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Matinee Classics - tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s
Preminger’s wartime update of Bizet’s opera Carmen is headed by Dorothy Dandridge, whose vibrant performance resulted in the first Oscar® nomination for an African- American actress in a leading role. She stars as the eponymous, smouldering temptress who lures handsome GI Joe (Calypso star Harry Belafonte) away from his sweetheart Cindy Lou (Olga James).
Updating the opera to World War II setting, Preminger took a major risk in shepherding this film into high-gloss CinemaScope production. But the risk paid off, with a star-making role for Dandridge, and becoming a hit on release. Relive the many classic numbers and marvel at how opera and simmering sexuality meld on screen.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart'sThe Magic Flute is re-adapted in a feast of world-music influences by the multi-ethnic Piazza Vittorio Orchestra. Prince Tamino's quest to set his love, the beautiful Tamina, free from the charms of the maleficent wizard Sarastro is sung and performed through sounds coming from Africa, Asia and South America in a magnificent mix of fascinating imagery and immortal music.
After the successful screening of "La stoffa dei sogni" in 2017, Gianfranco Cabiddu returns for a special Q&A following the screening which will close CinemaItaliaUK's season.
London Premiere + Q&A + drinks reception
The London Australian Film Festival is proud to present the London premiere of Reaching Distance, the feature debut of writer/director David Fairhurst and our opening gala screening.
Struggling in the aftermath of a car accident that killed his twin sister, Logan (Wade Briggs, Please Like Me) – a cynic with a photographic memory – wakes to find himself on the same night bus as Martin (Matt Day, Muriel’s Wedding), the banker he holds responsible for his sister’s death.
His vengeance is repeatedly thwarted by increasingly strange interactions with the other passengers, including an inquisitive nurse, her jealous boyfriend, two bickering teenagers and an unhinged homeless man. As things take a turn for the bizarre, the line between past and present fractures.
Taut and whip-smart, Groundhog Day & Memento have nothing on this mind-bending thriller, which pitches an unstable man against his own faulty memory and a graffiti-strewn bus full of (not quite) strangers. Low budget but high concept, this is Australian genre filmmaking at its finest.
Ticket price includes a free drink reception.
The student short film 2004: A Suburban Odyssey (VCA - d. Asher Karahasan) will precede the main feature.
Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only
"Punchy and compelling, Reaching Distance is a smart, inventive slice of local genre filmmaking." - FilmInk
FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM
Keep a close eye on the director and lead actor – these guys are sensational & this is bound to be the springboard for two very exciting & successful careers.
Halla is an environmental activist and a one-woman wrecking crew, using sabotage to disrupt the multinational companies trying to destroy her beloved Iceland. But just as things are really taking off, she gets some unexpected news that will turn her life upside down.
“Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humour as well as a satisfying sense of justice?” - Variety