Cinema smorgasbord for winter film lovers

FROM Hitchcock to honey bees, the six films on offer as part of Corangamite Film Society’s inaugural Winter Lights Film Festival cover a lot of ground.

Popular 1990 comedy Green Card will return to the big screen for the Winter Lights Film Festival.

Popular 1990 comedy Green Card will return to the big screen for the Winter Lights Film Festival.

The festival opens on Friday at 2pm with a screening of the 1990 comedy Green Card starring Andie MacDowell and Gerard Depardieu at the Terang Civic Hall.

The film won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical and was written and directed by Aussie director Peter Weir as an attempt to introduce the French Depardieu to English-speaking audiences. Depardieu won a Golden Globe for his performance. 

The highlight of the festival is likely to be the screening of Buster Keaton’s classic 1926 comedy The General on Friday at the Terang Civic Hall from 7.30pm.

The silent film will be accompanied by a live score from Warrnambool musicians John Hudson and Matt Hewson, who previously performed a live accompaniment for F Project Cinema’s screening of The General in December last year to great acclaim.

The General — a Civil War tale of a train engineer attempting to reclaim his train — was a flop in its day, but is now regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.

The Winter Lights Film Festival moves to Skipton on Saturday for two films at the Mechanics’ Hall — documentary More Than Honey at 4pm, and Hitchcock’s classic Rebecca at 7pm.

More Than Honey is a Swiss doco examining the possible extinction of bees and the potentially devastating ramifications on humankind, while Rebecca — Hitchcock’s Academy Award-winning American debut — is a psychological drama about the lingering effect a dead woman has on a household.

The festival then migrates to Camperdown’s Killara Centre on Sunday for the final two screenings — 2013 documentary Project Wild Thing at 2pm and French comedy Welcome To The Sticks at 4pm. Project Wild Thing is the work of doco-maker David Bond and focuses on his concerns that kids spend too much time indoors (to their detriment) and his attempts to get kids back to nature, while Welcome To The Sticks is the comedic tale of a post office manager banished to rural northern France.

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