The Briagolong Film Festival is nearly here (8th – 10th June) and we are sorry to have to announce a PROGRAM CHANGE on Sunday afternoon.

The distribution company has notified us that they will not be releasing the film Breath. We are very disappointed and know that many people were looking forward to seeing Breath, but have a terrific replacement lined up.

The Briagolong Film Festival is nearly here (8th – 10th June) and we are sorry to have to announce a PROGRAM CHANGE on Sunday afternoon.
The distribution company has notified us that they will not be releasing the film Breath. We are very disappointed and know that many people were looking forward to seeing Breath, but have a terrific replacement lined up.

The Daughter (M) 96min
Watch the trailer here

The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before. Set in a dying logging town and based on the Henrik Ibsen play The Wild Duck, it is a beautiful production with strong acting and direction. This film is a thoughtful meditation on the bonds of family, friendship and community and has won many awards.
Director: Simon Stone
Stars:, Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto

Please spread the word.

See you there,

Annette Short.

Comrades and a Cabin (G) 14 minute documentary.

This years 2018 Short Film “Comrades and a Cabin’ will be screened
JUNE 9 at 7pm

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This documentary explores the background to and construction of the one and only Briagolong RSL Log Cabin in the late 1940’s. Narrator and consummate story-teller, Chris Lawless, escorts the viewer through a number of anecdotes – some humorous but always poignant – which intersperse a series of interviews (with Jane Mosley, Dawn Freeman and Mark Wagstaff) highlighting the beneficial relationship between war veterans and the Cabin and the Cabin’s contemporary relevance to the town.

The narrative of the film is adeptly promoted by a ballad (written specifically for the project by Diane Lawton), arranged and sung (by Anita Hensen) and recorded locally (by Barrie Clissold). Historical re-enactments (performed by local townsfolk) add richness. The film was devised, written, produced, filmed, acted, sung and edited by a group of Briagolonians.

Producer: Geoff Benton.

Directors: Rod McMillan, Colleen Geysen, Paul Geysen.

Gerard Callinan will host an informative Q&A session with people involved in making this locally-significant documentary after the premiere.

Hacksaw Ridge

View the trailer here

SUN 10 JUNE, 8PM (MA15+) 139min
Biography, Drama, History

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This Oscar winning film is based on the true story of WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa. He refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. An engrossing and unflinching look at the horrors of war and technically brilliant.

Director: Mel Gibson

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey


The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

SAT 9 JUNE, 2PM (M) 85min

View the trailer here

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The chronicle of the life and great love of Otto Bloom, an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse – passing backwards through the years only remembering the future. This clever mockumentary format is a fascinating, thought provoking film that has many surprising twists and turns.

Director: Cris Jones

Stars: Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward, Matilda Brown


Sweet Country

SAT 9 JUNE, 8:30PM
Adventure, Crime, Drama 1hr 50min

View the trailer here

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Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Director: Warwick Thornton

Writers: Steven McGregor,  David Tranter

Stars: Bryan Brown,  Matt Day,  Tremayne Doolan

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding is the Briagolong Film Festival’s opening movie this year


Watch the trailer here
Ali’s Wedding (M) 110min
Comedy Drama Romance
After a “white lie” which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric’s eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.

Director: Jeffrey Walker

Writers: Andrew Knight, Osamah Sami

Stars: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires

Paper Planes

Paper Planes is the Briagolong Film Festival’s Family Movie this year.

Watch the trailer here

(G) 95min
Family, Comedy, Drama
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Twelve-year-old Dylan meets the junior Japanese champion Kimi in the national paper plane championships in Sydney, Australia. They develop a close bond, challenging each other to create a plane that has never been seen before.

Director: Robert Connolly
Writers: Robert Connolly
Stars: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Watch the trailer here

One of our Sunday Movie’s
Drama, Sport
Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

Director: Simon Baker
Writer: Tim Winton (based on the novel by), Simon Baker, Tim Winton, Gerard Lee
Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Simon Baker, Richard Roxburgh
(M) 1hr 55min

Taking a break in 2017 – but St Kilda Film Festival will be here in July

The Briagolong Film Festival Committee has decided not to stage the festival for 2017, as we have needed to take a break to concentrate on a major renovation of the roof of our historic hall.

We remain committed to the annual Film Festival and we are confident it will be back and better than ever in 2018.

You will still get to see some amazing Australian films this winter, and enjoy a toasty night by our open fires… Yes, we have again been honoured with being able to show the St Kilda Film Festival Regional Tour – Saturday 22 July, 7.30pm.

Tickets are $15 – keep an eye on the Facebook page for information on the program.

And don’t forget, you can buy your tickets for the event on from Monday 26 June at 9am. Be quick – there are lots of eager local film fans who need a 2017 fix

We are sorry to disappoint anyone and hope that you are able to support the Hall and enjoy some fabulous Australian films from our St Kilda Festival friends.

St Kilda comes to town

Our reputation for having excellent taste in films, and knowing how to bring in the film-loving crowds has eSt Kilda FF v2xtended beyond the boundaries of Gippsland.

We are honoured to be able to bring you the Best of 2016 St Kilda Film Festival, here in Briagolong, one night only, Saturday 20 August.

The show will be in two programs, featuring award-winning short films, with an interval between the two.

BYO drinks and nibbles, or enjoy hot drinks for $2.

The films are unclassified and some may have themes unsuitable for children, so this is a strictly 15 years and over event, unless accompanied by an adult.

The program starts at 7.30pm, and doors open at 6pm for ticket sales. Tickets are $15 and will aid fundraising for the hall.

For full information on the programs being shown:

The Director’s Choice Program 

The Award Winners Program





One more treat

We couldn’t just leave you like that…

Shorts link 13 June

The Saturday night Short Film Program proved once again why it is such a popular part of our Festival. It is a wonderful example of the imagination and skills of our local amateur filmmakers.

We decided to give you another chance to check out the Shorts, so here is a link to the Vimeo channel for the Briagolong Film Festival Short Film Program:

It truly is a celebration of Gippsland’s creative talent, from children making their first film to experienced amateur filmmakers, featuring documentaries, slideshows and community projects and iconic Gippsland scenery.

And check out the synopsis and details of the films on the Vimeo channel, or download a copy of the Program handout here: Briagolong Shorts 2016 Program

A huge thankyou to the efforts of all of the filmmakers, and the many more who have told us they have started their projects and will be ready for next year’s festival. The video skills workshops we provided were well received and have helped at least three of tonight’s entries, so a big shout-out to Mick Green of Drift Media who gave taught us all so many great Tips & Tricks.

Before you go, one final reminder.  Don’t wait a whole year for your next film fix in a community setting (Netflix on your sofa just isn’t the same as sharing the experience with like-minded film fans).

Save the date: Saturday 20 August we have a special treat for you with the Best of the St Kilda Short Film Festival 2016 coming to our Briagolong Mechanics Institute – the only venue in Central and East Gippsland.

And, of course, you don’t need to trek to the city to see the best Arthouse films (those you’re unlikely to get in local cinema). Just check out the Stratford Courthouse Society’s July-December program, it’s a lovely, intimate theatre. Click here for more details. Check out their special events and the monthly Film Society – great value.

See you all again next year – or even sooner at one of the above 🙂


Thank you all

It’s a wrap

What a wonderful time we’ve had. The 12th annual Briagolong Film Festival is over and so many of you braved the cold weekend to come out to our toasty-warm heritage hall and enjoy some of of Australia’s finest recent films.

Thank you 13 JuneA huge thankyou to all of you who attended for making this event such a fixture, and renewing old friendships – and making some new ones.  The films are drawcard enough, but it’s also lovely to warm up by our log fires, with a glass or a cuppa while waiting for the screening to start (the benefits of getting there early!).

Yet again, we are indebted to our sponsors, whose help makes the event much more feasible to run as a community event – after all, we are trying to keep our historic hall well-used and well-maintained.  So thank you to:

The RACV, Wellington Shire Council, Film Victoria and the Stratford Courthouse Theatre – you are wonderful supporters of community programs.

And we can’t let the weekend close without a big thankyou to our Festival coordinator, Annette Short, and all of the Briagolong Mechanics’ Institute committee – it really is a team effort over many months.  And here’s to a special mention for our behind-the-scenes technicians, Neil Sandison and Geoffrey Benton, for the hours they spent setting up and keeping the event running smoothly.

For those who would like to find the Shorts from our popular Short Film Program:  here is the link to our vimeo channel, where they are all now “live”:

See you all next year! 🙂