Film Festival Australia debuts at Hackney Picture House

Formally known as London Australian Film Festival and held annually at the Barbican, this smorgasbord board of Australian celluloid now in a new incarnation, has partnered with Picture House.

Celebrating 18 years of show casing Aussie Films in London, the new partnership gives the organizers a broader outlet at various locations throughout the UK.

Starting off in Hackney and Clapham,  it opens with the European premiere of Ryan Kwanten’s Not Suitable For Children. The festival will also feature the European premiere of Any Questions For Ben? and the UK premiere’s of Swerve and The Eye Of The Storm. Documentaries include the celebration of choreographer Tanja Liedtke Life In Movement.

Not Suitable for Children (15*)
Friday 21 September, 6.45pm
Time is short for Ryan Kwanten’s Sydney slacker to become the daddy when he
discovers that testicular cancer treatment will leave him infertile. Sure, he’s great to look
at, but suitable for children? Questionable. Flatmates Sarah Snook and Ryan Corr do
their best to assist in this reassessment of life’s priorities. Director Peter Templeman
balances sensitivity with humour for his charming first feature, which opened the Sydney
Film Festival this year. (Aus 2012 Dir. Peter Templeman 97 min)

Toomelah (15*)
Friday 21 September, 9.15pm
Director Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds) creates an authentic representation of life in his
mother’s hometown, the remote Indigenous community of Toomelah on the borders of
Queensland and New South Wales. Deeply personal and intensely naturalistic, especially
given the astonishing first-time lead from Daniel Connor, it’s not surprising that Toomelah
received a standing ovation at Cannes last year. (Aus 2011 Dir. Ivan Sen 106min)

Any Questions for Ben? (15*) UK PREMIERE
Saturday 22 September, 6.00pm
Ben’s (Josh Lawson) slick, no string Melbourne highlife goes into existential freefall when
a chance meeting with an old school friend causes him to re-evaluate his life. Will Ben
become a better man to get the girl of his dreams? Or is it all just too far out of his comfort
zone? A slick comedy from the director of The Castle & The Dish, also starring Rachael
Taylor (Red Dog), Daniel Henshall (Snowtown) and Felicity Ward. (Aus 2012 Dir. Rob
Sitch 114 min)

Swerve (15*) UK PREMIERE
Saturday 22 September, 8.45pm
The paths of a drug dealer, a dissatisfied wife, a straight up ex-soldier and a psychotic cop
(a frighteningly convincing Jason Clarke) collide spectacularly in writer/director Craig
Lahiff’s noir thriller. South Australia’s Flinders Ranges provide the backdrop to a darkly
comic and sexy tale with twists galore. (Aus 2011 Dir. Craig Lahiff 83 min)

The Eye of the Storm (15*)
Sunday 23 September, 6.00pm
Promises of a lavish inheritance and unresolved grievances reluctantly draw estranged
siblings Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis to the bedside of their dying mother (Charlotte
Rampling), who’s desperate to cling onto her matriarchal power while she can… Fred
Schepisi’s stormy portrait of a gloriously dysfunctional family, based on Nobel winner
Patrick White’s novel, Eye of the Storm positively dazzles. (Aus 2011 Dir. Fred Schepisi
119 min) Screening sponsored by Tourism Australia

The Hunter (15)
Sunday 23 September, 8.45pm
A ruthless mercenary is sent by a shadowy corporation to kill the last of the supposedly
extinct Tasmanian Tigers. But on the hunt, his priorities shift as he becomes reluctantly
involved with a struggling family holding onto a tragic past. Debut director Daniel
Nettheim draws astonishing performances from his cast including Willem Dafoe in one of
his finest roles, alongside Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill. (Aus 2011 Dir. Daniel
Nettheim 101 min)

Standard prices
Adults £10
Picturehouse Members £8
Concessions (income support/students/retired 60+) £9
Teens (15-17s) £6
Children £6
Multi buy
£2 off full price tickets for bookings of 3 or more festival films
Group Bookings
Buy 9 tickets to any FFA screening and get the 10th ticket free

See Film Festival Australia website for more information

Hackney Picture House  Box Office on 0871 902 5727 (10p a minute from a landline). Booking fees apply.





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