Star in eyes at Yamba festival

FILM buffs and at least one film star converged on the opening of Yamba's third consecutive Big Screen Film Festival on Friday night.

There was definitely an air of excitement as guests mingled on the carpet, sipped wine and discussed the merits of Australian film.

For Heather Prowse, of Ashby, it was an event that would not be missed.

“I've bought a 'season' ticket for the festival and I am ticket-holder number one,” she said.

“I'm going to give it to the museum.”

The word on everyone's lips at the opening was 'fabulous' in recognition of Yamba hosting the big screen event.

Multi-award winning actress Noni Hazlehurst introduced the first film of the festival, Bitter and Twisted, in which she stars, and was proud to announce that the film was up for Best Actress at the Milan Film Festival.

“I don't need an excuse to come to Yamba,” the actress said of her visit, reminiscing about time spent there filming Fields of Fire.

Steve Cansdell MP and Cr Ian Dinham welcomed Ms Hazelhurst to 'Australia's number one town' and commended the actress on her lifetime contribution to the Australian film industry.

Treelands Drive Cinema projectionist Kerry Johnson said the festival had been a 'great success'.

“We had good sales of about 115 on Friday night and then an average of about 60 for each session,” he said.

“Everyone's very happy with how it has turned out.”

Yamba is one of 32 towns Australia-wide to attract the National Film and Sound Archive's Big Screen Film Festival, bringing new and archival films to audiences, ensuring Australia's rich cinematic history is made available to film-makers and artists of the next generation.

Other films shown include The Man From Snowy River, Three Blind Mice, Newcastle, The Black Balloon and The Combination.

“I think it's fabulous meeting one of the stars, I'm a big fan of Noni.” 




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