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Emirates British Film Festival 2014 - Brisbane

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See the Best of British at this year's Film Fest

There's something different about British Films. Is it their quirky humour? A different take on everyday life? Their raw portrayal of history making events? This year's Emirates British Film Festival is your chance to decide. Back for a second year, the festival will be held in Brisbane's Palace Barracks and Centro Cinemas from November 6 until 16.

Italian Job
The 1960's Classic, The Italian Job is on the program

With over twenty films on the program, there is sure to be something for everyone. Watch classics like Zulu, staring Michael Kane, or the Italian Job (1969). Perhaps a musical feature such as the Beatles' Classic, A Hard Day's Night, celebrating the 50th anniversary of it's release, or God Help The Girl, written and directed by Belle & Sebastian lead singer and songwriter, Stuart Murdoch would be more to your taste? There are sixteen brand new films which will also make an appearance during the festival, along with a specially curated section entitled "Six from the Sixties". If it's comedy you're after, then watch out for Billy Connolly as a father in What We Did On Our Holiday, a film following a couple in the midst of a difficult divorce who take their three children on a trip to Scotland for a family reunion, or Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan together in the hilarious heist-turned-comedy caper The Love Punch.

The Love Punch
Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson star in The Love Punch

Opening Night on November 6 will kick off the festival with the Queensland Premiere of Testament of Youth. Set during the First World War, this story about love, loss and war is based on Vera Brittain's memoirs. This movie adapted by director James Kent is a powerful documentary which follows the journey of a young intelligent woman overcoming prejudice, studying in Oxford, falling in love and following her dreams until the outbreak of World War I changes everything. This movie comes to us direct from its World Premiere at this year's London Film Festival and stars Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones). It is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and famous memoirs of the 20th Century.

Mr Turner
Mr Turner is a new film discussing the life of painter J.M.W. Turner

There are a number of contemporary highlights in the 2014 program, including; Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall in his Cannes Best Actor award winning role as J.M.W Turner one of the most prolific painters of the 19th century; and '71, the groundbreaking debut feature from Yann Demange that tells a thrilling tale of a young British solider (played by the outstanding Jack O'Connell, Skins) who must find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape after being accidently abandoned by his unit in the dangerous streets of Northern Ireland following a riot.

When the Queen Came to Town
When the Queen Came to Town is a special event screening complete with High Tea

There are a number of special events on the program, including High Tea and a royal appearance. On Saturday November 8 Bert Newton will narrate in a screening of When The Queen Came To Town, which follows the nostalgia of a young Australia as Queen Elizabeth II travels the country, from major cities to small towns, greeting the enthusiastic people of Australia with her grace and beauty on her maiden visit in 1954. This film features vivid footage shot by both officials and onlookers and will be accompanied by a High Tea with a decedent selection of sandwiches, sweet treats and drinks.

The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game discusses the cracking of the Enigmas Code during World War II

The Festival will wrap up with 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. This gripping tale adapted from the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma, comes straight from this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it was exceptionally well received by audiences winning the Grolsch People's Choice Award. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years a Slave), Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode (Stoker), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Solider Spy) and Allen Leech (Downtown Abbey) the Closing Night film of the 2014 program is not to be missed.

The Emirates British Film Festival screens November 6 16 at Palace Barracks and Centro Cinema. You can see the full program line-up, by please visiting Tickets cost $19.50 Adults, $16.50 for concessions and multi-passes and member discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by visiting the Website.
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Why? Because Britsh do it Better
When: 6-16 November
Phone: Palace Barracks Cinemas (07) 3367 1954, Palace Centro Cinemas (07) 3852 4488
Where: Palace Cinemas, Centro Cinemas
Cost: $19.50, $15.50 Concession, multiple movie discounts available
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I'm looking forward to seeing the Imitation Game.
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