Over four jam-packed days in the heart of Central Australia, the focus will be on films as the Travelling Film Festival hits Alice Springs Cinema from Friday 20 to Monday 23 February 2015.
A carefully curated program, with highlights from the 2014 Sydney Film Festival, will have Alice Springs film lovers spoiled for choice, with legendary films from Australia, as well as those from far-reaching lands such as Turkey, India, Iceland, France, Italy and the US.
Festival tickets are now on sale. Committed folk can take advantage of the Festival’s ‘Subscribe and Save’ packages, which make it cheaper to see five or 10 films their choice.
Travelling Film Festival Manager Alicia Emery is thrilled to be bringing the excitement of Sydney Film Festival to Alice Springs: “It’s wonderful to be part of a project that brings all kinds of foreign films and more independent releases to those living in remote areas who might not normally have access to these kinds of films,” she said. “We also strive to showcase Australian talent in the film industry because at both the Sydney Film Festival and the Travelling Film Festival, we strongly believe that Australian filmmaking is among the best in the world.”
Opening night features homegrown documentary That Sugar Film, which is Aussie actor Damon Gameau’s own journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. It addresses the poor health endured by the Amata Indigenous Community of Central Australia due to the influence of sugar-rich Western foods.
Australian short Clan will screen alongside The Dark Horse, a New Zealand film. Clan features the talented, upcoming Indigenous Australian star James Saunders, and was directed by our wonderful Director Larissa Behrendt.
Other highlights include the Palme d’Or winner from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Winter Sleep, about a master who presides over a town in the stunning Cappadocia region of Turkey. Then there’s Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s humanist masterpiece, made over the span of 12 years, chronicling the life of a boy called Mason and his family.
Fans of indie comedies will love Appropriate Behaviour, the debut feature from Desiree Akhavan about a bisexual Persian woman living in Brooklyn, New York, who is struggling with a break-up as well as trying to keep her sexual preference a secret from her strictly traditional family. Its humour is on par with Annie Hall or the hit series Girls.
This year, Alice Springs Cinema is devoted to catering to all festival goers with hot and cold meals (including vegan). There will also be licensed drinks and hot beverages available all weekend.
Don’t leave it to the last minute to book tickets to these incredible films, as tickets are limited.
For a full program and tickets visit: http://www.sff.org.au/alicesprings
WHAT: Travelling Film Festival in Alice Springs
WHEN: Friday 20 February – Sunday 23 February 2015
WHERE: Alice Springs Cinema, 11 Todd Street, Alice Springs, NT, 0871.
SINGLE TICKETS: $14/ $12 / $10 (Adult/ Concession/ Student & Kids)