Rave reviews for Bangalow film festival

AN INDOOR venue for the first night of the Bangalow Outdoor Film Festival may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it proved to be just the ticket.

Festival director Peter Castaldi said the beautifully restored 1908 Bangalow A&I Hall was the perfect place to screen the classic Australian silent film, The Sentimental Bloke ? accompanied by live music.

"The fact that we had to be inside because of the rain, made it," he said. "We had a big storm come through just before we started. We opened all the doors and had the music echoing down the streets of Bangalow. It was just a great atmosphere."

Mr Castaldi said because it was opening night, a number of people had come because they were invited, not necessarily because they thought they would enjoy the film.

"But everyone had a fabulous time," he said.

"One person told me they were only going to come for 10 minutes. But they were blown away by the beauty of the film, the characters and CJ Dennis' poetry, which is all the inter-titles for the film. They just couldn't leave."

Meanwhile, the festival reclaimed the 'O' in its name as Saturday's film, Two Brothers, screened outdoors as intended, with people picnicking under the stars.

The film was the first of two family-orientated films in the festival, with the wellloved Australian animated classic Dot and the Kangaroo screening tonight.

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