By­ron shows 200 films

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

MU­SIC, dance, surf, sex­u­al­ity and outer space are among the topics can­vassed by films screen­ing at the 10-day By­ron Bay Film Fes­ti­val, which opens to­mor­row night. This year’s pro­gram features 200-plus films from 42 coun­ties, open­ing and clos­ing night par­ties, film­mak­ers from Aus­tralia and overseas and some 50 as­so­ci­ated panel events. High­lights in­clude:

The World Be­fore Her: Nisha Pahuja’s 2012 Tribeca Film Fes­ti­val doc­u­men­tary win­ner screens on open­ing night. The film ex­plores the chang­ing iden­tity of women in In­dia as it fol­lows two op­pos­ing groups – the Miss In­dia Beauty Pageant’s 2011 fi­nal­ists and trainees at a Hindu Fun­da­men­tal­ist camp on the north­ern bor­der – with one com­mon dream. A lively, provoca­tive por­trait of the world’s largest democ­racy .

Pharaoh vs the Egyp­tians: Aus­tralian-Egyp­tian comic Ak­mal Saleh’s de­but doc­u­men­tary about the Arab Spring.

As the Dust Set­tles: Five film­mak­ers doc­u­ment their ex­pe­ri­ences in the Black Rock Desert.

McDon­ald Masada: A man and his ukulele make a mu­si­cal jour­ney through Is­rael.

Sanc­tity of Sanc­tu­ary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm: En­vi­ron­men­tal doco on sus­tain­able liv­ing.

Otelo Burn­ing: South African film based on a true story, di­rected by Sara Blecher ( Surf­ing Soweto). Set in 1989, a youth searches for free­dom from racial prej­u­dice as apartheid ends.

Small Apart­ments: The fes­ti­val’s clos­ing-night film, it stars Billy Crys­tal, Matt Lu­cas, Rebel Wil­son and Johnny Knoxville. The wicked black com­edy tells the story of a man who dreams of play­ing the alphorn, an alpine horn in­stru­ment.

The By­ron Bay Film Fes­ti­val plays By­ron Bay Com­mu­nity Cen­tre; Pig­house Flicks By­ron Bay; Star Court The­atre, Lis­more, and Re­gent Cinemas, Mur­willum­bah from to­mor­row un­til March 10. Visit for de­tails.

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