British Film Festival premieres in Perth

The British Film Festival is in full swing, after Perth cinema-goers were treated to an opening night fit for a Queen.

Last Thursday saw the curtains open on this year’s highly anticipated British Film Festival. It was a night of well-mannered fun and frivolity for all in attendance.

Upon entry, guests were treated to traditional British delights pierced with dainty flags, courtesy of Gourmet Coaster, and, as we took our seats in the ever-quaint Cinema Paradiso, our souls were serenaded by the mellifluous melodies of Brit-pop classics from Oasis covered by local musician Timothy Nelson.

Sitting in my seat, crunching on complimentary crisps, a passerby in a blue and white pinstriped suit punctuated with bright red loafers served as the symbolic cherry on top of this anticipated cultural event.

Monarchies and colonies are the backbone of British history and it seemed fitting that the aptly titled A United Kingdom opened this year’s festival. The film is based on the true story of the romance between Sir Seretse Khama (Selma’s David Oyelowo), the first president of Botswana, and English woman Ruth Williams (Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike). Subtly scripted and superbly shot, this film was a pleasant taster of what is to come in this festival season. 

The British Film Festival will see 19 Australian premieres and runs until November 16 exclusively at Luna Palace Cinemas. You’d be absolutely daft not to check it out.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.britishfilmfestival.com.au for updates and more information.

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