Fri 19 Mar 2021 to Sun 21 Mar 2021

A celebration of Australian film featuring nine titles showcasing our rich cinematic history. This year’s festival will be held in house at Star Cinema.

Bendigo Festival of Australian Film 2021 runs from Friday March 19 – Sunday March 21 

Adults: $17 / Star Cinema Members: $15 / Conc / Seniors / Under 16: $12 / Family: $48
Festival Passes (entry to all films)*:
Adult: $70 / Star Cinema Members: $60 / All Concession: $50

Bookings: Star Cinema. Phone: 03 5446 2025


Festival Hub:
Council Chambers, upstairs at Eaglehawk Town Hall*
Friday: 5pm – 7pm
Saturday: 12pm – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

Enhance your festival experience by relaxing with a drink, before or after a film, at the licensed festival hub. The hub will be serving locally sourced beverages. A rare opportunity to experience the grand old Council Chambers of the Borough of Eaglehawk. *stair access only



DEAD LETTER OFFICE (1998, M) 95min
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance. Dir: John Ruane.
A lonely woman (Miranda Otto) who is searching for her father decides to apply for a job at the dead letters office where her letters to her father keep ending up. Here she finds a lonely man and romance strikes.
Opening night screening introduced by director John Ruane.
Friday March 19: 7pm


KANGAROO (1986, M) 100min
Genre: Drama. Dir: Tim Burstall.
D.H. Lawrence’s tale follows a British writer (Colin Friels) and his wife (Judy Davis) who move to Australia and meet a Fascist (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Winner of two 1986 AFI awards including Best Actress..
Saturday March 20: 1pm


THE LAST WAVE (1977, PG) 106min
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery. Dir: Peter Weir.
When lawyer David Burton (Richard Chamberlain) is assigned a case defending five Aboriginal men, he is unprepared for the nightmares and dreamscapes ahead. Winner of two 1978 AFI Awards.
Saturday March 20: 4pm


BABYTEETH (2019, M) 118min
Genre: Comedy, Drama. Dir: Shannon Murphy.
Milla, a seriously ill teenager, falls in love with a drug dealer, Moses – her parents’ (Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn) worst nightmare. Winner of nine 2020 AACTA awards and multiple international awards.
Saturday March 20: 7pm


BLESSED (2009, MA 15+) 113min
Genre: Drama. Dir: Ana Kokkinos.
A haunting and evocative tale about mothers and children starring Frances O’Connor, Miranda Otto and Deborra-Lee Furness. Winner of 2009 AFI award for Best Lead Actress (Frances O’Connor).
Sunday March 21: 1pm


PROOF (1991, M) 84min
Genre: Drama, Romance. Dir: Jocelyn Moorhouse.
Blind photographer Martin (Hugo Weaving) enjoys the attention of his maid Celia. But things change when Andy (Russell Crowe) enters his life. Winner of six 1991 AFI awards including Best Film
Sunday March 21: 4pm


GIRLS CAN’T SURF (2020, M) 108min
Genre: Documentary. Dir: Christopher Nelius.
The story of how a band of renegade surfer girls in the 1980s – a circus of fluoro colours, peroxide hair and radical male egos – fought to create their own professional sport and change the culture forever.
Sunday March 21: 7pm