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Many of Britain’s most enduring and well-known faces feature in this stunning British film selection including Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Spall, Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian McKellenHelen MirrenMichael Caine and Glenda Jackson in her final film.

The 2023 Festival will open with the premiere of One Life starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. Based on a deeply moving true story of kindness and compassion that was almost forgotten for 50 years,  Hopkins delivers a remarkable performance as Sir Nicholas Winton, also known as the “British Schindler”, who helped rescue hundreds of children from Europe on the verge of World War II.

The Critic is a wickedly mischievous reimagining of Anthony Quinn’s novel Curtain Call, featuring an all-star cast led by Sir Ian McKellen and Gemma Arterton.

Closing the Festival is the Australian Premiere of Wicked Little Letters, based on a true scandal of the 1920s. It stars Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley as neighbours in a small town whose residents start receiving anonymous, expletive-laden letters.

The 2023 British line up showcases a superb selection of documentaries. My Name is Alfred Hitchcockis extensively and intricately researched, weaving footage from virtually every film Hitchcock made to offer a fresh profile of the masterful movie maker and his practice; Jackie Stewarta compelling documentary profile of Formula 1 World Champion, team owner and legend of the sport;

The above featured image is from Anton Corbijn’s profile of Hipgnosis the iconic album art design studio that rock royalty used during the 1970s designing iconic album covers for bands including Pink Floyd, Wings, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC in Squaring the Circle – The Story of Hipgnosis. 

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