Welcome to our exciting new festival format – a blend of online and place-based film viewing – that we have curated especially for you!
BOFA Film Festival’s place based theme in 2022 is all about showing off Launceston by screening films in unusual places right across the town. So, enjoy mingling safely and having fun at the Launceston festival (29 April – 8 May), where we are celebrating Launceston’s title as the newest UNESCO City of Gastronomy (that’s food and wine to you) and as Wotif’s 2022 Best Town to Visit in Australia
We’ve also chosen the best of the world’s films for you to enjoy from the comfort of your living room, with friends, family or solo, when you like, any time of day or night for six weeks (15 April – 31 May).
BOFA is proud to have brought together powerful First Nation short films from right around Australia, telling stories of First Nation people – men and women, young and not so young, stories of the past, present and future. Watch them for FREE and tell us your top 3 so we can award those filmmakers who are the People’s Choice.
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29 April – 8 May
To celebrate what Launceston is proudest of, BOFA has curated films for you in themes of: Stories of Us, Creating Wonder, World Stories, The Call of the Wild, We are Who we Are, Eat Drink Enjoy and Classics of Cinema.
Fifty years ago, Cabaret burst onto the cinema screen. Set in the Kit Kat Klub in 1930’s pre-war Berlin, this was no ordinary musical. It shocked audiences by mixing the rise of the Nazi party with the decadence and sexual ambiguity of that period.
THE GOOD BOSS
With his hair dyed a solid grey and shaped into a perfect Trump-style blowout, Blanco (Academy Award winner, Javier Bardem), the charismatic owner of a family-run factory, is under pressure as he covets a local award for business excellence.
As the twilight descends grab something to eat and drink while we fire up the giant inflatable movie screen and highest quality projection and sound to bring you our BOFA Film Festival deck chair movie experience.
ALICK AND ALBERT
FIRST NATION SHORT FILM COMPETITION AWARDS
A group of Torres Strait people take a cultural tour of Europe; one of their destinations is Monaco. There, they expect astronomic wealth, the worship of money and power and more. Instead, they find a Prince who values their lifestyle and the dangers that global warming can bring to it.
THE KITCHEN BRIGADE
THE KITCHEN BRIGADE AND RED-CARPET PARTY
Cathy (Audrey Lamy) is a sous-chef determined to open her own high-end French restaurant rather than work for others. But nothing goes as planned. With financial difficulties, she accepts a job at a shelter for young, mainly African migrants in danger of having their permits revoked if they don’t find meaningful work in France.
Taken at face value, this film is a comedy about drinking too much. But director/writer Vinterberg has, partly through a stand-out cast headed by Mads Mikkelsen (Martin), created a seriously brilliant film that is way more than that. Martin and his jaded co-workers decide to test a theory that being continually drunk improves your life.
Chance throws a temporarily-wealthy chef into a remote and windswept Calvinist community in Denmark’s forbidding Jutland province. The chef, Babette, brilliantly portrayed by Stéphane Audran, decides to bring some delight and warmth into the tough lives of the people she is lodging with
Heard the one about the Jew, the Chinaman, and the cow? Well, this is your chance to hear it – and see it. And be blown away by a simple yet utterly gorgeous pioneer story.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
Flint Lockwood thinks he’s a genius. But none of the things he invented are things that make sense or are useful. But when the local sardine cannery shuts down, Flint invents a machine that can turn water into food.
WHITELEY is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia’s most iconic contemporary artist, Brett Whiteley, told “in his own words” using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage.
Amadeo Modigliani was a Sephardic Jew from Livorno in Italy with a dream. He wanted to paint. In 1906 he moved to Paris, to work alongside luminaries like Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Tron is the innovative and ground-breaking film that was one of first movies to use computer generated effects. This is the fanatical story of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a computer programmer transported into the software world of a mainframe computer.
The telling of the story of rubber baron Brian Sweeny ‘Fitzcarraldo’ Fitzgerald and his ambition to bring opera to the Amazon is only matched by visionary German director Werner Herzog’s amazing vision and directorial talents.
STAR TREK 2 – THE WRATH OF KHAN
Considered by both Science fiction and Star Trek fans as the best of the Star Trek films, The Wrath of Khan brings back the iconic villainous Khan character played by Ricardo Montalban banished to a dead planet many years before by James T Kirk and the crew of the enterprise.
ET – THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, this extra-terrestrial is befriended by a young boy named Elliott, bringing the alien into his suburban California house.
THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER
The unique beauty of the New South Wales highlands is the backdrop of the telling of Banjo Paterson’s iconic story of the horseman from the snowy mountains and the quest to rescue the colt from Old Regret from the wild brumby horses.
15 April – 31 May
The April/May BOFA Film Festival began in 2010 and was normally a cinema-based event in Launceston and more recently in Hobart. In 2020 the festival went online to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, becoming Australia’s first major online film festival. Online films are in the themes of: Stories of Us, Creating Wonder, World Stories, The Call of the Wild and We are Who we Are.
Commemorating David Gulpilil 1953-2021
Two children survive being shot at and left to die in the Australian desert by their suicidal white father. David Gulpilil in his debut film role, plays a young Aboriginal boy on walkabout, his transition to manhood, who discovers and saves them from certain death.
I AM WANITA
An irresistible portrait of Tamworth’s ‘Queen of Honky Tonk’, this no-holds-barred, crowd pleaser about an artist you’ve probably never heard of, shows us that life’s dreams do not have to disappear as youth fades.
This charming film tells the story of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School which runs every year under the experienced eagle eye of Queensland-based Professor Lisa Gasteen. In this film, the operatic group is working towards a demanding production of Carmen with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Directed by London born, Bosnian-Palestinian filmmaker Zeina Durra, this deeply affecting film follows the astonishingly talented Andrea Riseborough (Hana) as she seeks healing from the horrors of war.
North American horticulturalist Frank Cabot was keen on gardens. Very, very keen. So much so that he spent 75 years perfecting his 20-acre classically-themed showpiece, Les Quatre Vents, in Quebec.
THE WILD PEAR TREE
Sinan, a young graduate, is desperate to become a writer. He returns to the Turkish village where he grew up hoping to publish his first novel , but although home looks wonderful when he is away from it, being there reminds him of its irritations, not least his father’s debts.
THE PEOPLE UPSTAIRS
Sometimes, moving a play from stage to film just doesn’t work; there’s not enough stage or people. But The People Upstairs manages to take an original play and infuse it with all of the immediacy of the original.
HAPPY NEW YEAR COLIN BURSTEAD
It’s New Year’s Eve and Colin Burstead just wants everyone to have a really good time. He’s rented a stately country home in Dorset for his extended family’s celebrations but from the start things do not go well.
A carefree summer holiday to the southern country ends in disaster for Fares and Meriem, a modern young Tunisian couple and their 10-year-old son Aziz. Aziz is accidentally shot in an ambush as they drive home.
HILLARY: OCEAN TO THE SKY
In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to climb Everest. But Hillary never considered it his finest hour.
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
Film maker John Chester had a barking dog, which the neighbours found irritating. Instead of training it not to bark, John and partner Molly decide to take dog, career, home and chattels to somewhere that barking was OK
THE MOST FEARLESS
You have to love surf films. The waves, the beauty of the break ridden by a lithe, supple body – just nature, water, and man. But gorgeous action shots by director Heather Kessinger are only the start in this superb film.
CHEF ANTONIO’S RECIPES FOR REVOLUTION
Film maker Trevor Graham has produced a complete charmer of a film out of something that normally gets shunted into the too-hard basket. Graham follows the work of chef Antonio de Benedetto, who runs the Tacabanda hotel/restaurant in the Piedmont region of Italy.
A young boy grows up in regional France, fostered out from an early age and never able to establish solid family ties. But he knows he can be valued, be beautiful, be looked at, be famous – be, even, Miss France.
OLDER THAN IRELAND
How does it feel to be 100 or more? Most of the thirty Irish centenarians we meet in this landmark documentary seem to agree that – with the exception of doing things more slowly than they once did – it doesn’t feel much different.
WATCH FIRST NATIONS STORIES SHORT FILMS FOR FREE
We invited First Nations to create short films to tell their stories – stories of men and women, young and not so young, stories of the past, present and future. Stories of adventures, wins, losses, connection to country, dreams and Dreaming, heart-ache and hope! Stories of First Nations people with ideas, people who have gone outside the ordinary, people who have followed their passions and taken a risk, people who have worked together to create something extraordinary, and people who have fought to protect what makes them, their culture and their country special.
You are invited to watch the short listed film from around Australia for FREE – then cast your vote for the People’s Choice.
The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival & yourtown acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to the land and their waterways. We pay our respects to them, their culture, and their elders past, present and emerging.
ALICK AND ALBERT
FIRST NATION SHORT FILM COMPETITION AWARDS
A group of Torres Strait people take a cultural tour of Europe; one of their destinations is Monaco. There, they expect astronomic wealth, the worship of money and power and more.
2022 FILM THEMES
STORIES OF US
Presented by yourtown, a charity that provides services young people can access to find jobs, learn skills, become great parents and live safe, happy lives. Since 1961, yourtown has been tackling the issues impacting young people in Australia – like youth unemployment, mental health – and issues like domestic and family violence.
Presented by S. Group, creating wonder every day in brand, architecture and marketing. BAM!
Presented by Launceston Airport, bringing the world to Launceston, taking Launceston to the world.
CALL OF THE WILD
Presented by Intend Financial, helping you achieve a fulfilled life in this wild and wonderful world.
WE ARE WHO WE ARE
Presented by Inclusive Creatives. Every journey starts somewhere, and with us it starts with you.
EAT, DRINK, ENJOY
Presented by Tasmanian Agrifood Network, proudly making Launceston one of the great creative cities of gastronomy.
CLASSICS OF CINEMA
Presented by Tas Gas, a classic natural heat source.
Enjoy Launceston and wonderful stories in these treasured local venues:
Tramsheds Theatre, Inveresk Precinct (previously Tasmania’s Railway Workshops) – opening night red carpet 50th anniversary party and 50th anniversary screening of Cabaret and the award-winning and heart-warming First Nation film, Alick and Albert.
The art-deco Star Theatre(1937), with a red-carpet party and food related film, The Kitchen Brigade, and The Good Boss, featuring star actor Javier Bardem getting into loads of trouble.
Grecian designed Majestic Theatre (1917), (now Neil Pitt’s Menswear) with classic films celebrating the 40th anniversary of films like ET – The Extra Terrestrial, , The Man from Snowy River, The Dark Crystal, Fitzcarraldo and Trek2 (The Wrath of Kahn).
Historic houses like 1843 Claremont House and 1840’s Dowling House, where sparkling wine, canapes and a guided tour of the house precede a film on iconic artists like Brett Whitely and Modigliani.
St John Craft Beer Bar hosts a series of iconic food and wine films such as Another Round (of course), First Cow and the sumptuous Babette’s Feast.
Launceston Farmers’ Harvest Market – kick back on a Saturday evening under the stars with glass in hand to watch the ever-popular romantic music story that is Once and to entertain the kids (and yourself) with the zany Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.