Tom Cruise has another Mission: Impossible, Viggo Mortensen is caught in crossfire, and two very different docos will fascinate
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION Nerang, Yatala Drive-In, Harbour Town, Australia Fair, Coolangatta, Robina, Tweed City
With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with dubious British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, it also stars Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin.
FAR FROM MEN (M)
The Arts Centre Gold Coast
There has been plenty of buzz about this French-language film starring Viggo Mortensen and with an epic original soundtrack by Bad Seeds stars Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It is a gripping tale of morality and friendship set during the Algerian War. The year is 1954, the war is starting and village teacher Daru (Mortensen), an ex-French Army soldier, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he is a man out of time and place, perceived as alien by locals and colonisers. So when he reluctantly agrees to escort a dissident (Reda Kateb) to a police station to face trial for murder, a series of incidents and revelations force the question of where Daru’s loyalties truly lie. David Oelhoffen directs.
SPECIALITY SCREENING WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED (PG) Kingscliff, The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Gillian Armstrong’s documentary examines the life and career of Australian’s most prolific costume designer Orry-Kelly, who created the costumes for more than 300 Hollywood movies and by the end of his career had won three Oscars. He designed for the stars like Marilyn Munroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn and many more of the immortals.
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF (M)
The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney takes on one of the most intimidating organisations: the Church of Scientology. Perhaps in light of Scientology’s infamous stance towards any coverage of its activities, a necessarily cautious approach has been taken. Once Going Clear gets to Scientology leader David Miscavige – and his association with celebrity Scientologists like Tom Cruise – the film really enters dark and often disturbing territory.
Darren Gilshenan in
Women He's Undressed.
Hollywood writer and director Paul Haggis in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.