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Plenty of great films this year, both old and new
It's on again for 2018 - Australia's only film festival for seniors. Last year, many sessions sold out, so get in early and order your tickets online here.
Call some mates, grab a jumper and go. Image by Kat May.
To purchase a ticket at the cinema is $8.50 for seniors or $9.50 per ticket online. Buying online ensures you get a seat and also you do not have to stand in the queue on the day, You can show the ticket barcode at the door when you go into the cinema.
The festival kicks off with a grand opening afternoon tea with the same film for each city. The opening movie is "The Bookshop", set in England in the late 1950s. A woman comes to a new town and decides to open a bookshop despite some flack and opposition from the community. It is the film adaptation of a 1978 book by Penelope Fitzgerald.
Canberra April 2-11 Sydney April 2-11 Brisbane 17-25 Melbourne 17-25
This year's program has a selection of titles to interest older folks, with some new releases and some of cultural and historical interest. The film 'Chappaquiddick', tells the riveting story we all remember, of that fateful car crash in 1969 involving US Senator Ted Kennedy. His companion was killed and behind the tragedy, there is a story full of deceit and political scandal. This is an Australian premiere along with 'LBJ', 'Last Flag Flying' and some others.
Other new releases are some foreign films such as Sea Dreaming Girls. It is a story of a group of senior ladies in a retirement home in a remote part of Italy who decide to take a trip to the seaside. It is part documentary, part acted and part humorous.
Official movie poster of Judy Garland in the second remake of A Star is Born. Image by Warner Bros.
Nostalgia is always features at A Young At Heart Festival and this year, there are some great old films starring three leading ladies of the golden era of Hollywood. Judy Garland stars in 'A Star Is Born', a multi award-winning film, it has now been placed in the historically significant archive in America.
Bette Davis stars in one of her most powerful roles in 'All About Eve'. This movie won a stash of awards, including Best Actress for Bette Davis. A black and white film from 1950, Davis plays an ageing star who is threatened by a new younger actress. It is a superb film with brilliant acting and fantastic vintage dresses.
The next leading lady is Dame Maggie Smith is her 1969 role in, 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'. An alternative school teacher in 1930s Scotland, she aims to get her female students to learn more about art and love. After an incident, she is left to question her teaching style. We all know Smith so well in her later years as she is still acting today, but this film shows us just why she became a leading lady in this Oscar-winning performance.
There is a host of really entertaining movies for this year's festival. so get online and check out the program here and make your selections. While you are there. read about the Golden Movie Club. where there are even more good deals for seniors at Palace Cinemas.
Get a group of mates together and enjoy some movies, old and new at Young At Heart Festival. Image by Kat May.