THE British Film Festival will run at Byron Bay from today to November 16, screening all 21 films in the national program.
A highlight this year is Six from the Sixties, a selection of the best British cinema of the 1960s.
The 1960s selection will include a digitally restored version of A Hard Day's Night, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' film.
The Six from the Sixties are:
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
November 14, 8.15pm
Nominated for two Academy Awards and featuring many all-time favourite songs, A Hard Day's Night is a lively trip back to an era of sensational music, marking the true birth of British Beatlemania.
Celebrating the phenomenon of Beatlemania in 1964 and capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in their unselfconscious and electrifying element,this is a wildly irreverent journey through one day in the life of the world's greatest rock'n'roll act.
November 8, 2pm
If... is a 1968 British drama film produced and directed by Lindsay Anderson satirising English public school life.
Famous for its depiction of a savage insurrection at a fictitious boys boarding school, the X certificate film was made at the time of the May 1968 protests in France by a director strongly associated with the 1960s counter-culture
November 11, 8.30pm
Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago) stars as Diana Scott in John Schlesinger's second entry in this year's Emirates British Film Festival.
Diana is a beautiful but amoral model who sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties, seeking fame and fortune as she jumps in and out of the beds of the rich and powerful.
However, she begins to question whether the price she has paid for fame has involved the loss of her own self-respect and happiness.
This is a brilliant work about the result of excess, beauty, fashion and fame.
The Italian Job (1969)
November 15, noon
A flashy, fast romp that chases a team of career criminals throughout one of the biggest international gold heists to ever appear on film.
The unparalleled Michael Caine is arresting, leading a cast that embodies the Swinging '60s, including Britannia's premier export Noel Coward (In Which We Serve) and the late, great Benny Hill (The Benny Hill Show).
Charlie Croker (Caine), a stylish thief fresh out of prison, takes over "The Italian Job", a complicated plan to steal gold bullion from Italy, right from underneath the noses of the Italian Police and the Mafia.
Combining action, humour, and an incontrovertible sense of style, this is undoubtedly one of the quintessential British caper films of the 1960s.
Billy Liar (1963)
November 15, 2.15pm
The legendary John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) is at the helm of one of the most memorable and universally acclaimed films of the '60s.
Billy Liar features Tom Courtenay (Quartet) in a star-making turn as Billy Fisher, and is supported by an effortless performance from Julie Christie (Darling).
Running from an unsympathetic working-class family, a pair of demanding fiancées and an insecure job at an undertaker's, Billy escapes into a world of fantasy where he can realise his ambitions.
November 16, 1.45pm
Michael Caine stars in his first major film role as Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead in this masterpiece about men behaving bravely by acclaimed director Cy Endfield.
Based on real events that occurred during the Anglo-Zulu war, Zulu follows Lieutenant Bromhead and Lieutenant John Chard (Baker) whose battle tactics are constantlyat odds with one another.
As an army of 4000 Zulu warriors descend on the Lieutenants' small battalion, they must decide whether they retreat, or stay and fight against all odds.
This action-packed adventure stands the test of time.
Did you know ...
DARLING won the:
- 1966 Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, Best Costume Design
- 1966 Golden Globes for Best English-Language Foreign Film
- 1966 BAFTA Awards for Best British Actor, Best British Actress, Best British Art Direction, Best British Screenplay