Clive and Sabine Levacher prepare to take in a movie at the French film festival.
Clive and Sabine Levacher prepare to take in a movie at the French film festival. Contributed

French film festival attracts growing fan base in Rocky

EACH year more Central Queenslanders get a taste of French cinema, and they keep coming back for more.

The sixth annual Rockhampton Alliance Francaise French Film Festival held at Birch Carroll and Coyle Rockhampton attracted more than 500 patrons when it screened in late May.

More than 160 film buffs enjoyed French bubbly and nibbles before the opening film, Gemma Bovary.

It was so popular it had sold out before the evening. The Alliance hopes to cater for more movie-goers next year.

WARM WELCOME: Janet Stevenson and Sharyn Moodie help welcome patrons at the opening of the French film festival.
WARM WELCOME: Janet Stevenson and Sharyn Moodie help welcome patrons at the opening of the French film festival. Contributed

The five movies, which covered comedy, romance, a children's film, drama and the requisite tear-jerker, were all new releases selected from the Australian French Film Festival which ran in March and April.

Rockhampton City Council provided generous support, and councillor Neil Fisher opened the festival.

Alliance Francaise de Rockhampton teaches the French language, and provides opportunities for members to sample French culture.

Activities include conversation groups and immersion weekends.