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Retrospective: Britain's Finest Leading Ladies

A retrospective film selection celebrating cinematic royalty, Britain’s Finest Leading Ladies profiles six incredible thespians, across six iconic films, acknowledging their contribution to cinema.  

We commemorate the work of the late, great Glenda Jackson in her Oscar-winning performance in Ken Russell’s Women in Love, and Dame Maggie Smith shines with her Oscar-winning turn in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Dame Emma Thompson continues the award-winning glory with her work in The Remains of the Day and also appears alongside Helena Bonham Carter in a lavish 4K restoration of Howards End. An early, breakout performance from Vanessa Redgrave elevates the rarely screened Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, and Dame Helen Mirren ignites the screen as we present Caligula: The Ultimate Cut. 

40 years after its infamous release, a new ultimate cut showcases an unprecedented amount of never-before-seen footage detailing the story of Caligula, who seizes power and begins to dismantle the Roman Empire from within. Starring Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, and Helen Mirren.

Australian Premiere

Famed filmmaker James Ivory brings E.M. Forster's novel of the same name to vivid life. Featuring exquisite period detail and supported by a strong A-Grade ensemble, notably Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave and Helena Bonham Carter, this exploration of the evolving landscape of early 20th-century England offers a deeply engaging dramatic core.

Featuring the late, great David Warner as Morgan Delt, an eccentric artist struggling to win back his upper-class wife (Vanessa Redgrave), this satirical exploration of the counterculture and societal norms of 1960s delivers surreal elements and astute political satire.

Maggie Smith shines in her Oscar winning role as the unconventional teacher Jean Brodie, telling the story of her influence on a group of students at a conservative school in the 1930s, exploring themes of loyalty, manipulation and individuality, offering a sincere character drama with tour de force performances.

Based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, featuring BAFTA winning performances from Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, this moving drama explores love, duty, and regret through the story of a loyal butler, Stevens, and his repressed emotions as he reflects on his past service in a British aristocratic household.

Iconoclast Ken Russell brings D.H. Lawrence's novel to the screen exploring the complex relationships between two sisters and two men. Progressive, tantalizing and polarizing, this explicitly powerful and darkly funny work delivers a period piece which earned Glenda Jackson an Oscar for her performance.