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Great Britain Retro Film Festival 2016

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Personally curated by one of Oz's foremost film critics
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Images: Flag (en wikipedia), David Stratton (Random House Books)

Cinema Nova is hosting its 2nd Great Britain Retro Film Festival from the 12th to 18th of May 2016.

Personally curated by one of Australia's great film critics, you'll find 16 classic British films that have not been seen on the big screen in what seems like eons. Included are some Australian talent, the likes of Perth born cinematographer Robert Kasker's magnificent images in Odd Man Out and of course one of my favourite actors, the wonderful Judy Davis' performance in A Passage to India.

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Image © 20th Century Fox Film Corp, Allied Stars Ltd & Enigma Prods.

Among the choices on the program, who could forget the intensity of Ben Cross in Chariots of Fire? If you were too young to see it back then, now is the opportunity to experience some intense performances by the greats, not to mention the magnificent musical score written and recorded by one of my favourites, Greek electronic composer Vangelis.

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 drama, a fact-based film about two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddle, a fiercely devout Scottish Christian who runs in the name of God and Harold Abrahams an English Jew who wants to overcome prejudice.

Winning 4 of 7 nominated Academy Awards, it's set in 1919 when Harold (Ben Cross) enters Cambridge University where he wins a variety of national running competitions. Along the way there are wins and defeats when he comes up against his main competitor. You just have to see this film to find out the rest of this emotionally charged storyline that's a huge part of all athletic competitiveness.


Below, another of my all time favourites; who doesn't love Maggie Smith's great performances? Still reigning in her recent films, the 1st and 2nd Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Lady in the Van, this lady has been entertaining us in many memorable films.

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Image © 20th Century-Fox Productions

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a 1969 British-American collaboration about a teacher (Maggie Smith) in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1930s. She tends to move away from the school's curriculum with her charges, much to the dismay of the headmistress who seems to have a running grudge against Brodie anyway.

The rise and fall of Miss Jean Brodie is filled with unorthodox teaching methods, complex relationship liaisons, jealousy, obsession, betrayal and all that makes a movie good viewing, especially with Maggie Smith at the helm drawing her impressionable favourite students around her like a cloak and perhaps unintentionally causing mayhem.

Click here for the rest of what's on offer on the programme of this great 'not to be missed' film festival.

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Why? Enjoy great British films
When: 12 to 18 May 2016
Phone: (03) 9347 5331
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC
Cost: $12 - $20
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