Young at Heart Film Festival

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The film festival with special interest for seniors has a lot more to offer than just nostalgia

Australia’s only film festival dedicated to film lovers aged 60 and up, Young at Heart, is returning in April. The festival program includes acclaimed features, special guests, Q&As and cinema classics brought back to their rightful home on the big screen. 
 
The festival opens with The Bookshop, starrring Emily Mortimer as a woman who opens a bookshop in a conservative small town in England in 1959, causing all kinds of ructions. On Chesil Beach is an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel about a young UK couple on their honeymoon in 1962 struggling to achieve physical intimacy. Saoirse Ronan stars.
The Last Flag Flying is a comedy-drama directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood) starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne as three Vietnam War veterans who reunite after one of their sons is killed in the Iraq War.

Australian filmmaker John Curran directs Chappaquiddick, about the scandal that envoloped Senator Ted Kennedy (Oz actor Jason Clarke) in 1969 when a passenger in the car he was driving was killed.
 
US politics in the 1960s are also the subject of LBJ, which sees Woody Harrelson take on the role of 36th President Lyndon B Johnson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh as his wife Claudia.
Swedish great Stellan Skarsgård stars in Return to Montauk, about an ageing writer who reconnects with his former lover (Nina Hoss) in New York City.
French mega-hit Two Is a Family stars Omar Sy (Les Intouchables) as a ladies' man who is suddenly saddled with the young daughter he did not know he had.
Retrospectives are always a highlight of the festival and this year the theme is 'leading ladies'. Catch up on great movies starring Bette Davis (All About Eve, 1950), Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969) and Judy Garland (A Star Is Born, 1954).
The documentary program includes Sea Dreaming Girls, following a group of elderly women who live in a tiny Italian mountain village who decide to go to the sea for the first time, and Gurrumul, the moving film about the life of the late singing sensation from the Northern Territory.
 
Screenings are at Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay and Palace Cinema Como, and if you're a senior you're looking at just $8.50 a ticket plus booking fee (sorry, full price is $20).

By: Nick Dent

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