Filmmaker Screenings & Special Events

Meet the people behind new films showing at Cinema Nova. Get an early look at some of the most anticipated titles of the year at our advance screenings. Join us for special events that celebrate films in a whole new way. If you love movies, we'll be seeing you soon at Nova.

Screening in 3D: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS. A unique cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the ... more

Based on the award winning graphic novel written by Alan Moore (Watchman, V For Vendetta) and illustrated by Brian Bolland, the animated feature BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE will be presented on the cinema screen for limited sessions with additional material unique to the theatrical release. Voiced by Kevin Conroy as ... more

British broadcaster Louis Theroux has made a name for himself tackling society’s most taboo and controversial subjects, so it’s no surprise that in his first feature film he has now turned his curious eye on the infamous Church of Scientology. Denied cooperation and access by the church, Theroux instead employs the ... more

See the legendary MISS SAIGON, in cinemas for a limited season. This spectacular, sell-out 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of the global stage sensation also features appearances by the original cast including Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga. This acclaimed new production was described as “the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring ... more

Jocelyn Moorhouse's 1991 Australian cinema classic returns to the big screen to celebrate the film's restoration by the National Film & Sound Archive on its 25th anniversary. In the roles that would help launch their international careers, Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe star as blind photographer Martin and the young ... more

FilmInk presents writer & director MICHAEL ROWE discussing his drama EARLY WINTER, following a special event screening on Tuesday October 4, 6.30pm. Hosted by film curator Richard Sowada. David, a man in his forties, lives a predictable life with his wife Maya and their two children. To please his ... more

The dynamic duo of Batman and Robin are back in action to take down fiendish foes in this brand new animated adventure that sees the return of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, stars of the original cult 1960s Batman television series, to voice the iconic characters of Batman, ... more

Take a chance with Cinema Nova and join us for an advance screening of an upcoming release which we feel our audience is really going to enjoy. We can't tell you anything about it, as we want you to experience this English-language feature film free of expectations. Not even our ... more

Lost since its premiere on the BBC fifty years ago, DOCTOR WHO: THE POWER OF THE DALEKS has been meticulously animated and will feature all six episodes on the cinema screen, plus exclusive bonus presentations including interviews with members of the original cast. So gather your friends and join your ... more

From award-winning director Mat Whitecross, OASIS: SUPERSONIC tells the remarkable story of iconic band Oasis – in their own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage, OASIS: SUPERSONIC charts the meteoric rise of Oasis from the council estates of Manchester to some of the biggest concerts of all time in just ... more

Presenting a Boxing Day screening of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which sees the Doctor teaming up with a comic-book superhero in New York. The cinema event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero ... more

After the success of our first mystery movie, which thrilled the audience with some surprise sci-fi in the form of Arrival, we're back to give you some mysterious cheer just in time for the holidays! Take a chance with Cinema Nova and join us for an advance screening of an upcoming ... more

Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars Original Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more “newsies” and more dancing than ever before. Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based ... more

Co-presented by The Ian Potter Museum of Art as part of their exhibition 'Sister Corita’s Summer of Love'. Film will be followed by a Q&A panel discussing Sister Corita's friendship with Alfred Hitchcock. Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, THE BIRDS: A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California ... more

Artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora is producing a graphic novel about his late father, Georges Mora, widely known in Melbourne as a beloved contemporary art patron and owner of bohemian eateries Mirka Café, Café Balzac and the Tolarno Restaurant and Galleries. Less known, however, is Georges’ astonishing history in the ... more

Take a punt on Nova and join us for an advance screening of a film we really think you’re going to enjoy – but you won’t know what the film is until you’re in the cinema and the opening credits roll! With previous Mystery Movie screenings that featured Arrival and Edge ... more

ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT SCREENING! If you loved The Raid, Ong Bak, Enter The Dragon and similarly insane martial arts flicks, get ready for HEADSHOT. Screening for one night only on the cinema screen, Iko Uwais (The Raid) stars as an amnesiac struggling to adjust to life without a past. ... more

Featuring exclusive cinema-only content, Doctor Who returns to the cinema screen for a new adventure starring Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas and Pearl Mackie. Doctor Who: The Pilot, sees Peter Capaldi embark on his thrilling final chapter as the Twelfth Doctor as well as the introduction of brand new companion Pearl ... more

Fall in love again with the film of the year! With LION continuing its incredibly successful run, Nova presents a special extended edition of the film followed by a Q&A with Oscar nominated Aussie director Garth Davis. This new edition of LION will feature 8 minutes of previously unseen bonus material, ... more

Cinema Nova joins with Matchbox Pictures and ABC TV to present a special preview screening and Q&A event for SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Elliot Perlman. Star Hugo Weaving will be joined by director Glendyn Ivin and executive producers Amanda Higgs & Tony Ayres ... more

45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows, part of his year-long tour in support of his No.1 album ‘Rattle That Lock’. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone ... more

Captured live from London's Royal Festival Hall, join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character. From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and ... more

Call of the Avant-Garde Immerse yourself in constructivist cinema in this revolutionary double bill of MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA and BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN with introductions by Heide Museum of Modern Art curators Sue Cramer and Lesley Harding. Includes intermission. Tickets include admission to Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art, a ... more

Join author/screenwriter Benjamin Law and members of his on-screen family, Fiona Choi (Jenny Law), Anthony Brandon Wong (Danny Law) and Shuang Hu (Candy Law), when they appear live at Cinema Nova to discuss THE FAMILY LAW, following the big-screen premiere of the first two episodes of the anticipated new season. ... more

Take a punt on Nova and join us for an advance screening of a film we really think you’re going to enjoy – but you won’t know what the film is until you’re in the cinema and the opening credits roll! With previous Mystery Movie screenings that featured Arrival, Edge of ... more

The St Kilda Film Festival heads northside for one night only!

Hosted by Shaun Miller, the event features an in-conversation with Andrew Kavanagh - St Kilda Film Festival's Best Short Film winner (WELCOME HOME ALLEN).

Program 1, Award Winners: Brown Paper Bag After All Adele Welcome Home Allen Homebodies Program 2, Director’s Choice: The Mother Situation The ... more

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Join the cast and crew for an in-cinema discussion following a screening of THE NEON SPECTRUM! Hosted by Stephen A Russell. Tuesday 28 November, 6.30pm. Tickets on sale now! Indie Melbourne filmmaker Lee Galea (winner - Best Film at the 2013 Melbourne Queer Film Festival for Monster ... more

Monsieur Mayonnaise - Fundraiser for Deborah Cass Prize Monsieur Mayonnaise presents an artist’s epic adventure into his family’s secret past. Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father Georges' clandestine role in the French Résistance in World War Two and his mother Mirka’s miraculous escape en route to Auschwitz. Philippe, ... more

Event Screening with Heide: DOGS IN SPACE producer Glenys Rowe will be joining us for an entertaining introduction followed by a screening of this Melbourne cult classic. Tickets include admission to the Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy exhibition at the Heide Museum of Modern Art! On sale now. DOGS ... more

National Screening Day: Sunday 29 October, 11.00am. Tickets on sale now! *Share of proceeds go to Australian Geographic Society and Screens without Borders. Australian Geographic’s 2016 Adventurer of the Year, Michael Smith, discovered the delights and perils of true adventure in a solo circumnavigation in his tiny amphibious flying boat, Southern ... more

Meet the writer of 'Zelos' Claire J. Harris as she discusses her process of seeing her story realised from script for screen. Tuesday September 12th - 6.45pm Bernard is the thirty-something he always planned to be. He has a successful career, a meticulously neat beachside apartment and a hairstyle with just ... more

Fantastic Woman, A

Opening Date: Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

PRIVILEGE MEMBER ADVANCE SCREENING: Thursday 15 February at 7.00pm. Special $13 Privilege Member rate. Tickets on sale now! A star is born with an incendiary performance from Daniela Vega as Marina, the titular fantastic woman, in the latest film from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria). Marina is a waitress by ... more

Feb 15th, 2018

Friday 3 November, 6.45pm - Second Q&A screening with writer/director/star Saara Lamberg by popular demand! Book tickets below. A mysterious young woman travels to the opposite side of the world to try and escape her past in writer/director Saara Lamberg’s menacing thriller. Tuuli grew up in Finland within an oppressively religious family, ... more

For the first time in cinemas, comes an exclusive premiere event. Featuring a world exclusive pre-recorded interview with the man himself, Louis Theroux. Louis Theroux: Heroin Town is an in-depth look at a community caught in the vice-like grip of heroin addiction. America's love affair with prescription painkillers has led ... more

Wound, The

Opening Date: Thursday, 8 Feb 2018

ADVANCE SCREENING: Tuesday February 6, 6.30pm. Tickets on sale now! Nova Exclusive! A man’s sense of identity is rocked as secrets are revealed during a sacred rite performed by the Xhosa people of South Africa in this dramatic look into an ancient culture battling against contemporary sensibilities. ... more

Feb 6th, 2018

Join us for an advance screening of a highly recommended future release at Cinema Nova's MYSTERY MOVIE 5. What can we tell you about it? Not much, except it isn't a Star Wars film or The Disaster Artist. We really enjoyed this critically acclaimed film and think Cinema Nova's discerning ... more

Tom Baker returns as the Fourth Doctor in this never before seen Doctor Who treasure, combining original live-action footage with hand-drawn animation. In 1979, SHADA was set to be the celebratory end to the seventeenth series of Doctor Who. Critically acclaimed writer Douglas Adams had completed the script, Tom Baker’s Doctor ... more

Lady Bird

Opening Date: Thursday, 15 Feb 2018

ADVANCE SCREENING: Thursday 1 February 2018 at 6.30pm. SOLD OUT. ADVANCE SCREENING PROM PARTY: Friday 9 February 2018 at 8.00pm. Celebrate the release of Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed solo directorial debut with an advance screening followed by a Prom Party in the Nova Bar & Kitchen. Dress up in ... more

Feb 1st, 2018

Sea Sorrow marks Vanessa Redgrave’s debut as a film director and is a very personal, dynamic meditation on the current global refugee crisis through the eyes and voices of campaigners and children mixing past and present, documentary and drama in its reflection on the importance of human rights. The piece was ... more

This Christmas, the Doctor comes face to face with ... the Doctor! The epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who, “Twice Upon a Time,” is coming to cinemas featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and David Bradley (Filch in the Harry ... more


Opening Date: Thursday, 15 Mar 2018

A probing documentary that delves into the conflicted relationship Australians have with our most famous fauna: the kangaroo. The kangaroo is simultaneously an icon and a pest, a sacred symbol, a resource to be harvested and a species to be protected. KANGAROO explores the complex and conflicting opinions around this ... more

Everyone's a Critic (Melbourne Food and Wine Fest)

Opening Date: Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018

A special event for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Bringing together fine food lovers and aspiring food critics with Melbourne’s hottest chef Andreas Papadakis! Wednesday March 21st - 8.00pm. Tickets $80 or $180 with matched wines. Vegetarian option available. Tickets on sale below At the Nova Bar and Kitchen, we ... more

Mar 21st, 2018

I, Tonya

Opening Date: Thursday, 25 Jan 2018

ADVANCE SCREENING: Wednesday January 24, 6.30pm! Based on the shocking true story that captured the curiosity of the world in 1994, Australian filmmaker Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) directs Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney in the raucous black comedy I, TONYA. Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Robbie) excels ... more

Jan 24th, 2018

Single Man, A

Opening Date: Wednesday, 14 Mar 2018

Fashion On Film – A Singular Vision Cinema Nova and the Melbourne Fashion Festival present a screening of the stylish, Golden Globe-winning A SINGLE MAN (starring Oscar winners Colin Firth and Julianne Moore) directed by renowned fashion designer Tom Ford. Piccolo of champagne on arrival and Fashion Film Award shorts ... more

Mar 14th, 2018

Join us for an advance screening of a highly recommended future release at Cinema Nova's MYSTERY MOVIE 6. What can we tell you about it? Not much, except it is an advance screening of a critically acclaimed award-nominee and we know Cinema Nova's discerning audience will enjoy this dramatic feature's ... more

Phantom Thread

Opening Date: Thursday, 1 Feb 2018

ADVANCE SCREENING: Thursday 25 January, 2018 at 6.15pm. Tickets on sale now! Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson reunite a decade after their Oscar-winning triumph There Will Be Blood for an altogether different tale of a similarly driven man. Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) is a renowned dressmaker ... more

Jan 25th, 2018


Opening Date: Sunday, 8 Apr 2018

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOW At the Nova Bar and Kitchen Starring: Alexandra Hines (RAW Comedy Finalist 2017) Directed by: Tammy Weller Produced by: Alexandra Hines & Tammy Weller Previews April 3 to April 5 General sessions April 8 to April 19 After being prematurely discharged from rehab, pop sensation Juniper Wilde is back. ... more

Apr 3rd, 2018


Opening Date: Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Wednesday 21 February, 6.45pm: Q&A with filmmakers Nick Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, and local Melbourne MAMIL Jayman Prestidge, who is featured in the film. Tickets available below! What on earth is a MAMIL? You’ve definitely seen them around here in Carlton – they’re Middle-Aged Men In Lycra. ... more


Opening Date: Thursday, 1 Feb 2018

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Join director Jacqueline Joseph at Nova for a Q&A when she discusses her inspiring documentary. One film. Five legendary athletes. The compelling and inspiring story of the journeys of tennis champion Martina Navratilova, golf great Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, track and field star Edwin Moses, ... more

Meal Tickets

Opening Date: Friday, 23 Feb 2018

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Join director Mat de Koning and band members from the Screwtop Detonators and Will Stoker & The Embers, when they discuss their rock documentary – ten years in the making! A documentary filmed over 10 years, MEAL TICKETS is a cautionary tale of life in the ... more


Opening Date: Sunday, 11 Feb 2018

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Join director David Wenham live in-cinema when he discusses his feature directorial debut. In the middle of a crowded city the paths of two strangers (Emily Barclay and Benedict Samuel) collide. This accidental, chance occurrence sets in motion a chain of events that sees the two ... more