BEST OF BRI­TISH AT WIND­SOR

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life -

WITH last year’s first ever Great Britain Retro Film Fes­ti­val a hit with au­di­ences of all ages, de­cid­ing to se­cure more clas­sic films for an­other was a no-brainer.

Hay­den Or­pheum Pic­ture Palace gen­eral man­ager Paul Dravet again col­lab­o­rated with long-time friend and iconic film re­viewer David Strat­ton on this year’s sched­ule.

The Syd­ney-based film lovers hand-picked a range of Bri­tish films from the 1940s to the 1990s to screen through­out three weeks. But they did not al­ways agree. “Yes, we dis­agree some­times but that is par for the course,” Dravet said.

“This year we have Mrs Brown, which I love and David likes it too but would not put it at the top of his list.

“There are a few oth­ers that will re­main name­less that did not get in this year but I will try my luck again with David next year.”

Dravet said nos­tal­gia was driv­ing peo­ple back into cin­e­mas to watch old films read­ily avail­able on home en­ter­tain­ment.

“I don’t know the an­swer to it but retro is stronger than ever; peo­ple like to rem­i­nisce,” he said.

“When DVD came out there was the thought that the retro busi­ness would be dead, but some­thing hap­pened; peo­ple don’t al­ways want to sit at home and watch movies.”

This year’s sec­ond Great Britain Retro Film Fes­ti­val fea­tures crit­i­cally ac­claimed films such as Academy Award win­ner Char­i­ot­sof Fire, The Lady killers and Stan­ley Kubrick’s Dr Strange love, Or How I Learned To Stop Wor­ry­ing And Love The Bomb.

Strat­ton said the pos­i­tive re­sponse to last year’s fes­ti­val was “grat­i­fy­ing”.

“This sec­ond edi­tion fea­tures more won­der­ful films, many of which have not been seen on a cin­ema screen in decades,” he said.

The fes­ti­val runs from May 12 to 25 at Wind­sor Cin­ema.

For films, ses­sion times and tick­ets, go to www.lu­na­palace.com.au.

Char­i­ot­sofFire will screen as part of the sec­ond Great Britain Retro Film Fes­ti­val in May.

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