The BOFA film programme team have been hard at work attending festivals, scoping out overseas festivals and trawling the net and distributors to find the finest of films for you at BOFA 2015.
Some "breaking news" titbits to tempt you to book a space in your diary are:
Our red carpet opening night screening will be the Tasmanian (and probably) World Premiere of
Death or Liberty, shot in Australia, UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. The film, produced and directed by Tasmania's own Roar Film, tells the story of the British Government banishment of their political enemies - viewed with the same alarm as today’s ‘terrrorists’ – to the shores of Australia. The story is told through the vivid first-hand accounts of those still revered as heroes and martyrs, freedom fighters and patriots in their homelands, plus interviews with author Tony Moore and celebrated writers and historians. Hamish Maxwell-Stuart, Janet McCalman, Cassandra Pybus and Richard Flanagan. The Roots music soundtrack is composed and performed by singers and songwriters like Billy Bragg (UK) and Mick Thomas (who will perform at BOFA 2015)
Oscar nominated Irish animation, Song of the Seas, will set the tone for our new FAMILY BOFA section. It features Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, as they go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world. Voiced by a star cast including Brendan Gleeson, star of The Guard (BOFA 2011) and Calvary.
Korean masterpiece, My Love , Don't Cross that River, winner of the doco prize at LA Film Festival, screened recently at Sydney Film Festival and shortly at Melbourne International Film Festival, is an exquisitely crafted documentary of a couple married for 76 years. It was a box-office sensation and the most commercially successfully Korean documentary of all time. "The perfect distilled essence of romantic comedy that fictional films try and typically fail to achieve." – hancinema.net