British Film Festival 2016: Heroes, just for one day

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Cinema hailing from the elusive land of tea and Jane Austen mannerisms, is often pigeonholed into plentiful lavish costume drama and skilled thespians. But while the fourth edition of the BBC First British Film Festival (now running in Palace Cinemas around Australia, check the website for more information, including dates) features plenty of both the lush, actorly Oscar bait the region is famous for, it’s a celebration of everything between the buttoned-up period drama and the gritty social realism.

Inspired by the David Bowie lyric “we can be heroes, just for one day”, local heroes is the theme of the retrospective at this year’s festival, paying tribute to Britain’s cinematic heroes from the outrageous to the courageous that offer escapism and uplift. It’s a sidebar that includes superstars of the magical (The Man Who Fell to Earth), the romantic and suave (A Room With a View and Goldfinger)…

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