What To Expect From the Cunard British Film Festival 2017
We’ve had the Scandinavian, Italian, and French Film Festivals - now, prepare yourself for the Cunard British Film Festival
When: 26 October - 15 November
Where: Luna Palace Cinemas - Cinema Paradiso, Luna On SX and Windsor Cinema
Screening at Luna Palace Cinemas across Perth from 26 October until 15 November, this year’s programme curated by Kim Petalas has got you covered, whether you’re in the mood for some tear-jerking childhood nostalgia with Goodbye Christopher Robin, a romantic comedy such as Finding Your Feet, or a classic Agatha Christie affair.
An insight into the selection process
The Cunard British Film Festival may be the youngest child in the Luna Palace film festival family, having only been founded five years ago, but it holds its own against its counterparts in terms of diversity and prestige. “We wanted to broaden the accessibility of our festivals and we felt that the logical festival to do that was with the British Film Festival,” says Kim. “When the Brits do it right, they really do, and Australian audiences really respond to their filmmaking.”
As for what Kim looked out for when selecting the 26 films in this year’s program? “We look for the best available British premieres that we can secure. We look at festivals like London Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival; our opening night film Breathe, for example, premiered at Toronto and opened the London Film Festival last week.” (We saw it - recommend packing tissues!)
Opening Night Gala: Breathe
When: Thursday 26 October, 6.15pm
Where: Cinema Paradiso
Straight from the BFI London Film Festival and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Breathe is the stunning love story of a couple who refuse to give up despite being afflicted by a devastating illness.
Because the British know how to celebrate, the Opening Night Gala will feature a pre-screening reception with Pimms cocktails, wine, popcorn, food from the British Catering Co and live music from Chris Ellers.
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Winnie the Pooh and his gang were a fixture in millions of childhoods, but how many of us know the story behind these characters’ creator? Period drama Goodbye Christopher Robin shines a light on children’s author A. A. Milne and his relationship with his son, Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the beloved world of Winnie the Pooh.
Starring Domhnall Gleeson and one of Australia’s favourite success stories Margot Robbie, Goodbye Christopher Robin is a visually stunning and heartwarming masterpiece. “It’s got incredible attention to detail; the way they’ve recreated the whole period is astonishing,” says Kim of why this film is one of his personal favourites.
Classic Clues - Solving A British Mystery
Tucked amongst the festival program is a specially curated retrospective, Classic Clues - Solving A British Mystery. This six film program features four classic films from the queen of murder mysteries herself, Agatha Christie - Murder On the Orient Express, Death On the Nile, Evil Under the Sun, and The Mirror Crack’d - alongside Blow-Up and Victim.
“The Agatha Christie films speak for themselves,” says Kim of the timelessness of these six films. “Blow Up is a restoration direct from Cannes. It’s such a classic British film; it’s set during the Swinging 60s of London. Victim was only re-released across British cinemas a couple months ago. It was such a groundbreaking film for its time, dealing with homosexual characters - that hadn’t been done on the screen before to the level that was shown in this film.”
Finding Your Feet
Closing the festivities is a heartwarming romantic comedy packed to the brim with old British charm. Finding Your Feet follows the story of ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott when she discovers her husband of 40 years is cheating on her with her best friend. This prompts the prim and slightly snobbish Sandra to seek refuge with her outspoken, free-spirited older sister Bif.
“It’s a feel good film,” says Kim of why Finding Your Feet is the perfect Closing Night Gala film. “It’s got everything in it - drama, humour, and it leaves audiences pleased. If you think of the Best Exotic Marigold series and how successful that was, this film is going to appeal to that same audience.”