Cinema guide: new films in Australia in April 2024

All the April movie releases across Australian mainstream and indie cinemas.

There’s a tonne of new films in cinemas this April, including two Australian flicks, Before Dawn and Late Night With The Devil, you can check out.

From The First Omen to The Fall Guy, here is every film that’s new to cinemas in April 2024.

For all upcoming film festivals in Australia, see our annual film festival guide.

To find out what’s on streaming, check out our monthly streaming guide.

Australian films to watch out for:

April 2024 Australian cinema guide

Monkey Man. Image: Universal Pictures

4 April

Before Dawn

Synopsis: The journey of fictional WA outback kid Jim Collins and his battalion on the Western Front. Based on authentic war diaries

Director: Jordan Prince-Wright

Cast: Travis Jeffery, Miles Pollard

Classification: CTC ( check the classification closer to the release date)

Runtime: 1h 35m

Goodbye Julia

Synopsis: Goodbye Julia tells the story of two women who represent the complicated relationship and differences between northern and southern Sudanese communities.

Director: Mohamed Kordofani

Cast: Ger Duany, Eiman Yousif

Classification: M

Runtime: 2h

Monkey Man

Synopsis: Dev Patel directs and stars in this action film about one man’s quest for vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimise the poor and powerless.

Director: Dev Patel

Cast: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley

Classification: MA

Runtime: 2h 3m


Synopsis: While grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, Isabel sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery. Despite the colossal scope of her project, she finds beauty and bravery while crafting one of the defining American books of all time.

Director: Ava DuVernay

Cast: Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Jon Bernthal

Classification: M

Runtime: 2h 20m

Richard the Stork and the Mystery of the Great Jewel

Synopsis: Not trusted to lead the flock of storks home to the north, Richard decides to go on his own in this family adventure.

Director: Benjamin Quabeck, Mette Tange

Cast: Dulcie Smart, Jay Myers

Classification: PG

Runtime: 1h 25m

The First Omen

Synopsis: When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate.

Director: Arkasha Stevenson

Cast: Bill Nighy, Nell Tiger Free

Classification: MA

Runtime: 1hr 59m

The Moon is Upside Down

Synopsis: Three women – a duped mail-order bride, a numbed anaesthetist determined to have a romantic weekend, and an empty nester on an unexpected mission of mercy – each navigates her way through an unfamiliar landscape and the contours of the human heart.

Director: Loren Taylor

Cast: Jemaine Clement, Loren Taylor

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 1h 40m

The Tiger’s Apprentice

Synopsis: A young boy in San Francisco meets a talking tiger named Mr. Hu and discovers he is the latest in a long line of guardians who protect an ancient phoenix from evil-doers.

Director: Raman Hui, Yong Duk Jhun, Paul Watling

Cast: Henry Golding, Sandra Oh, Michelle Yeoh

Classification: PG

Runtime: 1hr 24m

6 April

NT Live: The Motive and the Cue

Synopsis: New play directed by Sam Mendes bringing Burton and Gielgud’s infamous Hamlet rehearsals to the big screen, with Johnny Flynn and Mark Gatiss, from the National Theatre’s 2024 season of live recordings direct from the London stage.

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Mark Gatiss, Tuppence Middleton

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 2h 45m

11 April

Back to Black

Synopsis: Marisa Abela is Amy Winehouse, Grammy-winning music superstar whose life was cut short at age 27 after a long battle with alcohol and drugs, in this music biopic from director Sam Taylor-Johnson and writer Matt Greenhalgh. 

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Cast: Marissa Abela, Eddie Marsan

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 2hr 2m

Civil War

Synopsis: In a dystopian future America, a team of military-embedded journalists races against time to reach Washington, D.C., before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

Director: Alex Garland

Cast: Wagner Moura, Kirsten Dunst

Classification: MA

Runtime: 1hr 49m

La Chimera

Synopsis: This Palme d’Or nominee from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher (Happy As Lazzaro) follows the travails of Arthur, an Englishman in Italy with a preternatural ability to connect with the land.

Director: Alice Rohrwacher

Cast: Josh O’Connor, Isabella Rossellini

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 2hr 13m

Late Night With The Devil

Synopsis: David Dastmalchian stars in this horror about live broadcast of a late-night talk show in 1977 that goes horribly wrong, unleashing evil into the nation’s living rooms.

Director: Cameron and Colin Cairnes

Cast: David Dastmalchian

Classification: MA

Runtime: 1h 33m

Rascal Does Not Dream – Double Feature

Synopsis: A double feature helping of the Rascal Does Not Dream anime franchise. Sakuta Azusagawa’s peaceful relationship with his girlfriend Mai is turned upside down when two versions of Shoko, his first love, return to his life.

Director: Shôji Masui

Cast: Kaito Ishikawa

Classification: PG

Runtime: 2hr 35m

18 April

Challengers. Image: Warner Bros. Pictures.


Synopsis: A group of kidnappers become the prey when they snatch a 12-year-old ballerina who also happens to be a deadly vampire in this tongue-in-cheek horror from the directors of Ready or Not and Scream VI.

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Cast: Dan Stevens, Giancarlo Esposito

Classification: M

Runtime: 1h 30m


Synopsis: Tashi, a tennis player-turned-coach, has taken her husband, Art, and transformed him from a mediocre player into a world-famous Grand Slam champion. To jolt him out of his recent losing streak, she makes him play a Challenger event – close to the lowest level of tournament on the pro tour – where he finds himself standing across the net from the once-promising, now burnt-out Patrick: his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend.

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Cast: Zendaya, Mike Faist, Josh O’Connor

Classification: M

Runtime: 2h 11m

Evil Does Not Exist

Synopsis: The film centres on Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo were Takumi and his daughter Hana lived. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house, offering city residents a comfortable ‘escape’ to nature.

Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Cast: Ayaka Shibutani, Hitoshi Omika

Classification: PG

Runtime: 1h 46m

Exhibition on Screen: John Singer Sargent

Synopsis: Documentary on the life and work of John Singer Sargent, one of the great portrait artist of his era.

Director: John Singer Sargent

Cast: N/A

Classification: PG

Runtime: 1h 30m

Freud’s Last Session

Synopsis: Set on the eve of WWII and towards the end of his life, Sigmund Freud invites CS Lewis for a debate over the existence of God. Exploring Freud’s unique relationship with his lesbian daughter Anna and Lewis’ unconventional romance with his best friend’s mother, the film interweaves past, present and fantasy, bursting from the confines of Freud’s study on a dynamic journey.

Director: Matt Brown

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Goode

Classification: M

Runtime: 1h 49m

20 April

MetOpera: Romeo et Juliette (2023-24)

Synopsis: Two singers at the height of their powers come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s Shakespeare adaptation, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores.

Director: Charles Gounod

Cast: Nadine Sierra, Benjamin Bernheim

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 3h 10m

24 April

The Fall Guy

Synopsis: Two-time BAFTA nominee Emily Blunt and two-time Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling lead this action film from the director of Bullet Train and the writer of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Director: David Leitch

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt

Classification: M

Runtime: 1h 54m

25 April

Full Circle
Full Circle. Image: Netflix.

Full Circle

Synopsis: Documentary telling two parallel stories of post-traumatic grown, 50 years apart, both revolving around Spinal Cord Injury.

Director: Josh Berman

Cast: Trevor Kennison, Barry Corbet

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 1h 30m

Mad About the Boy: The Noël Coward Story

Synopsis: An exploration of Noël Coward’s expansive career which features credits across the stage and screen.

Director: Barnaby Thompson

Cast: Alan Cumming, Rupert Everett

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 1h 31m

The Teachers’ Lounge

Synopsis: The big winner at the 2023 German Film Awards follows a teacher who, when one of her students is suspected of theft, decides to get to the bottom of the matter. Caught between her ideals and the school system, the consequences of her actions threaten to break her.

Director: Ilker Çatak

Cast: Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer

Classification: M

Runtime: 1h 39m

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