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In its 12th year this 2017 and including Adelaide for the first time, the Seniors Film Festival, Young at Heart will hit Palace Cinemas across Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide from 3 to 26 April 2017.

Melbourne - Thu 20 to Wed 26 Apr - Palace Brighton Bay, 294 Bay St, Brighton; Palace Balwyn, 231 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn.
Sydney Mon 3 to Sun 9 Apr - Palace Verona, 17 Oxford St, Paddington; Palace Norton Street, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt.
Canberra - Mon 3 Apr to Sun 9 Apr - Palace Electric, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra.
Brisbane - Thu 20 Apr to Wed 26 Apr - Palace Centro, 39 James St, Fortitude Valley.
Adelaide - 10 Apr to 16 Apr - Palace Nova, 3 Cinema Place, off 250 Rundle St, Adelaide.

CLICK HERE for the complete online PDF program to start mapping out your favourites. It pays to be a Palace Movie Club Member, with tickets ranging from $7 (Seniors & Gold Movie Club) to $19 (Adult full price).

A seniors film festival is not necessarily just for the seniors as there's so many to enjoy by young and old, especially if you're a movie buff. One can enjoy the beauty of each era and genre it represents. As they say, everything is beautiful in its own way, and you never know the surprise you'll experience upon the discovery of what was not in your usual comfort zone or paradigm.

Be sure to like the Facebook page to enjoy current updates and in some states, the chance to win freebie movie tickets (this link relating to Brisbane movie goers). With festival ambassador Lynette Curran at the helm, you're in for some intense dramas, cracking comedies and riveting documentaries. Retrospective films like The Lion in Winter, The Tales of Hoffmann and The Third Man will remind you of what the romance of going to the movies is all about.

Some amazing 4K restorations lets you rediscover the film named Best British film of the 20th Century by the BFI, in The Third Man. Razor sharp dialogue, a dramatic use of light and shadow Oscar-winning cinematography and a brilliant script ensues, not to mention great performances of unforgettable names like Joseph Cotten, Orsen Welles and Alida Valli. This film has only grown in stature in its tale of a pulp novelist whom finds himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend.

This, along with some rousing period comedy set in Britain's wartime film industry is some of many to look forward to. In Their Finest you'll find everyones favourite Bill Nighy cast perfectly in an endearingly withering role as the past-his-prime yet pompous actor, up against Gemma Arterton who plays an out of her depth at first, young secretary, unexpected appointed as a screenwriter charged with bringing the 'female perspective' to morale boost war films.

For more contemporary films, you're spoilt for choice, amongst which you'll find This Beautiful Fantastic where humour and drama fuses with British eccentricity, starring the great actor Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Brown Findlay of Downtown Abbey. Touted as being a modern classic deceptively layered, there's something magical about this lovely story of a struggling reclusive young woman overcoming her obstacles with the help of her cantankerous neighbour who is a widower. It's an unlikely friendship set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London.

Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children's book. When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist. Therein lies the flower of yet another film to discover. Be sure to check the program for the rest of the amazing lineup.

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Why? Young at Heart - Seniors Film Festival 2017 (Melbourne)
When: Melbourne: Thur 20 Apr to Wed 26 Apr 2017 (Also in Sydney: Mon 3 Apr to Sun 9 Apr /// Canberra: Mon 3 Apr to Sun 9 Apr /// Brisbane: Thu 20 Apr to Wed 26 Apr /// Adelaide: Mon 10 Apr to Sun 16 Apr)
Where: Palace Balwyn (231 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn) and Palace Brighton Bay (294 Bay St, Brighton)
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