Fans of British film are in for a treat with a new festival celebrating contemporary and classic cinema from the United Kingdom.
SBS Film

19 Sep 2013 - 3:08 PM  UPDATED 19 Sep 2013 - 3:08 PM

A new film festival is being launched in Australia devoted to British cinema. The inaugural British Film Festival in Australia will take place in selected states from this November, to celebrate contemporary and classic British cinema.

Programming director for Palace Cinemas, Kim Petalas, said, “The British Film Industry is on the verge of a new wave with film production on the increase and major International festivals screening more British films than ever before. Australian audiences have always felt a close affinity to British cinema so we are incredibly excited to co-ordinate the inaugural British Film Festival in Australia where we can showcase some of Britain's emerging talents and respected auteurs.”

The British Film Festival will open with One Chance, a comedy that recounts the story of shy Paul Potts' victory in the first season of Britain's Got Talent, directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs). the closing night film is Philomena (pictured), directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which was just awarded Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.

The inaugural festival's retrospective section includes iconis films such as The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed; Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935); Brief Encounter (1945), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), and Great Expectations (1946), all directed by David Lean.

Other highlights include Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law and Richard E Grant; Good Vibrations, based on the true story of a record store in Bomb Alley, Belfast during The Troubles; and the Australian Premiere screenings of The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini's new film Still Life, starring Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey). 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.

CANBERRA • 19 Nov – 1 Dec • Palace Electric
MELBOURNE • 20 Nov – 1 Dec • Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn
SYDNEY • 21 Nov – 1 Dec • Palace Verona
BYRON BAY • 21 Nov – 27 Nov • Palace Byron Bay
ADELAIDE • 22 Nov – 1 Dec • Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
BRISBANE • 27 Nov – 8 Dec• Palace Centro