A magical evening of arthouse and indulgence is happening on the Bellarine this April

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A magical evening of arthouse and indulgence is happening on the Bellarine this April

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Flying Brick Cider House, in collaboration with North Bellarine Film Festival, is hosting an epic night of arthouse film and delicious eats with 'Art House Films & Feast'

Step aside Sundance, an incredible celebration of all there is to love about Australian and International arthouse film and local food is coming to the Bellarine this Autumn.

In a first for the region, Flying Brick Cider House in collaboration with North Bellarine Film Festival is set to present a very special night, Art House Films & Feast.

Giving local cinephiles something to truly sink their teeth into, Thursday, April 21 will see the exclusive screening of seven dynamic Australian and International short films.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here

For one night only, arthouse film lovers will have the opportunity to be immersed in the brilliance of some of the world’s most talented up and coming filmmakers, with five Australian short films and two brilliant international short films. Some (or most) of these films will be ones you’ve never heard of – and that’s part of the remit of this event.

The films have been specially curated by the North Bellarine Film Festival committee for the event and are as diverse as they are engaging. Patrons will cross frontiers of humour, wisdom, dysfunction and inspiration.

The first part of the evening will see the screening of Share Screen, Black Coffee and Backing Up Bilitis.

Directed by Kate Brooks and written by Anton Berezin, this Aussie short Share Screen is a romantic musical fantasy for a locked-down world. The six-and-a-half-minute film follows 40-something-year-olds Charles and Ella who can’t meet in person, but romance blossoms in their Zoom window and their vivid musical theatre fantasies.

From the US, Black Coffee, directed by an 18-year-old Vito Lyles tells the story of a woman and a man sitting in a coffee shop toy around with the idea of a simple kiss between strangers – all in just 13 minutes and 35 seconds.

Backing Up Bilitis is 2018 Australian made short by Melbourne director, writer and filmmaker Abbie Pobjoy. The near 12-minute short is about a 17-year old closeted girl called Jane, who is growing up during Melbourne’s first gay liberation movement amidst the beginning of Melbourne’s ‘Daughters of Bilitis’ chapter – which was recorded as the first political homosexual rights group in Australia. It follows Jane as she creates an underground pro-gay event in the basement of her suburban home (a trend in activism at the time) to not only support the liberation movement but to unveil her own identity as a lesbian.

Following an intermission, films Home, Song of the Moon, Animal Work and Girl with the Yellow Dress and Red Hat will light up the rest of the evening.

Directed by Jahvis Loveday and Joy Ben Hur, Home is about a young girl from a small town must leave her home to forge her path to where she belongs in this world. Everything she remembers that was horrible about her home, becomes the things she will miss the most. This short film has won over 8 different awards around Australia including the Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Award at the Byron Bay International Film Festival and was made as the directors were finishing year 12 in 2018.

Also screening, Song of the Moon is a new short film, directed by Nick Kehaidis about two grandparents imparting their wisdom on their grandkids, while Animal Work is a seven-minute film from Melbourne based actor, writer and director Zac Marrinan, following an anxious young man who goes into a group therapy session. This is a comedy with serious elements and you need to watch out for the punchline at the end of the film.

Rounding out the event, is a 13-minute film from Santiago, Chile-based film director and poet Alvara Rozas Leiva. The Girl in the Red Dress and Yellow Hat is a refined comedy that seeks to represent the experience of love from the twilight of life, which, despite the passage of time, it is still possible to recreate the magic and hope of love reunion.
Flying Brick co-owner and Director of Hospitality Lyndsay Sharp said the entire Flying Brick team was pumped about hosting the event.

“It’s a privilege to be in a position to showcase and support the arts industry in a small way as we collectively focus on recalibrating, recovering and looking towards a more positive future,” Lyndsay said.

Providing a full-fledged entertainment experience in one of the region’s most beautiful venues, the event is offering not just a front row seat to experimental, under-the-radar and fresh-from-the-festival-circuit films but also top-notch food and wine to awaken all the senses with a four-course dining experience created by Flying Brick Head Chef, Josh Reader and the talented culinary team.

Amuse-bouches will circle the space upon entry featuring Wit’s Nuts and Chorizo and Manchego croquettes while a vibrant and tightly packed grazing board will take form as the entrée for the evening.

For the main course, guests will receive either Teriyaki duck leg, with creamed corn, barbequed leek, fermented kohlrabi, hickory ash, miso butter; or Huon Salmon with cultured cream, season’s best beetroots, caper berries, dill, both gluten-free.

To finish the evening on a sweet note, dessert will arrive in the form of Coffee Granita, made with Julius Meinl espresso granita, Kahlua cream, almond biscotti (GF). A complimentary drink on arrival (wine, beer, cider or soft drink) is also in the lineup, while the rest of the evening will feature delicious regional drinks at bar prices.

The event is guaranteed to please both film lovers and foodies alike. Don’t sleep on it.

The doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start at Flying Brick Cider House on Thursday, April 21. Tickets are $85 per person and include all films and four courses. You can purchase tickets here