Running until November 15th, the Cunard British Film Festival will bring the finest films from the British Isles to Brisbane’s Palace Cinemas for what promises to be its strongest line-up to date.
From the opening night drama of ‘Breathe’, a stirring true story courtesy of director Andy Serkis (‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’) that’s screening hot off official selections at both Toronto and the London Film Festival, to the joyful charm of the feel-good ‘Finding Your Feet’, a comedy about an ageing aristocrat discovering the benefits of starting her life over on her own, which closes out the Festival, 2017’s catalogue looks to cater to all audiences.
Fashion and film unite in all their fabulousness for the premiere screening of ‘Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards’, a striking documentary detailing the man behind the iconic Manolo Blahnik brand. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, world-famous models Naomi Campbell and Karlie Kloss, and risk-taking superstar Rihanna are just some of the notable names interviewed in this fascinating film that balances between showcasing Blahnik’s sense of humour and his drive as a developing designer.
Ensuring mass appeal from audiences unfamiliar with the festival, heavyweight talent such as Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Alicia Vikander, and Jai Courtney are just a slew of the names whose latest films will screen throughout, with Kidman’s turn in the punk rock/sci-fi/queer-themed musical ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ promising to be one the most-talked about events. ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’, starring Robbie as the wife of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ author A.A. Milne in the biographical drama telling of the author’s relationship with his young son, the erotically-charged drama ‘Tulip Fever’ co-starring Vikander, Christoph Waltz, and Cara Delevingne, and the espionage drama ‘The Exception’ with Courtney and Christopher Plummer, round out the titles sure to earn attention due to their talented ingredients.
Lovers of classic cinema will have an array to choose from too with no less than 6 murder mystery titles screening as part of a curated retrospective paying tribute to classic British whodunits. The “Queen of Crime”, Agatha Christie, will see some of her finest work brought to the screen with the 1974 critically-acclaimed crime thriller ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, the twisted ‘The Mirror Crack’d’ and ‘Death on the Nile’ just some of the exciting films poised to be introduced to a brand new audience this year.
Wether you’re finding barrels of laughs with the historical satire ‘The Death of Stalin’ (courtesy of the creators of ‘Veep’), taut thrills with the hostage drama ‘6 Days’, or learning of how one of the greatest horror novels of all time was conceived in the biographical period-piece ‘Mary Shelley’, starring Elle Fanning as the celebrated author of ‘Frankenstein’, the 2017 Cunard British Film Festival appears poised to satisfy audiences like never before.
For more information on titles and tickets visit the British Film Festival website.