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Travelling Film Festival is returning to Kotara June 18 to 20. 

The 2021 program will treat patrons to eight award-winning feature films, a highly anticipated Australian documentary and a perfectly crafted First Nations short film. 

My Name is Gulpilil

Headlining the programme is Molly Reynolds’ My Name is Gulpilil, a new much-anticipated Australian documentary celebrating the personal story and remarkable film career of iconic Australian actor David Gulpilil.

The short film follows Gulpilil’s career from his breakthrough performance in Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout (1970), and includes such classics as Storm Boy (1976), The Last Wave (1977), and more recently The Tracker (2002) and Rabbit Proof Fence (2002). 

To further celebrate Australian cinema, the festival is proud to showcase the local premiere of Disclosure by director Michael Bentham. 

Inspired by real-life events, this is a thrilling and telling story of parents who will try anything to protect their own when pushed to the edge.

The program will also include Australian short film Bama by filmmaker Jahvis Loveday. The film follows the reflections of a young Aboriginal boy after his first day at school in the big city. 

Other stories from around the globe include: Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film Another Round, featuring festival favourite Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, Hannibal) in a tragicomedy that combines science, alcohol and midlife defiance. 

Another Round

The Perfect Candidate, directed by Saudi Arabia’s first female director Haifaa Al-Mansour, is a revealing look at the changing role of women in Saudi Arabia.

Toronto Intl Film Festival winner, Martin Eden, a superb drama set in pre-war Italy, follows a sailor who falls in love with a wealthy, young woman and seeks to climb up the societal ladder in the face of hypocrisy and ideology. 

Falling, is Viggo Mortensen’s (Green Book, The Lord of The Rings Trilogy) directorial debut drama in which he also co stars as a weary son who attempts to reconcile with his formidable father (a fiery Lance Henriksen, Aliens). 

Additional festival highlights include First Cow, an old West tale of love and money set in 19th century Oregon from multiple award winning director, Kelly Reichardt, about two unusual partners who open a bakery aiming to make their fortune. 

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, a TFF audience favourite and selected for Berlinale, this gem from Bhutan was beautifully shot in the high-altitude peaks of the Himalayas.

Festival favourite and France’s engrossing mystery thriller Only The Animals is Dominik Moll’s engrossing, nonlinear mystery thriller following five characters over two continents who seemingly play a role in the disappearance of a sixth.

TFF Newcastle screens from 18-20 June at Kotara Cinemas. 

Tickets are now on sale. 

For more information, program and bookings go to www.sff.org.au/tff/program/newcastle 

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