Northern Rivers to host Travelling Film Festival

Northern Rivers to host Travelling Film Festival

The Travelling Film Festival (TFF) has proudly added the Northern Rivers to its touring program!

Thanks to a special Create NSW initiative, TFF will be screening at The Regent in Murwillumbah from 4-6 June and at BCC Cinemas Lismore from 4-6 June 2021.The line-up of titles from Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian and other major film festivals, comprises five acclaimed feature films, two superb documentaries, and a delightful Australian short film.

‘TFF’s mission is to connect local audiences to Australia’s wider film community, and so it’s very exciting that the festival is able to achieve this through the addition of five new centres across New South Wales, including Murwillumbah and Lismore.’ Sanam Rodrigues, Travelling Film Festival Manager.

Headlining the programme is MY NAME IS GULPILIL, a brilliant new Australian documentary by Molly Reynolds (available for interviews), that celebrates the personal story and remarkable film career of iconic Australian actor David Gulpilil, beginning with his breakthrough performance in Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout (1970), and including such classics as Storm Boy (1976, Henri Safran), The Last Wave (1977, Peter Weir), and more recently The Tracker (2002, Rolf de Heer) and Rabbit Proof Fence (2002, Phillip Noyce). Direct from Sundance is the fabulous Australian documentary VALERIE TAYLOR: PLAYING WITH SHARKS by multiple Award-winning director, Sally Aitken. This engaging story mixes stunning imagery and archival footage to document the extraordinary professional and personal life of Australian living legend Valerie Taylor AM, who filmed most of the real- world shark footage in Jaws, and her subsequent efforts to undo the immense damage the film caused.

To further celebrate Australian cinema, TFF is proud to showcase the local premiere of DISCLOSURE by director Michael Bentham. Inspired by real-life events, this is a thrilling and telling story of parents who will try anything to protect their own when pushed to the edge; the program will also include Australian short film BAMA, by local filmmaker Jahvis Loveday, following the reflections of a young Aboriginal boy after his first day at school in the big city.

Other stories from around the globe include: LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM, a TFF audience favourite and selected for Berlinale, this gem from Bhutan was beautifully shot in the high-altitude peaks of the Himalayas; France’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film, TWO OF US, an engrossing drama that begins as a gentle love story and then takes a series of unpredictable turns as two clandestine lovers are separated by unfortunate circumstances; and the delightful Academy Award nominated THE MOLE AGENT, that follows a sweet-natured widower as he infiltrates a nursing home at the behest of a private detective agency.

Additional festival highlights included in the program are: FIRST COW, an old West tale of love and money set in 19th century Oregon from multiple award-winning director, Kelly Reichardt, about two unusual partners, who open a bakery aiming to make their fortune; and SUPERNOVA, a compassionate and moving take on the love of a couple (played by Academy Award winners actors Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci), and the revelation of confronting secrets.

TFF Murwillumbah 

TFF Lismore

Image from ‘My Name is Gulpilil’