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Giveaway: The 2015 BBC British Film Festival

HerCanberra Team

This year marks the third annual British Film Festival.

This year it is being hosted by Palace Electric Cinemas in NewActon and features films from all over the British Isles.

Last week we had the pleasure of watching Brooklyn, one of the centrepieces of the festival. This film was based on a 2009 book of the same name by author Colm Tóibín, with the film adaptation directed by John Crowley and screenplay by Nick Hornby of About A Boy and An Education. This film is probably most similar to Hornby’s latter work, with the rich colours of mid century Ireland and New York mirroring the faded glamour of 1960s London in An Education.

Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis, a young Irish woman who moves from Ireland to the U.S in the 1950s for better opportunity. Eilis faces the inevitable homesickness and struggle, but ultimately finds love and a home in her new country. The trailer alone shows the admirable scope of the cinematography – from Coney Island in its prime to the emerald green of the Irish countryside the film spans both time and earth and is truly transporting.

Disaster forces Eilis to choose between her old world and new, which captivates and surprises and makes you wish very hard for a happy ending.

Brooklyn has a plot line that really captures your attention with superb acting by protagonists Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen and is visually engaging in the costumes, set dressings and landscapes.

Smaller parts given to classic British actors like Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Domhnall Gleeson really round out a terrific film.

This just one of the festival’s 31 films showing from 29 October until 18 November at Palace Electric Cinemas.

There is truly a galaxy of British film stars appearing in the festival such as Charlotte Rampling, Michal Caine, Harvey Keitel, Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Jeremy Irons, Pierce Brosnan, Nicholas Hoult, Kit Harrington, Helena Bonham Carter and Damien Lewis to name just a few.

the essentials
What: The 2015 British Film Festival
Where: Palace Electric Cinemas, NewActon
When: 29 October to 18 November
How much: Tickets from $14 to $19.50 with some special multi-ticket deals available


We’re giving five lucky HerCanberra readers the chance to win 1 of 5 double passes to any session* of the 2015 British Film Festival at Palace Electric Cinemas!

To enter, email [email protected] and tell us in 50 words or less which film you’d use the pass for and why!

Entries close Wednesday 28 October at 11:59pm. 

*Excludes Opening and Closing Nights.


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