Forget about Kate and Wills, splashing vinegar on chips from the local 'chippie' and drowning your Yorkshire pudding in Aah Bisto gravy and get your British fix from the annual BBC First British Film Festival at Palace Cinemas. This year marks the third year we have been lucky enough to have the Film Festival grace our screens showcasing some of the best in British cinema.
British Film Festival (29th October - 18th November)
The British film festival kicks off here in Brisbane from Thursday 29th October through until Wednesday 18th November at both the Barracks & Centro Palace cinemas. Conveniently located on Petrie Terrace, Brisbane and James Street Fortitude Valley, Palace cinemas offer much more than your typical cinema experience. You can relax in style while sipping a glass of wine in comfort.
The festival screens throughout Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Canberra, Perth and Hobart and right here in sunny Queensland. This year, there are 31 films on offer, with something to suit even the pickiest of film buffs. Special mention should go to the opening night film, Paolo Sorrentino's highly anticipated film, Youth, nominated for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival, and the follow up to his Academy Award-winning film, The Great Beauty (2013). At the close of the festival, we will see The Man Who Knew Infinity – the retelling of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan's life.
On top of those two remarkable films, the festival brings an array of must see films from our Commonwealth counterparts… drama, comedy, family friendly, thought provoking and talked about films with a dash of humour, British tastefulness, courageous women and confronting stories, recollections and imagery. With highly talented and respected actors and actresses from around the globe including Michael Caine, Dev Petal, Kit Harringon, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and the Monthy Python legends (just to name a few). You'll see a selection of films based on real life events such as Lance Armstrongs drug scandal, some based on novels and an array of documentaries.
On offer at this year's festival will also see a celebration of British romance films from the past 100 years. 'Love Actually' provides a rather unique array of films from the past, celebrating a century of British romance. There are 10 all-time classic films representing the differences of how romance has been portrayed through film over each decade.
Romance through the decades. One century of Romantic films!
Tickets are available for purchase now and can be purchased directly at the cinema, online or via phone. If you are a Palace Movie Club Member (which I would highly recommend you doing as you'll get benefits all year round) you will get admission for just $15. Or if you know you'll be seeing a few films throughout the festival, why not purchase the value for money 5, 10 or 20 film pass pack from just $70 (for palace movie club members). These passes are only available for separate sessions for one individual.
To find out more about the films on offer visit the British Film Festival website. You can also pre purchase your tickets or find further information at the Palace Cinema website. Films will be screening on a variety of days and session times throughout the festival so be sure to check out the websites to work out which ones you can attend.