The Adelaide Film Festival is one of my favourite times of the (bi)annual year. It’s 11 days that I block out all other external distractions and just geek-out on some some of the best films of the year. But I often find myself envious of the glamour of other festivals like Cannes and Sundance. To my joy, this year I’ve discovered that film lovers such as my self CAN walk the red carpet at three exclusive VIP events hosted by FilmFest!
The premiere event will act as a mini tour of the Adelaide Film Festival with the screenings starting this weekend (Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th) and will deliver a touch of Cannes style festival glamour to local film audiences.
The events will be Hosted by renowned film critic Eddie Cockrell (Variety, The Australian), and each one starts off with with an intimate cocktail party and red-carpet entry to the premiere screenings. Then after the film there is a discussion time – delivering the ultimate ‘industry insider’ film festival experience.
Palace Nova Cinema holds a number of special events throughout their film festival seasons and will be the place to be for Adelaide film aficionados wishing to live it up like a Hollywood film guru amongst “their people”.
Tickets are super limited though! Some are still available online here.
The screenings will include:
Starring: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth
5:30pm Friday, 16th October
Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in so doing gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
A Month of Sundays
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke
5:30pm Saturday, 17th October
Filmmakers will be in attendance at this screening
Real estate agent Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia) won’t admit it, but he can’t move on. Divorced but still attached, he can’t sell a house in a property boom – much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary. Apart from the fact that she died a year ago.
Starring: Hunter Page-Lochard, Aaron Pedersen, Djakapurra Munyarryun
5pm Sunday, 18th October
Spear is a ground-breaking work from Stephen Page telling a contemporary Aboriginal story through movement and dance. It follows a young Aboriginal man Djali as he journeys through his community to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. Featuring dancers from Stephen’s highly acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre, this is an intimate journey with one of Australia’s most celebrated artists as he brings this modern day mythology to the screen.
Ticket holders for the Sunday 18th October gala premiere of Spear will also have the opportunity to meet the film’s Director Stephen Page, who is the acclaimed Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre.