The Federation of Victorian Film Societies has a library of DVDs that film societies can borrow.

These films are available as DVDs for booking via Sue Nunn. Please email: or phone: 03 5341 2266 to check on the availability of the DVD.

The films cost $5 to send out, but the FVFS will pick up this cost.

It is up to film societies to return the DVDs to Sue at their own cost.

Most DVDs are Region 4. For others, check the capability of your DVD player to play DVDs from the specified region.

Important: It is up to your film society to secure the rights to any film you borrow for screening.

For rights holder see note under the film title.

For how to contact distributors please refer to the ACOFS Fact Sheet 3B: click here.


Please note: Additional, Independently produced DVDs are available for loan from our “Indie DVD Library“.

The Angels’ Share

2012, Scotland, 106 min

Screening rights from Roadshow

Region 2 (UK) Please make sure your DVD player can handle Region 2

Classfication: MA (Strong Coarse Language and Violence)

It is recommended that you view with English captions switched on, as the Scottish accents can be quite a challenge!

A Scottish comedy-drama film directed by Ken Loach, starring Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, William Ruane, Gary Maitland, Jasmin Riggins, and Siobhan Reilly. It tells the story of a young Glaswegian father who narrowly avoids a prison sentence. He is determined to turn over a new leaf and when he and his friends from the same community payback group visit a whisky distillery, a route to a new life becomes apparent.

The Band’s Visit

2007, Fra/Israel, 85 min

Screening rights from Amalgamated Movies.

A lost Egyptian band is a bleak and almost forgotten small Israeli town somewhere in the heart of the desert. Immensely charming and subtly funny.

How I Ended This Summer

2011, Russia, 124 min

Screening rights from Palace

Gritty Russian thriller set in the windswept Arctic Circle where old Russian values meet new ones. A morality tale played out on a Gulag ‘made for two’.


2007, Poland, 122 min

Screening rights from UMBRELLA

The hidden story of the Polish officers killed by Soviet troops in 1940. The focus is on the cold war politics that prevented the real truth from coming out. Ironically a recent 2011 attempt to memorialize the event resulted in the tragic plane accident that killed Poland’s key political figures. A film that should be seen with Wajda, as usual, the director to bring it to the screen.


Australia, 1980, 90 mins. G

Donated by Umbrella Entertainment.

Screening rights from Umbrella.

Director: John Honey.

Australia, 1830. Edward Waterman (Phillip Hinton) and his family arrive in a remote part of Tasmania (known at the time as Van Diemen’s Land). Waterman is pressured into helping British colonial forces carry out the Black Line – enforced removal of Aborigines from land near white settlements. Aboriginal woman Manganinnie (Mawuyul Yanthalawuy) survives a Black Line raid which claims the life of her husband,  Meenopeekameena (Buruminy Dhamarrandji).

During an innocent family outing in the wilderness, Waterman’s young daughter Joanna (Anna Ralph) becomes separated from her family leaving Manganinnie, who has been hiding in the area, to take Joanna into her care. Overcoming her initial mistrust of Manganinnie, Joanna joins her on a long journey in search of Manganinnie’s people.  Winner of an AFI AWARD, Manganinnie captures the raw beauty of Tasmania’s untouched wilderness whilst exploring a dark chapter in Australian history and delivers a richly textured tale of isolation and survival.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this program may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

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Ray Harryhausen – Special Effects Titan

France, 2011, 90 mins. PG. (2 DVDs)

Donated by Umbrella Entertainment.

Screening rights from Umbrella.

Director: Gilles Penso..

One of cinema’s most admired and influential special-effects gurus,  legendary movie magician Ray Harryhausen has enthralled film goers with his wild and creative visions, with over 60 years of groundbreaking screen wizardry under his belt.

Leaving no doubt as to his seminal influence on modern-day special effects,  Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan digs deep in the vault and features enlightening  interviews with the man himself as well as creative greats Peter Jackson (The Lord of The Rings Trilogy), Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit), Phil Tippett (stop-motion animator of Robocop & The Empire Strikes Back), Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits), Dennis Muren (Oscar winning effects supervisor for Jurassic Park), John Landis (American Werewolf In London), Guillermo Del Torro (Hellboy), James Cameron (Avatar), Steven Spielberg (E.T-the Extra Terrestrial) and many more. Paying tribute to a pioneer of Stop Motion animation (alongside legendary Willis ‘King Kong’ O’Brien), Harryhausen’s extraordinary films such as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, It Came from Beneath The Sea, The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad and of course the original Clash Of The Titans are testament to his great ingenuity behind the camera – creating all manner of monsters, mayhem and inspiring generations of filmmakers to dream big.

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Somers Town

UK, 2008, 71 min. b/w stock

Screening rights from Amalgamated Movies.

A film by Shane Meadows. Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over one summer. A sensitive and funny film.


USA, 2011, 101 min

Screening rights from Amalgamated Movies.

Sensitive, overweight and awkward, Terri is aware that he is on the outer at school. A sensitive coming of age film that is essentially uplifting. American independent.

There Will Be Blood

2007, USA, 158 min.

Screening rights from Rialto

Based on Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel, Oil! Paul Thomas Anderson’s film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano is regularly voted one of the top films for 2007. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, it won many including Best Actor (Day-Lewis). It is the story of ruthless exploitation, revenge, and oil exploration in early 1900s California. With beautiful scenery and an emotive soundtrack by Radiohead it was filmed in the same vicinity as Texas based Giant (1956). Anderson’s latest film is the equally as powerful, The Master (2012).

Up The Yangtze

Canada, 2007, 93 min

Screening rights from Antidote Films

The Three Gorges dam provides the epic backdrop for this feature documentary on the life inside modern China.

We of the Never Never

Australia, 1982, 134 mins. G.

Donated by Umbrella Entertainment.

Screening rights from Umbrella.

Director Igor Auzins.

At the turn of the century Australia was still a very young country, in a land as old as time. Few had ventured far from the growing cities and towns of the coast, into that vast heart of Australia – the great Outback.We of the Never Never, adapted from an Australian classic novel, tells of Jeannie (Angela Punch-McGregor) and Aeneas Gunn (Arthur Dignam), a man and his bride who trek to a place where wives are seldom seen, and even less accepted. Enduring hardships and battling against the sexist and racial prejudice of the Australian outback environment this extraordinary woman strives to win the friendship and respect of those about her.Directed by Igor Auzins(Coolangata Gold), this extraordinary story of a woman overcoming hardships and dangers forms the heart warming story of We of the Never Never.

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Wendy and Lucy

2008, US, 80 min

Screening rights from Potential

A delightful story about a young woman and her dog on their way to Alaska where she hopes to find work in a cannery. Stars Michelle Williams. American independent film.

The White Ribbon

2009, Germany/Austria/France 2009, 144 min (Black & White)

Screening rights from Roadshow

Drama set in Germany during the years leading up to WW1. A film that looks at the forces that lead to fascism and paranoia through the eyes of an insulated community. A darkly brilliant work.


USA, 1992, 126 mins. PG.

Donated by Umbrella Entertainment.

Screening rights from Umbrella.

Director: Carroll Ballard.

Inspired by real-life events, WIND is the fight for The America’s Cup, placing you in the middle of the wordl’s greatest sailing event for an exhilarating ride across the open seas. Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket) stars as Will Parker, a young determined sailor who breaks with tradition in his quest to reclaim the America’s Cup for the United States. Haunted by the past he is joined by Kate Bass (Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing) and buoyed by charismatic Morgan Weld (Cliff Robertson, Spider-Man) to form a dynamic syndicate of his own and take on seasoned Australian sailor Jack Neville (Jack Thompson) for the coveted America’s Cup. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), directed by Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion) with cinematography by Oscar®-winner John Toll (Braveheart), WIND also features Stellan Skarsgård (The Avengers), and captures the wild excitement of professional 12-metre class competition, delivering thrilling race sequences whilst exploring the story of two people separated by personal ambition and reunited by a shared dream.

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