Yamba Cinema’s Debbie McCreddie and Accidents Happen director Andrew Lancaster at the opening of the Big Screen Australian film Festival in Yamba on Wednesday.
Yamba Cinema’s Debbie McCreddie and Accidents Happen director Andrew Lancaster at the opening of the Big Screen Australian film Festival in Yamba on Wednesday.

Yamba embraces Big Screen action

EACH year in a warehouse in Yamba the red carpet rolls out and the popcorn flows freely.

The paparazzi are scarce but some of Australia’s hottest film talent makes the trip to talk face to face with Clarence Valley movie buffs at the Big Screen Australian Film Festival.

On Wednesday night Andrew Lancaster introduced his debut feature film Accidents Happen at the festival’s opening night, just the second time it’s screened in the country and it won’t be seen again commercially until April.

The highly stylised black comedy was shot in Sydney but set in 1970s and ‘80s suburban America.

Reminiscent of Donnie Darko and The Ice Storm, this film bucks all the Australian film stereotypes.

Accidents Happen premiered at Tribeca, has won awards in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sydney and may never make it to the Clarence Valley big screen again.

Lancaster spoke candidly with film-goers about nabbing Geena Davis for his lead role and the public outcry in the leafy suburban street in Sydney from neighbours who thought Spielberg had come to town.

Clarence film buffs love getting close to the action.

“This festival gives me the chance to see some great Australian films before the rest of the country, I’m a big supporter,” said Kim Burgess, of Yamba.

Now in its ninth year, the National Film and Sound Archive festival brings programs of contemporary and classic Australian films to regional, rural and remote Australian communities.

First launched in 2001, the festival has played to close to 140,000 Australians in more than 50 towns.

Producer of Jane Campion’s Bright Star, Jan Chapman will be at tonight’s Yamba premiere to talk to guests about her latest film.

Bookings can be made on 6646 3430.

Still to come...

All films will be screened at the Treelands Drive Cinema, Yamba, and cost $7.

 Today: Bright Star (PG). Meet producer Jan Chapman, who will introduce the film and conduct a Q&A after the screening.

 Tomorrow, 2.30pm: Disgrace (M), starring John Malkovich.

 Tomorrow, 8.15pm: Stone Bros. (MA15+) .

 Sunday, 10am family screening, adults free: Skippy and the

Intruders (G)1969 .

 Sunday, 2pm: Love The Beast (M). Written, directed and starring Eric Bana.

 Sunday, 5.45pm: Wake In Fright (M)1971.



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