Film and Events Guide

Join us for the Opening Party,  "Breakfast with the Stars", conversations and masterclasses with film industry leaders, morning and matinee films, evening films under the stars, short film competition, live entertainment and kids creative activities.

It's a nine day Australian movie marathon highlighting films inspired by the Outback.  In 2018 we're celebrating "Wide Open Road" and the 100 year centenary of the open-air Royal Theatre. We hope you can join us! 

Follow us on Facebook for the latest announcements.

WHAT'S ON WHEN?

Backtrack Boys (2018) (M)

Rusty, Zach, and Alfie are on a perilous course toward ‘juvey’ until they meet up with the rough talking, rule breaking jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. With the economic and social decline in rural Australia more young people are growing up in poverty. Disillusioned and neglected many…

Black Panther Woman (2014) (MA15)

Marlene grew up in Winton before travelling all around Australia and later internationally. She became a world renown blues musician with a high rating radio show. Her song ‘Boomerang Alley’ is set in Winton and features on her album ‘Koori Woman Blues’. The documentary Black Panther Woman by the renowned director, Rachel Perkins tells Marlene’s…

Breakfast With The Stars

Join us for breakfast as we discuss this year’s films with special industry guests – check online for latest announcements of who’s coming to breakfast?

Breakfast with the Stars – Thomas Cocquerel

Breakfast with the Stars – Thomas Cocquerel – Lead actor In Like Flynn.

Breath (2018) (M)

Finally Winton comes to Winton. Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning novel of the same name, Simon Baker’s feature film directorial debut, follows two teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie, growing up in a remote corner of Western Australia. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando, a mysterious older adventurer, who pushes the…

Broken Highway (1993) (PG)

Angel is a merchant seaman on a mission. Heading for Queensland, Angel agrees to deliver a parcel to a mysterious figure known as ‘The Deadman’ in his dying mentor Max’s hometown. After Max dies, Angel journeys to the desolate place, where he discovers an array of disillusioned people. There’s junkyard owner Wilson, sad girl Catherine…

Brothers’ Nest (2018) (MA15)

Eleven years after Kenny thrust them to stardom, Shane and Clayton are back playing brothers with murderous intent in this blackly comic crime drama that has been described by Rolling Stone magazine “as a pulpy story of family, memories and murder that has been crafted into a funny, messed-up and moving tale that’s part Greek…

Cargo (2018) (M)

Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, Andy an infected father desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature. Andy sets out on a precarious journey to find a new guardian for his child. A flourishing Aboriginal tribe are…

Celia (1989) (PG)

An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasises about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia. 

Young Celia is growing up with a sense of isolation and mistrust of the world that surrounds her. Her mother and father won’t let her play with the kids next door…

Closing Party

Celebrate amongst friends the final night with Karin Page – an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year she has been nominated the New Artist of the Year at the 2017 CMC Awards and she was crowned the 2016 Toyota Star Maker.

Comet Kids (2017) (MA15)

When a passing comet crash lands near their hometown, Lucas (Xavier West) and his five friends embark on an adventure of a lifetime to locate the landing site. Together, they will discover an incredible story behind this extraordinary cosmic event, and find themselves at the centre of a far-reaching conspiracy. The film captures the nostalgic…

Film Producers Masterclass With Bill Leimbach

FREE Kids Club

Get creative and have some fun at Kids Club. Royal Theatre. FREE ENTRY and open to all ages (Children must be supervised by an adult).

,

FREE Kids Club

Get creative and have some fun at Kids Club. Royal Theatre. FREE ENTRY and open to all ages (Children must be supervised by an adult).

,

Fun Mom Dinner (2017) (R18)

Four mums whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless “fun mum dinner.”

Goldstone (2016) (M)

The remarkable Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road) as the troubled Indigenous detective Jay Swan is on the trail of a missing person and finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone. The investigation opens into a web of crime and corruption. This is a taut, complex and stylish outback thriller shot in the beautiful country…

Guardians of the Tomb (2018) (MA15)

An innocent discovery of a well-preserved mummified Emperor from 200 BC China unearths a 2000-year-old nightmare – a secret that should have remained buried. A team of scientists lose a colleague in an ancient labyrinth while trying to make the discovery of a century. Shane Jacobson plays an unwilling adventurer in this terrifying tale.

In Like Flynn

In 1930, before Errol Flynn became one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, a young Errol, braving cannibals and crocodiles searched the jungles of Papua New Guinea for his Eldorado. While serving as a guide for a Hollywood producer, Errol discovers a map on a dead prospector that he believes will lead to a…

Kiss Or Kill (1997) (R18)

After a robbery scam that goes bad, small-time criminals Nikki and Al take off into the Australian outback, pursued by the police and a malevolent footballer named Zipper Doyle. Nikki and Al may be small time criminals, but they get mixed up in a complex world of corruption where no one can be trusted and…

Midnight Oil (1984) (PG)

Midnight Oil: 1984 is the story of the sweat-soaked, hardworking rock and roll band whose music galvanised a generation of young Australians and inspired them to believe in the power of music to change the world. Featuring the biggest hits from some of their most legendary shows, the movie gives you an Access All Areas…

Mystery Road (2013) (MA15)

Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), an indigenous cowboy detective, returns to his outback hometown to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. He is alienated from the white-dominated police force and the local indigenous community. But he needs both to help him solve a mystery that no one actually wants solved. This is a stylish outback…

Peter Rabbit (2018) (PG)

A hilarious adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden, with tumultuous consequences for all concerned. Peter Rabbit; his three sisters and their cousin Benjamin enjoy their days harassing Mr McGregor in his vegetable garden. Until one day he dies and no one can stop…

Qantas Short Film Competition

Qantas Short Film Competition Join us under the starts for the screening of the shortlisted films in the 2018 Qantas Short Film Competition. Get involved in the Audience Award (judged by you!) Enjoy student films by Griffith Film School and University of NSW. View all the details here

Royal Open Air Theatre 100th Anniversary Dinner

One of Australia’s two remaining Open Air Theatres celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Join us for a night of nostalgia with a special dinner before watching a 100 year old silent film The Sentimental Bloke.

Running On Empty (1982) (R18)

A feast for fans of the early 80s and Aussie car culture – a classic about hot cars, hot chicks and hot times in the street racing scene. Mike is a young factory worker in love with hot-rods (he drives a Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III) and has the hots for a girl who only…

Shame (1988) (R18)

Asta Cadell, a lawyer traveling through the outback on holiday, stops in a small town after her motorcycle breaks down and shacks up with Tim Curtis, the local mechanic, while fixing it. She then becomes involved in helping Curtis’ teenage daughter, Lizzie, who has been recently date-raped by Danny Fiske, the son of a wealthy,…

Strange Colours (2017) (M)

A remarkable new film set in an opal mining community A stunningly photographed complex drama about the varying and intermingling seams in an opal mining community. Milena travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share…

Sweet Country (2017) (R18)

One of the finest films of the year. Inspired by real events, this is a period western set in 1929 in the outback. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the…

Swinging Safari (2018) (M)

A film for those who survived the 70s or for those who want to know what really happened. Suburban Nobbys Beach in 1975 was a place that revolved around surf mats, nipple rash, kids playing in the streets, boxed wine, a rotting whale carcass and outrageous parties. Kids run wild getting heinously burned in the…

That’s Not My Dog (2018) (M)

This an event film that celebrates our love of joke telling. The film centres around the loveable Shane Jacobson who throw a party for his old man. Invited are the funniest people Shane knows comprising Australia’s biggest stars along with several Australian music legends playing their biggest hits live, right throughout the party. The invite…

The BBQ (2018) (PG)

Another event film that will definitely be followed up by a BBQ this is a story about Dazza (Shane Jacobson) who has a passion for barbecuing. He accidentally gives his neighbours food poisoning. To make amends he seeks tutelage from the tyrannical Scottish chef (Magda Szubanski) and together they enter an international barbecue competition.

The Best Australian Comedy Shorts

The Butterfly Tree (2017) (M)

Evelyn, an aging burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, it reopens old wounds over the death of Fin’s mother. Through the vivacious Evelyn, Fin learns the power of forgiveness and…

The Greatest Showman (2018) (PG)

Penniless, but ambitious inspired by love and family and blessed with a wild imagination and terrific dance moves, this is a story PT Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Once Barnum loses his menial desk job, he embarks on a wild idea of gathering unique…

The Marshes (2018) (M)

Deep in a remote marshland, three young biologists conduct research but when they encounter evil, science ends and survival begins. Roger Scott’s film riffs on the “Waltzing Matilda” legend bringing out some highly unexpected aspects of the bush ballad and highlighting its more gruesome terrifying aspects. Not for the feint-hearted.

The Night Parrot (2016) (PG)

An ode to the loss of a bird that was banished in the darkness…there are strange hells in the mind the desert makes. In the remote deserts of Australia lives an elusive nocturnal bird called the Night Parrot. Virtually nothing is known of its ecology. It disappeared at the end of the 19th Century. Searching…

The Pink House (2017) (MA15)

The story of Kalgoorlie’s last original gold-rush brothel told through the eyes of the colourful Madam Carmel, 70, and her longest-serving lady of the night, BJ. Filmed over several years and with unprecedented access to the inner workings of this unique brothel, The Pink House is an intimate portrait of two women bound together by…

The Pretend One (2017) (PG)

A magic realist drama following Charlie and her imaginary friend, Hugo, who grow up on an isolated cotton farm. When a new man appears in Charlie’s life, Hugo’s whole existence is threatened and he must become real to win Charlie back. A beautiful and unusual romance.

The Sentimental Bloke (1918) (G)

From the time of its release, it has been regarded as the supreme achievement of Australia’s silent era of film production. It was better reviewed and better received than any other pre-1930 Australian feature film. The vividness of its characterisation, heartfelt and sympathetic storytelling, its mixture of comedy with realistic backgrounds, and its Australian box…

Three Summers (2017)

At a summer music festival, the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band meets a folk-music-hating Theremin player and sparks literally fly. Characters surrounding this awkward romance include Michael Caton as a fiercely Aussie Morris Dancer, an Indigenous dance troupe, a group of wine-loving empty nesters, a power tripping security guard, a wannabe girl…

Welcome To Woop Woop (1997) (R18)

Elliott’s follow up film to Priscilla is a surreal, outrageous farce but also a wonderful cinematic send-up of Australian national identity. Teddy, a con artist who has to flee New York in fear for his life winds up in a much more precarious situation in the Australian outback in a strange town where Daddy-O is…

Winchester (2018) (PG)

Sarah Winchester, the millionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune, is convinced that she, and her family, are being haunted by the souls killed at the barrel of the infamous rifle. Her obsession has led to the 24 hour a day, 7 days a week construction of an enormous mansion, designed to keep these evil…