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The Chronicle Tuesday, November 4, 2014
2014 EMIRATES BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL
A full program of UK cinema offerings
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira
Knightley star in the nail-biting drama
The Imitation Game.
Whether it s pithy comedy or an epic
tale of war, when the British get
cinema right audiences are floored.
The 2014 Emirates British Film
Festival, which opens at Canberra s
Palace Electric Cinemas on Thursday,
will keep crowds captivated with a full
program of 21 features (including 13
Australian premieres) until November
23.Program director Kim Petalas said
the opening and closing films,
Testament of Youth and The Imitation
Game, would likely feature in next
year s Academy Awards across the
"The two standout films and the
ones we bookended the festival with,"
The program launches with
Testament of Youth, which premiered
at the London Film Festival, and is
based on Vera Brittain s famous World
War I memoirs.
The Imitation Game, which stars
Benedict Cumberbatch and won
awards at the Toronto International
and London film festivals, will bring
the curtain down on the festival.
It tells the gripping tale of a coding
pioneer who helped to crack Nazi
Germany s Enigma code during the
darkest days of World War II.
A generous dose of comedy will
also be on show.
Catch Billy Connolly in What We
Did on Our Holiday or settle in for a
heartwarming comedy starring Pierce
Brosnan, Imogen Poots and Toni
Collette in A Long Way Down.
Petalas said the retrospective Six
from the 60s showcase series gave
modern audiences a taste of an era in
the UK which shaped popular culture
"In the era there a new found
vivacity in British cinema and a lot of
cultural changes in fashion, film and
music," he said.
As part of the digitally restored
retrospective series the program
includes the 50th anniversary
screening of Richard Lester s A Hard
Day's Night, which gives insight into
the height of Beatlemania.
The Emirates British Film Festival
runs at Palace Electric in New Acton
from November 6-23. Tickets on sale
ARTIST: TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS -- HYPNOTIC EYE
Petty shows there is still plenty of life in the old rocker
A Tom Petty resurgence is always a
good thing. To hear that nasally blunt
voice against a back-drop of snarling
guitars is indeed a gift that keeps
Hypnotic Eye took three years to
make but it sounds like Petty recruited
his Heartbreaker mates for a sturdy
garage session then let us all in on the
noise. What a noise it is -- a rollicking
rock album immediately grabbing
your attention with melodic flourishes
too good not to hear.
It may be late in the year but heck,
let s declare this one of the best albums
of the year.
Petty sounds good here.
It s rough, gritty, straight-up rock --
country rock in some musical passages
-- but with grunt and an extra dollop of
good old cynicism thrown in. Check
out the distorted guitars and rock fuzz
of Americawn Dream Plan B, a song
that already ranks with some of Petty s
Then there s the subdued, mid-
tempo ballad Full Grown Boy which
underlines Petty doesn t always need
to howl at the moon to get his point
It hasn t even been open for two years,
and most of the trees are little more
than overgrown saplings but a
photographic competition is under
way to capture the beauty of the
The competition, run by the Friends
of the Arboretum, will celebrate
summer at the arboretum.
The competition is family friendly
with three entry age categories.
The two younger categories -- 12
years or under and high school/college
students -- will both be awarded a first
prize and runner up prize of $500 and
The third category, adult, will
receive a first prize and runner up prize
of $1000 and $500 respectively.
The competition is open until
January 30, 2015.
For more information, visit
MUSICAL SHOW LINED
UP FOR ST PAUL'S FETE
St Paul s annual fete is on from 9am-
1pm on Saturday. The fete will feature
musical performances from Sing
Australia, McQuoid s Offering bush
band and Cozmo the Mandolin
Stalls will include a white elephant
stall, secret men s business stall with
vintage tools for sale, jewellery, home-
baked goods including cakes,
pancakes and jams, garden plants,
Devonshire tea and a sausage sizzle.
The fete will be held within the
church grounds on the corner of
Captain Cook Crescent and Canberra
IN THE FLESH AT THE
In The Flesh is an enthralling and
immersive experience of
contemporary art that confronts the
concept of humanity and emotion. The
exhibition features 10 Australian
artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia
Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michel
Peck. It explores vulnerability, self-
possession, isolation, acceptance and
intimacy. It opens on Friday at the
National Portrait Gallery and will
continue until March 9, 2015.
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