We have removed the individual film pages for our 2016 program in the interests of saving space and time maintaining them. What we give you here is just a reminder of what we saw in 2016, together with how you rated the films.
Superficially we have never been more connected - both physically though modern day travel options and virtually, through the world wide web of digital communications that fills the ether. We can talk to our overseas relatives and friends in real time, know everything about everything at the touch of a button, and yet there is everything to learn - how to live in peace, how to survive.
Our films this year seem to have a commonality in their exploration of the ties that bind us together and pull us apart. Families, communities, neighbours, friends even nations, and the way they work are explored - sometimes hopefully, sometimes not. They explore all the different ways in which we are connected and the equally numerous ways in which we drift apart.
There are directors of renown and experience - Speilberg, Almodóvar, Terence Davies, the Coen Brothers, several now building up a substantial reputation - Mia Hansen-Løve, Asghar Farhadi, Taika Waititi and Tom McCarthy and those who are completely new to us here in Australia. We seek out films by directors who try to add to our emotional knowledge of life, the universe and everything and we are really excited by this year's selection. There were so many to choose from, that we regretfully had to set some aside - maybe for another year.
Our aim this year is to reveal, with each new film, a truth about how we connect and communicate in an ever more troubling world. There will be tears, but also many smiles - even a laugh here and there. Do let us know what you think of our films. Go to our Discuss page where you will find the opportunity to connect with us and give us your views.