Bittersweet truth about sugar in film fest opener

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Discover the bittersweet truth about sugar in the first documentary by Australian actor Damon Gameau, of Underbelly and Love My Way fame, which will open the Travelling Film festival in Alice Springs.

 

Selected for the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, That Sugar Film (still above) takes the audience from a meeting with QI’s Stephen Fry and Transformer’s star Isabel Lucas to the Aboriginal community of Amata in the Pit Lands, to discover how the recent introduction of the sweet stuff has affected the community’s diet and health.

 

Gameau will be present on the night and will respond to audience questions after the screening.

 

For the second time the film festival will be hosted by Alice Springs Cinemas in Todd Street North, starting Friday 20 February (tickets on sale now). The program, selected by the Sydney Film Festival, brings to The Centre some of the best recent films from around Australia and the world.

 

Highlights include:

 

– Palme d’Or winner from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Winter Sleep (still below) , about a master who presides over a town in the stunning Cappadocia region of Turkey.

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– Humanist director, Richard Linklater’s masterpiece made over the span of 12 years, Boyhood, chronicling the life of a boy called Mason and his family.

 

– The touching Of Horses and Men (still at bottom), which explores the nature of relationships, between people, between horses and between each other.

 

– From New Zealand, the award-winning The Dark Horse, that explores a man looking for the courage to lead – despite his own adversities.

 

– The hilarious Appropriate Behaviour that follows a young girl’s search for identity in a sea of conflicting desires.

 

– Force Majeure, Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2014 and Golden Globe nominated Swedish family drama  which takes place during a skiing holiday.

 

– Romantic comedy Folies Bergère, about adventure and misadventure in romantic escapades in Paris.

 

– Human Capital, an Italian audience and critics’ favourite, showcasing how the world of two markedly different families intertwines after a hit-and-run.

 

– Still Alice starring Julianne Moore in her Golden Globe winning, Academy Award nominated role, as a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Short film fans can also get their fix, with three short films played ahead of select main features.

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