British Film Festival coming to Australia in November

British Film Festival coming to Australia in November
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Film festivals around the country show the best of French, Italian, German, Spanish, Greek, even Iranian cinema, so why shouldn't we have a celebration of Brit wit as well?

British Film Festival Australia 2013 posterPalace Cinemas has answered the call and this November will launch the very first British Film Festival. From exciting new film releases like Jude Law’s Dom Hemingway and Judi Dench’s Philomena to the BFI Top 5 classics like Lawrence of Arabia and Great Expectations, the inaugural program sets a cracking pace.

“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,” said programming director for Palace Cinemas, Kim Petalas.

“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 is bookended by two highly anticipated features. Opening Night film is One Chance, the rags to riches comedy of Britian’s Got Talent winner and opera singer Paul Potts, directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs) while another true story, Philomena will close the festival. Directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, the British drama recently won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.

British Film Festival Australia: 2013 Contemporary Line-Up

One Chance | Philomena | Austenland | Blood | Closed Circuit | Dom Hemingway | How I Live Now | Good Vibrations | Jump | Le Week-End | Mission to Lars | Private Peaceful | Romeo and Juliet | Still Life

Classics Line-Up

The Third Man | Brief Encounter | Lawrence of Arabia | The 39 Steps | Great Expectations

The British Film Festival kicks off in Canberra on November 19 before heading to Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Adelaide and Brisbane. Tickets on sale now. For more info visit

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