Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Australian Film Festival - Barbican

The second of our Australian themed posts is to highlight the 17th London Australian Film Festival taking place from Thursday 5th to Thursday 12th of May, at the Barbican
The Festival showcases both the latest Australian feature films and documentaries, providing UK audiences with a unique overview of Australian cinema today.

With our history/social sciences hats on - here are a couple of our highlights of this year's festival:

Oranges & Sunshine Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham star in the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times - the deportation of thousands of children from the UK to Australia which continued into the 1970s.
UK/Australia 2010 Dir. Jim Loach 104 min.
6 May 8.20pm
Strange Birds in Paradise Australian writer, cartoonist and comedian Charlie Hill-Smith explores the rich culture and recent history of West Papua. Having made strong connections there as a student on an exchange year, he returns investigating the people's resistance to Indonesian rule, exploring the music and the stories of two political exiles from West Papua.
2009 Australia Dir. Charlie Hill-Smith 75 min
9 May 6.00pm

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