Cinema guide: new films in Australia this week

New films in cinemas from 18-25 March, from Ghostbusters to Wicked Little Letters.

Your guide to new films in cinemas across Australia this week, 18-25 March 2024.

For our monthly cinema guide, head to this article.

20 March


Synopsis: Two filmmakers embark on a global quest sparked by the not-so-simple question: ‘is there a spiritual way to kill an animal?’ From the co-creator of SeaspiracyCowspiracy and What the Health.

Director: Kip Andersen, Kameron Waters

Cast: Michael Beckwith

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 1hr 46m

Where to watch it: Luna Palace, Ritz Cinemas, Cinema Nova, Lido Cinemas

21 March

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Synopsis: After the events in Oklahoma, the Ghostbusters team returns to where it all started—New York City. The Spengler family story continues with a new group of Ghostbusters led by Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz.

Director: Gil Kenan

Cast: Paul Rudd, Dan Aykroyd

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 1h 49m

Where to watch it: Hoyts Cinemas, Village Cinemas, Reading Cinemas, Event Cinemas, Dendy Cinemas


Synopsis: Sydney Sweeney plays Cecilia, a woman of devout faith who is warm welcomed to the picture-perfect Italian countryside where she is offered a new role at an illustrious convent. But it becomes clearer to Cecilia that her new home harbours dark and horrifying secrets.

Director: Michael Mohan

Cast: Sydney Sweeney

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 1h 29m

Where to watch it: Village Cinemas, Ritz Cinemas, Lido Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas, Hoyts Cinemas

Just a Farmer

Synopsis: A newly widowed mother is left with the care of an alcoholic father-in-law and a failing farm. She is forced to forge a new path for her family, all while struggling to pick up the pieces of her life.

Director: Simon Lyndon

Cast: Susan Prior, Trevor Jamieson

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 1h 40m

Where to watch it: Palace Cinemas, Port Lincoln Cinema, Regent Cinemas Ballarat, Belgrave Cinema

My Favourite ThingsThe Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert

Synopsis:  Directed and staged by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Christopher Gattelli, the show features original arrangements of the most iconic songs from Oklahoma!, CarouselSouth PacificThe King and ICinderella and The Sound of Music.

Director: Christopher Gattelli

Cast: Daniel Dae Kim, Patrick Wilson

Classification: E

Runtime: 2h 56m

Where to watch it: Hoyts Cinemas, Event Cinemas, Village Cinemas

Wicked Little Letters

Synopsis: When people in Littlehampton start receiving scandalous and obscene letters, suspicion immediately falls on fiery Rose, who might lose the custody of her daughter. A group of women set out to solve the mystery.

Director: Thea Sharrock

Cast: Olivia Colman, Timothy Spall

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 1hr 40m

Where to watch it: Event Cinemas, Hoyts Cinemas, Village Cinemas, Palace Cinemas, Ritz Cinemas, Luna Palace

23 March

MetOpera: La Forza Del Destino

Synopsis: Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, with soprano Lise Davidsen, following a string of recent Met triumphs, in her role debut as the noble Leonora.

Director: Giuseppe Verdi

Cast: Lise Davidsen, Patrick Carfizzi

Classification: CTC

Runtime: 3h 50m

Where to watch it: Cinema Nova, Palace Cinemas, Luna Palace

Special screenings & festivals

14 March

The Palestinian Film Festival

The Palestinian Film Festival Australia marks its 12th edition this year, returning to screens across the country for ten days this month.

The festival showcases a diverse selection of Palestinian films from around the world, including documentaries, features, and animated shorts, while working to strengthen Palestinian cultural output and fostering social and economic ties between Palestine and Australia.

Read more about the festival here.

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