Film festivals are mostly glittering occasions, great opportunities for the celebrities of showbiz but Alice Springs, as always, put its own twist on the opening of the Sydney Travelling Film Festival opened last night. ERWIN CHLANDA was there (in his best long trousers).
MODIFIED 3.45pm, February 6, to include feedback from the festival on the reason for changing venue.
For many years a fixture of the Araluen Arts Centre calendar, the Sydney Travelling Film Festival this year will be staged at the Alice Springs Cinemas. Owner Paul Darvodelsky is delighted: he’s a fan of “this sort of film” – arthouse and independent – and has made an effort to program them. Hosting the festival will be a way of getting the message across that the cinemas have broadened their offerings.
Pictured: Aaron Pederson in Warwick Thornton's The Darkside, likely to be a special attraction for festival-goers in Alice.