Thomas Clark | 03 February 2016

ABOUT THE WRITER: Thomas Clark loves being calm so he can read poetry better and write better poetry.

The 2016 Alliance Française French Film Festival is back for it’s 27th year, showcasing the finest in contemporary French Film. AFFFF is the biggest film festival in Australia and also the biggest festival of French films outside France. It seems Australians have developed a hunger for the high-quality films France’s prestigious industry is capable of producing. 48 titles will be shown, opening with Julien Rappeneau’s ROSALIE BLUM and concluding with the 1963 French Masterpiece: CONTEMPT.

This year, David Stratton and George Miller have been announced as Patrons for the Festival - much to the delight of cinema buffs. David is a household name in Australian film through ‘At The Movies’ where his charming and perceptive take on any movie from the classic to the contemporary means he is perfect as an ambassador for any film festival. However, his services to French film are particularly notable, appointed as the Croix de Commendeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature), the highest rank for this award. Academy Award winner George Miller’s career also stands him in good stead for his patronage this year. Rising to fame for his work in BABE, HAPPY FEET and the MAD MAX franchise, George was also honoured with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to cinema.

Joining David and George, actress Marta Dusseldorp and her actor/director husband Benjamin Winspear will serve as patrons of the festival’s brand new category: Small Screens on Big Screen. This category will showcase the subtlety and innovation of modern French television with five of the country’s most popular shows.

As a special treat, David has listed a few programme highlights from those films he has had an opportunity to preview. This list will serve as a starting point for exploring the always-engaging world of French cinema and television. David’s picks are: COURTED; MICROBE AND GASOLINE; THE MEASURE OF A MAN; TAJ MAHAL; and THE WHITE KNIGHTS.  

Alliance Française French Film Festival tours Australia
Sydney March 1 – 24: Ticket details here
Melbourne, March 2 – 24: Ticket details here.
Brisbane, March 11 – Apr 3: Ticket details here.
Casula, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney Apr 7 – 10: Ticket details here.
Parramatta, Riverside Theatre Parramatta, Sydney Apr 7 – 10: Ticket details here


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