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The highly anticipated Cunard British Film Festival 2017 will complement the current spate of foreign film festivals and this year’s program of high profile films should also ensure that interest continues to build. A sneak peek is presented at some of the best films British cinema has to offer.

The opening night screening of Andy Serkis’s feature directorial debut Breathe tells the inspiring true story of Robin Cavendish and his wife Diana, who through mutual love and resilience, face the obstacles of a devastating illness to lead as fruitful and happy a life as possible. This triumphant cinematic event includes a pre-film reception with Pimm’s cocktails, wine, popcorn, British fare and live music.

Fashion enthusiasts should also be delighted by the documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards, the incredible story of legendary designer Manolo Blahnik whose love for his craft transformed him into the world’s most illustrious luxury shoemaker. Attendees will also receive a Bulldog Gin & Tonic and SOFI Spritz on arrival.

The closing night film ends the festival on a high note with the presentation of feel-good romantic comedy Finding Your Feet. This story concerning marriage, divorce and retirement showcases that it’s never too late for new-beginnings. Naturally there’s a pre-film inclusion of drinks and live entertainment.

British cinema is rich in history so this year there are two new retrospective programs:

Classic Clues: Solving A British Mystery.

A newly restored 50th anniversary presentation of mystery masterpiece Blow-up starring Vanessa Redgrave and David Hemmings will entice lovers of classic British cinema. The 1960’s ground-breaking homosexual thriller Victim starring Dirk Bogarde should also be a popular choice as audiences experience the controversy this film stirred on its initial release.

Agatha Christie: Classic Mysteries From The Queen Of Crime.

Fans of Agatha Christie, the best-selling novelist of all time, have the opportunity of revisiting four British films based on her classic mysteries.

Peter Ustinov portrays Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in Death On The Nile and Evil Under The Sun with all-star casts which include Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury, David Niven, Maggie Smith and Roddy McDowall.

With the soon-to-be-released remake of Murder On The Orient Express movie-goers may be compelled to experience the 1974 original on the silver screen, which stars iconic actresses Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall.

The Mirror Cracked stars Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple, an amateur sleuth who is asked to help solve the poisoning murder of a woman at a reception. Stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and Tony Curtis.

Hot Picks

Goodbye Christopher Robin – This poignant true story showcases the loving relationship between English author Alan Alexander Milne (who wrote the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh) and his son Christopher Robin and also details the affect his success as a writer had on his family’s life.

Swallows And Amazons – This timeless and beautifully filmed adventure surrounds a group of children’s battle for supremacy on an island they attempt to claim as their own.  Skills of survival and the importance of friendship resonate in this film suitable for the entire family.

Another Mother’s Son – Ronan Keating stars in this arresting World War II drama about a mother who risks everything harbouring a Russian soldier from the Nazis in the occupied British Channel Islands.

Oct 24–Nov 15. Palace Verona & Norton St, Chauvel Cinema. $21-$80. Tickets & Info: www.britishfilmfestival.com.au