TFF BRINGS BEST OF THE FEST TO MACKAY
The Travelling Film Festival (TFF), the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will return to Mackay from 25-28 October 2019. The program will showcase seven incredible feature films and one fascinating documentary direct from the 66th Sydney Film Festival, at Mackay City Cinemas.
“We are thrilled to bring the Festival back to local Mackay audiences,” said Festival Manager, Sanam Rodrigues. “The stacked program includes plenty of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, including award-winning films from internationally-acclaimed cinematic legends, as well as wonderful new Australian stories.”
Opening the Festival is Ben Lawrence’s beautifully acted debut feature Hearts and Bones, starring Australian actor Hugo Weaving (Mystery Road, SFF 2014) as a war photographer, alongside first-time actor Andrew Luri as a refugee, centres around the relationship of these two men, from very different backgrounds, who bond over their shared trauma.
The Festival will close with a special screening of The Final Quarter by Australian director Ian Darling. 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. This screening will be attended by a special filmmaker guest.
Rounding out the Australian stories is Palm Beach from Rachel Ward, featuring an all-star cast of Australian screen legends including Golden Globe-nominated icons Bryan Brown (Australia Day, SFF 2017) and Sam Neill (The Daughter, SFF 2015). The uplifting drama/comedy follows lifelong friends who gather to celebrate a milestone birthday, only for tension to mount when new and old resentments arise.
The Festival is also delighted to bring the works of acclaimed filmmakers such as: Parasite by renowned Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Okja, SFF 2017), winner of both the 2019 Sydney Film Prize and Palme d’Or at Cannes, is a thrilling satirical take on income inequality as told through two families; Oscar-nominated epic Never Look Away by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s, draws inspiration from the life of revered German artist Gerhard Richter; and Ken Loach’s gripping drama Sorry We Missed You, about a working class British family struggling in the App economy.
Stories from around the globe include Yuli, a moving and unusual fusion of biography and dazzling dance of Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta who became the first black principal dancer to join the prestigious UK Royal Ballet; and The Third Wife, a drama partly based on Vietnamese-born director Ash Mayfair’s family history and follows a teenager’s arranged marriage in late 19th century Vietnam.
Tickets to Australia’s longest running travelling film festival are now on sale with ‘Subscribe and Save’ packages offering great value for multiple ticket purchases, with tickets from just $9.50.
Tickets to the special The Final Quarter screenings are priced at $10 and are not included in subscription packages or Flexipasses.
Travelling Film Festival acknowledges the financial assistance of Screen Australia and the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and is supported by Media Partner ABC Tropical North and Distinguished Partner Princess Cruises.
About the Festival:
The Travelling Film Festival, started by David Stratton in 1974, tours 18 regional locations year-round, including six Queensland centres, eight in New South Wales and three in the Northern Territory, as well as TFF At Sea.
Opening Night: Friday 25 October
- Hearts and Bones – In Ben Lawrence’s beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer (Hugo Weaving) and a refugee (Andrew Luri) discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both.
Saturday 26 October
- Yuli – Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta is both star and subject of this moving and unusual fusion of biography and dazzling dance, by Spanish director Icíar Bollaín (The Olive Tree, SFF 2016).
Screens with short film Prone to the Drone.
- Parasite – With every frame beautifully composed, Parasite vividly contrasts two families using humour, mystery and a creeping sense of tension.
- Palm Beach – With a fantastic cast including Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Richard E. Grant, Greta Scacchi, Jacqueline McKenzie and Heather Mitchell, Palm Beachraises universal issues through the prism of friendship.
Screens with short film GDP: Grandma’s Dangerous Project.
Sunday 27 October
- The Third Wife – Set in late 19th century Vietnam, Ash Mayfair’s exquisite feature debut focuses on a teenager in an arranged marriage, who learns quickly about her world’s suffocating patriarchy.
- Sorry We Missed You – In his follow-up to the Palme d’Or winning I, Daniel Blake, Loach masterfully depicts, with compassion and anger, a callous economic system designed to ignore the humanity of those on its lowest rung.
Screens with short film Ties That Bind.
- Never Look Away – With two of Germany’s finest young actors, and an incredibly dramatic story, Donnersmarck carefully intertwines their romance with three key eras of German history in a fascinating way.
Monday 28 October
- 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.
WHAT: Travelling Film Festival Mackay
WHEN: Friday 25 October – Monday 28 October, 2019
WHERE: Mackay City Cinemas, 30 Gordon Street, Mackay QLD 4740
SINGLE TICKETS: $14.50 Adult / $12.50 Concession / $10 Student/Kids
NB: Tickets to the special The Final Quarter screenings are priced at $10 and not included in subscription packages or Flexipasses.
SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE: 7-FILM FULL SUBSCRIPTION: $66.50 Adult / $59.50 Concession