French Film Festival fun in Rocky

French fun: Pat Handley, Gayne Kidd and Janet Stevenson, members of Alliance Française toast in preparation for this weekend’s French Film Festival in Rockhampton.
French fun: Pat Handley, Gayne Kidd and Janet Stevenson, members of Alliance Française toast in preparation for this weekend’s French Film Festival in Rockhampton. Sharyn O'Neill

THE biggest names in French cinema head to Rockhampton this weekend for film, fun and culture.

Five French language films will be shown over three days in the inaugural French Film Festival, at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre.

The festival is to be hosted by the Alliance Française de Rockhampton, and will be the first foreign film festivals in the city.

Rockhampton Alliance Française president Susan Yates said the festival came after more than two years of work and planning.

“The idea is to allow regional branches of the Alliance Française to enjoy a taste of the excitement and the heightened profile in their communities which are experienced by the capital city branches when they hold their annual French film festivals,” she said.

Dr Yates said the festival would help with the enrichment of the cultural life of Rockhampton, increased interest in the French culture and the French language, as well as helping the group fundraise.

The grand opening will be held on Friday night with the showing of the dramatic comedy The Girl from Monaco.

A children’s film will be held on the Saturday morning, the G-rated family film Trouble at Timpetill.

All films are in French, but have English subtitles.

The Alliance Française has been in existence in Rockhampton since 2001 and holds weekly language classes for adults and children as well as conversation groups.

The classes cater to all levels of French speakers, from absolute beginners through to more advanced speakers and are held at Glenmore State High School from 6.30pm on Wednesdays.

For more information on the French Film Festival, or the group, visit the website


Film Fest

Films: The Girl from Monaco (7.30pm Friday)

Trouble at Timpetill (10am Saturday)

God’s Offices (4pm Saturday)

Baby Love (7pm Saturday)

Female Agents (Sunday 4pm)

Tickets: Opening night $20 including a glass of wine and petit fours

General admission: Adults $12, concessions $10, children $8, season ticket: $60 concession: $54

To book: contact Dr Maree Burke, Cnr Davis and Brae-Ross Sts, Mon-Thur 9-5. Phone 4927 7685, Visa, Mastercard or cash

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