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Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival 2013

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The Young at Heart Film Festival is specifically designed for seniors over 60 years of age (there is no other film festival anywhere else in the world like it) and will run during NSW Seniors Week, from Sunday March 17 to Sunday March 24.

The event will feature both new films and screenings of classic favourites, with sessions taking place during the day at locations in Sydney City and Casula (a free Singing in the Rain event is also being held at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, but it has already sold out).

During the first few days of the festival, film screenings will take place at Casula Powerhouse. Classics scheduled to run include CASABLANCA at 12.30 on Sunday March 17 and CHARADE at 10.00am on Monday March 18.

There will also be two premieres to see: PRETTY OLD and A SIMPLE LIFE. PRETTY OLD is a documentary that focuses on seniors pageants and will screen at 10.00am on Sunday March 17. It won Best Documentary at the 2012 Santa Barbara Film Festival. A SIMPLE LIFE follows Ah Tao, maid to Roger, who ends up in a nursing home, with it now Roger's turn to look after her. It will screen at 12.30pm on Monday March 18.

Pretty Old

After these sessions at Casula Powerhouse, the festival will then move to Dendy Opera Quays, where a number of classics will be screened. The include CASABLANCA on Thursday March 21, VIVA LAS VEGAS on Friday March 22, CHARADE on Saturday March 23 and AMERICAN GRAFFITI on Sunday March 24, all at 10.00am.

Film premieres at Dendy Opera Quays include a screening of pageant documentary PRETTY OLD, at 12.30 on Thursday March 21, and CLOUDBURST, a film following two aging lesbians on a trip to Canada, which will screen at 3.00pm later in the day (with free drinks).


Royal tale HYDE PARK ON HUDSON focuses on a visit King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made to the Roosevelt home in 1939. It will be screened at 12.30pm on Friday March 22. A SIMPLE LIFE will then screen later that day at 3.00pm.

SKYLAB depicts a family gathering in 1979 in Brittany, France, and will be screened at 12.30pm on Saturday March 23. You can then see THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, starring Susan Sarandon and Robert Redford, at 3.00pm.

Finally, on Sunday March 24, the last day of the festival, KON-TIKI will be screened at 12.30pm. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year and tells the tale of an 1947 attempt by six young scientists to cross the Pacific Ocean on a homemade raft. BELOVED will also screen at 3.00pm, following a mother and daughter's adventures in love.


Tickets to each screening cost $5.00 for Seniors (60 years and older) and $12.00 for everyone else. If you want to attend an event at Casula Powerhouse you can book by phone (02 9824 1121), in person at the centre's box office or online by clicking here. For the sessions at Dendy Opera Quays, booking can be made by calling 02 9247 3800, visiting the box office in person in Circular Quay, or by clicking here.
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Why? It's been designed specifically for seniors
When: Mach 17-24
Where: Casula Powerhouse and Dendy Opera Quays
Cost: Seniors: $5.00, Everyone else: $12.00
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