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Cinema Nova to give 10% of ticket income to bushfire relief this Thursday

In the wake of the devastating bushfires occurring around Australia, Cinema Nova will contribute 10% of box office income from this Thursday, January 9, to the Australian Red Cross.

The Australian Red Cross is raising funds to support emergency service teams who are responding to the current fires which have burnt through 5.8 million hectares across Australia, and will have a continuing impact on people, communities, their land and livelihood.

Cinema Nova’s General Manager Kristian Connelly says “Cinema Nova recognises the horrific nature of the bushfires nationwide and wanted to act quickly to help those in need. The community’s show of support has been heartening and we’d like to do our part.”

Cinema Nova is also collecting cash donations at the Candy Bar and Box Office which will be evenly distributed between Wildlife Victoria, the CFA Bushfire Disaster Appeal and the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

Movie session times for Thursday January 9 will appear on the Cinema Nova website on the afternoon of Tuesday January 7. Pre-purchased tickets will be included in the donation total.

Cinema Nova Bushfire Relief Fundraiser
Thursday January 9, 2020
380 Lygon Street, Carlton


Australian Red Cross

MONSTER FEST, Australia’s premier showcase of cult and genre cinema, is proud to announce a return to its spiritual home, Melbourne’s iconic and much loved Cinema Nova.

MONSTER FEST was born at Cinema Nova in 2011 and in the years since has grown to become one of the most unique, exciting and well recognised film festivals in the country, building an enviable reputation among film practitioners and movie lovers alike for its heady mix of world and local premiere screenings, special guests, special events, movie marathons and more. Championing the finest cutting-edge cinema on the planet, MONSTER FEST has spawned a legion of dedicated fans across the land.

Cinema Nova’s General Manager Kristian Connelly remarked, “we could not be happier to have MONSTER FEST returning to Cinema Nova. It was within these walls that this magnificent beast was born, and now our baby is coming home. We’re proud, thrilled and even a little scared!

Cinema Nova is Australia’s most popular independent exhibitor and is proud to fly the flag for cutting-edge genre content. Offering audiences the widest and most eclectic cinematic smorgasbord in Melbourne, Monster Fest and Cinema Nova are a match made in heaven – or hell – depending on how you look at it” remarked Neil Foley on behalf of the festival.

Today also marks the opening of submissions for MONSTER FEST’s 2018 Melbourne festival, as well as the announcement of its official dates – Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th of November.

The submissions process for MONSTER FEST commenced in 2015, when we also introduced the ‘Monster Awards’. In 2017, we saw submissions increase by over 200%, including shorts and features from all over the world. The interest in being considered for MONSTER FEST is beyond our wildest dreams. Our advice to filmmakers is; if you’ve got a film or are planning to make one in the near future, don’t be afraid to put it in the MONSTER FEST mix!”, said MONSTER FEST’s Grant Hardie.

Filmmakers can submit their films via:

Film Freeway


What: Monster Fest 2018
When: Thursday November 22-25 2018
Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St
Carlton VIC

Cinema Nova

For the very first time, Cinema Nova will participate in Art House Theatre Day, a celebration of independent cinemas worldwide and the cultural role they play in the community.

Art House Theatre Day recognises the contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons and staff that are dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience.  In recent decades, a constellation of art houses theatres have emerged across the globe, with the movement nurturing independent productions, and an incredible diversity of original filmmaking.

Now in its 24th year, Cinema Nova celebrates standing the test of time and a flourishing film culture. In an age where media has become more digital, Nova remains a physical space where film lovers gather to enjoy and discuss quality films.

With 16 screens, Cinema Nova is the largest art house cinema in the southern hemisphere. Nova had its beginnings as a twin art house cinema when it opened in 1992 and has been expanding in size and diversity ever since. Two years after opening, Nova doubled in size to a four screen complex; adding a fifth screen a year later. By 2004 three more screens had opened including Melbourne’s first purely digital cinema screen. In 2010, just in time for Cinema Nova’s 18th birthday, a further four screens were added bringing the total to 15 auditoria. After extensive renovations in 2011, Cinema Nova introduced the Nova Bar, followed by Nova Deluxe in-cinema dining. And in 2015 a 16th theatre opened.

Cinema Nova’s General Manager, Kristian Connelly says “Cinema Nova is living proof that there is still a hunger and enthusiasm for quality art house film from home and abroad, and that in an age of sequels, prequels, reboots and streaming, the experience of going to the movies and enjoying a resonant story well-told is still a cultural cornerstone for countless Melbournians”.

Art House Theatre Day takes place Saturday September 24 with discounted, exclusive advance screenings of Life, Animated from Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams; and Francofonia, from Russian Ark director Alexander Sokurov.

The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Life Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

Francofonia is the powerful story of how precious artworks from the Louvre were saved during WWII occupied Paris.

Art House Theatre Day
Saturday September 24
11.00am: Life, Animated
1.00pm: Francofonia
At Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton.

Tickets only $15 and on sale from the Cinema Nova Box Office or online – www.cinemanova.com.au

FeatureAdam Elliot

Cinema Nova is celebrating the career of Oscar winning Australian filmmaker Adam Elliot with his own retrospective this week so we decided it was time to sit down and have a chat with Adam. In this interview Adam talks about what made him interested in animation to begin with and what it has been like working with some of the most talented actors of this generation.

Adam Elliot Shorts Retrospective and live Q&A with Adam Elliot, hosted by Shaun Miller.  at Cinema Nova (Melbourne) Thursday 9 June 6.45pm. An atypical opportunity to see all of Adam’s short animated films on the big screen for one night only!

You can listen to or download our Adam Elliot interview right here.

A Month Of Sundays

To celebrate the release of new Australian film A Month Of Sundays (starring Anthony Lapaglia and John Clarke, directed by Matthew Saville) our good friends at Cinema Nova have given us 5 double passes to a very special screening of the film next Thursday night.

To win tickets just be one of the first five people to private message us with the word ‘Lapaglia’ on our Facebook page.

Should you miss out on our free passes don’t forget that you can purchase tickets to a special Q&A screening of the film (with Anthony Lapaglia, John Clarke and Matthew Saville on a panel hosted by Tom Ryan) which will be taking place at Cinema Nova this Thursday night @ 8pm. Tickets can be purchased right here.

Arrows Of The Thunder Dragon

Former Buddhist monk-turned-filmmaker, Greg Sneddon will present his powerful debut feature film, “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon” at special event screenings in cinemas around Australia from April 29 through to May 7.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the Melbourne-based director, who also wrote the screenplay and composed the score.  He will be joined by the film’s lead female actor, Tshering Zangmo (aka “Ketii”) who is travelling to Australia from her home in a faraway village in Bhutan.

Set in the 1980s, the story of “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon” follows brother and sister Kuenphen and Jamyang, where in a remote Bhutanese village, they learn traditional archery (the national sport of Bhutan) from their old warrior grandfather.

Their mother’s sudden illness gives Kuenphen the opportunity to explore the world outside the village, while sister Jamyang must stay home to weave, cook and prepare for marriage.

Filmed entirely on location in the magnificent Himalaya mountains, the actors are made up of local highland village people.

The ‘ordinary’ current traditional medieval life in tiny isolated Bhutan is fascinating and anything but ordinary from a modern western point of view.

Arrows of the Thunder Dragon pays homage to the Bhutanese Olympic Archery Team, and was inspired by the lives of local Olympic women’s archery heroes, Sherab Zam and Tshering Chhoden.

A percentage of ticket sales to this event will be donated to the Buddhist nuns in Bhutan, who provide shelter for women affected by all forms of violence.

* “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon” had its World Premiere at CinefestOz Film Festival in 2014.  Sneddon has since re-edited the film, and the director’s cut will be premiering at these event screenings.

  • “Ketii” arrives in Australia on April 22, the date chosen by her local village astrologer, who also governed the shooting dates for “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon”.
  • In Sydney, Greg and Ketii will be joined by cinematographer Leki Dorji, who worked as the official Royal photographer in Bhutan.
  • Greg Sneddon intends to return to Bhutan and conduct master classes for local budding filmmakers.

(Rated PG.  91 minutes.  Language – Dzongka with English subtitles and English narration.)



Wed, April 29 @ 6.45pm
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne

Thur, April 30 @ 7pm
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton

Sun, May 3 @ 7pm
State Cinema, 375 Elizabeth Street, Nth Hobart

Tues, May 7 @ 7pm
Cinema Paradiso, 164 James Street, Northbridge

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Logo

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Dior & I,’ ‘Samba,’ ‘A Little Chaos,’ ‘Furious 7 (Fast & Furious 7),’ ‘The Duff,’ ‘Journey To Space (3D),’ ‘The Salt Of The Earth,’ ‘Black Sea’  and ‘x+y′ . This episode also contains interviews with Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel and Jude Law.

Also make sure you listen in for your chance to win passes to see a special screening of ‘It Follows’ at Cinema Nova in Melbourne.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Dowload here.

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Monster Fest is Australia’s fastest growing genre film festival. What began in 2011 has doubled in size each subsequent year.

In 2014, for the first time, we will open to short and feature film submissions from Australia and across the world. We are also expanding to two of Melbourne’s most iconic entertainment venues.

Every November, Monster Fest 2014 partners with Melbourne’s Cinema Nova to present the latest, greatest and rarest cult and horror cinema from Australia and around the globe.
In 2014 the partnership continues – but Monster Fest is spreading its gargantuan wings!

We have established ‘The Monsters Lair’, our Festival Club with extra screenings, master classes, marathons, trivia competitions, parties, bands, DJ’s, special guests, booze, popcorn and much more at the newly refurbished bastion of late night rock n’ roll, Yah Yah’s Bar in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.

Yah Yah’s owner/manager James ‘The Hound Dog’ Young says of the partnership: “For years Yah Yah’s in Smith Street, Fitzroy has been the gathering place for Melbourne’s late night rock monsters. Partnering with Monster Fest is a twisted connection that, like the Human Centipede, is destined to grow, to endure and to disturb!”

Cinema Nova’s Kristian Connolly says of the latest development: “Lurking in the shadows since 2013’s record attendance, Monster Fest will emerge bigger and better than ever before to terrorise Melbourne audiences, we tried to warn you, but you didn’t listen: Monster Fest is back! and it’s hungry for fresh victims…”.

Opening the festival to worldwide submissions sees a competitive element introduced to the festival for the first time.

Awards will include the ‘Golden Monster’, for the feature film judged Best-of-Fest. There will also be awards for:

  • Best Australian Feature
  • Best Australian Short
  • Best Director – Feature
  • Best Director – Short
  • Best International Feature
  • Best International Short
  • Best Female Lead in a Feature Film
  • Best Male Lead in Feature Film
  • Best Male lead in a Short Film
  • Best Female Lead in a Short Film
  • Best SFX in a Feature Film
  • Best Feature Screenplay
  • Best Short Screenplay
  • Monster Fest Innovation Award (Open to shorts and features)

There will also be the ‘The Monsters Choice Audience Award’ for the film voted most popular by festival patrons.

A ‘Golden Lomax’, taking its name from British actor Laurence R. Harvey’s character in THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3, will also be awarded to the sickest, most twisted short film at the ‘Trasharama’ sidebar event at the festival.

Festival Director, Neil Foley says of this year’s festival:
“Monster Fest, Nova and Yah Yah’s – this union is no marriage. This is a sordid Ménage à Trois! We’re hoping every genre fiend in the land will gather to watch and drool at the depraved shenanigans within. Lock up your kiddies, Monster Fest has truly arrived!”

Monster Fest will run from Thursday November 20 to Sunday November 30.

For full submission details go to www.monsterfest.com.au

Flesh For FrankensteinBlood For Dracula

Looking for something to do on Friday night? Then make sure you check out Cultastrophe  at Cinema Nova @ 9.45pm Friday March 7th. This week’s films are Flesh For Frankenstein and Blood For Dracula and thanks to Cinema Nova and Cultrastrophe we have five double passes to giveaway so for your chance to win some passes log onto our Facebook page and tell us what your favourite horror film of all time is. Go on… you know you want to join our Cultastrophe giveaway.


Flesh For Frankenstein