Palace Cinemas is delighted to announce the inaugural British Film Festival in Australia this November, celebrating one of the world’s most illustrious and established cinema industries. The exceptional program includes contemporary and classic films screening exclusively at Palace Cinemas around Australia.
From an exciting range of the latest, most eagerly-awaited new films to a selection of five quintessential classics that have forged their place in film history; from high budget adaptations to gritty biopics, the British Film Festival presents a feast of films with all the qualities we associate with the Brits – superb acting, cracking wit, earnest humanity and quality craftsmanship.
Announcing the Festival, Programming director for Palace Cinemas, Kim Petalas said, “The British Film Industry is on the verge of a new wave with film production on the increase and major International festivals screening more British films than ever before. Australian audiences have always felt a close affinity to British cinema so we are incredibly excited to co-ordinate the inaugural British Film Festival in Australia where we can showcase some of Britain’s emerging talents and respected auteurs.”
The British Film Festival is book-ended by two highly anticipated features. The Opening Night selection is One Chance, a hilarious telling of the rags to riches story of Paul Potts, the shy winner of the first season of Britain’s Got Talent, directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs). Closing the Festival is Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which was just awarded Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.
In 1999, the British Film Institute surveyed 1000 people from the world of British film and television to produce the BFI 100 list of the greatest British Films of the 20th century. The Festival will also be presenting the top five of those films: The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed; Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935); Brief Encounter (1945), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), and Great Expectations (1946), all directed by David Lean.
Other highlights include Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law and Richard E Grant; Good Vibrations, based on the true story of Terri Hooley who opened up a record store in Bomb Alley, Belfast during the Troubles; and the Australian Premiere screenings of The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini’s beautiful new film Still Life, starring Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey). The film scooped up four prizes at the recent Venice Film Festival (Horizons section), including Best Director and the Art Cinema Prize for Best Film.
British Film Festival
When: 22 November – 1 December 2013
Where: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Rundle Street, Adelaide
Tickets: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas