Towner Film

Foreign Language: Mustang

Sat 18 Aug - Sun 19 Aug | 18 August, 4.30pm / 19 August, 2.00

Mustang follows the lives of five sisters living in a remote Turkish village, railing against expectations as their family’s enforced rules become increasingly strict, until finally marriage arrangements begin to be made. Beautiful, hazy and suspenseful, the film is part coming-of-age tale, part prison-break drama.

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Film – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Sun 19 Aug | 4.30pm

Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Austria, first gained notoriety in 1933 by appearing nude in steamy German flick, Ecstasy. In 1937, she was discovered by Louis B. Mayer in Paris and signed to MGM, returning to Hollywood, he began to promote her as the “world’s most beautiful woman in the world”. While starring opposite Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, James Stewart and William Powell, Hedy toyed with inventing in her spare time. The result, discovered during WWII, was a radio system we now use as the basis for bluetooth and wifi. Long overdue for rediscovery, Hedy’s story has to be seen to be believed.

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Film – Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Thu 23 Aug | 2.00pm

Hedy Lamarr, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Austria, first gained notoriety in 1933 by appearing nude in steamy German flick, Ecstasy. In 1937, she was discovered by Louis B. Mayer in Paris and signed to MGM, returning to Hollywood, he began to promote her as the “world’s most beautiful woman in the world”. While starring opposite Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, James Stewart and William Powell, Hedy toyed with inventing in her spare time. The result, discovered during WWII, was a radio system we now use as the basis for bluetooth and wifi. Long overdue for rediscovery, Hedy’s story has to be seen to be believed.

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Film: Mary Shelley

Sat 25 Aug | 2.00pm

Elle Fanning shines as a young Mary Shelley in this biopic, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. Caught up in a relationship with the poet Percy Shelley, her first love, Mary elopes with him to stay at the home of Lord Byron by Lake Geneva. There, as the story famously goes, the guests were challenged to write a ghost story, the result was Frankenstein. The film follows her story from the moment she meets the dashing Percy to finally getting her novel published.

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Documentary: Cameraperson

Sat 25 Aug - Sun 26 Aug | 25 August, 4.30pm / 26 August, 2.00pm

Filmmaker Kristen Johnson presents her 25-year career in the industry in this autobiographical collage documentary. Featuring fragments of film she has shot for other people, interspersed with personal footage of her own, the result is a unique meta-documentary and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2016.

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Film: Mary Shelley

Sun 26 Aug | 4.30pm

Elle Fanning shines as a young Mary Shelley in this biopic, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. Caught up in a relationship with the poet Percy Shelley, her first love, Mary elopes with him to stay at the home of Lord Byron by Lake Geneva. There, as the story famously goes, the guests were challenged to write a ghost story, the result was Frankenstein. The film follows her story from the moment she meets the dashing Percy to finally getting her novel published.

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Film: Mary Shelley

Thu 30 Aug | 2.00pm

Elle Fanning shines as a young Mary Shelley in this biopic, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. Caught up in a relationship with the poet Percy Shelley, her first love, Mary elopes with him to stay at the home of Lord Byron by Lake Geneva. There, as the story famously goes, the guests were challenged to write a ghost story, the result was Frankenstein. The film follows her story from the moment she meets the dashing Percy to finally getting her novel published.

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