Sydney Film Festival’s 2017 Travelling Film Festival arrives in Tamworth

SHOWMAN: David Stratton, the Travelling Film Festival founder, is at the centre of a documentary visiting Tamworth as part of the two-day festival next week.

SHOWMAN: David Stratton, the Travelling Film Festival founder, is at the centre of a documentary visiting Tamworth as part of the two-day festival next week.

TAMWORTH movie buffs will have front-row access to some of the world’s most successful films. 

Sydney Film Festival’s 2017 Travelling Film Festival returns to Forum 6 Cinemas, Tamworth on April 28 to April 30, with a selection of nine award-winning international cinema and festival favourites.

Six features and three documentaries will premiere in Tamworth, opening with family-friendly documentary The Eagle Huntress, about a 13-year-old girl who becomes the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to train in the coveted practice of falconry.

Also screening is David Stratton: A Cinematic Life, the poignant and affectionate portrait of revered film critic, Travelling Film Festival founder, former Sydney Film Festival director (1966-1983) and undisputed national treasure, David Stratton. 

Tamworth will also see a selection of the biggest festival films right now, including 2017 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film The Salesman, Cannes FIPRESCI Prize winner Toni Erdmann, SFF’s 2016 Sydney Film Prize winner Aquarius, and Oscar-nominated Land of Mine, the Danish-German historical drama.

SFF 2016 Official Selection documentary Suzy and The Simple Man will also screen, as well as Like Crazy, the Italian comedy-drama about two women in a psychiatric clinic who escape on day release in search of love and happiness from multi-award winning Italian director Paolo Virzì, and post-WWI drama Frantz, from French director Francois Ozon following a grieving German woman and a mysterious French man who visits the fiancé’s grave.

Travelling Film Festival Manager Karina Libbey said the festival is looking forward to returning to Tamworth in 2017. 

“We are thrilled to be bringing these fantastic of-the-moment films to Tamworth, ensuring rural communities have the opportunity to see exciting global cinema on the big screen, in their home town,” Ms Libbey said.

“I think it’s something some regional centres don’t always have the opportunity to see these types of films. We’re trying to bridge that gap.”

It’s something some regional centres don’t always have the opportunity to see... We're trying to bridge that gap.

Karina Libbey

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