LINEUP: TheTurkish film Mustang headlines the Travelling Film Festival in Bundaberg at the Moncrieff Theatre.
LINEUP: TheTurkish film Mustang headlines the Travelling Film Festival in Bundaberg at the Moncrieff Theatre. Emma Reid

Movie feast hits Bundy

THE Travelling Film Festival (TFF) is Australia's longest running travelling film festival bringing world cinema to regional Australia and they are hitting the road, bringing the best in screen right to your doorstep.

The TFF showcases Australian and international features, documentaries and short films screening in areas which have limited theatrical screening opportunities.

Founded in 1974, the TFF is committed to providing audiences in regional Australia with access to films they would otherwise not have the opportunity to see on the big screen. The TFF presents cinema in a festival environment and promotes a film experience that encourages debate, community involvement and interaction.

The TFF creates a program specific to each festival. Films are chosen in consultation with event partner Crush Festival Bundaberg. Films have been selected with an emphasis on diversity of style, mood and country of origin. The Festival screens over a full weekend, screening a total of eight features and three short films.

The TFF rolls in to Bundaberg on today with a gala opening night, featuring the Turkish film Mustang followed by light refreshments after the film.

The opening night film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards & Golden Globes 2016 and People's Choice Award at Melbourne Film Festival 2015 and picked up the Label Europa Award at Cannes Film Festival 2015.

The film follows the story of Lale and her four sisters, at the beginning of summer, in a village in northern Turkey. They are walking home from school, innocently playing with boys. The perceived immorality of their games sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages are arranged. The five sisters, who share a passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.

Shot in an unencumbered, naturalistic style in atmospheric locales, Mustang has a cutting-edge feel, nourished by the melancholy score of Warren Ellis.

Other films completing the program include, 'The Commune', Trine Dyrholm won the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for her terrific performance in this new '70s-set drama by acclaimed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg.

'Life, Animated', an award winner at Sundance 2016, Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams' heart-warming documentary tells the unique story of a boy with autism and his love of Disney films.

'Aquarius', winner of 2016 SFF Film Prize, Kleber Mendonça Filho's follow-up to 'Neighbouring Sounds' pits a single woman (Sonia Braga) against an aggressive property developer.

'Up For Love'' Jean Dujardin ('The Artist') charms in this hilarious romantic comedy about a couple trying to find true love in a world of petty intolerance.

'The Red Turtle', the revered Studio Ghibli ('Spirited Away') joined forces with London-based artist Michaël Dudok de Wit to create this stunning, dialogue-free, animated fable set on a desert island.

And, 'The Olive Tree', a Spanish film about a woman determined to retrieve her family's recently uprooted ancient olive tree, this beautifully brings together environmental themes and youthful activism.

Single tickets start at just $14 for adults but there is an option to buy more and save over 20% on regular ticket prices. Dip into the festival with a 5-Film Flexipass for just $10 per film ($9 concession), or if you can't get enough of the TFF and want to see them all, you will save over 30% on regular ticket prices with a subscription: all eight films for only $9 per film ($8 concession), including the Opening Night film and the Special Screening of Sons of Matthew at Paragon Theatre.

For full details about the films showing at the TFF, go to the Moncrieff website,

The Travelling Film Festival acknowledges the financial assistance of Screen Australia and the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council and is supported by ABC Wide Bay. The TFF is presented in partnership with Crush Festival Bundaberg. Crush is a Bundaberg Regional Council event.

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