Film fes­ti­val trav­els to Bright

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By STRUAN JONES

BRIGHT’S Cloud 9 cin­ema will host the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s Trav­el­ling Show­case for the first time, for four spe­cial once-off screen­ings this week­end.

The Trav­el­ling Show­case has been on the road since Au­gust screen­ing the most pop­u­lar films from the 2018 fes­ti­val, with Bright’s Cloud 9 and Mans­field Cin­ema the only ru­ral cin­e­mas to fea­ture on the tour.

The main high­light on the pro­gramme is The Merger, an up­roar­i­ous new Aus­tralian com­edy about a for­mer pro­fes­sional foot­ball player who re­turns to his coun­try town af­ter his sport­ing ca­reer comes to an abrupt end, and takes on the po­si­tion of coach for the lo­cal footy team, the Roost­ers.

Based on co­me­dian Damian Cal­li­nan’s ac­claimed stage of the same name, it is a feel-good tale of footy, life in the coun­try and the power of com­mu­ni­ties to over­come small mind­ed­ness.

For the spe­cial 6.15pm screen­ing on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, Damian Cal­li­nan will be in at­ten­dance for a Q and A ses­sion post-film at the cin­ema.

The show­case starts on Fri­day evening, with a 6.15pm screen­ing of Acute Mis­for­tune, the win­ner of The Age Crit­ics Award for best Aus­tralian fea­ture film.

Fol­low­ing on Satur­day af­ter­noon is The Eu­logy, a film in­spired by Prime Min­is­ter Paul Keat­ing’s sear­ing eu­logy for Aus­tralia’s great­est ever pi­anist Geoffrey Tozer.

The pro­gramme fin­ishes on Sun­day af­ter- noon with a screen­ing of Un­der­mined: Tales from the Kim­ber­ley, by the award-win­ning di­rec­tor Ni­cholas Wrathall.

Wrathall in­ves­ti­gates the true cost of de­vel­op­ment in the world-fa­mous Kim­ber­ley, where mega-min­ing and pas­toral de­vel­op­ments threaten not just the pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment but more than 200 Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties and their peo­ples’ sa­cred links to coun­try.

Owner of the Cloud 9 cin­ema Shannon Price said it’s an achieve­ment for the Bright Cin­ema to be recog­nised.

“It is a bit of an ex­clu­sive for us, and it was a chal­lenge to get this,” she said.

“It’s re­ally pos­i­tive; it’s a win for the town to get more va­ri­ety in our fourth year, and to get new and dif­fer­ent con­tent.”

The Cloud 9 Cin­ema is set in a re­fur­bished stone cot­tage and fea­tures a 60-seat theatre.

It has about 700 lo­cal mem­bers and is grow­ing ev­ery year, thanks in part to a suc­cess­ful loy­alty pro­gram for se­niors.

For tick­ets, go to the Cloud 9 Cin­ema web­site or in per­son at the cin­ema at 119 Ga­van Street, Bright. Acute Mis­for­tune: 6.15pm Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19 The Eu­logy: 4pm Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 The Merger: 6.15pm Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 (fol­lowed by a Q&A ses­sion with writer/ac­tor Damian Cal­li­nan)

Un­der­mined: Tales from the Kim­ber­ley: 4pm Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

SHOW­CASE: New Aus­tralian film the Merger will be screened at Bright’s Could 9 Cin­ema this Satur­day as part of the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s Trav­el­ling Show­case.

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