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Although Cannes’ annual film festival has now come to an end, it’s only just the beginning of the season, with BFI still to come later in the season. Adding to the run of festivals is the new Oz Film festival, which has announced it will open its doors Friday 30th June – 2nd July 2017 for a weekend of Australian films at Regent Street Cinema in London.
Opening night film will be the UK premier of Jasper Jones staring Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving, directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran NueDae 2009, Radiance 1998) and based on the bestselling novel by the screenwriter, Craig Silvey.
The Australian film industry is currently back in the limelight following box office hits such as LION (2016 Garth Davis) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015 George Miller), so it’s a good time to jump on the bandwagon.
Festival programmer, Moira McVean has programmed the last two incarnations of the festival, ‘We are proud to draw together a programme with a distinctly Australian take on life. We want people to come along for an Australian weekend mini break in a gorgeous central London location and experience everything that Australia is – the energy, beauty, toughness, drama, eeriness, rebellion, humour and emotional honesty – it’s young and ancient at the same time – and our programme reflects that’.
Also confirmed is the rarely screened 30 year old cult classic, Dogs In Space(1987 Richard Lowenstein), starring Michael Hutchence who passed away 20 years ago in November, and the profoundly moving LGBT documentary Remembering the Man, narrated by the author of the internationally bestselling biography Holding the Man and which the film with the same name (2015 Neil Armfield) was based on.
The festival is brought together by the team behind the London Australian Film Society (LAFS) and the original London Film Festival and the full festival programme is already only with tickets currently up for grabs – perfect for the film enthusiasts.