Foreign Focus


Foreign Focus is a monthly series screening the best contemporary films from across the globe. As a space for cultural enrichment, we understand how essential it is to expose our audiences to different realities and perspectives. With the creation of our new series Foreign Focus, we want our audience to explore the world through striking images and thought provoking content.

Foreign Focus will transport you to awe-inspiring places where you will witness different traditions and be fascinated by the infinite ways human beings interact throughout the world.

Foreign Focus is sponsored by:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman

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Apr 24


A part of Foreign Focus.

Director: Julia Ducournau

When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.


Warning: This film contains extremely graphic and disturbing content that may be upsetting. Please be advised that this feature is not suitable for children.

May 10


This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Director: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new. Nominated for the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, a first for Australia!

May 15

Last Men in Aleppo

This film is part of our Foreign Focus series.

Directors: Firas Fayyad

After five years of war in Syria, Aleppo's remaining residents prepare themselves for a siege. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, have remained in the city to help their fellow citizens-and experience daily life, death, struggle and triumph in a city under fire.

May 30

Starless Dreams

This film is part of our Foreign Focus series.

Director: Mehrdad Oskouei

Teenage girls consigned to the Iranian "Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre" discuss their troubled lives and reveal what brought them there.

Jun 06

Beats of the Antonov

This film is part of our Foreign Focus series.

Director: Hajooj Kuka

The story of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, showing how they deal with civil war. Traditionally music has always been part of daily life in these areas, but now, it has a new role in a society challenge by war.

Jun 14

After the Storm

This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife and 11-year-old son. As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother’s Tokyo apartment, but things don’t go particularly well for this fractured family.

Aug 09


A Part of Foreign Focus.

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho

Clara, the last resident of Aquarius building, refuses to sell her apartment to a construction company that intends to replace it with a new edifice