Feast of Big Screen film coming to Mallacoota, Cann River

The Big Screen Film Festival returns to Cann River and Mallacoota from May 8 to 11, for four days and nights of great cinema, brought to you by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).

Starting off at the Cann River Community Centre at 6.30pm on Thursday, May 8, join Big Screen for an uproarious night of cricketing mayhem with Backyard Ashes; telling  the story of the greatest backyard cricket game ever between Dougie and his pompous English neighbour.

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Cann River Community Centre.

On Friday night, May 9 at 7pm, Big Screen opens a weekend of great Australian films at The Mudbrick Pavilion in Mallacoota with Tracks.

Based on the best-selling book by Robyn Davison, Tracks is the story of a young woman’s 3,200km journey across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her dog, Diggity.

Stay for a light supper after the screening, hosted by the Mallacoota Arts Council.

On Saturday, May 10 at The Mudbrick Pavilion, we’ll be screening the classic children’s animation Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest, followed by the charming Satellite Boy, set in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley.

At 6pm, watch Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in The Railway Man, based on a true story of a man who survived the Second World War’s ‘Death Railway’.

To finish the evening, at 8.30pm we’ll be screening Uncharted Waters, a feature length documentary about legendary surfer Wayne Lynch.

Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day, so treat mum to two great movies at The Mudbrick Pavilion in Mallacoota.

At 3pm Big Screen will show the multi-award winning film, The Rocket.

Set in Laos, it tells the story of a young boy who leads his dispossessed family to a new home after the government forces them to relocate.

Sunday evening, finishing off the festival, is the feature film Adoration, based on Doris Lessing’s short story The Grandmothers, and starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright.

“We’ve got a terrific program lined up for the residents and visitors to East Gippsland, featuring brand new films, documentaries, great Aussie comedy and some classic footage from the NFSA,” said festival coordinator Gordana Bacic.

This year’s festival will also include four free School Screen sessions in Cann River and Mallacoota before opening night, featuring feature length and short films for younger audiences.

Join us on Facebook (facebook.com/BigScreenFilmFestival) to get updates, or visit the festival website (www.nfsa.gov.au/bigscreen/mallacoota-cann-river/).

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