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Palace Cinemas is proud to present the inaugural British Film Festival this November. This anticipated film festival will showcase nineteen celebrated British feature films and will be accompanied by an exciting special events program.

CANBERRA • 19 Nov – 1 Dec • Palace Electric
MELBOURNE • 20 Nov – 1 Dec • Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn
SYDNEY • 21 Nov – 1 Dec • Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street
BYRON BAY • 21 Nov – 27 Nov • Palace Byron Bay
ADELAIDE • 22 Nov – 1 Dec • Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
BRISBANE • 27 Nov – 8 Dec• Palace Centro

The film program consists of an eclectic range of anticipated new releases and a selection of five quintessential classics.

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.

Opening the Festival at a special gala event is One Chance, a charming biopic charting the life of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts, directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs).

Philomena


Closing the Festival is Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

The top 5 films of the BFI 100 list of the greatest British films of the 20th century are also part of the film program; The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed; Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935); and Brief Encounter (1945), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), and Great Expectations (1946), directed by David Lean.

Le Weekend


Other highlights include Le Weekend, starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum with a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi; Jump, which was a huge hit at the Toronto International Film Festival; Good Vibrations, based on the true story of Terri Hooley who opened up a record store in Bomb Alley, Belfast during the Troubles; Mission to Lars, which follows three siblings on their quest to meet Metallica's Lars Ulrich; Private Peaceful, the second of Michael Morpurgo's First World War novels to be adapted for the screen; Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law and Richard E Grant; and Uberto Pasolini's new film Still Life, which was awarded four prizes at the recent Venice Film Festival, including Best Director and the Art Cinema Prize for Best Film.



Complementing the film program is a series of special events in each state:

MELBOURNE SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT GALA: ONE CHANCE
PALACE CINEMA COMO
Wednesday 20 November, 630pm

Q&A WITH ACTOR ERIC BANA following screening of CLOSED CIRCUIT
PALACE CINEMA COMO
Thursday 21 November, 630pm
6.30pm – Pre-film drink courtesy of Laithwaite's Wine People on arrival.
7.00pm – Screening of CLOSED CIRCUIT, followed by Q&A.

HIGH TEA: BRIEF ENCOUNTER
PALACE BALWYN
Saturday 23 November
3.45pm – Ticket includes a decadent selection of sandwiches, sweet treats, tea courtesy of Numi Organic Tea and a glass of sparkling courtesy of Laithwaite's Wine People.
4.30pm – Screening of BRIEF ENCOUNTER

CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: PHILOMENA
PALACE CINEMA COMO
Sunday 1 December, 6.15pm

Closed Circuit


SYDNEY SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT GALA: ONE CHANCE
PALACE VERONA
Thursday 21 November @ 6.30pm

Q&A WITH ACTOR ERIC BANA
PALACE VERONA
Saturday 23 November
6.00pm - Pre-film drink courtesy of Laithwaite's Wine People on arrival.
6.30pm - Screening of CLOSED CIRCUIT, followed by Q&A.

HIGH TEA: BRIEF ENCOUNTER
PALACE NORTON STREET
Saturday 30 November @ 1.30pm

CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: PHILOMENA
PALACE VERONA
Sunday 1 December @ 6.15pm

Brief Encounter


BRISBANE SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT GALA: ONE CHANCE
PALACE CENTRO
Wednesday 27 November @ 6.30pm

HIGH TEA: BRIEF ENCOUNTER
PALACE CENTRO
Saturday 7 December
1.45pm – Ticket includes a decadent selection of sandwiches, sweet treats, tea courtesy of Numi Organic Tea and a glass of sparkling courtesy of Laithwaite's Wine People.
2.30pm – Screening of BRIEF ENCOUNTER

CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: PHILOMENA
PALACE CENTRO
Sunday 8 December, 6.15pm

Dom Hemingway


ADELAIDE SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT GALA: ONE CHANCE
PALACE NOVA EASTEND CINEMAS
Friday 22 November, 6.30pm

HIGH TEA: BRIEF ENCOUNTER
PALACE NOVA EASTEND CINEMAS
Saturday 23 November
1.30pm – Ticket includes a decadent selection of sandwiches, sweet treats, tea courtesy of Numi Organic Tea and a glass of sparkling courtesy of Laithwaite's Wine People.
2.15pm – Screening of BRIEF ENCOUNTER

CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: PHILOMENA
PALACE NOVA EASTEND CINEMAS
Sunday 1 December, 6.15pm

One Chance


CANBERRA SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT GALA: ONE CHANCE
PALACE ELECTRIC
Tuesday 19 November, 6.30pm
entertainment.

Q&A WITH ACTOR ERIC BANA
PALACE ELECTRIC
Friday 22 November
6.30pm – Pre-film drink courtesy of Laithwaite's Wine People on arrival.
7.00pm – Screening of CLOSED CIRCUIT, followed by Q&A.

HIGH TEA: BRIEF ENCOUNTER
PALACE ELECTRIC
Saturday 23 November
1.45pm – Ticket includes a decadent selection of sandwiches, sweet treats, tea courtesy of Numi Organic Tea and a glass of sparkling courtesy of Laithwaite's Wine People.
2.30pm – Screening of BRIEF ENCOUNTER

CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: PHILOMENA
PALACE ELECTRIC
Sunday 1 December, 6.15pm

BYRON BAY SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT EVENT: ONE CHANCE
PALACE BYRON BAY
Thursday 21 November, 6.15pm

CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: PHILOMENA
PALACE BYRON BAY
Wednesday 27 November, 6pm



Tickets for the film screenings and special events are now on sale at Palace Cinemas and online.

For more information on the British Film Festival, please visit;

www.britishfilmfestival.com.au
www.facebook.com/britishfilmfest
www.twitter.com/BritFilmFestAUS

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