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The Travelling Film Festival (TFF) returns to Townsville from 22—26 November 2019.

The program will showcase eight incredible feature films and three fascinating documentaries direct from the 66th Sydney Film Festival, at Warrina Cineplex.

“We are very excited to bring the Festival back to the local community in Townsville,” said Festival Manager, Sanam Rodrigues. “This year’s program is packed with the most captivating films from this year’s Sydney Film Festival, including acclaimed works from internationally renowned directors and the very best from trailblazing local filmmakers.”

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. The film 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 followed by a special Q&A.

The Festival is also delighted to bring the works of acclaimed filmmakers such as: Two-time Oscar-nominated epic Never Look Away by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others, The Tourist), who carefully intertwines a dramatic love story with three key eras of German history in a fascinating way; and the beautiful 18th century period romance set in France by Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Girlhood: SFF 2014) Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which won the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm at Cannes.

Audience favourites from the Sydney Film Festival include: Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Honeyland, an intimate and timeless look at the delicate balance between humankind and nature through the eyes of a beekeeper in remote Macedonia; and The Biggest Little Farm, which follows filmmaker John Chester, his wife and dog as they lovingly chase their dream to set up a sustainable farm in harmony with nature.

Fascinating stories based on true events include: Macedonian feminist satire God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya, about a woman who participates in a men-only contest – and wins, to the ire of her community; and from Spanish Director Icíar Bollaín (The Olive Tree: SFF 2016) comes Yuli, an 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.

Rounding out the program are compelling stories from across the globe: Bend it Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded By the Light, a joyful celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s music through the eyes of a British-Pakistani teenager and the stunningly cinematic The Third Wife, about an arranged marriage in 19th century Vietnam filled with passion, beauty and melancholy.

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 North Queensland 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.

The Program:

Opening Night: Friday 22 November

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 23 November

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 Chlorine.
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. Screens with short film All These Creatures.
Bellbird – This quietly powerful feature debut, told with warm humour, takes us into the heart of a farming community in New Zealand, and features a standout performance from Marshall Napier (Babe).
Blinded By the Light – A joyful celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s music through the eyes of a British-Pakistani teenager from Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham).
Sunday 24 November

The Biggest Little Farm – A genuine crowd-pleaser that follows filmmaker John Chester, his wife and dog as they chase their dream to set up a sustainable farm, with plenty of enthusiasm but zero experience.
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 Chlorine.
Never Look Away – Inspired – controversially – by the life of German artist Gerhard Richter, this Oscar-nominated epic, from the director of The Lives of Others, recounts a remarkable love story.
God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya – Teona Strugar Mitevska’s feminist satire follows a Macedonian woman challenging the male-dominated church and state.
Monday 25 November

Hearts and Bones (Repeat) – 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.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – This beautiful period romance set in 18th century France by Céline Sciamma also won the Best Screenplay and Queer Palm at Cannes.
Tuesday 26 November

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. Includes audience Q&A.
WHAT: Travelling Film Festival Townsville
WHEN: Friday 22 November – Tuesday 26 November, 2019
WHERE: Warrina Cineplex, 164 Dalrymple Rd, Currajong, QLD 4812
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: 10-FILM FULL SUBSCRIPTION: $95.00 Adult / $85.00 Concession
5-FILM FLEXIPASS: $55 Adult / $50 Concession

HOW TO BOOK: Book tickets online in advance at https://www.sff.org.au/tff/program/townsville

For ticket enquiries please contact Sydney Film Festival on 02 8220 6600 or contact the cinema box office.