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Maleny’s Australian Film Festival 2018

Friday, 26 January @ 2:30 pm - Sunday, 28 January @ 5:00 pm

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Our 2018 festival will be bigger than ever, with eight sessions spread over three days.  The festival includes:

• Four recent Australian feature films. Once again, a good cross-section of current national concerns and cinematic styles, though this year the mood is mostly lighter as comedy and romance come to the fore. There will be a repeat screening of one film on Sunday afternoon.
• Each feature is accompanied by an award-winning short film.
• Our festival guest is veteran character actor Max Cullen. You’ve seen him in many Australian films since the early 1970s. Don’t miss the Q & A session ‘Meet a Film Insider’.
A free screening of films about Maleny and its past. Meet some of the film-makers and maybe see yourself on screen!
Relax, enjoy refreshments and meet others at ‘the Festival Hub’ in the Verandah Room between sessions.
• Structured discussion session on Sunday morning.

Don’t deprive yourself of this feast of cinema.
Feature Film Sessions are $10 members, $15 public

VIP Festival Pass 

Book before 20 January to be eligible for a Festival Pass. The Festival Pass is better value if you are going to all sessions. It is an all inclusive pass. Save time and money. Book all the sessions in one simple transaction. Relax between sessions at the Festival Hub (Verandah Room).

Non members $60.
Members $40 when using discount code at check out (discount code was emailed to your membership email address on Boxing Day)

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Friday 26 January

 

Australia Day

Friday 26 January 3pm (doors open 2:30pm)

Drama – 98 mins – MA15+ – & Short

On a sunny Australia Day in the suburbs of Brisbane three young people are running for their lives.  An indigenous girl fleeing a car crash is pursued by the police; an immigrant teenager wrongly accused of molesting a girl tries to escape her thuggish brother; a young Chinese woman who arrives to learn English realises she has been lured into sexual slavery.  The pace never slackens as the three interweaving stories unfold.  Popular actor Bryan Brown plays a farmer, with his own troubles, who comes to the aid of the Chinese girl. Smartly directed by Kriv Stenders (who made the hit Red Dog) this film examines the racism that lurks not far below the surface, demanding that we confront this aspect of national identity on our day of celebration.

Non members $15.
Members $10 when using discount code at check out (discount code was emailed to your membership email address on Boxing Day)

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Festival Launch

Friday 26 January 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Please show your ticket to one of the festival sessions to gain entry to the opening.
You can purchase drinks.
Nibbles are available.

Location: Festival Hub 
Access is from outside the venue (left of the building) down the path. Follow the signs.

For those who would like an evening meal, the Artisan Market will open for take away until 7 pm on Friday night (across the road from the Maleny Community Centre in Maple Street). You are welcome to eat takeaway at the Festival Hub anytime the Hub is open during the festival.

Ali’s Wedding

Friday 26 January 7:15pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Romantic Comedy  – 110 mins – M – & Short

Ali, the son of Iraqi refugees, aspires to study medicine at Melbourne University. Will he get in?  He falls for a Lebanese girl who is an academic whiz.  Meanwhile a traditional arranged marriage is in store.  Ali’s father is a prominent cleric and the Muslim community expect great things of the young man.  When he decides to lie, things get very complicated.  Don Hany (Healing) plays the father and Helena Sawires is the alluring young lady.  Ali is played by Osamah Sami who arrived in Australia as a boy.  He co-wrote the award-winning script, basing it on his own experience of the clash of cultures.  The film is an affectionate satire of contemporary Muslim life in Australia, but its themes of family, community and being true to yourself are universal.

Non members $15.
Members $10 when using discount code at check out (discount code was emailed to your membership email address on Boxing Day)

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Saturday 27 January

 

Screening Maleny

Saturday 27 January 10:30am – 12:30 (doors open 10:00am)
 A selection of shorts – 120 mins

Tea/Coffee available for purchase
Local Film-makers will introduce the films they have made over the past 10 years

Reconstructing Peter – Peter Erdmann’s Recordings of a Community
by Jess Begun – 30 Mins
Magical Mary
by Leanne Farmiloe & Declan Farmiloe –  2 Mins
The Green Man
by Bernie Dwyer – 9 Mins
A Peace Of Green
by  Jill Morris – Cornerstone of a Community – 28 Mins
Weeds, Wonderful Weeds!
by  Jill Morris – 10 Mins approx.
Weeded Out!
by Leanne Farmiloe – 10 Mins approx Pic
Madeira: Code Red!
by Christine Elcoate -10 Mins approx
Aaron, Teenage Master Chef
by Christine Elcoat – 10mins approx
This is a FREE event – please book your complimentary ticket to ensure a spot

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Three Summers (Saturday)

Saturday 27 January  1:00pm (doors open 12:40pm)

Comedy – 102 mins –  M – & Short

Kick back and enjoy this likeable summer holiday entertainment.  Written and directed by comedy craftsman Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder), who now lives in Fremantle, the film looks in on an imagined folk music festival in the Western Australian countryside (think a smaller Woodford) over three successive years.  It centres on a young man and woman whose very different ideas about music (he is a snobbish hi-tech theremin player; she sings in a laidback Irish band) hinder romance.  Swirling around them are subplots featuring Michael Caton (The Castle, Last Cab to Darwin), John Waters, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, and Peter Rowsthorne.  Negative Australian attitudes to Aborigines and refugees bubble up to the surface—but in this sort of movie you know things will end well for everyone.

Non members $15.
Members $10 when using discount code at check out (discount code was emailed to your membership email address on Boxing Day)

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Meet a Film Insider: Max Cullen

Saturday 27 January  3:30pm (doors open 3:10pm)

Live Forum – 90 mins

At our last festival, Broke featured Max Cullen as the garbo striving to redeem his old football idol.  And in Goldstone he was the grizzled outback hermit.  And in . . . Well, what hasn’t he been in?  Sunday Too Far AwaySpider and RoseAustralia, The Great GatsbyX-Men, stage productions of Shakespeare, television series. This great character actor—a great character in his own right—began in the Australian film industry in 1971, though he started out as an artist.  He knows all the people and all the stories.  Don’t miss hearing what he has to share.

Non members $7.
Members $5 when using discount code at check out (discount code was emailed to your membership email address on Boxing Day)


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Dinner: Catered by Wild Rocket

Saturday 27 January  6-7 pm (doors open 6 pm)

Menu and  prices will be uploaded on the Thursday prior to festival

Ellipsis

Saturday 27 January  7:15pm (doors open 6:00pm)

Drama – 83 mins – M – & Short

We are pleased to have secured this recent festival hit, so far not widely distributed.  Noted actor David Wenham directed a segment of The Turning; this is his first full-length film as a director.  After Jasper accidentally bumps into Viv, breaking her phone, the two strangers spend a day and night wandering about inner Sydney together, encountering various eccentric locals.  Several critics have noted parallels with Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise.  What Wenham calls ‘a love letter to Sydney’ also has affinities with Woody Allen’s affectionate treatment of Manhattan. The film is somewhat experimental—shooting took only seven days and there is a lot of improvisation. The result is ‘an unhurried meditation on identity, transience and the comfort of strangers’ (Hollywood Reporter) involving ‘an infectious passion for people and their idiosyncracies (Guardian)’.

Non members $15.
Members $10 when using discount code at check out (discount code was emailed to your membership email address on Boxing Day)

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Sunday 28 January

Unpacking Cinema

Sunday 28 January 10:30 am (doors open 10am)

Workshop

Unpacking Cinema?  What’s that all about?  Well, it continues an old Maleny tradition of film enthusiasts meeting on Sunday morning to compare notes about the festival films.  Last year this became a more structured ‘symposium’.  This popular model will be retained. To start, there will be a discussion over a delicious morning tea. Then a systematic method of getting to grips with any movie will be outlined.  Participants will apply the method to a film in order to ‘unpack’ or unravel more fully its techniques and cultural connections.

Morning tea available for purchase

This is a FREE WORKSHOP

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Three Summers (Sunday Matinee)

Sunday 28 January  2:00pm (doors open 1:40pm)

Three Summers – Comedy – 102 mins –  M – & Short

Kick back and enjoy this likeable summer holiday entertainment.  Written and directed by comedy craftsman Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder), who now lives in Fremantle, the film looks in on an imagined folk music festival in the Western Australian countryside (think a smaller Woodford) over three successive years.  It centres on a young man and woman whose very different ideas about music (he is a snobbish hi-tech theremin player; she sings in a laidback Irish band) hinder romance.  Swirling around them are subplots featuring Michael Caton (The Castle, Last Cab to Darwin), John Waters, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, and Peter Rowsthorne.  Negative Australian attitudes to Aborigines and refugees bubble up to the surface—but in this sort of movie you know things will end well for everyone.

Non members $15.
Members $10 when using discount code at check out (discount code was emailed to your membership email address on Boxing Day)

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Details

Start:
Friday, 26 January @ 2:30 pm
End:
Sunday, 28 January @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

MFS
Phone:
0418 708 244
Email:
malenyfilmsociety@gmail.com

Venue

Maleny Community Centre
23 Maple Street
Maleny, 4552 Australia
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