Cunard British Film Festival 2023
Wed 01 Nov 2023 - Wed 29 Nov 2023
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There's nothing quite like British films
, and there's a slew of them to choose from at the British Film Festival
with screenings from 1-29 November
, Byron Bay
. Download the program here
and start booking tickets which are already on sale. Get the FAQs here
, and get in early so as not to be disappointed. Save with ETicket Bundles
; and now is the time to get them as sale ends 3 November. This is exclusive to Palace Movie Club Members, so be sure to sign up for membership
, which is free. You also have the option to pay for annual memberships (from $13.50) that offer you even more rewards and exclusive access to special events and more. You can also save with group bookings
, so be sure to gather your friends and family together and have a great night out at the Brit Film Fest. Celebrate further by clicking here
to be in it, to win a Cunard Cruise! Win a 5-night cruise on the luxurious Queen Elizabeth to Tasmania for two people. Fill in the online form and submit it before you miss out!
For your Opening Night pleasure, there's One Life ,
starring Anthony Hopkins. It's a story that deeply resonates in our time as we continue to grapple with war, refugee crises and growing antisemitism. It's also a moving portrait and a reminder of how one person can make a difference. Check out what's afoot for Opening Night entertainment in your state eg. sparkling wines, cider, mocktails, popcorn, British fare, churros, music and more.
Wicked Little Letters
is your Closing Night Event; a pitch dark comedy following a small English town where residents start receiving anonymous, expletive-laden letters. It is brimming with blush worthy curse words and purse clutching performances from the likes of its stellar cast like Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and Timothy Spall to name a few. Again, this special event closing night comes with a leisurely evening of drinks, popcorn and more, depending on which state you're in.
Other special events include The Great Escaper
starring Michael Caine and the late Glenda Jackson in a heartwarming tale. Nothing spells warmth like a selection of delicious cakes and scones with complimentary tea and coffee before this special screening. The Centrepiece Premiere The Critic
and Pretty Queer Event Pretty Red Dress
will also see you enjoying a sparkling cocktail (The Critic),
sparkling wine or mocktail on arrival, plus music (Pretty Red Dress)
prior to screening. Markus Markous, writer/director of The Wife And her House Husband
will be in attendance at selected sessions in Melbourne
(Wed 15 Nov 7pm) and Sydney
(Mon 20 Nov 7pm) for a Director Q&A event.
This year's Retrospective
is on Britain's finest leading ladies; six incredible thespians across six iconic films that acknowledge their contribution to cinema. They are Helen Mirren in Caligula - The Ultimate Cut ;
Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Redgrave in Howards End ;
Vanessa Redgrave again in Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment ;
Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ; Emma Thompson in The Remains of the Day ;
and Glenda Jackson in Women in Love . Women in Love
is an exclusive fundraiser event in Melbourne (Palace Como Thu 16 Nov 6pm
) for the Australian Breast Care Centre founded by Dr Nicole Yap, Specialist Breast Surgeon. By purchasing a ticket you'll also have the chance to win a Lucky Door Prize valued at $1000. Nibbles provided on arrival and a glass of Champagne.
Something to look forward to, for those who may remember the mesmerising Tommy
now restored in sparkling 4K; a special presentation. Starring singer and musician Roger Daltrey. This famous 1975 rock musical based on The Who's
groundbreaking 1969 rock opera album of the same name returns! It features an all-star cast, including Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John, and Tina Turner, who deliver powerful performances and memorable musical numbers, and also features classic songs like "Pinball Wizard" and "See Me, Feel Me." It remains a cult classic and a significant entry in the rock musical genre, capturing the essence of the 1970s music and counterculture scene.
There's much to see at the film fest, including documentaries, so get cracking on your itinerary. Documentaries feature some icons like Jackie Stewart
, team owner and legend of Formula 1 World Championships. It includes previously unseen archive footage, and charts his life from his humble beginnings outside Glasgow. Mad About the Boy
focuses on Noel Howard who left school when he was only 9 years old and by the age of 30, was the highest paid writer in the word, and a star on the Broadway stage. A world renowned songwriter and perormer, he was also a spy during the Second World War. Can you get much bigger than My Name is Alfred Hitchcock !
Few directors have been mythologised like Alfred Hitchcock. Extensively and intricately researched, this insightful documentary weaves footage from virtually every film Hitchcock ever made to offer a fresh profile of the masterful movie maker and his practice. Last but not least of the docos, Squaring the Circle - Story of Hipgnosis
on the other hand is a focus on the iconic album art design studio Hipgnosis who created some of the most recognisable album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon’, with 2023 marking the iconic cover’s 50th anniversary.
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