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A Program of Film Riches for Adelaide
Adelaide has its own film festival happening this October and it is brimming with fine films. For those who have been experiencing a dearth of inventive, quality movies here is some salvation for the viewing public.
International Films The festival has the Australian premiere of Cate Blanchett's highly praised film Carol. Which has two screen showings. Other highlights include a new movie staring Kate Winslet who does a very passable Australian accent in The Dressmaker. Oscar-winning director Scott Hicks' is promoting his love of music on film with the world premiere of Highly Strung. This film pays homage to violins. Describing the joy and obsession surrounding the rare 18th-century Guadagnini violins, this film has the distinction of the Opening Night Gala event at Her Majesty's Theatre.
Australian premiere of Carol starring Cate Blanchett
The program has a series of fascinating documentaries. My pick is Heart of a Dog by Laurie Anderson. She is a performance artist who explores themes of birth, death, dream and reality, humans and animals. The Heart of a Dog is about the death of her beloved terrier Lolabelle. It also focuses on the death of her mother and her life partner Lou Reed. Another standout is He Named me Malala. A study of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl shot by the Taliban for speaking out on girls' education. A transforming person on film. Other titles of interest include A Second Coming, Ice and the Sky, Sherpa and Speed Sisters.
Events There will be red carpet events, the ultimate quiz night, a signature wine series with David Stratton. Films are featured from many different cultural backgrounds, including A Syrian Love Story – Another Australian premiere for the Adelaide Film Festival. The Closing Night Gala features the film Youth Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz.
Associated with the festival are talks from Anthony LaPaglia in conversation with Andrew Bovell, Selfie cinema, Emerging curators, plus environmentalist Tim Jarvis presenting documentaries Sherpa and Ice and the Sky. There are a range of free public forums that are worth checking out. Program details here
Art on Film The Samstag Museum in North Terrace will show the work of visual artist Hossein Valamanesh with his new work, Char Soo, a four-screen video projection filmed in an Iranian bazaar. The shorts for this look so enticing.
Unique Events The film festival is hosting The Film You Wrote. A choose your own adventure in screenwriting. The public are invited to shape the story. Turn to Social media (The Facebook site) from the 10th of September to help write the script. The film stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey of 52 Tuesdays fame.
Oh David! Everyone's a Critic - A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence If you love to debate and unpack a film this is an event for you. Subtitled Everyone's a critic, or so the maxim goes, but how do you find the words to discuss more than if you simply liked the film or not? Join leading film critics Richard Kuipers (Australia) and Maggie Lee (Hong Kong) as they discuss Swedish film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014). The longest title of a film in the festival, the critics will discuss how they critically approach a film and give their insights into A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. The programmers hope to engage the audience in conversation, honing everyone's skills in cinematic critique. Everyone will leave so much a critic, they'll want to turn to the person next to them and exclaim "Oh, David!" This is a free session with your ticket to the film.
The Adelaide film Festival has a huge program of visually alluring films and events. Many people travel across Australia to attend some of the best cinema released. To explore what's on offer have a look at the program here. Best value for the festival is a Multipass ticket. The festival runs from October 15th to 25th, 2015., but get your tickets soon as many of these sessions will sell out.