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Presented by Palace, the British Film Festival will screen from 10 November in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay at reduced capacity and late November in Melbourne, when restrictions permit.

The British Film Festival showcases the finest filmmakers and acting talent British cinema has to offer. Here's a sneak peek at this year's festival program:


AMMONITE from writer/director Francis Lee. Having just debuted in the UK to rave reviews, the film, set in 1840s England stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as a palaeontology pioneer and a young woman and the story of their forbidden love.

Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley star in the charming and farcical comedy MISBEHAVIOUR about true story feminist protesters who disrupted the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.

A discovery at a school for the daughters of the Nazi elite leads to a series of deadly events in this true story war drama, SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT starring Eddie Izzard and Dame Judi Dench.

From its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, dramatic thriller THE NEST featuring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, sees life for the British entrepreneur and his American family begin to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.


And SUMMERLAND, a romantic drama set in World War II and starring Gemma Arterton as an English woman who opens her heart to an evacuee in a touching story of love and friendship.

Retrospective screenings, all screened in stunning 4K restoration, include: THE ELEPHANT MAN, an unforgettable story of dignity and survival; and classic cult sci-fi adventure FLASH GORDON, adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr and Michael Allin from the 1930s comic-strip serial and with a soundtrack composed, performed and produced by Queen. Both titles are celebrating their 40th anniversary.

The full program will be announced in October. Keep in touch with the festival at and


The British Film Festival presented by Palace screens in the following locations:

Sydney: 10 29 Nov, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinemas, Palace Central

Canberra: 10 29 Nov, Palace Electric Cinemas

Melbourne: *November dates TBA, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Kino Cinemas, The Astor Theatre

Brisbane: 10 29 Nov, Palace Barracks and Palace James Street

Adelaide: 10 29 Nov, Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas

Perth: 10 29 Nov, Palace Raine Square, Luna on SX, Leederville and Windsor

Byron Bay: 10 29 Nov, Palace Byron Bay

* The 2020 British Film Festival dates for Melbourne will be confirmed as soon as cinemas can safely re-open.


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