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SHERPA (2016)
Directed by Jennifer Peedom.

A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas.

In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults – even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred?

Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever: at 6:45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry.

REVIEWS Sherpa - Correcting the history of Everest's true heroes

THE ROVER (2014)
Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, Susan Prior and David Field. Directed by David Michôd.

Eric has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession. Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track them down, forced along the way to enlist the help of Rey, the naïve and injured junior member of the gang who was left behind in the chaos of the gang's most recent robbery.

REVIEWS The Rover - A haunting Australian western
The Rover - An elegant fable at the end of the world

ADORATION (2013)
Starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Gary Sweet, Jessica Tovey, Alyson Standen and Dane Eade. Directed by Anne Fontaine.

A gripping tale of love, lust and the power of friendship that charts the unconventional and passionate affairs embarked on by two lifelong friends. This beautiful and heart-wrenching story follows Lil and Roz, who fall in love with each other's teenaged sons. Afraid of facing the ire and judgment of their insular seaside community, the two affairs continue over the years in secret, until their discovery threatens to tear apart the new lives and families of the young men, who must eventually choose between following a well-worn path, or following their true desires.

REVIEWS Adoration - Mum's the word

TANNA
Starring Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Kapan Cook, Charlie Kahla, Lingai Kowia, Dadwa Mungau and Albi Nagia. Directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.

In one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel.
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