British Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
3 November – 1 December 2021
Other locations as COVID restrictions permit

The Festival opens with the Australian Premiere of The Duke, based on a 1961 true story of 60-year-old taxi driver Kempton Bunton who steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London, starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren.  

There is a vast array of films in all genres – comedy, drama, documentary and a seventies retrospective.

Highlights include:

  • A retrospective, 7 From the 70s includes A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic and Barry Lyndon set in 18th century England.
  • Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, a personal eulogy to his hometown. Starring Jamie Dornan and Judi Dench, the film is a poignant story of childhood love, laughter and loss, set amidst the music and social turmoil of the late 1960s Northern Ireland.
  • Documentary My Father and Me by Nick Broomfield which deals with his relationship with his father, renowned industrial photographer Maurice Broomfield.
  • For music lovers, Eric Clapton: Lockdown Sessions, is a concert film made in the English countryside during the pandemic.
  • Comedy drama Best Sellers stars Sir Michael Caine as a cranky, retired author who reluctantly embarks on a final book tour.

The festival will be screened nationally wherever cinemas are allowed to re-open.

The full program and tickets are now on sale, including the limited pre-Festival release of specially priced eTicket bundles.

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