June    RAI IFEF: Tjanpi Nyawa! Look at the Grass! (Keller, 2012) @ National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)
14 June    RAI IFEF: Malangan Sing Sing Dada (Frost/Salle, 2013) @ National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)
14 June    Mad Max Trilogy (Miller, 1979-85) @ Prince Charles Cinema (London)
15 June    RAI IFEF: Grammar of Happiness (O’Neill/Wood/Everett, 2012) @ Edinburgh University (Edinburgh)
23 June    Top of the Lake (Campion/Davis, 2013) – Full preview @ BFI Southbank (London)
24 June    The Man from Snowy River (Miller, 1982) – DVD release via Odeon Entertainment
28 June    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) – Out at the Pictures @ BFI Southbank (London)
29 June     Satellite Boy (McKenzie, 2012) @ East End Film Festival – Hackney Picturehouse (London)

JULY

2 July       Where The Green Ants Dream (Herzog, 1984) @ BFI Southbank (London)
5 July        Sing-a-long-a-Moulin Rouge (Luhrmann, 2001) @ Prince Charles Cinema (London)
6 July        Satellite Boy (McKenzie, 2012) @ East End Film Festival – Barbican Cinemas (London)
7 July       Where The Green Ants Dream (Herzog, 1984) @ BFI Southbank (London)
8 July        Rabbit Proof Fence (Noyce, 2002) @ Dulwich Picture Gallery (London)
22 July      The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) @ Picturehouse Cinemas (UK-wide)
22 July      Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War (TV series, 2012) – DVD release via Spirit Entertainment
24 July      Celia (Turner, 1989) – World Film Club @ Reading International Solidarity Centre (Reading)
25 July      The Wolverine (Mangold, 2013) – Theatrical release via 20th Century Fox

AUGUST

2 Aug            The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) – Big Screen on the Beach (Brighton)
5 Aug            The Shiralee (Norman, 1957) – DVD release on Ealing Studios Rarities Vol. 5 via Network Releasing
9 Aug            The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) – Nomad Cinema @ Homelanz Festival (London)
10 Aug         The Loved Ones (Byrne, 2009) w/ Mean Girls + Carrie @ Film4 Summer Screen, Somerset House (London)
10 Aug          Moulin Rouge! (Luhrmann, 2001) – Rooftop Film Club @ Bussey Building, Peckham (London)
11 Aug          Mad Max (Miller, 1979) – Nomad Cinema @ Homelanz Festival (London)
12 Aug         Mad Max Trilogy (Miller, 1979-86) – Blu-ray release via Warner Home Video
16-18 Aug   Sea of Sand (Leyland, 1972) / Alone Across Australia (Muir, 2001) @ Adventure Travel Film Festival (Sherborne, Dorset)
19 Aug         Top of the Lake (Campion/Davis, 2013) – DVD/Blu-ray release via BBC/2Entertain
19 Aug         Forbidden Ground (Earl / Powers, 2013) – DVD release via Momentum
23 Aug        100 Bloody Acres (Cairnes Brothers, 2012) – Film4 Frightfest @ Empire Leicester Square (London)
23 Aug        Wake in Fright (Kotcheff, 1971) – Film4 Frightfest @ Empire Leicester Square (London)
24 Aug        The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) – Pop-Up Screens @ Morden Hall Park (London)
28 Aug        The Eye of the Storm (Schepisi, 2011) – Chichester Intl. Film Festival @ Chichester Cinema
28 Aug        100 Bloody Acres (Cairnes Brothers, 2012) – Chichester Intl. Film Festival @ Chichester Cineworld
31 Aug        Big Dream Little Bears (Jackson, 2012) – Portobello Film Festival @ Westbourne Studios (London)
31 Aug        Distorted: Reflections on Early Sydney Punk (Devlin, 2013) – Portobello Film Festival @ Westbourne Studios (London)

SEPTEMBER

10 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsWalkabout (Roeg, 1970) @ BFI Southbank (London)
16 Sept      The Eye of the Storm (Schepisi, 2011) – DVD release via Munro Film Services
19 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsThe Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978) @ BFI Southbank (London)
21 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsThe Last Wave (Weir, 1977) @ BFI Southbank (London)
21 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsAustralia (Luhrmann, 2008) @ BFI Southbank (London)
22 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsAustralia (Luhrmann, 2008) @ BFI Southbank (London)
22 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsWalkabout (Roeg, 1970) @ BFI Southbank (London)
22 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsThe Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978) @ BFI Southbank (London)
24 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsbeDevil / Night Cries (Moffatt, 1993/1990) @ BFI Southbank (London)
25 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsThe Sapphires (Blair, 2012) @ BFI Southbank (London)
25 Sept      Ningla A-Na (Cavadini, 1972) @ Senate House (London)
26 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsThe Sapphires (Blair, 2012) @ BFI Southbank (London)
26 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsbeDevil / Night Cries (Moffatt, 1993/1990) @ BFI Southbank (London)
27 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsThe Last Wave (Weir, 1977) @ BFI Southbank (London)
27 Sept      Wake In Fright (Kotcheff, 1971) – Cambridge Film Festival @ Cineworld (Cambridge)
28 Sept      Wake In Fright (Kotcheff, 1971) – Cambridge Film Festival @ Cineworld (Cambridge)
28 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsOne Night the Moon (Perkins, 2002) @ BFI Southbank (London)
28 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsThe Sapphires (Blair, 2012) @ BFI Southbank (London)
29 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsAustralia (Luhrmann, 2008) @ BFI Southbank (London)
29 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsBeneath Clouds (Sen, 2002) @ BFI Southbank (London)
29 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsTen Canoes (de Heer / Djigirr, 2006) @ BFI Southbank (London)
29 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsRabbit-Proof Fence (Noyce, 2002) @ BFI Southbank (London)
30 Sept      Australia: Shifting SandsRabbit-Proof Fence (Noyce, 2002) @ BFI Southbank (London)

OCTOBER

2 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsOne Night the Moon (Perkins, 2002) @ BFI Southbank (London)
2 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsThe Sapphires (Blair, 2012) @ BFI Southbank (London)
3 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsAustralia (Luhrmann, 2008) @ BFI Southbank (London)
3 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsUtopia (Pilger, 2013) @ BFI Southbank (London)
4 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsThe Sapphires (Blair, 2012) @ BFI Southbank (London)
5 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsBeneath Clouds (Sen, 2002) @ BFI Southbank (London)
5 Oct        No Apologies (Morrison, 2012) @ Southampton International Film Festival (Southampton)
5 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsSamson & Delilah (Thornton, 2009) @ BFI Southbank (London)
6 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsSamson & Delilah (Thornton, 2009) @ BFI Southbank (London)
6 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsTen Canoes (de Heer / Djigirr, 2006) @ BFI Southbank (London)
7 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsSatellite Boy (McKenzie, 2012) @ BFI Southbank (London)
8 Oct        Australia: Shifting SandsSatellite Boy (McKenzie, 2012) @ BFI Southbank (London)
8 Oct        Wild and Precious (Mousoulis, 2012) @ London Greek Film Festival
10 Oct      Mystery Road (Sen, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Odeon West End (London)
10 Oct      Adore (Fontaine, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Vue West End (London)
10 Oct      The Rocket (Mordaunt, 2013) @ London Film Festival – ICA (London)
11 Oct       Adore (Fontaine, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Vue West End (London)
11 Oct       Mystery Road (Sen, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Odeon West End (London)
11 Oct       Adore (Fontaine, 2013) – VoD release via Paramount
12 Oct       The Rocket (Mordaunt, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Rich Mix (London)
13 Oct       Adore (Fontaine, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Cine Lumiere (London)
13 Oct       The Last Impresario (Otto, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Odeon West End (London)
14 Oct       Eureka Stockade (Watt, 1949) – DVD release on Ealing Studios Rarities Vol. 7 via Network Releasing
14 Oct         The Rocket (Mordaunt, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Vue West End (London)
15 Oct         Tracks (Curran, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Odeon West End (London)
15 Oct         The Last Impresario (Otto, 2013) @ London Film Festival – BFI Southbank (London)
16 Oct         Tracks (Curran, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Odeon West End (London)
17 Oct         The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott, 1994) @ Stratford East Picturehouse (London)
18 Oct         Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Green, 2013) @ London Film Festival – BFI Southbank (London)
19 Oct         Tracks (Curran, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Screen on the Green (London)
19 Oct         Mystery Road (Sen, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Curzon Renoir (London)
19 Oct          Johnny Ghost (McRae, 2011) @ No Gloss Film Festival (Leeds)
20 Oct         Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Green, 2013) @ London Film Festival – Vue West End (London)
25 Oct         Throwback (Bain, 2013) @ Bram Stoker International Film Festival (Whitby)
26 Oct         Patrick (Hartley, 2013) @ Film4 FrightFest All-Nighter – Vue West End (London)
29 Oct         Bran Nue Dae (Perkins, 2010) @ Origins Festival – Rich Mix (London)

NOVEMBER

2 Nov          Serendipity (Lamb, 2013) @ London Surf Film Festival – Riverside Studios (London)
2 Nov          Patrick (Hartley, 2013) @ Film4 FrightFest All-Nighter – Glasgow Film Theatre & Empire Cinemas in Basildon/Poole/Newcastle/Sunderland
2 Nov          Rabbit-Proof Fence (Noyce, 2002) @ St Ninian’s Hall Cinema (Isle of Whithorn, Scotland)
3 Nov          The Heart and the Sea (Oldfield, 2013) @ London Surf Film Festival – Riverside Studios (London, UK)
4 Nov          Wentworth Prison (TV series, 2013) – DVD release via Fremantle International
9 Nov          The Rocket (Mordaunt, 2013) @ Cornwall Film Festival (Newquay)
9 Nov          100 Bloody Acres (Cairnes Brothers, 2012) @ Leeds International Film Festival
11 Nov        The Great Gatsby (Luhrmann, 2013) – DVD/Blu release via Warner Home Video
11 Nov        Lore (Shortland, 2012) @ Tullie House Museum (Carlisle, Cumbria)
15 Nov        Utopia (Pilger, 2013) – Theatrical release via Network Releasing
15 Nov        Autoluminescent (Lowenstein, 2011) @ BFI Southbank (London)
16 Nov        Poor Little Rich Girls (After Warhol) (Munt, 2013) @ Cine-Rebis – Horse Hospital (London)
16 Nov         Patrick (Hartley, 2013) @ Film4 FrightFest All-Nighter – Watershed (Bristol)
16 Nov        The Rocket (Mordaunt, 2013) @ Leeds International Film Festival
16 Nov        Wake in Fright (Kotcheff, 1971) @ Leeds International Film Festival
18 Nov        Wolverine (Mangold, 2013) – DVD/Blu release via Fox Home Entertainment
25 Nov        Underbelly Files: Movie Collection (TV movies, 2011) – DVD release via Delta
29 Nov       Saving Mr Banks (Hancock, 2013) – Theatrical release via Disney
29 Nov       Bad Boy Bubby (Controversies) by Gabrielle Murray – Book release via Palgrave Macmillan

DECEMBER

2 Dec          Utopia (Pilger, 2013) – DVD release via Network Releasing
9 Dec          The Doctor Blake Mysteries (Season One) (TV series, 2012) – DVD release via ITV Studios

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RAI IFEF = Royal Anthropological Institute’s International Festival of Ethnographic Film (Edinburgh, 13-16 June 2013)

Last updated: 25 August 2014

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