Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents
The Young At Heart Film Festival
Young at Heart Seniors Film Festival returns to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre bringing film premieres, beloved classics and social events for seniors, their friends and relatives. The Festival will host five daytime screenings with tickets just $5 if you’re over 60. Check the website closer to the date for the full line-up, or sign up at www.youngatheart.net.au to receive a free program in the post. From humble beginnings in 2006, the festival has grown to become a key event on Sydney’s cultural calendar and the only film festival in the world catering specifically to film lovers over 60 years of age.
Screening: Sun 17 March, 10am
Director: Walter Matteson, US, 2012
Classification: Unclassified. All unclassified films are restricted to persons 18 years and over, as specified by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. 85 mins
Synopsis: When it comes to beauty, talent and glamour, why should age be a factor?
Following the success of “Miss Senior Sweetheart” at the festival three years ago, here comes a different look at the world of senior glamour. When 30 women aged 67-84 descend on Fall River, Massachusetts to compete in the 30th Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant, hilarity and heartbreak ensue. These women share intimate experiences, discover new-found passions and stir lifelong insecurities that challenge common misconceptions of aging. Following four diverse competitors as they prepare for and compete in the contest, this insightful documentary offers a compelling look into what it truly means to age beautifully.
“The engaging documentary Pretty Old is pretty terrific.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Winner Best Documentary, Santa Barbara Film Festival
Screening: Sun 17 March, 12:30pm
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
Director: Michael Curtiz, USA, 1942
Classification: PG, 102 mins
Synopsis: Rediscover the thrills and the beauty of this enduring, classic love story.
Rick is a cynical but good-hearted American whose café in Casablanca acts as a waiting room for Europeans escaping Hitler. When his long-lost love Ilsa surfaces with her husband – a hero of the Resistance, Rick is pulled into a love triangle and a dangerous web of political intrigue. Boasting career-defining performances from Bogart and Bergman, Casablanca is an undisputed masterpiece, winning Oscars for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay. It seems the film has only improved with age: a timeless love story we’re not likely to forget.
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEWSLOCAL LIVERPOOL LEADER
“I find it never grows over-familiar. Casablanca plays like a favourite musical album; the more I know it, the more I like it.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
SHORT FILM AWARDS
Screening: Sun 17 March, 3pm
Films: Lois (Dir: Alexandra Schepisi), Grandma (Dir: Carlos Montalva), Boo! (Dir: Rupert Reid), Like It Was Yesterday (Dir: Brett D'Souza), Lemonade Stand (Dir: Alethea Jones), May (Dir: Patrick Fileti)
Classification: Unclassified. All unclassified films are restricted to persons 18 years and over, as specified by the Office of Film and Literature Classification.
Synopsis: Watch and vote for your favourite Aussie short films starring seniors.
Watch the best new Australian short films with seniors in starring roles and vote for your favourite. Finalists this year feature Oscar-nominee Jacki Weaver and Tropfest winner Lemonade Stand. It’s your chance to take part in a prestigious gala event, vote for the audience award alongside our esteemed jury - including actor Roy Billing (Underbelly) and Seniors Week ambassador Kumar Pereira (Masterchef) - and raise a glass to Australia’s up and coming acting talent, young and old!
Please note these films screen with open captions for the hard of hearing.
Screening: Mon 18 March, 10am
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau
Director: Stanley Donen, USA, 1963
Classification: PG, 113 mins
Synopsis: This stylish caper will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
A romantic comedy disguised as a heist thriller, Stanley Donen’s entertaining caper follows Reggie as she attempts to make sense of her husband’s murder, $250 000 that has gone missing, and the identity of her attractive new friend Peter. A Hitchcockian thriller with a very light touch, Charade is first and foremost the chance to stroll with Cary Grant and a Givenchy-clad Audrey Hepburn through elegant Parisian streets to the sound of Henry Mancini’s timeless score.
“A light-hearted frivolous bauble but it was somehow meant to last, it’s a work of great craft and artistry. A marvellously fun movie.” – New York Times
Please note this film screens with open captions for the hard of hearing.
A SIMPLE LIFE
Screening: Mon 18 March, 12:30pm
Cast: Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Anthony Wong
Director: Ann Hui, Hong Kong-China, 2011, Cantonese with English subtitles,
Classification: Unclassified. All unclassified films are restricted to persons 18 years and over, as specified by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. 118 mins.
Synopsis: A poignant drama about loss, duty and inter-generational friendship.
Ah Tao has served four generations of the Leung family as a maid, and now lives with Roger in Hong Kong. After she suffers a stroke, Ah Tao resigns and moves into a nursing home. As the roles are reversed and Roger cares for his maid, he comes to realise how much this sprightly old lady means to him. Tender yet rarely sentimental, Ann Hui’s film is touching, humourous and masterfully acted. It celebrates the simple pleasures in life without shying away from the hard truths of ageing.
“The movie has an emotional payoff I failed to anticipate. It expresses hope in human nature. It is one of the year's best.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Best Actress, Venice International Film Festival