While many film festivals continue to be presented virally owing to the ongoing pandemic, the British Film Festival returns to the big screen with extensive COVID-safe procedures in place, screening a program of 20 new releases and three restored classics.
Festival Curator Kim Petalas explained there were a couple of films he was hoping to secure that had their international release dates pushed back owing to the pandemic, and that made it impossible for the festival to secure them.
“Overall, we are thrilled with both the quality and quantity of this year’s selection. The support from our distribution partners has been quite incredible as they see the benefit their films receive when they are profiled in such a quality festival.”
The anticipated Summerland is a film which should prove a crowd-pleaser at the festival. “The film is an uplifting tale of lost love, alternating between the 1920s, 1940s, and 1970s and is a wonderful relationship drama with some emotional twists.”
For a good laugh, Petalas highly recommends Then Came You, a charming romantic comedy set amongst the beauty of the Scottish countryside.
Attending this festival is the next best thing to travelling to Britain in these uncharted times. “The festival transports you to many beautiful locations and to different periods of time and you are able to escape during this festival to these faraway places in what has been a difficult year.” (MMo)
Nov 10-29. Palace Cinemas. $18-$21+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.britishfilmfestival.com.au
KIM’S HOT PICKS
BLITHE SPIRIT – Strongest opening night film ever presented. A classic remake and great fun. Pure escapism!
AMMONITE – Two powerhouse performances from two brilliant actresses – Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan.
THE NEST – A clever psychological thriller of matrimonial mind games with the wonderful Jude Law.