Lotterywest Films part 2 line-up for Joondalup Pines explores the globe

Happy as Lazzaro.
Happy as Lazzaro.

A CHILD’S heart-wrenching story, a literary drama and documentaries about sailing and young scientists feature in part two of the Lotterwest Films line-up this year.

The second half of Perth Festival’s outdoor cinema program at UWA’s Somerville and ECU’s Joondalup Pines theatres start this month with seven films.

Program manager Tom Vincent said the geographic reach of the movies was a bit different to part one, so audiences could explore more of the world through films from different countries.

“Lebanon and Colombia are a bit more off the beaten track,” he said.

The first, Carphanaum, is a Lebanese film about a 12-year-old boy who stands up in court to sue his parents for ‘giving him life’.

Carphanaum.

It follows his life on the streets, caring for himself and another younger child.

Juliette Binoche stars in the next film, Non-Fiction, which is a French drama about a publisher, an author and his TV actor wife.

Non-Fiction.

A magic-realist fable of modern Italy, Happy as Lazzaro tells the adventures of a simple-minded young peasant and his time-travelling adventures and Mr Vincent said it had a “timeless feel”.

Colombia’s Birds of Passage is a crime saga set over 12 years that explores indigenous culture and drug dealing.

Birds of Passage.

“It’s my favourite because I’ve never seen a film like it,” Mr Vincent said.

“It’s kind of a thriller – it’s about the emergence of the marijuana running trade in Colombia.

“It’s a First People’s story about how they came to be affected by one of their members’ decision to get involved in the marijuana trade.

“It’s a very culturally rich movie, part gangster thriller, part indigenous people’s story.

“This film really allows that room for deeper reflection.”

The UK documentary Maiden will only screen at UWA as an Australian premiere, and Mr Vincent urged Joondalup audiences to make the trip down to see it.

Maiden.

It retells the 1989 story of Tracey Edwards skippering the first all-female crew attempting to sail in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

“It’s of special interest to people in Perth because she actually made a stop in Fremantle,” Mr Vincent said.

Another Italian film, Dogman, is about a mild-mannered dog-groomer who finally takes a stand against a man who bullies him.

Dogman.

The documentary, Inventing Tomorrow, from India, Mexico, Indonesia and USA will screen at Joondalup Pines first then Somerville.

Inventing Tomorrow.

It celebrates young people’s efforts in various parts of the world to forge a better future by tackling environmental problems.

“That’s quite an inspiring, uplifting documentary,” Mr Vincent said.

“Given ECU’s great science courses, I think that will resonate quite well with students there.”

The final week of the program will feature encore screenings of some of the season’s most popular movies in early April.

One of seven short films shot in Western Australia will screen before each of the movies in part two.

Yulubidyi, starring Trevor Jamieson, is one of the seven short films from WA that will screen before the feature films.

Visit www.perthfestival.com.au for more information.

LOTTERYWEST FILMS 2018-19 SEASON

ECU Joondalup Pines

February 5-10: Everybody Knows (Spain), 8pm

February 12-17: Burning (South Korea), 8pm

February 19-24: Carphanaum (Lebanon), 8pm

February 26-28, March 2-3: Non-Fiction (France), 8pm

March 5-8, 10: Happy as Lazzaro (Italy), 7.30pm

March 12-17: Birds of Passage (Colombia), 7.30pm

March 19-24: Inventing Tomorrow (India/Mexico/Indonesia/USA), 7.30pm

March 26-31: Dogman (Italy), 7.30pm

April 1-7: encore sessions (to be announced February 25)

UWA Somerville

February 4-10: Burning (South Korea), 8pm

February 11-17: Capharnaum (Lebanon), 8pm

February 18-24: Non-Fiction (France), 8pm

February 25-March 3: Happy as Lazzaro (Italy), 8pm

March 4-10: Birds of Passage (Colombia), 7.30pm

March 11-17: Maiden (UK), 7.30pm

March 18-24: Dogman (Italy), 7.30pm

March 25-31: Inventing Tomorrow (India/Mexico/Indonesia/USA), 7.30pm

April 1-7: encore sessions (to be announced February 25)