31 March 2017

Young At Heart - Seniors Film Festival, 3 - 9 April in Canberra

| Ariel Larkey
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In what will be the twelfth edition of the festival nationally, the Young At Heart Seniors Film Festival returns to Canberra’s Palace Electric Cinemas tomorrow. For one week, the programming will cater in its content and session times to our elder folk – three screenings a day between the hours of 10am and 5pm, Monday through Sunday – which is perfect for retirees with that bit of extra time to hopefully put their feet up, lean back and enjoy some quality features, both old and new. Furthermore, Palace Cinemas will celebrate the occasion with a special offer you can literally sink your teeth into: Devonshire Tea. Throughout the festival, enjoy a fluffy scone with jam and cream, accompanied by a T2 tea or Lavazza coffee.

Twelfth time out, the festival program consists of twelve films: seven dramatic features, three classics and two documentaries. Shown here at last year’s Cine Latino Film Festival, the foreign feature (in Spanish) is Neruda from Chile, starring Gael García Bernal. Their Finest, starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton, and The Secret Scripture, starring Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave and our very own Eric Bana, are taken from last year’s BBC First British Film Festival.

Two Australian Premieres will also be part of the festival: Viceroy’s House, an elegant period piece telling the true story of the final months of British rule in India, starring Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville; and Whiteley, the new in-depth documentary exploring the life and legacy of acclaimed Australian artist, Brett Whiteley.

Documentary Looking For Infinity: El Camino, candidly explores the motivations of memory-makers, experience-enthusiasts and personal pilgrims on this world-famous route through north-western Spain. Those yearning for a bit of nostalgia will also be able to revisit three classics: The Tales of Hoffman, The Lion in Winter and the British Film Institute’s number one film of the twentieth century – Carol Reed’s The Third Man, starring Orson Welles.

The festival is open to the public and all films will screen twice throughout the week of festival, not including Their Finest, The Tales Of Hoffman and The Lion In Winter which will each screen only once.

The festival runs from Monday April 3 – Sunday April 9 in Canberra. The 2017 festival also takes in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, making its historic debut in Adelaide.

You can pick up a free festival booklet at Palace Electric Cinemas in New Acton.

For the full schedule and more information visit: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/festivals/young-heart-film-festival-canberra/

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