Bellbird

Directed by Hamish Bennett
New Zealand
96 minutes
15+
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This endearing tale based in rural New Zealand stars Marshall Napier (The Light Between Oceans, Babe) as a farmer struggling to cope with a tragedy; with the help of his gentle son and the local community.
SELECTED: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019

Inspired by his own childhood neighbours, director Hamish  Bennett (Ross & Beth)  follows Ross (Marshall Napier, The Light Between  Oceans, Babe), a largely silent man who farms his  land alongside his far more exuberant wife Beth (Annie Whittle).  When Beth suddenly dies, Ross is crushed  but incapable of displaying his emotions. His son Bruce (Cohen Holloway, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Breaker Upperers) moves back in and tries to help, but is not suited to the  farming life and also has great difficulties in expressing himself.  Perfectly capturing love, loyalty and  reliance in all the little moments whether buried under layers of cheeky  banter or cow shit, Bennett brings a gracious  tenderness in this exquisite, gentle film.
An understated drama with an open heart and a lithe sense of humour.
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Sat 28 March
5:15pm
Tamworth Forum 6 Cinemas
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Classification
15+
Country
New Zealand
Language
In English
Director
Hamish Bennett
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