Film festival set to wow audiences

Jackie Weaver starring in Stage Mother part of the Travelling Film Festival.

By Angela Norval

Boasting a carefully curated film program, the Travelling Film Festival is again coming to Bundaberg.

The Travelling Film Festival (TFF), the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will return to Bundaberg from 16 to 18 October at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

The program will showcase six acclaimed feature films and four exceptional Australian short films, direct from this year’s Sydney Film Festival and other major international festivals.

TFF manager Sanam Rodrigues said against all odds, with such strange times and resulting cancellations of other regional festivals, organisers were thrilled to be restarting the TFF Queensland with Bundaberg this year.

“Our patrons in Bundaberg will get to attend and watch on the big screen, the local premieres of all the exceptional films on our program,” Mr Rodrigues said.

Headlining the programme is The Perfect Candidate, directed by Saudi Arabia’s first female director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda – a TFF favourite), a revealing look at the changing role of women in Saudi Arabia.

Other stories from around the globe include: Cannes Film Festival selection Litigante, a thoughtful and provocative family drama; the Finnish-Chinese comedy, Master Cheng, from director Mika Kaurismaki, a delightful tale of cultural acceptance and culinary escape, and; award-winning French film Only the Animals, by director Dominik Moll – an engrossing, playful mystery thriller.

Also screening is the audience favourite from the recent Huskisson TFF, Stage Mother, a star studded comedy with Jacki Weaver in sparkling form as a conservative church-choir director who ends up taking over her deceased son’s failing drag bar.

To round off the program, a cinematic gem from the Toronto Film Festival, Kuessipan, based on the acclaimed Canadian novel by Naomi Fontaine, is a poignant coming-of-age story of two girls from a rural Quebec Innu community.

“We hope Bundaberg’s film lovers will enjoy them as much as they delighted and entertained audiences around the world,” Mr Rodrigues said.

“The Bundaberg community has always received us warmly, and TFF is very grateful for the continued support of Bundaberg Regional Council and the wonderful team at Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, the home of the TFF Bundaberg for many years, in helping to bring the festival to town in these strange times.

“The program is already selling fast, and we are all looking forward to another successful festival and exploring the world together.”

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre’s arts and cultural services manager, Rod Ainsworth, said it was great to see the film festival return to the region.

“They’ve been coming to Moncrieff for over 10 years and it’s always been an incredible hit,” he said.

To book tickets, call the Moncrieff Box Office on 4130 4100.