Robert Downey Jr trying his hand at comedy, Liam Neeson playing a cop, an Indian tear-jerker and a medical doco are screening this week
THE JUDGE (M) Nerang, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Australia Fair, Robina, Harbourtown
Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin turns his hand to this legal comedy-drama starring Robert Downey Jr ( Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes films, Iron Man franchise) as big-city lawyer Henry “Hank’’ Palmer, who returns to his childhood home of Carlinville, Indiana, for his mother’s funeral, only to find that his estranged Joseph father is suspected of murder. Hank must defend his father in court against a prosecutor determined to see Joseph put away. As Hank sets out to discover the truth, along the way he reconnects with the family he walked away from.
SPECIALITY SCREENINGS MICROBIRTH Murwillumbah
This major documentary film being shown around the world examines how modern birth practices could be making our children more susceptible to disease later on in life. Produced and directed by Brighton filmmakers Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, Microbirth highlights the rise in non-communicable diseases linked to the immune system, such as type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, asthma and cardiovascular disease, and asks about the possible reasons for the increase. Shows Sunday at 1pm.
SIDDHARTH (MA) Kingscliff
This gripping and sombre film, written and directed by Richie Mehta, follows an Indian father (Rajesh Tailang) as he searches for his 12-year-old son, who has disappeared while working as a child labourer in a factory sweatshop to boost his family’s meagre income. With its vivid depiction of working life and urban poverty in India’s greatest cities, the action moves from Delhi to Mumbai and beyond, generating complex moods of hope, anxiety and despair. Not easy to watch, but richly rewarding in its portrayal of a father’s love and courage.
Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajesh Tailang in a scene from Indian film