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Happy Feet Two is one of a host of Aussie films featured in next week’s Big Screen Film Festival at Yamba.
Happy Feet Two is one of a host of Aussie films featured in next week’s Big Screen Film Festival at Yamba. Contributed

HAPPY Feet co-director and co-writer Warren Coleman will launch the Yamba Big Screen Film Festival on Friday, March 23, with a special screening of Any Questions for Ben? at Yamba Cinema.

Coleman is one of Australia's leading filmmakers, and is also an actor, comedian and theatre director.

He will talk with Yamba audiences about his international filmmaking career, from acting in TV series A Country Practice, Wild Boys and The Castanet Club to writing for Pink, Robin Williams and Hugo Weaving.

Opening night tickets include complimentary drinks and refreshments served from 7pm before the screening.

Coleman told The Examiner yesterday that working with the raging torrent that is Robin Williams, for whom he wrote many lines for both Happy Feet productions, was like contact sport.

He said a team of writers worked full-time for about two years before actors were called in to record Happy Feet Two.

It then took another year of animation, tinkering with the script and further recordings before the film reached final production.

Though Williams holds a deserving reputation for side-splitting improvisation, Coleman said he also worked hard to give directors exactly what they wanted.

Coleman said the vast majority of the Happy Feet films, including the star-studded recording sessions, were made in Sydney with some recordings taking place in Los Angeles.

Some of the LA recordings, he said, were overseen by the Australian-based production team via Skype.

Happy Feet Two will be screened on Sunday at 10am with an introduction by Coleman.

The Big Screen Film Festival is an initiative of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) - proudly bringing new and archival Australian films to audiences across regional and rural Australia.

Screening details at nfsa.gov.au/bigscreen.

 

Any Questions for Ben?

A ROMANTIC comedy about a perennial bachelor (played by likeable Josh Lawson) who starts to question his lifestyle. From the Aussie comedy outfit, Working Dog, creators of The Castle, The Dish, Thank God You're Here and The Panel. Watch the opening night screening to enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments

The Eye of the Storm

ELIZABETH (Charlotte Rampling) is a once-great beauty who controls her staff and her adult children to the very end. Judy Davis plays the daughter with a failed marriage into French nobility: Geoffrey Rush plays the son, a playboy actor with a knighthood

Gallipoli

PETER Weir's epic and poetic feature remains one of Australia's most loved films. Stars Mel Gibson and Mark Lee as the two young men who join up to fight in the First World War.

Happy Feet Two

MEET Warren Coleman, co-writer of the film who will introduce the big budget dancing sequel and do a Q+A after the screening. Mumble's son Erik is struggling to realise his tap dancing talents. Meanwhile, Mumble and his friends discover a new threat to their home. Starring the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt and Pink.

Face to Face

WRITTEN by David Williamson, Face to Face is a powerful new film about lies, betrayal, sex and bullying in the workplace. Starring Sigrid Thornton and Vince Colosimo.

The Hunter

BASED on acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh, The Hunter is a psychological drama that tells the story of Martin (Willem Dafoe), a mercenary from Europe sent by a mysterious biotech company on a hunt for the last Tasmanian Tiger.

Festival Timetable

March 23 - 7pm for 7.30pm screening

OPENING NIGHT Any Questions for Ben? (M) + guest Warren Coleman

March 24 - 12.15pm

Any Questions for Ben? (M)

March 24 - 2pm

The Eye of the Storm (MA15+)

March 24 - 7pm for 8.30pm screening

FUNDRAISER Gallipoli (PG)

March 25 - 10am

Happy Feet Two (PG) + filmmaker Warren Coleman

March 25 - 12.10pm

The Hunter (M)

March 25 - 4.15pm

Face to Face (MA15+)

March 26 - 12.15pm

Any Questions for Ben? (M)

March 27 - 10am

The Eye of the Storm (MA15+)

March 27 - 2.20pm

The Hunter (M)

March 27 - 4.10pm

Any Questions for Ben? (M)

March 28 - 12.15pm

Face to Face (MA15+)

VENUE

Yamba Cinema, 13 Coldstream St, Yamba. Phone: 6646 3430.

TICKETS

 $15 Opening Night includes wine and cheese.

 $8 Family Screening (accompanying adults free).

 $15 Gallipoli fundraiser includes wine and cheese.

 $8 other sessions.

 Festival Pass Yamba: Pre-purchase only $35 for six different films.

Topics:  film festival, happy feet, happy feet 2, movies, yamba



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