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Welcome to the Festival

The British Film Festival presented by Palace returns in 2020 for its seventh year with a standout selection of films from the British Isles.

The line-up features 22 films, including some of the most anticipated British cinema of the year – from powerful true stories and literary adaptations to comedies and documentaries.

Opening with hilarious comedy Blithe Spirit, based on legendary playwright Noel Coward's 1941 play, and including 18 Australian premieres, this year’s selection stars some of Britain’s best known and beloved stars and highlights the stories and creative power of women.

The Festival features two vibrant music documentaries, Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm and White Riot, as well as three retrospective films, all screening in glorious 4K restorations: The Elephant Man and Flash Gordon, both celebrating their 40th anniversary, and The Ladykillers, celebrating its 65th anniversary.

We wish you a truly entertaining cinema and festival experience!


Kim Petalas
Programming Director
Palace Cinemas

Please note: Festival locations will adhere to social distancing measures that apply to their city and cinemas will not be full due to capacity limits and staggered sessions. All venues undertake a full cleaning regime. Activities encouraging crowds to congregate will not occur, such as afterparties, and please allow ample time to visit the bar prior to your session to prevent crowding.