14 March 2023

Sweet As! Movie buffs sitting pretty as respected festival returns to Wagga screens

| Jarryd Rowley
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Forum 6 Cinema manager Craig Lucas and supervisor Caitlyn Lucas are excited for Wagga residents to come to the Travelling Film Festival this weekend, 17-19 March. Photo: Forum 6.

In its 49th year, the Travelling Film Festival finally returns to Wagga Wagga on 17- 19 March following three years of cancellations and restrictions due to COVID-19.

The festival returns with a slate of nine limited-release films, shown over three days, including Australian-made Sweet As and Hugh Jackman’s new feature The Son.

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Starting at 7 pm on Friday, 17 March, the event will showcase a wide range of unique offerings by filmmakers from all around the world.

Founded in 1974 by Sydney movie critic David Stratton, the festival looks to provide a cinema experience for films that would not normally be available to regional towns.

Touching down in locations such as Ulladulla, Tamworth, Cairns and Darwin, the festival travels all year round with an ever-changing roster of films.

Forum 6 manager Craig Lucas said the festival would bring a great range and variety of films that weren’t the usual high-budget blockbusters.

“The festival continues to bring mature products to regional towns, and has been for almost 50 years,” Mr Lucas said.

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The festival travels all year, showcasing movies from Australia and overseas. Photo: Forum 6 Facebook.

“It brings something for everyone, with such a great variety of features, short films and documentaries.

“Personally, I am a huge advocate for Australian films so I will definitely be seeing Sweet As on Friday night (17 March).

“It follows the story of a 15-year-old Indigenous girl who takes pictures as a way to escape from her difficult life.”

Six films – All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, We Are Still Here, EO, Tangki (Donkey), Aftersun and The Moths Will Eat Them Up – will be screened on Saturday (18 March), while War Pony, Broker, The Son, Voice Activated and Close will be shown the following day.

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“There are a lot of different stories and backgrounds this year, and I really believe that is something to be quite excited for,” Mr Lucas said.

“There won’t be another opportunity to see a lot of these films again in Wagga so I definitely encourage those who are eager to watch these smaller films to come by and support them.”

Films Schedule

Friday, 17 March: 7:30 pm – Sweet As.

Saturday, 18 March: 11 am, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed; 2 pm, We Are Still Here; 4 pm, EO; 4 pm, Tangki; 7:15 pm, Aftersun; 7:15 pm, The Moths Will Eat Them Up.

Sunday, 19 March: 11 am, War Pony; 1:30 pm, Broker; 4 pm, The Son; 4 pm, Voice Activated; 6:30 pm, Close.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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