Whether a weekend in the bush, a backpacking jaunt in Berlin, or diving with sharks off the coast, travel seems especially fraught with danger in a string of recent UK releases. Best follow the gals at Australia’s most infamous prison and have a quiet night in, as a trio of Australian features, and the latest run of a beloved TV series arrive on home viewing formats in the UK.
Revised views of harsh interiors and fresh perspectives on global interactions mark Australia’s contribution to the 61st BFI London Film Festival, with two features in official competition and a bevy of other titles joining the festival’s usual array of art cinema and genre fare from across the globe.
Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) blows back into town in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker (2015)
After a lengthy hiatus (and my long journey into the depths of PhD despair!), The Far Paradise – your guide to Australian cinema in Britain, past and present – is now officially back in action.
From here on out, posts should hopefully be more frequent, more informative, and (occasionally) more in-depth. The Aussie film calendar is also undergoing a major revamp, with plans to gradually expand the archive to include release dates for Australian films in Britain stretching right back to the silent era.
Since you’re here now, why not follow the blog, and add The Far Paradise on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news and information.
The line-up for the 60th BFI London Film Festival was officially announced this morning, with a handful of Australian films amidst the festival’s usual array of art cinema and genre fare from across the globe.
Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil on the set of Charlie’s Country
In late April, the British Museum opened its major summer exhibition Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation (23 April – 2 August 2015), the first major UK survey of the history of indigenous Australia through objects. Drawing together art and artefacts from the museum’s own collection as well as those in Australia, alongside specially commissioned works, the exhibition is dedicated to celebrating the cultural strength and resistance of the world’s oldest continuing culture.
A swathe of festival and one-off screenings in the coming weeks will ensure that indigenous filmmaking is also firmly in the spotlight this summer, offering everything from popular features to documentaries, short films and anthropological studies.