Screen queen visits Valley

ONE of Australia's most distinguished and respected actors will be in Yamba on Friday for the opening of the Big Screen Film Festival.

Noni Hazlehurst has starred in a wide range of Australian film and television shows including Little Fish, Playschool, Better Homes and Gardens and City Homicide.

But on Friday Noni will be in Yamba to introduce one of her most recent Aussie films, Bitter and Twisted.

The film tells the story of a family still trying to process their grief, three years after their eldest son and brother died.

“It's about the ramifications of grief, but it's not grim and there's quite a lot of humour in it,” Noni said.

“I think people will find a lot to relate to in the film.”

The film was made in 2005, but Noni said because it was shot on the smell of an oily rag, the producers didn't have enough money to edit it.

She said somehow a film distributor got hold of the script and after seeing the film, re-cut it and sent it to the Tribeca film festival in New York.

“Amazingly it did really well there,” Noni said.

“It was called the sleeper of the festival and I was called the Australian version of Judi Dench.”

Noni has been to Yamba a number of times and was looking forward to sharing her film with a Valley audience.

“Anything I can do to promote Australian films, I'll be there,” she said.

As well as introducing Bitter and Twisted, Noni said she was also happy to answer audience questions after the film.

Tickets to opening night are $15, including wine and cheese and can be purchased from Yamba Cinemas.

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