AUSTRALIA’S prolific film industry continues to provide a wealth of strong feature films year after year, exploring all aspects of Australian life, and FilmFest Australia 2012 is no different.
2012 marks the 18th year of London’s celebration of the latest Australian cinema. Already established as a highlight of the capital city’s film calendar, the festival attracts Australian film fans hungry for the best new feature releases, documentaries, children’s favourites, animation and short films shipped up from Down Under.
“FilmFest Australia is proud to promote great Australian cinema to UK audiences and keen to support the next generation of outstanding filmmakers from this most successful and creative industry,” a FilmFest spokesperson told Australian Times.
Don’t miss: The best Aussie films of FilmFest Australia 2012
Festival highlights for 2012 include Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Kwanten in the FilmFest opener Not Suitable for Children. Also on show is the slick romantic comedy from Rob Sitch – Any Questions for Ben?. Fred Schepisi returns to the director’s chair for the multi award-winning drama, The Eye of the Storm starring Australian acting royalty Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis. And in the traditional ‘Dark Side of Down Under’ slot, there is the sexy noir thriller Swerve from Craig Lahiff.
Also on show will be former Boyzone star and Irish crooner — Ronan Keating —in Goddess; and the man behind Priscilla – Stephan Elliott – leading a riotous yet distinctly masculine stag-do comedy A Few Best Men. Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe and Frances O’Connor team up for the Tassie Tiger thriller The Hunter; and Toomelah is a moving portrait of life in a remote indigenous community.
For all screening and ticket information, head to FilmfestAustralia.org.uk
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Clapham Picturehouse 14-16 September
Fri 14 6.45pm Not Suitable for Children – European Premiere
9.15pm A Few Best Men
Sat 15 6.00pm The Eye of the Storm – UK Premiere
8.45pm The Goddess – European Premiere
Sun 16 6.00pm Life in Movement
Hackney Picturehouse 21-23 September
Fri 21 6.45pm Not Suitable for Children
Sat 22 6.00pm Any Questions for Ben? – UK Premiere
8.45pm Swerve – UK Premiere
Sun 23 6.00pm The Eye of the Storm
8.45pm The Hunter