Program revealed!

Young at Heart is back for its ninth year in 2014, running from 15 to 23 March. The festival presents daytime screenings in Sydney (Dendy Opera Quays), Parramatta (Riverside Theatre), Newcastle (Tower Cinemas) and Canberra (Capitol 6 Cinemas, Manuka). Selected titles also screen in over 30 regional towns across NSW and beyond.

Premieres this year include New York comedy FADING GIGOLO starring Woody Allen and Sharon Stone, Japanese family drama LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, Kashmir-set Indian drama VALLEY OF SAINTS and a new star-studded adaptation of ROMEO AND JULIET written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey).

New documentaries include THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES, about the 1973 Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs  tennis match that galvanized women’s liberation and made history, and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, a candid and revealing portrait of gay seniors.

Classics include a special screening of Philip Noyce’s Sydney noir HEATWAVE and new digital prints of NORTH BY NORTHWEST and THE WIZARD OF OZ (in 3D).

Filmmakers will be on hand to take part in Q&As with the audience, including the teams behind home-grown films BACKYARD ASHES, ERIC SMITH: NOT FINISHED YET and THE MAN FROM COXS RIVER. Other screenings will include social mixers, special introductions by experts and access services such as open captions for the hard of hearing.

The best new Australian short films featuring seniors in lead roles will screen at the ‘Stay in Touch’ Short Film Awards, presented by National Relay Service. The audience will vote for the best film, alongside an esteemed jury of industry professionals.

Tickets go on sale from each venue February 14th 2014.


Young At Heart returns!

Young at Heart, our popular Seniors Film Festival, returns for its 9th edition March 15th to 23rd, 2014 as a showcase for film premieres, beloved classics and social activities for film buffs. It's cinema... for grown ups!

Once again the Festival will visit Sydney and Western Sydney, with elements of the program visiting over 40 towns across New South Wales.

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Vale Don Reid

Don Reid and Maggie Blinco at the 2013 Young At Heart Short Film AwardsWe’re very sad to hear of the passing of Australian acting legend Don Reid, a founding member of the Ensemble Company and lifelong presence on Australian stages and screens, who passed away on 9 April.

We were honoured to have Don as a guest at the 2013 Young At Heart Short Film Awards, where he and fellow actor Maggie Blinco won the Best Senior Talent Award for their work in the short film ‘BOO!’

Aussie Theatre has honoured Don’s life and work in this article – Young At Heart Film Festival would like to offer our condolences to Don’s family and friends, and to raise a glass to his lifetime of work.


The Young at Heart Short Film Awards Winners 

A huge thanks to everyone who came along and saw some films at what was the biggest Young at Heart Film Festival yet!

Around 3000 film lovers came along between 17 and 24 March to see premieres and classic films at Young at Heart, and with five sold-out sessions, it was our most popular festival to date!

The Young at Heart Short Film Awards on Thursday 21 March saw some brilliant, quirky new Australian short films go head to head for two prizes – the Best Senior Talent Award, as judged by our illustrious industry jury, and the Best Film Award, as voted by the audience at Dendy Opera Quays and Casula.

This year saw a turn-up for the book – the first time that our industry jury couldn’t decide between two fantastic performances, and so awarded Best Senior Talent to two legendary actors starring side-by-side in the same short film, Rupert Reid’s irreverent and darkly comic BOO!

Congratulations to Maggie Blinco and Don Reid, winners of the Young at Heart 2013 Best Senior Talent Award!

Maggie Blinco and Don Reid, winners of the 2013 Best Senior Talent award.
Congratulations as well to director Patrick Fileti, co-director Chris Moreira and producer Mark Scholler, the team behind the warm (but bitingly witty) MAY, winner of our Young at Heart Audience Award for Best Film!

MAY co-director Chris Moreira and producer Mark Scholler


The Young At Heart 2013 Raffle Winners!

Our 2013 raffle was immensely popular, and it’s with great pleasure that we can reveal the winners…

First prize (a $1500 Globus Travel Voucher): Robert Strouvelle

Second prize (a Sydney Film Festival Daytime Subscription): Trish Farrar

Third prize (Double pass to One Man, One Guvnor): Caroline Adams

Fourth prize (Historic Houses Trust Household Membership): Kerry Tier.

A huge thanks to our partners and supporters for providing the amazing prizes, and thanks as well to everyone who entered – your support has helped to ensure that Young at Heart will be back next year!

We can also reveal the winner of our Sydney Survey competition (for completing our festival survey) – Sharon Clark has won a Season Pass to see every film at Young at Heart 2014!

The regional resident Survey Prize (a case of Ascella Organic Wine) will be announced in the coming weeks, once we’ve received the surveys back from our regional screenings.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make Young at Heart 2013 the best and biggest yet – we hope you saw some great films, and we’ll see you at the festival next year!