A PAIR of independent film aficionados have stepped in to fill the gap left by the closure of the Sawtell Cinema.
Lynne Clerk and Fiona Foulkes are the driving force behind the European Film Festival which is coming to the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium this weekend.
The festival is screening five films over the coming weekend and, with a mixture of comedy, nostalgia, drama, tragedy, sexual farce and romance, there is something for everyone.
Friday's opening night features the French film, Priceless which was produced in 2006 and inspired by the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's. It is a sexual farce about a gold digger who mistakes a barman at a luxury hotel for a millionaire.
The festival is also showing the tragic comedy, Life is Beautiful, which is about an Italian family sent to a Nazi concentration camp during WWII and the French romantic comedy, Amelie which depicts contemporary Parisian life through the eyes of a shy waitress. Also on the bill are the Italian film Cinema Paradiso and the Danish film, A Royal Affair.
Each film is preceded by a complimentary glass of wine and canapés, so arrive half an hour before each film session. Tickets are $15 per film or $50 for a weekend pass and are available from Wholly Organic (First Ave, Sawtell), Parrys Jewellers (Coffs Harbour) or online at www.stickytickets. com.au
All profits from the festival are going to Hamiln Fistula Ethiopia. This charity restores the health and dignity of women suffering in Ethiopia with an obstetric fistula and assists in training midwives to help prevent this tragic injury.
For more information visit the FB page European Film Festival or contact Lynne on 0418 219 062.