Three nights of film brilliance is set to light up Huskisson Pictures next month.
The Travelling Film Festival, the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will screen in Huskisson from August 23-25.
2019 Travelling Film Festival program
Opening Night: Friday, August 23
- Opening the festival is Australian writer-director Mirrah Foulkes' Judy & Punch. This live-action reinterpretation of the famous 16th century puppet show turns the traditional story of Punch & Judy on its head and brings to life a darkly comic and fierce female-driven revenge story.
Saturday, August 24
- Australian director Ian Darling's The Final Quarter. Earning an impassioned standing ovation at its World Premiere at Sydney Film Festival, The Final Quarter documents AFL champion footballer and Indigenous leader Adam Goodes' call-out against racism and Australia's heated response.
- Slam, in which Sydney-based director Partho Sen-Gupta uses the rhythm of a poetry slam in this powerful look at race and gender relations; and from New Zealand, the warmly humorous Bellbird, set on a northern New Zealand farm, and featuring a standout performance from Marshall Napier (Babe).
- Stories from around the world include: Photograph, by Ritesh Bhatra. It's a whimsical love story following a Mumbai street photographer who convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancé; Icelandic director sthildur Kjartansdttir's feature debutThe Deposit, about a journalist who invites three immigrant women to share her Reykjavik house ultimately exploring the priceless human quality of empathy; and the cinematic The Third Wife, about an arranged marriage in 19th century Vietnam filled with passion, beauty and melancholy.
- Films diving into fascinating true stories are: Sydney Film Festival audience favourite, The Biggest Little Farm, which follows filmmaker John Chester, his wife and dog as they lovingly chase their dream to set up a sustainable farm in harmony with nature; and Yuli, a moving and unusual fusion of biography and dazzling dance of Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta who became the the first black principal dancer to join the prestigious UK Royal Ballet.
Sunday, August 25
- The Final Quarter -Cheers turned to boos in the final years of AFL champion footballer Adam Goodes' career when he publicly called out racism. This impassioned film tracks Australia's heated response.
- The Biggest Little Farm -A genuine crowd-pleaser that follows filmmaker John Chester, his wife and dog as they chase their dream to set up a sustainable farm, with plenty of enthusiasm but zero experience.
- Photograph - Ritesh Bhatra (The Lunchbox, SFF 2014) returns with a whimsical love story about a Mumbai street photographer who convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancé. Screens with short film Prone to the Drone.
- Slam - A hijab-wearing Sydney slam poet goes missing in this powerful look at race and relations starring Adam Bakri (Omar) and Rachael Blake (Lantana), directed by Partho Sen-Gupta.
- The Public - Emilio Estevez directs and acts alongside Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater and Michael K. Williams in this heart-warming film about homeless people who occupy a library to escape freezing conditions.
This year all short films included in the Huskisson program, which includes Deluge, Magnetic and Prone to the Drone, are part of a Create NSW initiative to boost participation of underrepresented groups in the screen industry and grow participation with a range of industry professionals, showcasing films by filmmakers with disability in a festival context.
Ticket are now on sale with 'Subscribe and Save' packages offering better value for multiple ticket purchases, with tickets from $9.50.
Tickets to the special The Final Quarter screenings are priced at $10 and not included in subscription packages or Flexipasses.
Single tickets are $14.50 Adult / $12.50 Concession / $10 Student/Kids. A nine film full subscription is $85.50 adult/$76.50 concession. A five film flexipass is $55 adults/$50 concession.
Book tickets online in advance at sff.org.au/tff/program/huskisson For ticket enquiries contact Sydney Film Festival on 8220 6600 or contact the cinema box office.