by GREG KING
Now in its 12th year, the Young At Heart Film Festival screens a curated program of films especially for a more mature and older audience. This is the only film festival of its kind in the world, and it screens at Palace Cinemas across Australia throughout April. The festival screens some classic films like The Lion In Winter, starring Katherine Hepburn in her Oscar-winning performance, Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins, and a restored print of The Tales Of Hoffmann. There is also a restored print of Carol Reed’s classic noir thriller The Third Man. Based on a Graeme Greene novel, this atmospheric black and white thriller is set in post-WWII Vienna, and stars Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton. Australian premieres include Their Finest, with Bill Nighy; the documentary Looking For Infinity, about the El Camino trail in Spain; the adult fairy tale The Beautiful Fantastic, and Sophie And The Rising Sun.
Veteran Australian actress Lynette Curran (The Boys, A Few Less Men, etc) is the ambassador for the festival this year, and she spoke to Greg about her role and some of the films screening.