This November, the 2023 Cunard British Film Festival presented by Palace will bring the finest British filmmaking, production and acting to Perth with films screening at Palace Raine Square, Luna Cinemas Leederville, Windsor Cinema and Luna on SX from 1-29 November.
Many of Britain’s most enduring and well-known faces feature in this year’s stunning selection including Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Spall, Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson in her final film.
The 2023 Festival will open with the premiere of ONE LIFE starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, direct from its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Based on a deeply moving true story of kindness and compassion that was almost forgotten for 50 years, Hopkins delivers a remarkable performance as Sir Nicholas Winton, also known as the “British Schindler”, who helped rescue hundreds of children from Europe on the verge of World War II.
The Festival centrepiece is THE CRITIC, a wickedly mischievous reimagining of Anthony Quinn’s novel Curtain Call, featuring anb>all-star cast led by Sir Ian McKellen and Gemma Arterton.
The inimitable Sir Michael Caine stars in what is rumoured to be his final film, THE GREAT ESCAPER. Starring alongside the late Glenda Jackson, the pair bring to life the true story of a war veteran who made global headlines when he escaped from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy to commemorate fallen comrades.
Revered filmmaker Ken Loach continues to examine social and human rights issues in his final film THE OLD OAK, which premiered at the 2023 Cannes International Film Festival. Long-time collaborator Dave Turner stars as a publican who struggles to hold on to his small-town pub as tensions rise upon the arrival of Syrian refugees seeking asylum.
Closing the Festival is the Australian Premiere of WICKED LITTLE LETTERS, based on a true scandal of the 1920s. It stars Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley as neighbours in a small town whose residents start receiving anonymous, expletive-laden letters.