2018’s Australian Film Festival (a tradition over many years on the Australia Day weekend) promises to be stunning, with four feature films, award-winning shorts, discussion sessions, a popular interstate guest, and a number of films expressing life in Maleny.
Each year, the Maleny Film Society seeks out the best of the latest in Australian cinema production and presents it in our Maleny Community Centre, with packed-out screenings and a convivial community atmosphere, peppered with robust artistic discussion.
This year’s festival films: Australia Day, Ali’s Wedding, Three Summers, Ellipsis.
This year’s festival guest is Max Cullen, veteran character actor, with roles in many well-loved Oz films. Perhaps best known for his role in Spider and Rose with Ruth Cracknell, Sunday Too Far Away and the Flying Doctors, Max featured in the films Goldstone and Broke screened at last year’s festival.
He has worked as a film reviewer and is an accomplished painter. Max and his wife Margarita now run an art gallery in Gumming, New South Wales.
On Friday January 26, at 3pm, Australia Day begins the action. This fast-paced movie with Bryan Brown, set in Brisbane on our national day, poses some tough questions about racial prejudice. It will be followed at 5pm by an opening party in the Verandah Room, scene of many gatherings over the following two days. In the evening Max Cullen will introduce the popular comedy Ali’s Wedding.
Saturday January 27 will be a busy day for festival goers:
10.30am Maleny on Film (shorts in which many locals will recognise themselves from 10-20 years ago). This session features free admission, thanks to the generosity of Maleny Filmmakers Co-operative.
1pm Three Summers – set in a music festival, and featuring a host of Australian actors: Magda Szubanski , Deborah Mailman, John Waters and Michael Caton. There are plenty of laughs in this affectionate look at his new country, by UK writer Ben Elton who now lives in WA.
3pm Meet a Film Insider Max Cullen in Conversation, and a screening of his own short film.
7.15pm Ellipsis (the first full-length film directed by David Wenham). This ‘love-letter to Sydney’ about an amorous encounter has so far had only limited release.
Sunday January 28 is wind-down time and an opportunity for discussion:
10.30am – 1pm Unpacking Cinema: discussion about the films seen in the festival. A ‘toolkit’ of concepts that can help with analysing and evaluating films will be explained .
2pm Re-screening of Three Summers for those who miss it on Saturday!
For festival tickets consult the website www.malenyfilmsociety.info