Films opening in Australian cinemas this week:
Drama/family/Australian; rated MA15+; opening May 1
Filmed every Tuesday over the course of one year, this focuses on 16-year-old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), who learns her mother (Del Herbert-Jane) has adopted the name James and decided to become a man.
Directed by accomplished Australian documentary maker Sophie Hyde in her feature film debut.
Comedy; rated M; opening May 1
John Turturro writes, directs and stars in this comedy as a man who decides to become a professional Don Juan to help his friend, Murray (Woody Allen), a cash-strapped New York
City book store owner. Also starring Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber and Sharon Stone.
BEYOND THE EDGE
Documentary/adventure; rated G; opening May 1
In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay achieved what was thought to be impossible, when they scaled the world’s highest mountain, battling the treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and high altitudes to stand atop atop Everest. With the support of the Hillary family, their story is brought to life on the big screen through original colour footage, photographs and dramatised recreations of the epic expedition. Directed by Leanne Poolley.
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL
Drama; rated R18+; opening May 1
This coming-of-age tale by renowned French director Francois Ozon is set over four seasons and four songs, as it chronicles the sexual awakening and journey of 17-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth), who takes up a secret life as a call girl after losing her virginity.