Cinema guide: new films in Australia this week

New films in cinemas from 15-21 April, from Challengers to Abigail.
Challengers. Image: A24.

Your guide to new films in cinemas across Australia this week, 15-21 April 2024.

For our monthly cinema guide for April, head to this article.

18 April


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

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