Great Britain – home to hard-boiled lollies, Devonshire tea and film icons such as Dame Judi Dench, Guy Ritchie and the ever-suave ‚ÄòJames Bond’.
For a nation that’s brought us some of the legends of modern-day film, it might come as a surprise that we’ve yet to experience a British Film Festival on Australian shores – but that’s all set to change.
This November and December, Palace Cinemas are set to celebrate one of the world’s most illustrious, established and innovative cinema industries with the 2013 British Film Festival.
The festival features an exceptional selection of 14 highly anticipated contemporary films along with 5 quintessential classics, bookended by two critically acclaimed features. Things will kick off with One Chance, a hilarious telling of the rags to riches story of Paul Potts, the shy winner of the first season of Britain’s Got Talent. Closing the Festival is Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which was recently awarded Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.
Other highlights include the funny and profane Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law and Richard E Grant; the critically-lauded Le Week-end and the Australian Premiere screening of producer Uberto Pasolini’s beautiful new film Still Life. The film scooped up four prizes at the recent Venice Film Festival (Horizons section), including Best Director and the Art Cinema Prize for Best Film.
For those who’d like to get up close and personal with the stars, homegrown-favourite Eric Bana will be appearing as a special guest of the festival. You can catch him taking part in some Q&A sessions following selected screenings of his gripping drama Closed Circuit.
To celebrate the Festival, we’re giving you the chance to win one of twenty double passes. To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‚ÄòBritish Film Festival giveaway’, include your name and address and tell us in 25 words or less which film from this year’s line-up you’re most looking forward to seeing and why?
Competition closes 10am Friday 8 November.
For tickets and more information on the other film featured in the 2013 British Film Festival you can visit the website here.
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