New Australian films to watch now

There's never been a better time to catch up with recent, locally-made features, from Miss Fisher to The Invisible Man, In My Blood it Runs and Judy & Punch.

Released on 27 February, the Miss Fisher movie had already completed its big dash in cinemas when the COVID-19 shutdown was announced. Fervent fans will miss the chance to don their glad rags and drink champagne at the movies, but the film is available on lots of platforms to buy or rent now, including Acorn TV, iTunes and Google Play. You can find Mel Campbell’s review of the film here, or read our interview with star Essie Davis about playing the glamorous flapper sleuth.

The groundbreaking documentary, directed by Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) and made in association with Indigenous families and communities in Alice Springs, had a great little run in cinemas but would have gone longer without the shutdown. It’s now kicking off  four special event online Virtual Cinema screenings + Q&As with filmmakers and partners from 17-19 April. This allows audiences to watch it simultaneously with others and be part of an interactive question and answer session immediately afterwards. Another option is to rent it online through Vimeo. You can read our interview with Maya Newell about the fascinating collaborative process of making the film.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk