Sharmill Films

About Us

Sharmill Films is the vibrant home of influential and culturally significant film. As Australia's longest-running arthouse distributor, Sharmill is established as the national leader in globally renowned cinema.

Established in 1967 by Natalie Miller AO, Sharmill Films has an incomparable and uncompromised record of bringing sublime cinema to Australian shores. Sharmill specialises in auteur-driven, arthouse cinema and the best in events from around the world. Some of Sharmill Film’s most recent film releases include Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, Florian Zeller’s The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. As well as Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6.

With unparalleled passion for film and a finger on the pulse of emerging movements, Sharmill pioneered the event content revolution in Australia. Sharmill are now the proud distributors of more than 500 live event broadcasts, including Met Opera Live, National Theatre Live, and countless other events and performances. Their exciting recent event releases include Phoebe Walter Bridge’s Fleabag, as well as Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie, starring Jodie Comer.


Sharmill celebrates and distributes films from the world's most prestigious and influential directors.

Featured Directors

We connect you to the best in international events, encompassing everything from music concerts to art gallery tours, book launches to theatre performances.


Sharmill specialises in foreign language arthouse crossover, encompassing a broad diversity of cultures and languages.


Sharmill is the proud recipient of numerous industry awards, and distributes films that have been awarded the most prestigious international honours.

Our Team

The people bringing exceptional film to Australian screens

Natalie Miller AO

Executive Director & Chair

Natalie Miller established Sharmill Films in 1967. Natalie is an icon of the Australian film industry and one of the screen community's most admired and accomplished leaders. She plays an active and instrumental role in her businesses, Sharmill Films and Cinema Nova, and is an important leader for women in the film industry.

Katharine Thornton

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Katharine Thornton has been with Sharmill Films since 2010. She has an uncanny knack for nurturing content, consistently recognising filmmakers and stories that translate successfully on screen. Katharine started her career working for Academy Award winning producer Emile Sherman, has studied at Cambridge Business School, and has a reputation for delivering sensational cinematic experiences.

Lee Hunter

National Distribution Manager

Lee Hunter is one of the best in the game, with over 35 years of expert experience in the film industry. Lee has handled the national releases of many of the country's biggest blockbusters, from the classic Kenny to Bong Joon-ho's Parasite.

Anita Haines

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Anita Haines has her finger on the pulse of all things financial. She has been with Sharmill Films since 2008, and has helped successfully steer Sharmill with her acute business acumen.

Jialu Cheng

Distribution & Marketing Coordinator

With an expert eye for detail and what visually delights. Jialu has been a precious part of our team since 2022. Essential in getting content onscreen.


Frequently Asked Questions

What films does Sharmill distribute?

As Australia’s longest-running independent arthouse distributor, Sharmill Films specialises in auteur-driven, arthouse cinema and the best in events from around the world. Our catalogue features award-winning and exclusive titles spanning feature films, live theatre, live opera and special events.

Where can I watch your films?

Our films are available for viewing in cinemas and on demand. Refer to each film’s page for information on where to watch a specific film.

How can I watch a film that is no longer screening?

Many of our films are available on Home Entertainment, including retail copies and streaming services. Refer to each film’s page to discover where to watch it.

How do I request a screening?

Please submit a request via the form on our Contact page.

How do I stay up to date with film news and releases?

Join our mailing list to make sure you never miss an update on connoisseur films and world-class alternative content. Alternatively, head to our News page for press releases and other news.

How can I get in touch with you?

For all enquiries, please refer to our Contact page.

How are films classified?

Films are classified according to the Australian Film Classification guidelines, as follows:

G General (G)
The content is very mild in impact
PG Parental Guidance (PG)
The content is mild in impact
M Mature (M)
The content is moderate in impact
MA 15+ Mature Accompanied (MA 15+)
The content is strong in impact
R 18+ Restricted (R 18+)
The content is high in impact
E Exempt from Classification
Not shown in the classification database

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