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See more great performances after the Young At Heart Film Festival credits stop rolling – with STC’s movie-inspired theatre in 2012

We advise booking tickets in advance to avoid disappointment—many screenings sell out!

TICKETS AT CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE, CASULA $2 for seniors (60+) $10 for everyone else By phone on 02 9824 1121 Online at In person at Casula Powerhouse Box Office (1 Casula Rd, Casula, 10am to 5pm)

TICKETS AT DENDY OPERA QUAYS, SYDNEY $6 for seniors (60+) $12 for everyone else By phone on 02 9247 3800 ($1 booking fee) Online at ($1 booking fee) In person at Dendy Opera Quays Box Office (9/2 East Circular Quay, Sydney)






Young at Heart Short Film Awards

The Illusionist

I’m Not Dead Yet


The Conversation

The Red Shoes

UNDER MILK WOOD A play with voices By Dylan Thomas





The Over The Hill Band



Travels With My Aunt

The Runway

The Deep Blue Sea


Le Havre

Le Quattro Volte

First Night


I Am Eleven


Perfect Sense



6PM Young at Heart Short Film Awards


22 MAY – 7 JUL 2012 Escape to the town of Llareggub with a cast of entrancing voices led by Jack Thompson and Sandy Gore.



A film by Ingmar Bergman adapted for the stage by Andrew Upton & Simon Stone 7 AUG – 8 SEP 2012 Jenny has it all: a beautiful daughter, a devoted husband, a high-flying job. but then something happens to her which turns her world on its head.



10 AUG – 15 SEP 2012 An emotional thriller written especially for the STC stage, this brand new Australian work deals with all-consuming obsession, grief, childhood and identity.




YOUNG AT HEART SHORT FILM AWARDS Casula Powerhouse | Thu 22 Mar | 10AM


THE ILLUSIONIST Casula Powerhouse | Thu 22 Mar | 12:30pm | PG Dir: Sylvain Chomet, France, 2010, 80 mins Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin

Short films: Two Laps; Scone Wars; The Future; Adam’s Tallit; Punch Drunk; The Adviser; The Op Shop

A hand-drawn gem, this pan-European story of friendship is deep, clever and utterly enchanting.

Watch and vote for your favourite Australian short films with seniors in starring roles.

The illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With rock’n’roll stars taking centre stage in the late 1950s, he is forced to play increasingly obscure venues. One day he meets Alice, a young girl fascinated by magic. Alice stows away on his departing ship and follows him to Edinburgh, changing the illusionist’s life forever. From the director of Triplets of Belleville comes a masterful animated tribute to legendary French comic Jacques Tati; a remarkable film about letting go of one’s illusions and picking up a little wisdom along the way.

We’ve compiled a selection of the best new Australian short films starring actors over 60, and we’re screening the finalists of our annual short film competition at Casula Powerhouse. The short films are an entertaining mix of homegrown stories from comedy to drama, with a refreshing focus on seasoned actors. It’s your chance to take part in a prestigious event, discover Australia’s up and coming acting talent, both young and old, and vote for your favourite film.

Best Animated Feature nominee, Oscars 2011 Screens with open captions for the hard of hearing

“Exquisite images, poignant humour, echoes of cinema history and a sense of having watched genuine magic.” The Wall Street Journal





Casula Powerhouse | Thu 22 Mar | 3pm | M

Casula Powerhouse | Fri 23 Mar | 10am | M

Dir: Janine Hosking, Australia, 2011, 95 mins Cast: Chad Morgan, Tex Perkins, John Williamson

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola, USA, 1974, 109 mins Cast: Gene Hackman, Teri Garr, Harrison Ford

At 83, this national treasure is still putting out hits and performing around the country.

A gripping thriller that cemented Coppola’s reputation as a master storyteller.

This engaging road movie documentary follows country music legend Chad Morgan and his wife Joanie as they perform throughout regional Australia. Affectionately narrated by rock musician Tex Perkins, this is an intimate portrait of an artist as an old man, 60 years after he first appeared on radio show Australia’s Amateur Hour in 1952. Don’t miss this gorgeous film about growing older, love, laughter and coming to terms with the past. Join us afterwards for a Q&A with the filmmaker!

Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to track a couple, taping their conversation as they walk through San Francisco’s crowded Union Square. Harry is a cautious loner who keeps to himself, but he finds himself getting dangerously involved when the conversation he records reveals a plot to murder the young couple. A brilliant, prescient thriller for the Watergate era, Coppola’s Oscar-nominated film is now widely seen as a high watermark of American cinema.

Official Selection Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Film Festivals 2011

Palme D’Or, Cannes Film Festival 1974


“An endearing portrait of a funny ol’ fella, and it’s hard not to smile along with it.”


“Coppola’s cerebral classic of paranoia and surveillance still looks outstanding, and more relevant than ever.” The Guardian



THE RED SHOES Casula Powerhouse | Fri 23 Mar | 12:30Pm | G Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1948, 133 mins Cast: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer

Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a ballerina caught between art and love comes alive in this classic masterpiece. A young ballerina falls in love with the composer of the ballet that makes her an over-night star. The jealous ballet company director, however, demands loyalty and total commitment. Dark melodrama, virtuoso dancing and heightened passion are brought to a fever pitch in one of the most glorious, influential Technicolor films ever made. Featuring outstanding performances and breathtaking cinematography by the legendary Jack Cardiff, The Red Shoes is a sensory cinematic experience unlike any other. Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture

“You will not just be seeing an old film made new; you will have your vision restored.” The New Yorker

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Flashback 1972

CABARET Dendy Opera Quays | Thu 22 Mar | 10am | M Dir: Bob Fosse, USA, 1972, 124 mins Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey

Liza Minnelli sings her heart out in this lavish, intelligent period musical. Bob Fosse re-energised the musical with this riveting, socially conscious musical set in a decadent Weimar-era Berlin, as the Nazis rise to power. Liza Minnelli shines as the glamorous cabaret singer Sally Bowles, caught in a love triangle with an English expat and a wealthy German playboy. As revellers laugh, drink and party at the Kit Kat Club, they are oblivious to the impending threat of extremism. Combining dazzling musical numbers and powerful drama, Cabaret is an unforgettable cinematic experience. Winner of eight Oscars incl. Best Actress

“This viscerally powerful, deliriously inspired musical stands the test of time, and then some...� The Guardian





Flashback 1972


Dendy Opera Quays | Thu 22 Mar | 12:30pm | M

Dendy Opera Quays | Thu 22 Mar | 3Pm | M

Dir: Geoffrey Enthoven, Belgium, 2010, 88 mins, Dutch (English subtitles) Cast: Marilou Mermans, Jan Van Looveren, Lea Couzin

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1972, 110 mins Cast: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Anna Massey

Three grandmas learn that it’s never too late to dream in this crowd-pleasing coming-of-(old)-age story.

The master of suspense returns to London for this intense, melodramatic thriller.

Upon the death of her husband, 70-year-old Claire decides to reconnect with her estranged, wayward son, down and out R&B musician Sid. She asks him to help her restart the girl group from the old days she used to sing in with two of her friends. He’s into hip-hop, the girls prefer Jacques Brel, but somehow the collaboration brings everyone closer. Gentle humour permeates this bittersweet look at how our dreams can often be tested by the passing of time.

As the latest female victim of the “Necktie Murderer” is found raped and strangled in the Thames, the police narrow in on a suspect. Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) is a belligerent ex-Royal Air Force officer who has just lost his job. Trouble is, he’s entirely innocent. As Chief Inspector Oxford and his men tighten the noose around him, Richard goes on the run, desperate to prove his innocence. Tense, tightly plotted and masterfully executed, many critics consider Frenzy the last great Hitchcock film.

Official Selection, Montreal World Film Festival

Nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Film

“A life-affirming comedy with elements of Calendar Girls and Young at Heart… terrifically performed.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Immensely entertaining. The best acted Hitchcock film since North by Northwest.” The New York Times

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YOUNG AT HEART SHORT FILM AWARDS Dendy Opera Quays | Thu 22 Mar | 6Pm Short films: Two Laps; Scone Wars; The Future; Adam’s Tallit; Punch Drunk; The Adviser; The Op Shop

Watch and vote for your favourite Australian short films with seniors in starring roles Watch the best new Australian short films with seniors in starring roles, vote for your favourite and meet guest filmmakers at our annual Young at Heart Short Film Awards. Two awards will be bestowed on the night. Decided by an illustrious industry jury, the NSW Seniors Week Award for Best Senior Talent is presented by Ageing, Disability & Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW. The Audience Award will go to the Best Film, as voted by audiences state-wide. It’s your chance to take part in a prestigious gala event, vote alongside our esteemed jury of film industry professionals, and raise a glass to Australia’s up and coming acting talent, young and old! Free welcome drink on arrival! Meet the filmmakers!



Flashback 1972




Dendy Opera Quays | Fri 23 Mar | 10AM | M

Dendy Opera Quays | Fri 23 Mar | 12:30PM

Dir: George Cukor, USA, 1972, 109 mins Cast: Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett Jr.

Dir: Ian Power, Ireland, 2010, 101 mins Cast: Damian Bichir, Kerry Condon, Jamie Kierans

Board the Orient Express for a fun caper filled with romance, adventure and glamour!

A heartfelt Irish tale of unlikely friendship spiked with humour and adventure.

Adapted from Graham Greene’s novel, George Cukor’s comedy describes the education of shy, bookish bank clerk Henry under the influence of his eccentric and flamboyant long-lost aunt Augusta. The bohemian diva, played with theatrical gusto by the great Maggie Smith, pries Henry away from his stale existence, taking him on a caper from Paris to Istanbul involving old love affairs, espionage, kidnappings, and a decadent lifestyle he could previously only dream of.

The Runway is inspired by the true story of a South American pilot who crashed his plane near Mallow in Ireland. Against all odds, residents came together to build a runway to get him home, briefly catching the imagination of the nation. This is the story of Paco, a young boy without a father but with limited Spanish, who befriends the pilot and convinces the town to welcome the stranger into their midst. Beautifully photographed, this is a bittersweet, charming portrait of a sleepy community woken up by the unlikeliest of events.

Nominated for four Oscars incl. Best Actress

Best Irish Feature Film, Irish Film Fleadh 2010

“Its great charm lies in its surprising emotional complexity… Full of privileged moments, lucid, controlled and graceful.” The New York Times

“Quirky, cheeky and full of heart… Prepare to be charmed!” Sunday Independent


“A drama that burns with a blue flame intensity that is deeply beautiful and shattering all at once” INDIEWIRE


THE DEEP BLUE SEA Dendy Opera Quays | Fri 23 Mar | 3Pm band | 3:30pm film Dir: Terence Davies, UK, 2011, 98 mins Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale

Rachel Weisz shines in this moving period melodrama from British master Terence Davies. Hester Collyer leads a privileged life in 1950s London as the beautiful wife of a high court judge. To the shock of those around her, she walks out on her marriage to move in with young ex-RAF pilot Freddie Page, with whom she has fallen passionately in love. Set in a gorgeously re-created postwar London, this adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s classic play is a study of forbidden love, suppressed desire, and the fear of loneliness, featuring a poignant performance by Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz.


screening preceded by free performance from swing-jazz musicians the bakelite broadcasters Closing Night, London Film Festival 2011


“In an age of hubbub, The Deep Blue Sea’s patient elegance is a rare thing we should nurture.” Empire Magazine



LE HAVRE Dendy Opera Quays | Saturday 24 Mar | 10am | PG Dir: Aki Kaurismäki, France-Finland, 2011, 93 mins, French (English subtitles) Cast: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, André Wilms, Kati Outinen

A deadpan, optimistic fairytale about the power of solidarity and community. In this warm-hearted portrait of the French harbour city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of well-spoken shoe-shiner Marcel Marx. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. Uplifting but never schmaltzy, this political fairy tale exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the whimsical cinema of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati. International Critics Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2011

“Four stars! There is nothing cynical or cheap about it, it tells a good story with clear eyes and a level gaze, and it just plain makes you feel good.” Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times



LE QUATTRO VOLTE (THE FOUR TIMES) Dendy Opera Quays | Saturday 24 Mar | 12:30PM | G Dir: Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy, 2010, 88 mins Cast: Bruno Timpano, Giuseppe Fuda, Nazareno Timpan

A profound, original study of nature and humanity that brings cinema back to its observational roots.

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In a small village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy, a breathtaking and majestic journey slowly unfolds, following the passing of a soul through four elements: human; animal; plant and mineral. Set against magnificent natural scenery, the cycle of existence is celebrated in this tranquil and transcendent film, infused with unexpected humour and mystery. Le Quattro Volte is a poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature, and the unbroken traditions of a timeless place. Best European Film, Cannes Film Festival

“ This delightful film has won hearts and minds everywhere it has been shown.” The Guardian







Dendy Opera Quays | Saturday 24 Mar | 3Pm

Dendy Opera Quays | Sunday 25 Mar | 10am

Dir: Chris Menaul, UK, 2011, 116 mins Cast: Richard E. Grant, Sarah Brightman, Rosamund Pike

Dir: Genevieve Bailey, Australia, 2011, 93 mins

A light-hearted ensemble comedy about friendship, love and opera.

11-year-olds in 15 countries share their views on the world we live in.

Rich industrialist Adam (Richard E. Grant) decides to stage an opera at his lavish country retreat. A troupe of sexy young singers are invited, along with Celia (Phantom of the Opera star Sarah Brightman), an opera director Adam has a serious crush on. In the lead up to the first night of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the opera’s themes of love, rivalry and misunderstandings are hilariously mirrored in real life. The lively script, stunning location and glorious music make for delightful escapism.

Four years in the making, I Am Eleven is a global snapshot of humanity at a crucial age. No longer children, not quite adults, 11-year-olds are inheriting a world changing as quickly and dramatically as they are. In this insightful documentary portrait, children speak articulately about family, religion, love, bullying, racism…their fears and aspirations. They have a lot to teach us, and Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey’s curious camera captures the sincerity, optimism and wisdom of the next generation. Like the 7’UP series, this makes for enthralling cinema.

Official Selection, Glasgow Film Festival 2011


“A lush operatic romp set against the elegant backdrop of a stunning Scottish country house; an engagingly breezy romantic comedy-drama.” Screen Daily

“Gentle, funny and often affecting, a unique insight into both what unites us, and what sets us apart.” Melbourne International Film Festival


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Dendy Opera Quays | Sunday 25 Mar | 12:30Pm | PG Dir: Joseph Cedar, Israel, 2011, 106 mins, Hebrew (English subtitles) Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Schlomo Bar-Aba, Alma Zack

This clever satire set in the cut-throat world of academia is also a witty look at father and son relationships. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father is a stubborn purist who has never been recognised for his work; his son is an up-and-coming star in the field. When the prestigious and coveted Israel Prize is announced, father and son are both candidates…and therefore rivals. Pride, ambition, filial duty and family dysfunction are brought to the fore in this wise and very subtle comedy of manners. NOMINATED FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, OSCARS 2012

“Funny and smart, told with wild, inventive cinematic flourishes. Joseph Cedar pulls off a feat of intellectual and cinematic elegance.” Entertainment Weekly




Short Film Awards Regional SCREENINGS The Young at Heart Short Film Awards recognise the best new Australian short films with seniors in starring roles. This year we have seven short films in competition for two awards. The NSW Seniors Week Award for Best Senior Talent, presented by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW, is decided by our film industry jury, and the Audience Award for Best Film is voted for by audiences throughout NSW.


In 2012, the Young at Heart Short Film Awards will hit the road, with screenings in 25+ regional centres throughout NSW, including many free screenings. Discover the best new senior Australian acting talent and vote alongside our industry jury!

Dendy Opera Quays | Sunday 25 Mar | 3pm | ma15+

For the full listing of regional venues, including ticket bookings and screening dates and times, please visit


Dir: David Mackenzie, UK, 2011, 92 mins Cast: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Stephen Dillane

A haunting, tense and moving sci-fi drama about what it means to love and be human. In Glasgow, a chef (Ewan McGregor) and an epidemiologist (Eva Green) find themselves falling in love. Their fear of commitment and relationship issues are put into perspective when the world falls prey to an unnamed epidemic. Around them, victims of the virus begin to lose their sensory perceptions. In a world that is losing its ability to feel, their love story becomes a powerful parable. Far from the clichés and special effects of apocalyptic blockbusters, this engaging original drama about the end of the world offers intimate, uplifting insights. Best New British Film, Edinburgh International Film Festival

“A serious and powerful musing on what makes us human. Thrillingly ambitious, ecstatically romantic, utterly unexpected.” Time Out London

2012 Venues Bathurst Bega Berrigan Broken Hill Cessnock Conargo Deniliquin Eden Elermore Vale Gundagai Jerilderie Shire Junee Leeton Shire

Merimbula Moulamein Newcastle Nyngan Old Bar Orange Southern Highlands Stockton Taree Tweed Heads South Tweed Shire Wagga Wagga West Wyalong


Young at Heart

7th Seniors Film Festival Young at Heart is organised by non-profit arts event company The Festivalists Ltd and sponsored by Major Supporting Partner NSW Seniors Week and Major Sponsors Globus, Cochlear and National Seniors. Young at Heart is Australia’s only film festival programmed for film lovers aged 60+. 2012 is our largest year yet, with our screenings at major venue Dendy Opera Quays joined by screenings in Western Sydney at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and screenings of the Young at Heart Short Film Awards at more than 25 regional venues throughout NSW. Raffle tickets are on sale throughout the festival–buying tickets is a great way to support this non-profit event, and go in the draw to win amazing prizes!





All unclassified films are restricted to persons 18 years or over, as specified by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. Dendy Opera Quays and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre have disabled toilets, lift and ramp access to the cinemas, designated areas for wheelchair seating and facilities for the hearing impaired. Visit for last minute updates and to subscribe to our newsletter. To contact us, call (02) 9281 5608 or email Cover and program design by:

Young at Heart 2012 Seniors Film Festival Programme  

Young at Heart is the NSW film festival programmed for cinema lovers aged 60+ - this is our 2012 programme, including 11 premieres and the S...

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