The Cunard British Film Festival has released the full 2017 program in anticipation of arriving in Brisbane on 25 October. Presented by Palace Cinemas, the event showcases an exciting line-up of some of the British Isles’ most anticipated films.

The Australian premiere of actor Andy Serkis’s directorial debut Breathe will open the festival. Starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, it is the inspiring true story of a couple who refuse to give up in the face of adversity. The film also opened the 61st BFI London Film Festival.

Closing the festival is the world premiere of Finding Your Feet, a heart-warming romantic comedy that proves it is never too late to start again. Starring Imelda Staunton, John Sessions, and Celia Imrie, the film follows a group of people entering the age of active retirement. Filled with old British charm, it shows that retirement is only the beginning.

Audiences are invited to step into the storied world of Manolo Blahnik with this special event screening of the must-see documentary, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards. This film features interviews with Anna Wintour, Rihanna, and Karlie Kloss, among other fashion icons. British fashion journalist and director Michael Roberts presents this peek into Blahnik’s world, offering an in-depth portrait of the legendary designer.

Other key highlights include Tulip Fever, a tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception, and retribution starring Academy Award winners Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz; the Saoirse Ronan-powered On Chesil Beach, adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel and the directorial debut from former Royal Court Theatre head, Dominic Cooke, and Goodbye Christopher Robin, a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, who inspired Winnie the Pooh.

 Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is based on actor Peter Turner’s memoir about the romance between Hollywood icon Gloria Grahame and her much younger lover.

From director Armando Iannucci, the Scottish-born, Oscar-nominated writer of In The Loop and the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning creator of Veep, I’m Alan Partridge and The Thick of It, comes The Death of Stalin. An acerbic send-up of the Soviet Supremo and his band of scheming bootlicks, it stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jason Isaacs.

The 2017 Cunard British Film Festival comprises 26 contemporary and retrospective films to give audiences a glimpse of the strength and variety of British cinema. For a full list of the films being screened, click here.

The festival will run from 25 October through 15 November.

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