Big Screen brings a swag of great films to the outback this month

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Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 6:30pm

WILCANNIA – FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING

Venue: Baker Park, Reid St, Wilcannia (moves to Community Hall if weather requires)

Saturday 30 Nov., from 6.30pm for free community BBQ and sunset screening

Films : Bring the family along for a wonderful night under the stars watching Satellite Boy, plus local films about Aboriginal cultural knowledge from Through Our Eyes, shorts from the Western Catchment Management Authority and the Western Catchment Aboriginal Advisory Group, as well as ABC Open shorts, including Mail Lady of West Darling and Drive-In Dreamer.

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Special guest Aaron Pedersen will be in Broken Hill this November, to introduce his latest film, western-style thriller Mystery Road, which opens the outback tour of the National Film and Sound Archive’s annual Big Screen Film Festival this year.

Big Screen will tour the NSW outback towns of Menindee, Broken Hill and Wilcannia, from November 28 to December 1, with brand new films, classics from the NFSA’S collection and some fun special events over the 4 days.

The Festival begins in Menindee on Thursday 28 November, with a FREE outdoor screening of Satellite Boy, a heart-warming story starring screen icon David Gulpilil, with food and entertainment before a sunset screening.

An exciting Opening Night in Broken Hill on Friday 29 November kicks off at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, with Opening
Night Drinks in a combined event of art and film, then continues around the corner at the Silver City Cinema with opening night
film Mystery Road, followed by a Q&A with guest star Aaron Pedersen.

Come and be pampered on Saturday 30 November at the Goddess Beauty Bar, included in the ticket price, before the screening of stylish Australian musical comedy Goddess, starring Magda Szubanski and Ronan Keating. Saturday afternoon is all about cars and stars, when Eric Bana’s film Love the Beast charges onto the big screen, with a special line-up of cars from Broken Hill Vintage and Veteran Car Club as part of the fun.

Sunday 1 December includes family-friendly film Return to Nim’s Island, starring Bindi Irwin and a community fundraiser screening of Satellite Boy with proceeds to aid Red Cross, in the afternoon. Over the weekend, a special showcase of films about Broken Hill and
surrounds will play at the Broken Hill Art Regional Art Gallery. Silver City Classics features the work of legendary photographer and director Frank Hurley and early local newsreel footage. Also on exhibition will be film stills by Ivan Sen, featuring the stellar cast from Mystery Road, as well as new art gallery exhibitions.

Big Screen hosts a free outdoor screening and BBQ in Wilcannia on Saturday 30 November with Satellite Boy plus local shorts about Wilcannia, from ABC Open and the Through Our Eyes project.

Big Screen Film Festival is an initiative of the NFSA to bring new and archival films to audiences across regional and rural Australia, including new films, plus ones from the on-going collection.

When: Thursday 28 November to Sunday 1 December 2013

Where: Broken Hill, Menindee and Wilcannia – event and screening details at
www.nfsa.gov.au/bigscreen/broken-hill-menindee-wilcannia/

Tickets:From Silver City Cinema - Ph: (08) 8087 4569. All other venues are FREE, no tickets sold.

To request interviews with Special Guest, Aaron Pedersen and Festival Coordinator Annie Parnell, or to obtain images, contact Cassandra Chester on (02) 8202 0107 cassandra.chester@nfsa.gov.au or more information, visit www.nfsa.gov.au/bigscreen/broken-hill-menindee-wilcannia/

SCREENING DETAILS

MENINDEE - FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING

Venue: Enterprise Park, Mendinee Central School, Menindee St, Menindee

Thursday 28 November, from 6.30pm for a free sunset screening

Films: Satellite Boy plus short film Polarised, with food available and free entertainment from 6.30pm.

Bring the family along for a special outdoor screening of new Australian feature Satellite Boy, featuring David Gulpilil and newcomers Cameron Wallaby and Joseph Pedley, in this heart-warming story of a young boy’s mission to save his home. The film was shot in the magnificent Kimberley region in WA. “Catriona McKenzie's Satellite Boy radiates respect for traditional folkways and the Aborigines who
manage to maintain them.” John De Fore, The Hollywood Reporter.

BROKEN HILL – CINEMA AND GALLERY SCREENINGS

Venue: Silver City Cinemas – 41-45 Oxide St, Broken Hill. Ph: 08 8087 4569

  • Friday 29 Nov., 6pm for 7.30pm : OPENING NIGHT with Special Guest Aaron Pedersen to introduce his new film Mystery Road, a western-style thriller named as “easily one of the best Australian films of the year” by Guardian.com ‘s Jim Poe. Plus Silver City Celebrates 75 Years from the collection. Tickets: $12 includes Opening Night Drinks at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery from 6pm, Official Opening and films from 7.30pm at the cinema plus a Q&A with Aaron Pedersen after the film.
  • Saturday 30 Nov., 11.30am for 12.30pm : GODDESS FOR A DAY! Enjoy pampering from Aura Day Clinic and Spa from 11.30am, new Australian musical comedy Goddess, starring Magda Szubanski, Ronan Keating and Laura Michelle Kelly plus short Mimi with Aaron Pedersen, Sophie Lee and David Gulpilil. Tickets: $12 includes film, Goddess Beauty Bar and light refreshments
  • Saturday 30 Nov., 2.30pm : CARS AND STARS! Be thrilled by Hollywood superstar Eric Bana’s (Chopper, The Hulk) 25-year-long love affair with his Ford XB Falcon Coupe, in Love the Beast. Plus award-winning short film Nullarbor and a display of classic cars from the Broken Hill Vintage and Veteran Car Club, outside the cinema before the screening Tickets: $8
  • Sunday 1 Dec., 10am : FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM! Return to Nim’s Island, starring Bindi Irwin and her furred and feathered friends as they attempt to save the Island from developers and poachers. Tickets: $5
  • Sunday 1 Dec., 2.00pm : COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER! Experience the magic of Satellite Boy when this beautiful film screens in Broken Hill. Also screening is Naming of the Federal Capital 2013, a look at the naming of Canberra with footage from 1913 and a contemporary soundtrack from the Stiff Gins. Tickets: $12: includes films, light refreshments and fundraiser for the Red Cross.

Venue: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – 404-408 Argent St, Broken Hill. Ph: 08 8080 3440

Gallery Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm . Big Screen films & exhibitions from Thurs 28 Nov – Sun 1 Dec.

Films: Silver City Classics, (60 mins) showing throughout each day, featuring local films from the NFSA’s collection, including Frank Hurley’s Silver City, a silent film from1907 and The Barrier Story (1953). Plus Mystery Road, film stills display, the HSC art exhibition and work by Eliza Strydom and Maggie Connell. Tickets: FREE ENTRY to GALLERY includes films and exhibitions

WILCANNIA – FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING

Venue: Baker Park, Reid St, Wilcannia (moves to Community Hall if weather requires)

Saturday 30 Nov., from 6.30pm for free community BBQ and sunset screening

Films : Bring the family along for a wonderful night under the stars watching Satellite Boy, plus local films about Aboriginal cultural knowledge from Through Our Eyes, shorts from the Western Catchment Management Authority and the Western Catchment Aboriginal Advisory Group, as well as ABC Open shorts, including Mail Lady of West Darling and Drive-In Dreamer.

Details at www.nfsa.gov.au/bigscreen/broken-hill-menindee-wilcannia/

 

 

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