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Focus on film

Friday, 1st November, 2019

Perfect Light Film Festival directors Meg Pascoe and Steve Bastoni with Mayor Darriea Turley and the Suzi Quatro autograph which will be given away in a raffle tonight at the launch of the festival. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Perfect Light Film Festival directors Meg Pascoe and Steve Bastoni with Mayor Darriea Turley and the Suzi Quatro autograph which will be given away in a raffle tonight at the launch of the festival. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The Perfect Light Film Festival opens tonight with a free screening and a special giveaway.

The popular festival will start at the Silver City Cinema with the premiere screening of “Suzi Q” and a special screening of “When The River Runs Dry” by Paul Staff and Bernie Zelvis.

The event is free and includes the movies, drinks, nibbles and a Q and A afterwards. It all gets underway at 7.30pm.

There will also be a raffle for an autograph by Suzi Quatro, that has been donated by Mayor Darriea Turley.

“I took the opportunity while (husband) Darryl and I had a quick holiday on the ‘Rock the Boat’ cruise to get a signature from Suzi.

“I lined up for an hour and a half, which I haven’t done since I was 17, to see Sherbet.

“I thought it would be a great giveaway.”

The film features Suzi Quatro as the trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of women who were to follow in the rock and roll industry. It’s the story of a girl who redefined the role and image of rock in the 1970s.

“She is an iconic rock queen and I thought someone might like to have her autograph.” Mayor Turley said.

All money from the raffle, drawn tonight, will be donated to the cinema.

Mayor Turley said she was really pleased to see the festival back again and putting Broken Hill on the map.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase Broken Hill’s emerging filmmakers but also how filmmakers have chosen the city for their films.”

Tomorrow night the festival will kick off at 6pm in Sturt Park on the Sulphide Street side.

People are encouraged to bring a rug, a hamper, some friends and enjoy watching a selection of short films all judged live by a panel of celebrity judges.  

The 12 shortlisted films will be screened.

First prize is $1,000 cash, second prize $500, third $250 and the RUOK Emerging Filmmaker Award is $500 cash.

There will be entertainment by Teach and Chong and Shelita Buffet and Amanda Screetly.

Festival director and actor Steve Bastoni said if the predicted thunderstorms do come down, the festival will be moved to the Civic Centre.

“We are highly prepared, the Civic Centre is set up and ready to go,” he said.

“It is state of the art with amazing digital projection.

“We are hoping it rains.”

The festival will end with a free filmmaking workshop at the Civic Centre on Sunday from 10am - 2pm.

To register email megan@filmfestivalsaustralia.com.au

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