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Film festival for seniors, and anyone who loves movies
Film festivals are de rigueur in Australia at the moment. We have festivals for short films, festival for adventure films, festivals for French films, festivals for documentaries, festivals for Spanish films, festivals for dark American films of the 1940s and 50s... and the list goes on. But what about a film festival created and curated for seniors? The only such film festival in the world, Young at Heart, is landing in Brisbane on Thursday 20 April for a week of seniors' celluloid celebration.
Young at Heart is a national festival with outings in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney and it made its Brisbane debut in 2016 to much acclaim. This year, Palace Centro is the place to enjoy this diverse and interesting program of films in Brisbane. The program includes classics, as well as new releases that should appeal to what the organisers describe as "the fastest-growing segment of the film-going population".
Of course, it would be silly to think that films of this quality and appeal are only suitable for seniors, and, thankfully, you don't have to be a senior to attend. Film lovers of all ages will find something to interest, entertain, enlighten and enthral them with this year's inclusions. Most films screen more than once so you should be able to find a time and date to suit you.
Here are some of my picks:
Director Carol Reed's acclaimed dark thriller, The Third Man, with its stunning climax in subterranean Vienna, is being presented for the first time in a 4k restoration. It stars Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.
The multi-academy Award winner, The Lion in Winter (also with a 4K restoration) is a witty tale of castle intrigue at the court of King Henry II. Starring the inimitable Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, this is also the film that launched the careers of Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton.
Viceroy's House tells the moving and chaotic tale of Lord Mountbatten's leadership of Britain's withdrawal from India and the creating of the modern countries of India and Pakistan. It stars Hugh Bonneville and
This Beautiful Fantastic is a modern-day fairy tale about the OCD impacted Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay from Downton Abbey) and her relationship with her irascible neighbour, Alfie (the wonderful Tom Wilkinson). I saw this wistful and very English movie at the British Film Festival and recommend it.
Movie Club Adult (Max 2) $15.50
Movie Club Golden (Seniors) (Max2) $7.00
Movie Club Student (Max 2) $12.00
If you can bear to be inside during Brisbane's beautiful autumn weather then Palace Centro is the place to be for the Young at Heart.
If you're a cinephile you'll enjoy some of Brisbane's most popular film festivals, limited release movies, and new release favourites, as well as complimentary tickets, discounts for film festivals and special events, and priority access to Q & As and previews, as a member of the Palace Movie Club. You can join online here. Costs vary, depending on the option you choose.