The British Film Festival has just unveiled its full star program for 2021

Australian movie buffs, prepare to be spoiled for choice when it comes to getting your next fix on the big screen. With Sydney out of lockdown and Melbourne likely to do the same this month, cinemas across the country are set to be inundated with top feature films – and, with film festivals showing them.

One of those events that throws the spotlight is the annual event British film festival, which will tour its lineup of 31 British film films across the country between Wednesday 3 November and Wednesday 1 December. The crownfrom Olivia Colman, Claire Foy and Josh O’Connor – or everyone else from Jamie Dornan, Colin Firth, Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch to Helen Mirren, Michael Caine, Joanna Lumley and Peter Capaldi – you’ll spy on a lot of familiar faces.

The festival will open with a true story The Duke, with Mirren and Jim Broadbent, the latter playing a 60-year-old taxi driver who stole a portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. From there, highlights include the film directed by Kenneth Branagh Belfast, about growing up in the 1960s in Northern Ireland; Last night in Soho, Edgar Wright’s new thriller starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie; romantic period drama Mothers Day, with Colman, Firth and O’Connor; and Bestsellers, a literary comedy starring Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza.

Or, there is also Stardust, a biopic on the one and only David Bowie – and Louis Wan’s electric life, about the eponymous artist, with Cumberbatch and Foy leading the cast.

Opera singing in the Scottish highlands leads the Lumley with Falling for Figaro, which also features the Australian Patti Cake $ actress Danielle Macdonald; Blessing marks the return of filmmaker Terence Davies (Sunset song), this time focusing on the English poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon; and Firth reappears in WWII drama Operation Minced Meat with Successionby Matthew Macfadyen.

More, to Olivia dramatizes Roald Dahl’s wedding to Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal, Stephen Fry explores sparkling alcohol in documentary Sparkling wine: the history of champagne, and novelist Jackie Collins also receives the doco treatment.

And, as part of the retrospective program of the British Film Festival, Stanley Kubrick’s film A clockwork orange and Barry lyndon will grace the big screen – the first in a 4K restoration to celebrate its 50th anniversary.


Wednesday November 3 – Wednesday December 1 – Palace Norton, Palace Verona, Palace Central and Chauvel Cinema, Sydney
Wednesday November 3 – Wednesday December 1 – Palace Electric, Canberra
Wednesday November 3 to Wednesday December 1 – Palace James Street and Palace Centro, Brisbane
Wednesday November 3 – Wednesday December 1 – Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas and Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas, Adelaide
Wednesday November 3 – Wednesday December 1— Palace Raine Square, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema, Perth
From Wednesday November 3 to Sunday November 21 – Palace Byron Bay, Byron Bay
From Friday November 5 to Wednesday December 1 – Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, The Kino, Pentridge Cinema and The Astor, Melbourne

The 2021 British Film Festival is on tour in Australia from Wednesday November 3 through Wednesday December 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website festival site.

Posted on October 14, 2021 by

Sarah ward

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