Byron shows 200 films
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 bbff.com.au for details.