OPENING NIGHT: BOOK WEEK
Watch the Queensland premiere screening of Book Week and mingle with Book Week’s writer and director Heath Davis, NIFF Founding Patron Academy Award winning cinematographer John Seale and other industry special guests on the blue carpet at NIFF’s opening night event to officially kick off festival celebrations.
Filmed in the Blue Mountains, Book Week is a shaggy dark comedy about a disgraced novelist turned English teacher trying to find redemption.
For generations, dressing up for book week has been an Aussie school tradition. But for high-school English teacher Nicholas Cutler (Alan Dukes), it’s the week from hell. Once a literary enfant terrible, and now simply a terrible man, he’s struggling to instil a love of reading in teenagers who would rather toy with their phones and dress up as movie superheroes. Trying to roll with these bad new times, Nicholas has penned a trashy zombie story. He’s tantalisingly close to a literary comeback – but it’ll be at the expense of his students, colleagues and long-suffering family. Will this be the week Mr Cutler finally has people’s backs, not paperbacks?
Shot in Katoomba and featuring Western Sydney locals as extras, Book Week offers a wry new comedy with a genial fondness for community – the kind you don’t always find in books.
After the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Heath Davis, who based his film on his own experiences as a teacher, hosted by In Noosa Magazine's John Caruso.
Thank you to our festival partners, Noosa Junction Association and Barc Wine Bar for helping us stage this event, and our hospitality partners Land & Sea Brewery and Nuova Scuola Wines.
Tickets & Times
Film & Party: $65 (includes pre-show drinks/canapes, film, Q&A) - 6.30-7.30pm
Film Only: $30 (includes film, Q&A) - 7.30pm start