TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS NINE GREAT FILMS TO THE ‘GONG
The Travelling Film Festival (TFF), the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will return to Wollongong from 2—4 August 2019. The program will showcase eight incredible feature films and one fascinating documentary direct from the 66th Sydney Film Festival, at Wollongong’s Greater Union Cinemas.
“We are very excited to bring the Festival back to Wollongong’s local community,” said Festival Manager, Sanam Rodrigues. “Local audiences have plenty to look forward to, with screenings of some of the most talked-about films direct from Sydney Film Festival: including wonderful Australian productions and excellent cinematic works from all around the world.”
Opening the Festival is acclaimed Australian writer-director Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy & Punch. Starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman, this dynamic 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.
The Festival closes with Daffodils, a delightful musical romance from New Zeland starring George Mason (Home and Away), Rose McIver (iZombie) and pop star Kimbra and brimming with covers of beloved Kiwi classic songs by artists like Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, The Mutton Birds and Crowded House. The songs frame a tale of romance, hardships and heartbreak and are filled with nostalgia for New Zealand life in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Australian stories include Animals, starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat as best friends who live in a haze of drink, drugs and one-night stands, from Australian director Sophie Hyde; and Slam where Sydney-based director Partho Sen-Gupta uses the rhythm of a poetry slam (with verses written especially for the film) in this powerful look at race and gender relations.
Additionally, actor turned director Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club) stars alongside Oscar-nominated actor Alec Baldwin (The Departed) in his latest directorial offering The Public, a funny, humane and moving drama about officials trying to evict homeless people who occupy a library to escape the freezing outdoors of Cincinnati.
Stories from around the globe are Photograph by Ritesh Bhatra (The Lunchbox, SFF 2014), a whimsical love story following a Mumbai street photographer who convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancé; the stunningly cinematic The Third Wife, about an arranged marriage in 19th century Vietnam filled with passion, beauty and melancholy; and Icelandic director Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir’s feature debut The Deposit, about a journalist who invites three immigrant women to share her Reykjavik house giving rise to discord and exploring the priceless human quality of empathy.
TFF Wollongong will also screen one incredible documentary: 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.
Additionally, this year all short films included in the TFF Wollongong program (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.
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.
Travelling Film Festival acknowledges the financial assistance of Screen Australia and the New South Wales Government through Create NSW and is supported by Media Partner ABC Illawarra and Distinguished Partner Princess Cruises.
Opening Night: Friday 2 August
- Judy & Punch – Mirrah Foulkes’s astonishing, indefinable feature debut reimagines the Judy & Punch puppet show as a darkly comic feminist revenge tale starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman.
Saturday 3 August
- The Deposit – Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir’s assured feature debut focuses on a journalist who invites three immigrant women to share her house in Reykjavik. Division and discord soon arise.
Screens with short film Deluge.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Sunday 4 August
- Animals – Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat shine as best friends who live in a haze of drink, drugs and one-night stands, in the hilarious new film by Australian director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays).
- 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).
- 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.
Screens with short film Magnetic.
- Daffodils – A stirring musical romance brimming with decades of New Zealand hits from Crowded House to Bic Runga; and a box office hit at home.
WHAT: Travelling Film Festival Wollongong
WHEN: Friday 2 August – Sunday 4 August, 2019
WHERE: Greater Union Cinemas, 68 Burelli St, Wollongong NSW 2500
SINGLE TICKETS: $14.50 Adult / $12.50 Concession / $10 Student/Kids
SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE: 9-FILM FULL SUBSCRIPTION: $85.50 Adult / $76.50 Concession
5-FILM FLEXIPASS: $55 Adult / $50 Concession
HOW TO BOOK: Book tickets online in advance at sff.org.au/tff/program/wollongong
For ticket enquiries please contact Sydney Film Festival on 02 8220 6600 or contact the cinema box office.
Travelling Film Festival visits…
NT Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine QLD Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Nambour, Toowoomba, Townsville NSW Huskisson, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Sawtell, Tamworth, Ulladulla, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong TFF AT SEA to New Caledonia & Vanuatu roundtrip Sydney