The Apia Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival's cinema program may have been curated for film lovers 60 and up, but the films can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages. Palace Cinemas presents this event that runs from 19 Feb to 4 Mar 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide and makes its debut in Byron Bay. Lighting up screens across 14 venues, you can peruse the ONLINE PROGRAM HERE. For session times and to buy your tickets in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth & Byron Bay, click on a film on the website. For Adelaide, visit the Palace Nova website.
Kicking off with an Opening Event of Afternoon Tea and a glass of sparkling wine, join in to celebrate the 15th Festival before the screening of Never Too Late making its world premiere. A comedy about a group of Vietnam vets breaking out of a nursing home. A tale of love, friendship and determination and rowdy larrikins who prove that senior citizenship is no barrier to achieving their dreams. Amazingly the stunning ensemble cast of actors are all over 70 years old.
If you're after a film that makes your heart go that little bit faster, perhaps you can't go wrong with The Current War. Starring two strongholds of cinema, oscar-nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, it's based on a true story and set in the late 1800s when Edison was a popular hero by inventing the light bulb. Westinghouse has his own ideas too, and in preparation for the forthcoming 1893 Chicago World Fair, the battleground is set for a history-making conflict. It's an absorbing, fast-paced interrogation of two geniuses whose work continues to influence us to this day.
Undoubtedly everyone's favourite British actor, Bill Nighy and Annette Bening star in Hope Gap. It would take two veterans of film to give performances that are brilliant and layered in this story of finding hope after a marriage breakdown later in life. Based on Nicholson's Tony Award-nominated play The Retreat from Moscow, Grace and Edward have been married thirty-three years. Edward makes the shocking announcement that he intends to leave Grace when their son Jamie comes home to visit them in the fading seaside town where he grew up. Shock, disbelief and anger work their way through in the aftermath of this announcement and Jamie desperately tries to mend the breakdown of his parents. Grace is forced to reexamine her life with the possibility of spending the rest of it alone. It's a personal, contemplative and honest account with no easy answers or simple paths to putting your life back together again.
How could one go past the work of Kristin Scott Thomas! Starring in Military Wives, this film is inspired by a true-life global phenomenon and is a charming ballad to female unity. Being a military wife is a thankless one. They live on tenterhooks, separated from loved ones, their suffering and sacrifice unnoticed, as they wait in dread of that fateful knock on the door. It's a lifestyle that the uptight Kate knows only too well. She and sceptical rebel Lisa gather a ragtag group of women on the base and persuade them to form the Military Wives Choir. This misfit choir find their voices together and give the stuffy military, anti-war protestors and their own personal differences, the two fingers up. Join them in overcoming their fears together and feel empowered as you bop along to pop hits and rock anthems.
With fifteen films carefully curated, you could almost watch one every single day in the two weeks of festival time. You have a foreign film in Happy Ending, featuring a who's who of Danish talent. Another story about second chances in love later in life, but this time a comedy. Then there's an old cherished favourite of romantics everywhere about happily married people falling in love and continuing to meet over the years; Two women who are torn between true emotions and expectations; The hard moral questions, ethics and psychological challenges a war photographer must face; A mind-bending mystery in a homicide detective's life that throws him into chaos, and more to choose from. Time to start booking those tickets before they run out.