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-BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH THE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF “COLETTE” STARRING KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

-MICHAEL CAINE SPOTLIGHT WITH THE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF “KING OF THIEVES” AND “SWINGING SIXTIES RETROSPECTIVE HIGHLIGHTS” FROM THE 2018 PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Exclusive to Palace Cinemas, the MINI British Film Festival returns in October for its sixth and biggest year yet. We are delighted to announce highlights from the 2018 program which features some of the most eagerly anticipated British films of the year including powerful true stories, literary adaptations and biographies and modern classics starring some of Britain’s best known and beloved stars.

Michael Caine

In addition to the latest films, this year’s retrospective features a suite of films from the Swinging 60s with a spotlight on star Michael Caine.

The festival will open with COLETTE, which stars Keira Knightley as French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, whose provocative debut becomes the toast of Belle Époque Paris in Wash Westmoreland’s (Still Alice) mesmerising biopic. Dominic West and Fiona Shaw also feature.

Michael Caine leads an all-star cast including Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone in KING OF THIEVES, the funny, incredible true story of the Hatton Garden robbery, the most daring heist in British criminal history.

From the Academy Award winning director of The Theory of Everything, James Marsh. RED JOAN, based on the life of British KGB agent Melita Norwood, Academy Award winner Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson portray the life of Joan Stanley, one of the most influential spies in living history. From veteran British stage and screen director, Trevor Nunn.

Unit stills photography

This year’s Closing Night film is the truly funny and touching story of one of Hollywood’s greatest double acts: : Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. From BAFTA-winning writer Jeff Pope (Philomena) and starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, STAN AND OLLIE comes straight from closing the 62nd BFI London Film Festival.

Australian star Elizabeth Debicki (Breath, The Kettering Incident) plays literary icon Virginia Woolf in VITA AND VIRGINIA, the fascinating true story of the love affair between Woolf and socialite Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton, The Finest) in this sumptuous portrait which screens direct from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

This year’s retrospective, SWINGING SIXTIES features some of the films that ushered in a new era in British filmmaking after post-war austerity and the kitchen sink dramas of the British New Wave.


 Photo by Everett Collection / Rex Features (682788r)
‘The Italian Job’, Michael Caine, Maggie Blye
‘The Italian Job’ film – 1969

“The mid-60s ushered in a more mischievous, spirited cinema, and now more than half a century after this cultural revolution, we turn back the clock to find five films that let in the light on swinging London, including two films starring one of the actors most associated with the period, Michael Caine: THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT (1965); ALFIE (1966); GEORGY GIRL (1966); TO SIR, WITH LOVE (1967); and THE ITALIAN JOB (1969).

This is just a taste of the 2018 British Film Festival program.  The festival takes place nationally from late October in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.

LISTING DETAILS:

NSW Tue 23 Oct – Wed 14 Nov Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Palace Central

VIC Thu 25 Oct – Wed 14 Nov Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, The Astor Theatre

SA Wed 24 Oct – Wed 14 Nov Palace Nova Eastend, Palace Nova Prospect

WA Thu 25 Oct – Wed 14 Nov Cinema Paradiso, Palace Raine Square, Luna on SX and The Windsor ACT Wed 24 Oct – Tue 13 Nov Palace Electric Cinema

QLD Wed 24 Oct– Wed 14 Nov Palace Barracks, Palace Centro on James Street

For updates and more information, visit www.britishfilmfestival.com.au

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