Aussie actor Gyton Grantley in his new film The Reef – a guest at the Big Screen Australian Film Festival.
Aussie actor Gyton Grantley in his new film The Reef – a guest at the Big Screen Australian Film Festival.

National film fest at Yamba cinema

MANY top Australian movies will be on display at Yamba this weekend with the National Film and Sound Archive’s Big Screen Australian Film Festival returning to Yamba Cinema.

Owner-manager of the cinema Debbie McCredie said this was the fifth time Yamba had hosted the festival.

“The idea of it is to get Australian Films out to places in regional Australia that don’t normally get the chance to screen these movies – it’s so people can get more of an appreciation of Australian films,” Ms McCredie said.

Among the films to screen at the festival which will run from tomorrow night until next Wednesday will be The Reef, Beneath Hill 60, Animal Kingdom, The Tree, Red Hill, First Love and A Heartbeat Away.

Ms McCredie said there would also be a special screening of the classic Australian film Storm Boy on Sunday for families.

“We’ve got a good collection there, a bit of a mix – The Reef is a thriller, it’s about a shark that terrorises a capsized yacht, then we’ve got Beneath Hill 60 – a classic war film which is also part of Australian history that happened there,” she said.

Ms McCredie said special guest would be Logie Award-winning actor Gyton Grantley, of Underbelly, Balibo and Beneath Hill 60 fame, who will introduce his new film The Reef on Friday night. He will also take questions from the audience and introduce Beneath Hill 60 on Saturday.

Also making an appearance will be director Claire Gorman and rising surf star, Jess Laing of the Aussie surf film First Love, who will introduce their film and field questions on Sunday.

For more information about the festival schedule contact Yamba Cinema on 6646 3430 or visit www.yambacinema.com.au/program



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