British Film Festival

British Film Festival, presented by Palace Cinemas

Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Byron Bay (Oct 25, 2021 – Nov 24, 2021)

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Set on an English shore less than typically idyllic against the impending Nazi blitz, a ...
British Film Festival Highlights

British Film Festival Highlights

Keira Knightley. Ian McKellen. Helen Mirren. Even more Helen Mirren ...
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Anna and the Apocalypse

Anna and the Apocalypse

A contender for one of the worst films of the year, look elsewhere than Anna ...
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Indulge your inner Bond as Palace Cinemas present a 007 double feature spotlight series, chronologically charting the cinematic legacy of the world’s most famous secret agent. Each double-feature will be proceeded by a thematically linked pre-show of retro trailers and tongue-in-cheek advertisements. (Sorry, not showing in Adel or Melb). See the website for details!
There was another great loss to the film industry recently with the passing of director Alan Parker. He was behind hits such as FAME, THE COMMITMENTS, EVITA and MIDNIGHT EXPRESS amongst many more. Parker was highly respected and described by Andrew Lloyd Webber as 'one of the few directors to truly understand musicals on screen'. Vale 🇬🇧
Franco-British Director Alexis Michalik's EDMOND is screening as part of the Alliance Française French Film Festival now showing at Palace Cinemas*. Paris, 1897.  When given three weeks to write a play for a mercurial star of the stage, all author Edmond Rostand has is the title - Cyrano de Bergerac.  Can he accomplish the impossible? Be sure to catch it before the Festival ends next week. (*Excluding Melbourne).
The Alliance Française French Film Festival is now showing at Palace Cinemas* and features THE TRANSLATORS starring British actor Alex Lawther (The End of the F***ing World, Howards End, The Imitation Game). When the first 10 pages of a top-secret manuscript appear online, the publisher suspects foul play from one of the 9 language experts hired to translate the book in isolation...and will go to any length to unmask the culprit. Book now (*excl.Melbourne)🍿
English actress Kate Duchêne (Afterlife, The Worst Witch, An Education) stars in ROXANE, screening as part of the reignited Alliance Française French Film Festival nationally from July 14. When the chicken farms in picturesque Brittany face financial ruin, a Breton poultry farmer aims to raise funds by broadcasting his rendition of Cyrano de Bergerac via YouTube with his favourite hen and star-in-the-making, Roxane. Tickets on sale today 🐓🍿
As we celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, we also look back on how her formidable reign has been featured in a plethora of films and TV series over the years. One of the best would have to be Stephen Frear and Peter Morgan's THE QUEEN from 2006. 

You can stream Helen Mirren's Oscar winning performance on Foxtel or Binge and rent on Google Play or YouTube 🍿What's your favourite film about the Monarch? 🇬🇧👑
While we eagerly await the reopening of Palace Cinemas in July, why not check out some quality documentaries on DocPlay?  

Our recommendations include: The life and career of one of Britain’s foremost filmmakers in VERSUS: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF KEN LOACH, an intimate portrait of comic genius Spike Milligan in I TOLD YOU I WAS ILL – THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF SPIKE MILLIGAN, and the remarkable story of iconic band Oasis in OASIS SUPERSONIC. 

So, sit back, relax and click the link below to access a 45-day free trial🍿🇬🇧
Perhaps a comedy is next on your watchlist? OLD BOYS is a charming boarding school tale set in the 80s, where unspoken crushes and social battles rule supreme. Available to stream on Stan or rent on iTunes, Google Play or YouTube 🍿🇬🇧
Legendary director Ken Loach tells the story of a family pushed to breaking point as a result of the 2008 financial collapse in SORRY WE MISSED YOU. Loach's characteristic visual style and storytelling explores the struggles of the modern British working class in this past festival hit. See it now on iTunes 🍿🇬🇧
Feel like being transported to the UK? Virtually, of course. We’ve partnered with DocPlay to give you an exclusive opportunity to access quality documentaries at home.  

To get you started, here are some of our recommendations: two rock’n’roll tales in LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WAS and ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, Michael Caine’s journey through 1960s London in MY GENERATION, and political leadership in WINSTON CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY. So sit back, grab a cuppa and click the link below to access a 45-day free trial ☕🍿
A political thriller with an all-star cast, OFFICIAL SECRETS is based on a true story from 2003. As politicians in Britain and the US angle to invade Iraq, GCHQ translator Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) leaks a classified e-mail that urges spying on members of the UN Security Council to force through the resolution to go to war. 

Charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act, and facing imprisonment, Katharine and her lawyers set out to defend her actions. With her life, liberty and marriage threatened, she must stand up for what she believes in. 

Catch it now on iTunes, Google Play or YouTube.
Rewind to 2013 and Festival hit STILL LIFE was released, the multi award-winning film from Uberto Pasolini, producer of the worldwide hit 'The Full Monty'.                                     

The story of a council case worker who tracks those found dead and alone, STILL LIFE is a poignant and inspirational drama about a quiet, optimistic and selfless man who finds joy in helping everyone but himself. Available to rent on iTunes, Google Play or YouTube.
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