FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL: Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant in the 1994 smash hit. The film is being shown as part of the BBC First British Film Festival at Byron Bay.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL: Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant in the 1994 smash hit. The film is being shown as part of the BBC First British Film Festival at Byron Bay.

Love is in the air with the British Film Festival at Byron

LIKE a movie that tugs at the heartstrings? Then don't miss the third annual BBC First British Film Festival at Byron Bay over coming weeks.

Organised by Palace Cinemas, the festival includes classic English romances for the first time.

Films being shown at Palace Byron Bay until November 18 include:

 

Women in Love (1969)

Direct from its restored premiere screenings at the London Film Festival, famed British novelist D.H. Lawrence's tale of infidelity and exploration is adapted to the screen by iconoclast Ken Russell (The Devils), eschewing preconceived notions of British romance in the 1920s.

Close friends Rupert (Alan Bates) and Gerald (Oliver Reed) begin a relationship with two sisters, schoolteacher Ursula (Jennie Linden) and free-spirited artist Gudrun (Glenda Jackson), with whom they share a morbidly surreal affection.

Women in Love is explicitly powerful and darkly funny - a period piece unlike any other, according to Palace Cinemas.

It's being screened on Sunday, from 6.30pm.

 

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Celebrate director Stephen Frears' earlier work with this subversive take on Thatcherism and homosexuality that represents British romance in the 1980s.

Young Pakistani Londoner Omar is unsure where he is heading in life.

His corrupt uncle Nasser proves to be a negative influence as Omar moves from washing cars to operating a run-down laundromat.

After an encounter with previous school mate and former fascist Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis), Omar hires him to work at the laundromat.

This portrait of the immigrant experience in Great Britain was nominated for an Academy Award.

It will be shown at Byron Bay on Wednesday, from 6.30pm.

 

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

This blockbuster movie provided the basis for many modern British romantic comedies including Notting Hill (1999) and Love Actually (2003).

Hugh Grant in a breakthrough role plays Charles, an affable bachelor who cannot find success in love.

When he meets the beautiful Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at a wedding, he thinks his luck may have changed.

This breezy, wry and winsome movie was the highest-grossing British film in cinema history when it premiered.

It will be screened on November 12, from 6.45pm.

 

All you need is love

Other romantic films being screened include:

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) on November 11 at 6.30pm

A Town Like Alice (1956) on November 14 at 1.30pm

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) on November 15 at 6.45pm

Ryan's Daughter (1970) on November 8 at 2.30pm

 

Palace Byron Bay is at 108 Jonson St. Visit www.palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/byron/ for more information about the festival and other films being screened.



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