Festival celebrates life
Travelling Film Festival returns to its winding bitumen home – the road – to treat regional audiences to the best of Australian and international cinema on the big screen. The festival stops in Byron Bay this weekend with nine features and three shorts from seven countries. The festival opens with Life in Movement, a documentary that follows the life of acclaimed Australian dancer and choreographer Tanja Liedtke. The 29-year-old was appointed director of the Sydney Dance Company but before she could take up the position, she was killed in a road accident. Eighteen months later, Tanja’s collaborators (including partner Sol Ulbrich) embarked on a world tour of her awardwinning productions. International selections as part of the festival include Buck – a documentary about horse whisperer Buck Brannaman (the inspiration for Robert Redford’s film The Horse Whisperer); Medianeras, a romantic comedy from Buenos Aires; French films Romantics Anonymous and Goodbye First Love; and A Dangerous Method, starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley.
The Travelling Film Festival plays Dendy Cinemas Byron Bay from tomorrow until Sunday. Visit sff.org.au or call (02) 6680 8555 for details.