BUNINYONG FILM FESTIVAL
presented by the Buninyong and District Community Bank
19 & 20 May 2023
The Buninyong Film Festival enjoys bringing highly acclaimed Australian and International films to the big screen to the historic village of Buninyong, and giving the community access to films that would not normally be seen outside of Melbourne.
FRIDAY 19 MAY, 7pm
91 mins, Australia
Eighth generation Tasmanian & environmentalist, Oliver Cassidy embarks on a life-changing solo raft trip down the beautiful yet remote Franklin River. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage with Bob Brown & Uncle Jim Everett, the 8 year long ‘Franklin Campaign’ is revealed as the most significant environmental protest in Australia’s history.
FRIDAY 19 MAY, 9.15pm
122 mins, France
On a long & deep beach at night, with little but moonlight shimmering vaguely on the waves, a woman gently, but unhesitatingly, deposits a baby in the sand near the rising tide & walks away. A harrowing trial inspires a complex, brilliant film.
SATURDAY 20 MAY, 9am
94 mins, New Zealand
Set in New Zealand in the 1990s, a self destructive teenager returns home from boarding school to find his grandmother, Charlotte Rampling, has moved in. Although the two initially clash, they develop an unexpected & touching bond.
LUNANA, A YAK
IN THE CLASSROOM
SATURDAY 20 MAY, 11am
109 mins, Bhutan
A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand he is sent to a remote school in the Himalayan village of Lunana where there are no Westernised comforts. Although very poor, the villagers extend him a warm welcome.
KNOWING THE SCORE
SATURDAY 20 MAY, 2pm
94 mins, Australia
New York, London, Paris & Vienna Simone Young has conquered them all in the most male dominated professions, conducting opera & classical music. The film captures the career of an extraordinary woman with its challenges, triumphs past, present & future.
SATURDAY 20 MAY, 4pm
90 mins, Denmark
An animation, this heart-breaking film tells the story about an Afghan refugee, Aman, traversing land & sea to find a safe home. Innovative, sincere, harrowing, poetic & also simply astonishing.
SATURDAY 20 MAY, 8pm
134 mins, USA/Germany
Moonage Daydream illuminates the life & genius of David Bowie, one of the most prolific & influential artists of our time. This feature length experiential cinematic odyssey explores Bowie’s creative, musical & spiritual journey. The film is guided by David Bowie’s own narration & is the first officially sanctioned film on the artist.
EXTRA ACTIVITES FOR THE WEEKEND
In addition to the main Buninyong Film Festival events, there are lots of other fun and exciting activities happening all throughout the day, with something for everyone to enjoy. Check the space below to see what we have in store, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and we would be more than happy to help.
FRIDAY NIGHT SUPPER
The Popular Retro Supper!
The retro supper is a staple of the Buninyong Film Festival! The supper is served between the first session and second session on Friday night and is included in your admission ticket. Enjoy this year's supper as an individual sweet "Eton Mess".
FRIDAY NIGHT COCKTAIL
Enjoy a cocktail on us!
Included in your Friday night admission ticket is a free cocktail (or non-alcoholic punch).
This year is a delicious warming Mulled Wine!
Please enjoy the array of food venues and cafes we have in our wonderful Village.
The Shared Table
Buninyong Pizza & Hamburger House
The Old Bluestone Cafe
Maggie & Kate
Kawa Japanese Sushi
Red Door Pizza
Buninyong Fish & Chips
Book a table and order your food through the cafe to save time!
A Walk to the Dead Centre of Town
Take a guided walk around Central Buninyong and its 19th century architectural gems.
Approx. 30 mins
Enjoy a relaxed two-course dinner at The Shared Table on Saturday night between screenings.
2 courses + tea/coffee
$65 per person
OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
Thank you to our generous sponsors without whom we could not present our Film Festival.