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Picture Gardens to host annual Big film festival
NATIONAL FILLM AND SOUND ARCHIVE AUSTRALIA Picture Gardens to host annual Big film festival

Academy Award-winners and Australian true stories are on the program for an upcoming film showcase screening at Kununurra Picture Gardens.

The Big Screen Festival, starting this weekend, will consist of five films screened over five weekends.

Big Screen is in its fourth year locally and kicks off on Saturday with family film, Hugo.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film won five Academy Awards for best cinematography, art direction, visual effects, sound-editing and sound-mixing.

Set in 1930s Paris, it tells the story of an orphan living in the walls of a train station.

Screening on Saturday, October 20, Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton, is about three friends as they cope with the disappearance of their friend during a holiday in South East Asia.

In Any Questions for Ben, showing at the Picture Gardens on October 27, Josh Lawson plays a bachelor who starts to question his life and his career after running into an old flame played by Rachel Taylor.

On November 3, True Blood cast member and former Home and Away actor Ryan Kwanten will appear in the romantic comedy Not Suitable for Children.

Kwanten plays a man trying to have children after learning he will become infertile in a month.

The last film on the program is Australian hit The Sapphires, about a quartet of singers from a remote Aboriginal mission in the late-1960s.

Screening over two nights on Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, the movie features performances from Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell and Chris O’Dowd.

Gates open from 5.30pm and tickets are available at the door.

A single film costs $12.50 (adult), $7.50 (child) or $25 for a family (two adults and three children or one adult and four children). Tickets cost $5 for every extra child and children younger than four years of age enter for free.

For more information, visit www.nfsa.gov.au/bigscreen.