The MINI British Film Festival is back for its 6th and biggest year yet. Filled with great British films and magnificent performances we've come to expect of the English; due to the popularity of the Festival, the 2019 edition will run longer by an extra week. Running from 29 Oct to 24 Nov 2019, you'll find it in the following states and dates. Sydney's Festival will run for the duration of the event, while Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth start a day later on 30 Oct but runs the course till 24 November. Byron Bayalso starts its Festival on 30 Oct but will conclude on 13 November.
Here's a quick giveaway alert to win one of five double passes from Ciao Magazine. Head HERE for the details. Entries close midday Thursday 24 Oct 2019. All you need to do is browse the Festival Website and email (firstname.lastname@example.org)them the name of one of the films you'd like to see. Include your name and address for tickets and don't forget to put Mini British Film Festival in the subject line.
Head to the website for the full program of films or download your very own PDF programme for easy access at your fingertips. The website is also the place for sessions and ticketing and all other information. Gather family and friends and save money with Group Bookings. Special events include Opening and Closing Night events complete with an after-party for Opening Night and drinks on arrival for Closing Night. Melbourne and Sydney are however the only two states with the honour of welcoming legendary actor and Special Guest Timothy Spall who will be in attendance for select Q&A sessions.
Kicking off the Opening Event is Military Wives from director Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, 1997). Starring the unstoppable Kristin Scott Thomas, this is an inspiring drama about the bravery of the women of war and the power of music that saved them. It's inspired by a true-life global phenomenon where ordinary women band together in unbelievably testing times to overcome their fears.
The Closing Night Event is an Australian Premiere and stars the indomitable Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen in The Good Liar. Based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle, Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, 1998) directs this wicked thriller. McKellen is the deliciously evil, good liar, con artist, while Mirren is the wealthy widow he meets on an internet dating site. Things get complicated when the con man starts to care for his meal ticket. This makes for a treacherous tightrope walk of his life in an enthralling story about the secrets we keep and the lies we tell to get what we want. How could you possibly not want to be in the company of these two powerhouse actors?
Special Guest Event and Australian Premiere, Mrs Lowry & Son stars Timothy Spallour Festival special guest who plays the inimitable artist L.S. Lowry with an excellent Vanessa Redgrave playing his mother. A gentle comedy, biography, to warm the hearts of art lovers and sceptics alike, this is a story of artistic ambitions being curbed by an over-bearing mother. This accurate depiction of their relationship is tinged with nostalgia, while stunning details of the expert set and costume design takes you to early 20th century Lancashire.
Presented by Palace, see the best from the British Isles. Thirty exceptional films from emerging talent and accomplished industry professionals will be showcased on the big screen in 7 of our cities and 19 cinemas across Australia. With 16 Australian premieres, you won't want to miss out on this year's exceptional line-up! Get the FAQs HERE about multi-film passes, volunteering and a whole lot more.
Special Presentation and Australian Premiere, The Personal History of David Copperfield stars the talented Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and comes to you direct from the London Film Festival Opening Night. This adaptation of Dickens personal and optimistic narrative has its hero careening from one unlikely situation to the next in 19th Century England. From oppressive situations, great art is born. Watch Patel and Swinton take the lead as this drama unfolds.
Don't Look Now with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie is one of two 4K Restorations; the other being Kind Hearts and Coronets. Don't Look Now defined the classic scary movie, touching on the psychic in this thriller that included an explicit sex scene way before its time. After the loss of a young daughter, a grieving couple head to Venice where two elderly sisters; one a clairvoyant, informs them that their daughter is trying to contact them to warm them of danger. Mysterious sightings and frightening encounters ensue to its culmination.
Mirror on Mirren screens a selection of highlights from the captivating Helen Mirren's career. It pays tribute to her remarkable and versatile talents and her ability to embody whichever character she plays in the following films in chronological order.
Age of Consent 1969 - Acclaimed artist Norman Lindsay has his passion rekindled by a mesmerising muse in the most unlikely of places.
O Lucky Man! 1973 - A surreal comedy about a determined young coffee salesman who becomes smitten in the midst of bizarre obstacles that threatens his path to success.
Savage Messiah 1972 - A biographical drama about the great Parisian sculptor Henri Gaudier and the gloriouis intrigues of the Parisian artists-and-writers colony.
Calendar Girls 2003 - A heartwarming comedy about a group of women who bare all for charity and gain international notoriety.
The Queen 2006 - In the wake of Princess Diana's tragic death, newly appointed Prime Minister Tony Blair and Queen Elizabeth are at odds over the Queen's reluctance to mourn the princess publicly.
You'll find all of the above gems and the official selection of films and more that cover tales of whistle blowers, the wilderness of booze and legal battles to madness, genius and obsession being the base in the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary at this year's Festival that'll entertain and envelope you in its storytelling.
When:29 Oct to 24 Nov 2019 // SYDNEY 29 OCT - 24 NOV // MELBOURNE 30 OCT - 24 NOV // CANBERRA 30 OCT - 24 NOV // BRISBANE 30 OCT - 24 NOV // ADELAIDE 30 OCT - 24 NOV // PERTH 30 OCT - 24 NOV // BYRON BAY 30 OCT - 13 NOV