CASTALDI in FOCUS returns to Riverside, News

CASTALDI in FOCUS returns to Riverside

From September 9 Peter Castaldi will bring back to the big screen a mix of six classic and contemporary films from Australia and around the world.

Film industry champion and veteran, Peter Castaldi, has carefully hand-picked a quality program of Australian and International films, both classic and contemporary, to be screened at Riverside. Peter leads a Q&A after each screening with a key principle cast or crew member live on the floor or via Skype.

Castaldi said of the program “Each of the films selected has important resonance to both the industry at large, to me and to the audience as well. Some are well known and recognised by the critical community and audiences, others are obscure or unknown, sometimes for all the wrong reasons. The aim of each night is to engage the Riverside audience and the filmmakers on a free-wheeling exploration and conversation around cinematic moments worthy of celebration”.

Season 2 begins and ends with two Australian classics, Phillip Noyce’s 1977 first feature “Backroads” (September 9) and the digitally remastered 1957 “The Shiralee” (November 18). Other titles to screen will be new films from Australian auteur Paul Cox, “Force of Destiny”
(October 8), and “Red Dog” and “Blue Dog” director Kriv Stender’s latest “Kill Me Three Times” (September 16). From this year’s Sydney Film Festival Castaldi will present two stunning features; from The Ukraine “The Tribe” (October 21) and from Pakistan “Song of Lahore” (November 4). Peter will be joined by the directors (except The Shiralee) either live on the floor or via Skype for a Q&A after each screening.

Recognising Western Sydney as an ever growing and artistically active region, Riverside’s Rafferty’s Theatre, named after local screen legend Chips Rafferty, houses the only permanent independent cinema screen between Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains and Leichhardt in Sydney’s inner west.

Castaldi in Focus Riverside website

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