So it begins. Less of a sprint and more of a marathon, the year of Canberra’s film festivals is set to get underway over at Palace Electric Cinemas with the return of Seniors’ Film Festival Young At Heart.
As Australia’s only film festival specifically curated for older folk, this year marks the fourteenth edition as it grows to take in Perth along with Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and, of course, Canberra.
From 13 – 27 February, there will be a specially curated selection of 15 films from across the globe. The bulk comes to us off the back of last year’s various film festivals. If you didn’t have a chance to see them then, here’s your chance to catch up. There’s even an Australian Premiere.
Screening at last year’s British Film Festival, today’s Opener Swimming With Men (2018) sees actor/comic Rob Brydon doing exactly that. Starring as Eric, he finds unlikely solace in a local men’s swimming group who may not only be destined for bigger and better things, but also might just help him turn his life around. Preceded by an afternoon tea at 3 PM, the film will screen at 4 PM today.
The festival’s other fourteen features comprise a selection from across last year’s various festivals: Red Joan (2018), Sometimes Always Never (2018), Vita and Virginia (2018) from the British Film Festival; Almost Legends (2017), Amalia the Secretary (2018), An Unexpected Love (2018), The Heiresses (2018) Violeta At Last (2017) from the Cine Latino Film Festival; Nonnas On the Run (2017) and documentary Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life (2016) from the Lavazza Italian Film Festival.
Luis Buñuel’s classic Belle de Jour (1967), starring the iconic Catherine Deneuve, even gets a nostalgic revisit here. Old and new audiences alike will be able to enjoy this beautifully presented restoration of the seductive, significant and still socially relevant work which took home the Golden Lion at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.
Three special documentary inclusions round out the lineup: The Eulogy (2018) about the rise and fall of Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer; Sunset Over Mulholland Drive (2018) which delves into the interesting stories of the residents of the unique Motion Picture & Television Fund; and Older Than Ireland (2015) which mines the lives and collective wisdom of 30 centenarians all born before 1916.
There will be four screenings on weekdays and three screenings on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, pop into Palace Electric Cinemas to pick up the Official Programme. You can also visit the Official Festival Website.