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Please note the later-than-usual Festival dates this year

2014 Program

Friday 23 May at 5:00pm

Entry by gold coin donation.
Screening of films by the finalists of the inaugural Buninyong Film Festival Student Film-making Competition. This competition has been established to encourage primary and secondary students in schools within 20 kilometres of Buninyong to make a short film for a chance to win fabulous prizes.


Session 1 - Friday 23 May at 7:00 pm
(Double session)

FRIDAY: Session 1

Welcome and Guest Speaker: Father Bob Maguire AM, catholic priest, community worker and media personality from South Melbourne will open our festival before the screening of In Bob We Trust

in Bob We Trust    

In Bob we Trust

Australia 2013, 97mins, Documentary, (PG)
Dir: Lynn-Maree Milburn

The Catholic Church hierarchy wants Father Bob Maguire to retire from his South Melbourne Parish. Milburn’s film is an irreverent and actually moving account of this church maverick as he tries to stay where he feels he belongs. Very entertaining and ultimately quite sad.

– Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies


Fresh sandwiches, cakes and hot savouries are served in the Supper Room between-screenings
All included in Friday night session tickets

FRIDAY: Late Session, 10:15 pm



Spain, 2013, 100mins, B/W silent fantasy drama, (M)
Dir: Pablo Berger

This highly imaginative B&W silent transposes a fairytale to early twentieth-century Spain: heroine Carmen has two wicked stepmothers, a paralysed bullfighter father and six dwarves as protectors. Breathtaking vision and narrative flair.

– Ed Gibbs, Sunday Age

Winner of 10 Goyas (Spanish Oscars) and a major hit on the festival circuit.


Session 2 - Saturday 24 May at 9.00am

A Hijacking

A Highjacking

Denmark, 2012, 99 mins, action thriller, Subtitles (M)
Script and Dir: Tobias Lindholm

Forgoing sensationalist action in favour of tense realism, the film chronicles the capture of a Danish freighter by Somali pirates. It is claustrophobic in its confined focus and volatile in its suspense, as growing tensions onboard and offshore threaten catastrophe.

– MIFF Programme 2013,


Session 3 - Saturday 24 May at 11:00am



Saudi Arabia, 2012, 98mins, Arabic with English subtitles, Drama, (PG)
Dir: Haifaa al-Mansour

The first feature ever shot entirely inside Saudi Arabia, by the country’s first female director, this is a boundary-breaking gem. Light-hearted in tone, it centres on a smart and resourceful young girl who desperately wants to ride a bike.

– MIFF Programme 2013

LUNCH BREAK (approx 1:00 to 2:00)

Yummy home-cooked soup, sandwiches, cakes and slices will be available in the Town Hall for $15.
Be sure to book this on the booking form. Complimentary tea/coffee.


Session 4 - Saturday 24 May at 2:00pm



Chile, 2012, 110 mins, Spanish with English subtitles,Comedy-Drama, (MA 15+)
Dir: Sebastian Lelio

When middle-aged and long-divorced Gloria meets the slightly older Rodolfo, things seem to be taking a turn for the better. A warm, intimate, sharply funny depiction of a life in progress.

– Philippa Hawker, The Age

Winner of Best Film and Best Actress at the 2013 Berlinale

Walk/Film (4:00 to 5:00)

Join us for a walk "Churches of the Village" with local historian, Anne Beggs-Sunter. Meet at the Town Hall at 3.50

Or watch a 36 minute documentary on our guest singers, "Sweet Mona's-The Big Sing", in the Courthouse next door

DINNER BREAK (6.00 to 8.00)

A delicious Dinner prepared by the African Community will once again be served in the Town Hall for $25 per person. Be sure to book this with your tickets on the booking form.
Ballarat's Sweet Mona's Choir will perform during the dinner.


Session 5 - Saturday 24 May at 8.00pm

Twenty Feet from Stardom    

20 Feet from Stardom

USA, 2013, 90mins, Music Documentary, (M)
Dir: Morgan Neville

This film features back-up singers, those immensesly talented men and women who were unsung, unacknowledged heroes of so many great musical performances. Learning their stories is a real treat and, as a bonus, interviews include Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Sting among others.

– David Stratton, At The Movies

Winner of 2014 Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary Feature

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