Actor Axle Whitehead (centre) makes a star appearance at the Byron Bay Film Festival with festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke (left) and Jeni Gonzalez.
Actor Axle Whitehead (centre) makes a star appearance at the Byron Bay Film Festival with festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke (left) and Jeni Gonzalez. Rosa Musica

Byron's night of nights

FORGET the Academy Awards, the hottest red carpet ticket in town at the weekend was atFriday night’s Byron Bay Film Festival opening gala.

Guests, including Axel Whitehead and NSW Minister for Arts Virginia Judge, walked the red carpet wearing black and white to celebrate the centenary of film in Byron Bay.

“Opening night was fantastic,” said festival directorJ’aimee Skippon-Volke. “The atmosphere was beautiful, everyone had a great time, and the two films screened were really well received.”

The festival, which runs until Saturday, got off to a great start at the weekend with highlights being the screening of Parkway Drive, which included a moving tribute to the film’s co-producer, missing Byron Bay man Dylan Kane Etherington, and the screening of the indigenous film, Contact, which was a huge favourite with the crowd.

The festival features a host of Australian and international documentaries, feature, experimental and short films.

More details at www.bbff.com.au

Today’s highlights

 

For the Next 7 Generations, a documentary about 13 grandmothers from around the world who have formed the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers who are sharing their wisdom and practices to help create a peaceful and sustainable future. Screening as part of Session 11, today at noon. $6.50

My Tehran for Sale. The first Iranian/Australian film collaboration tells the story of modern day Iranian youth struggling for cultural freedom, bringing to the screen never before seen footage of modern urban Iran. Screening as part of Session 13, today at 7.30pm. $11/$13.50



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