This year's BOFA Film Festival (Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival) is apt as it's exactly what we could all do with. A big refreshing breath of fresh air film festival action. Attend in real life at Village Cinemas in Hobart and Launceston as BOFA returns to the big screen, or if you'd like to just stay in your comfy PJs on your sofa, you can subscribe to watch FREE Online Films around Australia too. There are 18 stunning films from 12 countries as far away as Cuba and Kurdistan to right here in Australia. See here for the In-Cinema Program (print programs can be found at coffee shops and gathering places around the north of Tassie) or take a look at Festivals at a Glance, colour coded to make it easier to choose the genre that catches your interest. Sourced are 20 films just for you from 12 countries from as far away as Bhutan and as close to home as New Zealand. Tickets are now on sale at Village Cinemas Launceston. See here for tickets in Hobart. Book early as there'll be many sell-outs.
The program will showcase inspiring films curated around themes of Stories of Us, Chasing Wonder, The Choices We Make, World Stories, We Are Who We Are, Eat & Drink, By Design, and Climate Action. The BOFA Fringe Classics screenings every Friday in May will be held in quirky venues like a brewery, a restaurant and even a men's outfitter. In addition the BOFA 2021 Art Exhibition both in-gallery and online, as well as BOFA's new Icons of Tasmania online store, will be sure to please. Icons of Tasmania is for lovers of all things Tasmanian. This year, the best wine, spirits and food producers have been picked for you, plus the best places to stay while you enjoy Tasmania, the producers of artisanal and other products as well as the best providers of uniquely Tasmanian experiences. They will be on sale with added BOFA Bonuses very soon!
The scene is set for the Roaring 20's Red-carpet Opening Night Event, so make sure you get your tickets for Friday 30 April 2021 from 6-8.30pm AEST at The Plough Inn Launceston, 170 Brisbane St, Launceston, because this is a BOFA like never before. There will also be a red carpet opening event for Hobart, with details yet to come, closer to date. Subscribe to stay updated and keep an eye on the Facebook page as well, where updates happen.
Get in the mood for the glamorous Vita and Virginia, billed as a "…fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf," with sets and costumes that seduce as much as the protagonists. Be sure to glam up in your best 20's retro outfit and attend for stylish drinks and snacks at the newly renovated The Plough Inn.
BOFA curates films that inspire positive change and which reach your heart and your mind. Check out these breathtakingly beautiful films for your soul like Meet the Wallers. A world premiere Australian film, it'll make you realise how trite, trivial and contrived Reality TV is. This is 17 years of fly-on-the wall filming of an ordinary, optimistic, funny, volatile and often struggling family, the film captures those intimate, often anguished, moments in a marriage that normally remain behind closed doors. Jim Stevens the filmmaker will attend and hold a Q&A at the Launceston screening.
Only a few films get critical raves for being lyrical, beautiful, insightful and one of a kind. The Reason I Jump is one of those. Using a caressing filmic style with a liquid and luscious score, it looks inside the world of autism. While exploring the laughter and tribulations of nonspeaking autistic people, this captivating film offers us a rare insight into their world. A Q &A will be held on the issues at the end of the film in both Hobart and Launceston. The Mole Agentis another. One of 5 films nominated for Best Documentary at this year's Oscars. Sergio the charming octogenarian is who you call if you fear your mother is being mistreated in a nursing home. He uses WhatsApp and secret cameras to uncover the truth. An insightful often amusing tale of what being old is all about.
The online film My Sweet Pepperland was one of the first films I ever reviewed in 2014 and enjoyed it thoroughly. It's also where I discovered the Hang aka Hang Pan and went out and bought myself one for its sweet melodies. My Sweet Pepper Land (the name of a bizarre cowboy bar in Northern Kurdistan) examines the way two outsiders in a small, provincial, suspiciously conservative town maintain their beliefs and moral standards; it's a full-on Dead Man's Gulch plot. Baran (Korkmaz Arslan) is a gun toting, stetson-wearing, war hero cop. But he ain't from around those parts. Worse still is his newfound schoolteacher friend Govend (Golshifteh Farahani), she is of age yet still unmarried! Horror.
The two find themselves allying against the local crime boss who hides his drug and money-smuggling corruption behind a pretence of protecting local traditions. Adding to the western flavour Injuns (local Kurdish militia women) swoop down from the hills every now and then. Gorgeous filming by Pascal Auffray brings the harsh frontier mountains into focus as unforgivingly as it portrays the villagers and their perverted allegiances – and an ear-stroking, Elvis-sprinkled soundtrack only adds to the attraction of this internationally-recognised gem. It was the Winner of Best Feature Awards at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2013. Such a diverse program of films online and IRL, don't miss the festival.