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Friday, October 17, 2014

Aussie Film Fest 10/25/2014

As part of our On the Same Page: The Light Between Oceans celebration during the month of October, on Saturday the 25th, the Roselle Public Library will host an all-day Aussie Film Fest, showcasing some of the world class cinema that has come out of Australia. (To be held in the Library Atrium, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., light refreshments will be served.)

During the festival we will be offering both a hand-picked selection of landmark Australian films and a "Viewers' Choice" of popular titles.

For U.S. film buffs, Peter Weir was really the first major Australian director that most of us learned about. Movies like Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, and The Year of Living Dangerously alerted the world that Australian film-making was worthy of a global audience. The names of some of his later Hollywood films would probably be familiar even to casual movie watchers: Witness, The Mosquito Coast, Green Card, and Dead Poet's Society.

As American audiences have discovered over the years, Australian film encompasses every genre. We thought we'd seen most of the more celebrated films of the last few decades, but there were plenty of new discoveries for us as we prepared for this event, including a delightful and uniquely Australian story, The Castle, directed by Rob Sitch.

Below are brief trailers for some of the films we've been watching in preparation for our festival.


Gallipoli, 1981, dir. Peter Weir
Gallipoli depicts the personal stories of two Australian sprinters caught up in the famous World War I battle fought in Turkey.


Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975, dir. Peter Weir
Based on a true story, this film dramatizes the unexplained disappearance of a group of Australian school girls during a picnic in the Outback.


The Castle, 1997, dir.Rob Sitch
The Castle is a comedy about a Melbourne family's fight to remain in their home in the face of an expansion of their local airport.


Below are some examples of Australian movies available on DVD in our catalog. Click on the images to see their complete listings.

Muriel's Wedding The Sapphires The road from Coorain Rabbit-proof fence Shine Australia

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