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2016 Festival Program


Session 1 - Friday 27 May at 7:00 pm

Welcome and Guest Speaker:

Our special guests will be Trefor and Belinda Prest. Trefor's iconic sculptures and studio featured in the filming of "Force of Destiny". They will introduce the film with a brief talk about their involvement and will be available for a Q&A session with the audience following the screening.



Aust, 2015, Drama, 109 mins, MA15+
Dir: Paul Cox
A journey of love and hope, of courage and sacrifice, and one man's miraculous salvation through a life-saving liver transplant. Force of Destiny is a story of survival inspired by Dutch born Australian Paul Cox's personal experiences and his recent book "Tales From the Cancer Ward".
"A moving and compassionate exploration of the human condition. One of Paul Cox's most personal and emotional films. David Wenham gives an exceptional performance." - David Stratton
Source: SBS Movies review

SUPPER (9:30)

Fresh sandwiches, cakes and hot savouries are served in the Supper Room
(Included in Friday night and Season tickets)


Session 2 - Friday 27 May, 10 pm



Lithuania, 2015, 88 mins, Drama/Romance, Unrated
Dir: Alanté Kavaïté
This award- winning film is a sensual teen romance chronicling one fateful summer in the life of budding pilot Sangaile, who falls hard for the free spirited Auste. Beautifully shot and anchored by charismatic performances from its central leads. The Summer of Sengaile captures perfectly the swoon of first love. Source: MQFF 2016
Winner of a Directing Award at Sundance in 2015

This film is not classified. Film content suitable for 18+ only


Session 3 - Saturday 28 May, 9am



UK, 2015, 108mins, SciFi, R
Dir: Alex Garland
Billionaire CEO and technical genius Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) invites Caleb Smith (Domnhall Gleeson), a programmer at his company, to participate in his latest project. Over seven days Caleb must interact with Ava, an Artificial Intelligence (A.I) created by Nathan. The robot Ava is a complex character and while Caleb is intrigued by her consciousness, for Nathan, she represents a draft, a template for future A.I.'s and a key into a future full of potential.
Like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1818 Alex Garland's stylish feature debut Ex Machina examines the dangerous role of the Scientist in utilising knowledge to create and distort human existence. Exploring the nature of human and mechanical intelligence, Garland raises questions on the emotional connection between adult and machine and the way in which sexual identity plays a role in human interactions.
Winner of an Academy award for Best Visual Effects in 2016
Source: www.imdb.com/title/tt0470752/

Morning tea (10:50am)


Session 4 - Saturday 28 May, 11:15am



Singapore, 2014, 108 mins, Drama/road movie, G
Dir: Phillipe Muyl
Theoretically, Philippe Muyl's latest film is a Chinese take on his last feature The Butterfly (Le papillon), but in reality, The Nightingale is similar to the 2002 film only in spirit, and only just. Both involve an old man and a young girl establishing some kind of rapport on a journey across the countryside; but whereas The Butterfly sees a vibrant child imposing herself on a grumpy pensioner, The Nightingale is a story about a benign retiree forging a solid bond with his petulant grand-daughter.

The Nightingale was China's official entry in the 2014 Oscars
Source: Herald-Sun movie review

LUNCH BREAK (approx 1:15 to 3:45)

Yummy home-cooked soup, sandwiches, cakes and slices will be available in the Town Hall for $20
Be sure to book this on the booking form. Complimentary tea/coffee.

Walk (2:15 to 3:15)


Session 5 - Saturday 28 May, 4pm



Germany, 2015, 98 mins, Drama, PG
Dir: Christian Petzold
A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold. "Phoenix" weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. With echoes of "Vertigo", and a deeply confident visual language, Petzold's film resonates long after its perfect ending.
This is a riveting piece of work that never loses sight of its human story while also serving as a commentary for how an entire country deals with tragedies like war.
Source: www.rogerebert.com/reviews/phoenix-2015

DINNER BREAK (6 to 7.45pm)

A special Film Festival Dinner will be available at the Pig & Goose restaurant for $45 per person.
Be sure to book this on the booking form.


Session 6 - Saturday 28 May, 8pm



UK/USA, 128 mins, 2015, Musical doc/biog, R
Dir: Asif Kapadia
The artistic life and awful death of Amy Winehouse at age 27 has been so exhaustively chronicled that we think we know everything about her. But think again. What makes Asif Kapadia's documentary a devastating don't-miss dazzler - like the lady herself - is the way he unpacks her story without editorializing. Kapadia shows us the transformation of this mischief-loving Jewish girl from North London into a peerless interpreter of jazz and soul, ready to take her place with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk and Tony Bennett.
Winner of Best Documentary Feature film, 2016 Academy Awards
Winner of Best Documentary Feature, 2016 BAFTA Awards
Source: Rolling Stone movie review: Amy


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