Regent Street Cinema Hosts The Oz Film Fest As Australian Indie Comes To The UK

Regent Street Cinema will partner with The Oz Film Festival this June and July to bring eclectic Australian feature film & documentary to UK audiences. The festival will include the UK premiere of Jasper Jones starring Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving.

Regent Street Cinema teams up with The Oz Film Festival to bring a diverse mix of Australian film to the UK including drama, documentary, comedy and horror. The festival includes the UK premiere of Jasper Jones starring Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving.

Audiences will be invited to enjoy an Oz mini-break in the centre of London as The Oz Film Festival, curated by a group of passionate and driven Australian & British citizens, arrives at Regent Street Cinema.

Top 10 Films is most looking forward to The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, a 2015 film described as Memento meets Benjamin Button. In his review for The Guardian, Luke Buckmastersaid the film was “refreshingly unpredictable, a particularly pleasing virtue in these dark days of superhero this and sequel that.”

Director Cris Jones’ film tells the story of the eponymous Otto Bloom whose body is aging normally but his consciousness is doing the reverse. He can only remember the future. Uniquely exploring his meteoric rise to fame and subsequent fall through fake interviews with friends, lovers and social commentators, we discover an utterly compelling, moving story.

The film screens at 8pm on July 2 with director Cris Jones in conversation with former director of EIFF James Mulligan.

Put together by a group of Australian and British citizens based in London and working in film, television and publishing, the passionate curators have been putting on film events for the last seven years.

The inaugural festival will show seven new and recent Australian feature films or documentaries, ostensibly without UK distribution. Each feature screening is bookended with an Australian student short film and a Q&A about the feature with the director or cast.

The full line-up is below. Find out more at https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/oz-film-fest-2017/

FRIDAY 30 JUNE

7:30pm – UK Premiere of JASPER JONES (2017) Cert 15 – In partnership with ORIGINS FESTIVAL

Starring Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving, A teenage girl is missing from a small town in 1960s Western Australia and the search for her will unearth more than anyone could have foretold.

**Screening now SOLD OUT**

SATURDAY 1 JULY

3.00pm – 25th Anniversary screening of STRICTLY BALLROOM (1992) Cert PG

One of Australia’s best-loved films, set in the sequin encrusted ballroom competition scene.

Dress up in ‘Strictly’ attire to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize + free to use Strictly Ballroom photobooth at the cinema.

5:00pm – 30th Anniversary screening of DOGS IN SPACE (1986) Cert 18

The only film to star the late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and based on a true story, DOGS IN SPACE immerses itself in the chaotic world of a 70s punk houseshare.

8:00pm – HOUNDS OF LOVE (2016) Cert 18

A ferocious, groundbreaking abduction thriller set in 80s Perth from debut director Ben Young.

With introduction by Dr Lindsay Anne Hallam, Senior Lecturer, Moving Image Research Centre (MIRC), University of East London, Media and Screen.

SUNDAY 2 JULY

3.00pm – UK Premiere of REMEMBERING THE MAN (2015) Cert 15

This poignant documentary tells the true story behind the film HOLDING THE MAN (2015) and focuses on the lives of Tim Conigrave & John Caleo, their incredible 16-year love story and their battle with AIDS.

5.00pm – RED DOG: TRUE BLUE (2015) Cert PG

A loveable prequel to 2011’s successful film RED DOG bounds onto the big screen.

With a special introduction from the Guide Dogs Association, free picture book for every child and guide dog meet-and-great.

8.00pm – THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM (2015) Cert 15

An extraordinary man’s body is ageing normally but his consciousness is going backwards in time.

Director Cris Jones will be in conversation with James Mulligan former director of EIFF plus goodie bags and free drinks for attendees

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