Inaugural Hilton Winter Film Festival kicks off this weekend


A scene from Given, a film about surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin.
A scene from Given, a film about surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin.

THE inaugural Hilton Winter Film Festival kicks off this weekend with four great local movies to be screened.

With a movie screened every Friday for four weeks, the festival will also be the WA premiere of three of the four movies, including Given.

Given is the story of surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin as they travel from their island home of Kauai in a quest to find bigger and better surf, told from the perspective of a six-year-old.

Director Jess Bianchi said he hoped that by watching the movie, viewers would be able to see the wisdom of a child and the guidance of a loved one.

Given to me was as much about the passing of knowledge from father to son as it was about searching for a new way to tell a story,” he said.

“In a time of cinema that is over-saturated with unnecessary sex, violence, and drama, Given was an exploration, a quest into positive film-making.

“I purposefully choose to avoid any traditional drama arcs with the intent to engage and inspire the audience to view movies differently.”

Other films that will be screened are Unbranded, Putuparri and the Rainmakers and Islands and the Whales.

The Hilton Winter Film Festival is on every Friday from April 21 to May 12 at Paget Street’s Progress Hall. Entry is free. Visit www.trybooking.com to book.