ROLL IT: Jack and Peter Thompson at the Byron Bay International Film Festival. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
ROLL IT: Jack and Peter Thompson at the Byron Bay International Film Festival. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Byron stars shine

THE red carpet is out again tonight as the stars roll in to Byron Bay.

The Byron Bay International Film Festival closing night gala will see the stars shine, including Aussie acting icon Jack Thompson, before the credits roll.

Thompson comes to town after wrapping up filming with Baz Luhrmann in Sydney.

He enjoyed a filmmakers' breakfast at Harvest Cafe in Newrybar yesterday where he joined a cast of celebrity filmmakers and actors including Paul Cox, David Bradbury, Richard Mordaunt, Robert Raymond and Pierce Kavanagh.

Thompson, best known for his AFI winning role in Breaker Morant, recently finished filming his scenes in The Great Gatsby where he stars alongside Toby Maguire.

"He (Luhrmann) hasn't finished yet," Thompson said.

"You know the saying 'it ain't over till the fat lady sings?' Well, that scene where the fat lady sings has been rewritten. It's now two thin men and one plays the ukulele. There's actually no song so don't wait for the fat lady to sing."

Luhrmann famously rewrites scenes as he goes but Thompson said he predicts the film will be out in 12 months, with Oscars soon to follow.

"It looks fabulous," he said. "I think it will be up for the next round of Oscars."

He doesn't think his "small, but pivotal" role will win him an Oscar, though he is hoping for "most improved", he said, laughing.

Thompson ran a Masterclass alongside his brother Peter last night as part of the festival, which, they said, could lead in several directions.

"It could be on how to have a successful career in the Australian film industry or it could be a master class about acting or directing," Peter said yesterday.

Both Jack and Peter agreed the important thing about festivals is giving people who are passionate about film the opportunity to connect.

"You get a dialogue going and ideas being circulated and it's the only way it can really happen," Peter said.

This year's festival has seen stars of film, television and music in the region including Vince Colosimo, Michael Rymer and a special performance by Jack Johnson at the first outdoor cinema.

"It's wonderful, the whole fact that Jack Johnson came down and we're finding that there's more in the audience that we don't know about," J'aimee Skippon Volke festival director said.

Tonight's closing gala event finishes off a week of film from 37 countries around the world.

For more information head to bbff.com.au

You know the saying 'it ain't over till the fat lady sings? Well, that scene where the fat lady sings has been rewritten. It's now two thin men and one plays the ukulele



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