Cinema guide: new films released in Australia this week

Your guide to new releases in Australian cinemas from 5-12 February 2024.
Eric Bana as character Aaron Falk stands in a dense rainforest.

Everything new to Australian cinemas this week, plus what’s still on.

To see what’s streaming, head to our weekly streaming guide.

Cliff Richard: The Blue Sapphire Tour (7 February)

Synopsis: 2023 marked the 65th anniversary of Sir Cliff Richard’s career. In The Blue Sapphire Tour, Cliff Richard performs a vibrant set packed with hits from across his illustrious and unrivalled 8-decade career, including Move It, Wired For Sound, The Young Ones and many more.

Country: UK.

Cast includes: Cliff Richard.

Classification: G.

Force of Nature – The Dry 2 (8 February)

SynopsisWhen five women take part in a corporate hiking retreat and only four come out on the other side, Federal Agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper head deep into the Victorian mountain ranges to investigate in the hopes of finding their whistle-blowing informant, Alice Russell, alive.

Read: Force of Nature: The Dry 2 review – no damp squib

Directed by: Robert Connolly.

Country: Australia.

Cast includes: Eric Bana, Anna Torv.

Classification: M.

NT Live: Dear England (9 February)

Synopsis: Filmed play. The play follows the England men’s team under Gareth Southgate in the run-up to, and aftermath of, three tournaments: its unexpected run to the semifinals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, its disappointing defeat in the 2020 European Championship final at Wembley Stadium, and its quarterfinal exit from the 2022 World Cup.

Directed by: Rupert Goold.

Country: UK.

Cast includes: Joseph Fiennes.

Classification: M.

The Lies We Tell Ourselves (10 February)

Synopsis: Mockumentary. The film follows an an eccentric director on the rise (Saara Lamberg) who travels to Cannes Film Festival, Berlin, German countryside, New Caledonia, Australia and England to create her latest arthouse film and has to negotiate many hurdles before finally fulfilling her vision.

Directed by: Saara Lamberg.

Country: Australia.

Cast includes: Saara Lamberg.

Classification: M.

Still showing

Pet Shop Boys: Dreamworld (31 January)

SynopsisPet Shop Boys bring their critically-acclaimed greatest hits tour, Dreamworld, to movie theatres worldwide for two nights only. Captured live at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, with film direction from David Barnard in a 14-camera shoot, this brand new concert film includes all of Pet Shop Boys’ greatest hits including West End Girls, Suburbia, Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money), Left to My Own Devices, Rent, Domino Dancing, Love Comes Quickly, Always on My Mind, What Have I Done to Deserve This and It’s a Sin.

Argylle (1 Feb)

SynopsisHenry Cavill is the world’s greatest spy, Argylle, in this globe-trotting adventure thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service), adapting the novel by Elly Conway. Co-stars Bryan Cranston, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena and Dua Lipa.

May December (1 Feb)

Synopsis: Oscar winners Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore lead this Palme d’Or-nominated drama from director Todd Haynes (Carol). 20 years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under the pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past.

Peppa’s Cinema Party (1 Feb)

SynopsisBritish children’s series Peppa Pig celebrates its 20th anniversary with this cinema party that invites its young audience to sing and dance along.

Riceboy Sleeps (1 Feb)

SynopsisSet in the 90s, a Korean single mother raises her young son in the suburbs of Canada determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind.

The Gift That Gives (3 Feb)

[Melbourne and Sydney only].

SynopsisSelf help author Callum Mori (Takaya Honda) makes his first television appearance on a TV chat show, hosted by presenter Kate Sedgeman (Lily Brown-Griffiths). Following a successful book launch with Linda Young (HaiHa Le), Kate’s best friend Callum forms a problematic friendship with both women. As Kate progresses through his book, a cache of secret love letters is found, sending Callum into damage control. 

As always, remember to check your local cinema’s showtimes to see what’s on and when.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports