Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

THE in­au­gu­ral Hil­ton Win­ter Film Fes­ti­val kicks off this week­end with four great lo­cal movies to be screened.

With a movie screened ev­ery Fri­day for four weeks, the fes­ti­val will also be the WA premiere of three of the four movies, in­clud­ing Given.

Given is the story of surfers Aamion and Daize Good­win as they travel from their is­land home of Kauai in a quest to find big­ger and bet­ter surf, told from the per­spec­tive of a six-year-old.

Di­rec­tor Jess Bianchi said he hoped that by watch­ing the movie, view­ers would be able to see the wis­dom of a child and the guid­ance of a loved one.

“Given to me was as much about the pass­ing of knowl­edge from fa­ther to son as it was about search­ing for a new way to tell a story,” he said.

“In a time of cin­ema that is over-sat­u­rated with un­nec­es­sary sex, vi­o­lence, and drama, Given was an ex­plo­ration, a quest into pos­i­tive film-mak­ing.

“I pur­pose­fully choose to avoid any tra­di­tional drama arcs with the in­tent to en­gage and in­spire the au­di­ence to view movies dif­fer­ently.”

Other films that will be screened are Un­branded, Pu­tu­parri and the Rain­mak­ers and Is­lands and the Whales.

The Hil­ton Win­ter Film Fes­ti­val is on ev­ery Fri­day from April 21 to May 12 at Paget Street’s Progress Hall. En­try is free. Visit www.try­book­ to book.

A scene from Given, a film about surfers Aamion and Daize Good­win.

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