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The Best of British
Emirates British Film Festival
The Palace Nova cinema is gearing up for its second Emirates British Film Festival on from 5 November – 16 November. It promises a mix of comedies, cinematic adaptations, first-time features, and award-winning titles. There are many fine actors who take to the screen to shine in a plethora of award winning roles. Watch the trailer to get a small taste of what is in store.
This year's program will showcase the best and brightest British talent with an exceptional program of 16 brand new films plus the top picks of British Sixties cinema in a specially curated section Six from the 60s.
There are also three special events giving you a chance to discover the best modern British film has to offer.
Special Events Opening Night The Opening Night of the festival is on the 5th of November and will kick off with the Australian Premiere of Testament of Youth, an coming of age story about love, loss and war based on Vera Brittain's memoirs of World War I. This film has already got plenty of advance buzz. It follows a young, intelligent and free-minded woman who after overcoming prejudice, winning a scholarship to Oxford and falling in love with her brother's close friend goes onto pursue her literary dreams, until the horrors and heartbreak of World War I brings everything to a grinding halt. The program for opening night is as follows. 6.30pm Pre-film drink on arrival, 7.00pm Screening of Testament of Youth. Ticket includes official after party with drinks courtesy of Cake Wines, canapés and live entertainment. Palace Movie Club $50, General Admission $55.
High Tea When the Queen came to town Film making documentary on the Queen's landmark first visit by a monarch to Australia, narrated by Bert Newton. Film event on Saturday 8th of November at 11.45am. Ticket includes a decadent selection of sandwiches, sweet treats, a glass of sparkling and tea courtesy of Numi Organic Tea. Palace Movie Club $30, General Admission $35.
Films for all movie buffs
Closing Night Event The festival will screen The Imitation Game, which follows the life of coding pioneer, Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer scientist who, with his team of code-breakers was instrumental in cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code during the darkest days of World War 2. On Sunday 16 November, 6.30pm Pre-film reception with drinks courtesy of Cake Wines and live entertainment. Screening of The Imitation Game at 7pm. Palace Movie Club $30, General Admission $30.
Another highly anticipated film among many in this festival is the award winning Mr Turner, which follows the life and times of the landmark British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). This film explores the last quarter century of this great if eccentric man.
A Long Way Down The featured film reviewed by this writer is A Long Way Down. This is a contemporary comedy/drama focusing on finding meaning in life despite the inevitable pain of life. The film opens with four strangers each finding their way to the roof of a high-rise building. Their intent being to end it all. But as they gather they find themselves bound together in an unlikely pact and friendship. The film is based on the best selling book by Nick Hornby.
Pierce Brosnan plays the urbane and successful TV personality. Toni Collette the dutiful carer of a disabled son. Imogen Poots a privileged daughter of a politician and Aaron Paul a washed up rock musician. The viewer connects to each character as they do to each other. Lives open up and this beautifully constructed story leads through resolutions, trials and triumphs. It is a surprisingly feel good movie on a topic like suicide.
Proceeding this movie I had time to kill, so saw a movie called the Skeleton Kids. Another movie on the topic of suicide (not an intentional choice!). Another soul searching critique on modern lives, but with far less light and redemption. But maybe less trite and clichéd.
The film A Long Way Down has a collection of fine actors who play this well. It has inspired cinematography, particularly in the urban environments. The story seems to say there is beauty to be found here, just take a moment and look around.
Tickets to the Emirates British Film Festival are available now.
Opening / Closing Night
Testament of Youth OPENING NIGHT
The Imitation Game CLOSING NIGHT
A Long Way Down
God Help the Girl
The Love Punch
Snow in Paradise
The Hooligan Factory
What We Did on Our Holiday
When the Queen Came to Town HIGH TEA
Six from the 60s
A Hard Day's Night SPECIAL EVENT
The Italian Job
Hi Jenny, can you email me on firstname.lastname@example.org - I have a double pass given to me to see any movie and I won't have time unfortunately. Thought i'd give it to you seeing you wrote a lovely article about it! :)