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2015 Screening times

Friday 22 May,
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Film Competition

Screening 1
Friday 22 May at 7:00 pm & 9:45 pm

(Double session with Supper)

Screening 2
Saturday 23 May at 9:00 am

Screening 3
Saturday 23 May at 11:15 am

(Lunch break)

Screening 4
Saturday 23 May at 5:45 pm

(Dinner break)

Screening 5
Saturday 23 May at 8:00 pm

The program is subject to occasional alteration due to changes in film availability. This website is regularly updated to reflect these changes


Film Festival Bookings Updates

May 5: Places for the Saturday Dinner at Pig & Goose are now booked out.
(If you missed out, you could book a meal at the Crown Hotel Buninyong).
May 12: Most screenings are now almost fully booked.

Buninyong Film Festival title

2015 Student Film Competition Screening

Friday 22 May at 5:00pm Entry by gold coin donation.

Screening of films by the finalists in the second Buninyong Film Festival Student Film-making Competition
To be opened by Amy Tsilemanis

2015 Festival Program

Please note: All sessions are now booked out, as of 18 May 2015


Session 1 - Friday 22 May at 7:00 pm
(Double session)

FRIDAY: Session 1

Welcome and Guest Speakers. Karen Mahood and Ian Jones, First Assistant Director and Cinematographer of ‘Charlie’s Country’ will conduct a Q&A session about the film after the screening

Charlie's Country

Charlie's Country

Australia 2013, 108mins, Drama, (M)
Dir: Rolf de Heer
Written by Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil
The intervention is making life difficult for Charlie in his remote community. So he takes off, to live the old way, but in so doing sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser.
Blak Nite Screen 2015 brochure
David Gulpilil, Winner Best Actor, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2013

SUPPER (9:15)

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

FRIDAY: Late Session, 9:45 pm

Eastern Boys

>Eastern Boys

France, 2013, 128mins, Drama, MA15+
Dir: Robin Campillo
When middle-aged Daniel propositions Marek, a handsome young Eastern European man who spends his days cruising Paris' Gare du Nord station, he invites a world of trouble into his life. With striking cinematography and an avoidance of cliché, the film balances tension with the quieter love story that underpins it. A chameleonic, erotic thriller and a compassionate portrait of desire.
MIFF Programme Booklet 2014
Winner Best Film, Venice Film Festival 2013


Session 2 - Saturday 23 May at 9.00am

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

Germany/USA 2014 114 mins biographical drama (PG)
Dir: Margarethe von Trotta
This concerns the philosopher and political theorist who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of Nazi Adolph Eichmann. The film contains a great deal of fascinating original footage, and Barbara Sukowa's portrayal of the stubborn protagonist is outstanding. It's refreshing to find a film inspired by challenging ideas.
David Stratton, At the Movies
Best Film and Actress, German Film Awards 2013


Session 3 - Saturday 24 May at 11:15am

Two Days, One Night    

Two Days, One Night

France, 2014, 91mins, Drama (M) Dirs:Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
A young working-class wife, about to return to work after depression, learns that her fellow workers have voted for a bonus by accepting her redundancy. She has the weekend to change their minds. The Dardenne brothers achieve an extraordinary naturalism in their films... and they also have a compassion for their characters. No-one is particularly demonised... what interests them is the human condition, the moral questions at the core of this.
Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies
Marion Cotillard, numerous Best Actress Awards inc. NY Film Critics Circle, European Film Awards
Best Film Prize, Sydney Film Festival, 2014

LUNCH BREAK (approx 12:45 to 2:15)

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.

Walk (2:15 to 3:15)


Session 4 - Saturday 23 May at 3:45pm

Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed    

Living Is Easy

Spain, 2013, 108 mins, Comedy-Drama, (M)
Dir: David Trueba
Inspired by true events, this buoyant and heartfelt comedy set in conservative, Franco-era Spain, is about a free-spirited English teacher's quest to meet his idol, John Lennon, and the inspirational effect he has on two young people who share his journey.
Palace Films website
Winner of 6 Goya Awards (Spain) including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor

DINNER BREAK (5.45 to 7.45)

You are invited to dress up for a Night at the Opera!
A prize will be awarded for the best outfit

A special Film Festival Dinner will be available at the Pig & Goose restaurant for $45 per person

May 5 update: the Festival Dinner is booked out.
(If you missed out, you could book a meal at the Crown Hotel Buninyong)


Session 5 - Saturday 23 May at 8.00pm

Phantom of the Opera    

Phantom of the Opera

USA, 1925, 98mins, B/W silent
Dir: Rupert Julian
To be presented with live piano accompaniment, sound effects and audience participation by Phil Cockerill
Classic melodrama with Lon Chaney as the tortured composer who lives in the catacombs under the Paris Opera House and kidnaps a young girl as his singing protégée. The famous unmasking scene still packs a jolt and the Bal Masque is especially impressive.
Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide

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