Canberra International Film Festival 2017

12 September 2017


The Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) has launched its 21st year with a re-design of its program and will run from 26 October to 5 November at the National Film and Sound Archive.

With a plethora of ‘Film Festivals’ in the city through the year it’s hard to choose from a wide ranging collection of the best of international offerings to indulge preferences but this year the CIFF promises a retrospective strand to highlight the work of Googie Withers. And yes if you remember her you have to be of a certain age group but two of her best British films, ‘It Always Rains on Sunday’ and ‘White Corridors’ will feature in a celebration of the centenary of her birth. Withers had a long career in England and moved to Australia with her husband John McCallum and continued her work with her last on screen role in Shine in 1996.

The retrospective strand also includes French director Jacques Tourneur who worked in Hollywood in the 1940’s and 50’s specialising in low-budget supernatural thrillers with his female pirate movie Anne of the Indies, starring Jean Peters as the female swashbuckling Captain Providence, sword fighting on the high seas, a  feature.

The contemporary includes selections from the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals with for a closing night  ‘remembrance of things past’ featuring the memorable Doctor Zhivago, which ran for a record breaking 9 week season at the Centre Cinema when it opened and was the last film screened when the cinema closed 37 years later.

The full program and ticket sales is available at