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Big Screen back again

Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

Eric Bana’s documentary “Love the Beast” will be shown at the festival. Eric Bana’s documentary “Love the Beast” will be shown at the festival.

By Emily Roberts

The annual Big Screen Film Festival is coming back to town with a variety of top new Australian movies. 

The National Film and Sound Archive’s festival will be showing in Broken Hill, Menindee and Wilcannia from November 28 to December 1. 

Special guest, actor Aaron Pedersen, will be in the city to introduce his latest film, the western-style thriller “Mystery Road”, which will open the festival. 

Big Screen co-ordinator, Annie Parnell, said it will have something for everyone. 

“We always have an absolutely fantastic response every year,” Ms Parnell said. 

“It is great for the community to receive these films as well as screening old footage of the city.

“It’s something different.” 

Ms Parnell said having Mr Pedersen here was a real bonus. 

“I think it is a drawcard to the festival. I think it is great,” she said. 

“People can meet Aaron Pedersen and hear him introduce his latest film.”

But she said event was not just about the films.

“It is a community event. It creates a whole social environment and it is a good social occasion to enjoy quality films.” 

The Festival begins in Menindee on Thursday, November 28 with a free outdoor screening of Satellite Boy, a heart-warming story starring David Gulpilil, with food and entertainment before a sunset screening. 

In Broken Hill it starts on Friday, November 29 at the Regional Art Gallery with a night of art and film. 

It then continues around the corner at the Silver City Cinema with the opening of Mystery Road, followed by a Question and Answer session with Mr Pedersen.

On Saturday, locals can be pampered at the Goddess Beauty Bar which is included in the ticket price for the screening of Goddess, starring Magda Szubanski. 

“Saturday afternoon is all about cars and stars, when Eric Bana’s film Love the Beast charges onto the big screen, with a special line-up of cars from Broken Hill Vintage and Veteran Car Club as part of the fun,” Ms Parnell said. 

“Then on Sunday morning we will have a family-friendly film, Return to Nim’s Island, starring Bindi Irwin, and a community fundraiser screening of Satellite Boy with proceeds to aid Red Cross, in the afternoon.” 

Ms Parnell said over the weekend there will also be a special showcase of films about Broken Hill and surrounds that will play continuously at the Regional Art Gallery.

Also on exhibition will be film stills by Ivan Sen, featuring the stellar cast of Mystery Road, as well as new art gallery exhibitions.

Big Screen will host a free outdoor screening and barbecue in Wilcannia on Saturday, November 30, with Satellite Boy plus local shorts about Wilcannia, from ABC Open and the Through Our Eyes project. 

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