In February-March, Big Screen visits Mildura, Ouyen and Traralgon, Victoria; Murwillumbah and Wentworth, NSW; and Bundaberg, Qld. Screening highlights include current box-office hit The Railway Man (pictured above), with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; cricket comedy Backyard Ashes; Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!; and a family-friendly screening of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.
A feature of Big Screen festivals is affordable films for families; the NFSA also supports local communities where it can through fundraisers or by hosting events like short film workshops.
In 2013 Big Screen visited 29 locations and screened films to over 11,000 people across Australia. Other Big Screen locations planned for the first half of 2014 include Mallacoota, Cann River and Briagolong in Victoria; Nanango and Kingaroy in Queensland; and Darwin in the Northern Territory. Return visits to South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia are expected later in the year.
We would like to thank all the people from the communities where we tour; without them Big Screen wouldn’t happen. Cinema owners and managers, local councils, film societies and volunteers all contribute to make Big Screen a success.