Film festival travels to Bright
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.