The Adelaide Film Festival is the cinematic highlight of the year for South Australia, a biennial celebration of Australian and international screen culture with a unique program of things to do. This year, the program reaches out to new locations, new media, and new experiences with a well-curated variety of attractions.
As you might expect, there's a rich program of more than a hundred films from around the world to see. But the Adelaide Film Festival doesn't simply tie you to your seat in some dark venue - there are a variety of other things to see and do related to film and the cinema.
Expect the Unexpected at This Festival of Cinema (Image Supplied)
I'm simply not going to try to compete with the bold superlatives, colourful language, and didactic dictionaries of the carping critics, capricious copywriters and paid publicists - I'd lose hands down. You can find a summary of the highlights here. To see the full list of film titles being screened during the film festival, a simple click here will whisk you worry-free to the official online program guide Choose the category of film and country of origin (but not just the free stuff) and it's all laid out for you. Bingo!
Film Festival Walking Tours I love grand old picture theatres and former cinemas in Adelaide. These ornate and beautiful buildings could be easily located at one time: they were often converted into Tom the Cheap supermarkets. Some later they became video stores and chemist shops, but their numbers are slowly dwindling.
This month, you can take a trip with local comedian Damian Woodards on Adelaide's Picture Theatre Walking Tour, reminisce about the grand past of our cinemas, and hear the history of local screen culture. It's one of the free things to do for the film festival - but registrations are essential.
Over in Port Adelaide, the film is the attraction. Go back in time for a nostalgic look at how Port Adelaide has been the star of many films. You may be surprised how often the Port's heritage buildings have been used as you take this guided tour. (One of my favourite movies is Scott Hicks' 1982 film Freedom, partly shot in Port Adelaide). Also, a free event when you book.
Other Adelaide Attractions for the Adelaide Film Festival Break with tradition into the new world of technology, and check out one of five packages at the festival's VR Lounge. What a great way to experience virtual reality first hand, details and prices here.
A Shooting Location in Port Adelaide for Freedom (1982)
Where to Go You have a diverse choice of locations and venues in Adelaide to visit to enjoy the film screenings and other activities. The GU Film House Adelaide on Hindley Street is preeminent of course, set in a beautifully refurbished cinema with contoured high backs, tables and plenty of leg room. It's also convenient to the Reactive Wall where you can swing by a swag of street artists at work.
There may be fewer bells and whistles at the not-for-profit Mercury Cinema but hey - doesn't it leave you with a good feeling inside. The Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas have a different advantage, their proximity to lots of fine food and great coffee to enjoy before or after.
This year Port Adelaide is joining in the fun, with the iconic Harts Mill being used as a drawcard to lure cinema lovers and film buffs out of town. Such is life - at one time the mill was under threat of demolition by the Land Management Corporation, to be replaced by new housing. A few years later the same faces wearing different hats have finally grasped the lure of heritage buildings. It won't be long before Renewal SA get the Royal Show to move here too!
Also at Port Adelaide, the Manhattan Room at Dale St will be a venue, while other suburban festival venues include GU Film House Glenelg and at Tonsley Innovation Centre. It's possible to find out what is screening at a particular venue with the online program guide, but you need to use the discreetly hidden Advanced Options.
All you'll ever want to know about the Adelaide Film Festival is on their website. Of course, you can find them on Facebook too, but be quick - the Adelaide Film Festival 2017 only runs from Thursday October 5 to Sunday October 15.