Anyone else got itchy feet? No, I’m not talking about scaly toes, but seriously, how long has it been since we’ve been able to travel? Who else is waiting impatiently for this COVID nightmare to end?

But there’s good news! The great big outside world is coming right here to Perth. Soon you can experience the musical streets of bustling Belfast, the quiet culture of London’s art galleries, even an inter-rail adventure through Europe — all right here in our very own home town… and without a G2G pass! Will your feet stop itching for just a moment?

Proudly presented by Palace Cinemas, the British Film Festival 2021 is returning to Perth for its ninth consecutive year, bringing with it 31 remarkable films, each set in an assortment of exotic overseas destinations. From charming rural England to the wild Scottish Highlands, sunny Benidorm to stylish Corsica, there’s sure to be a place you’d like to visit. Aren’t we lucky? You know, I might just pull my suitcase down to create a full travel experience, and the best thing is, there’s not long to wait until take off!

The film festival opens at Luna Leederville on Wednesday 3 November with the much-anticipated Australian premiere of The Duke, a sentimental true-crime story starring favourites Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. Do make sure, before the movie, you enjoy the complete British experience of the Yorkshire Ploughman’s feast, washed down with a Bulldog G&T. Why not? We’re on holiday, after all.

Other highlights of the festival include Kenneth Branagh’s childhood eulogy, Belfast; psychological horror fantasy, Last Night in Soho; and a selection of the best of British films from the 1970s including dystopian classic, A Clockwork Orange, coming-of-age tale, Quadrophenia, and family film, The Railway Children.

But holidays aren’t all adventure, thrills, and romance. If we want to get to know the locals and find out what makes them tick, there’s a selection of inspirational documentaries to watch including Eric Clapton: Lockdown Sessions; Sparkling: The Story of Champagne with Stephen Fry; and Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story. Did you know author Jackie started out as a London dancer? You do now!

With all this exceptional talent and fine filmmaking flying around, we don’t want to forget to book those tickets. Get in early to avoid disappointment as seating is capped and events sell out in advance.

Enjoy those travels!


British Film Festival

Palace Raine Square, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Windsor 
1 November – 3 December, 2021