The YAH Film Festival, aimed primarily at those over 60, has been growing in strength since it began thirteen years ago.
This is no “quaint films for seniors” event, but rather a celebration of older people in all their life-affirming glory. And as such, it offers a selection of films that appeal to all ages.
Kicking off at this afternoon’s opening event was British feature The Bookshop. Starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, it is based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald.
Also on offer this year is the Australian premiere of Chappaquiddick, John Curran’s feature account of that still dark episode in the otherwise exemplary life of Ted Kennedy. This sits alongside another US political dramatization, LBJ, starring Woody Harrelson as the often under-rated president.
Other English language feature offerings include On Chesil Beach, based on the Ian McEwan novel, and Vietnam vet road-movie, Last Flag Flying with Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston.
Foreign language films are also get a guernsey , including Aurore (France) Return to Montauk (Germany/Ireland), Swinger (Denmark) and The Desert Bride (Argentina).
There are three, wonderful documentaries included in the program: Gurrumul (Australia), Sea Dreaming Girls (Italy) and The Guy From Oklahoma (Mexico).
And, of course, there is the ever-popular retrospective section, which this year features A Star is Born, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and All About Eve. This is a great opportunity to introduce children or grand-children to some of these classic films, on the big screen.
Many of these screenings sell-out quickly, so don’t dilly-dally!
This year’s festival is running at both Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect. Check out the full program here.