Seniors Ban the Bottle at Byron’s Young at Heart 
Film Festival – Seniors Week 2015

This one day free event hosted at the Byron Community Centre will take place on Saturday the 21st of March and feature a number of films including the critically acclaimed, feature length documentary, “Divide in Concord”, that follows the entertaining tale of banning bottled water in a small town in America.

This is a story about an 84 year-old-woman trying to take down the third largest industry in the world. The film recently screened at the Byron Bay International Film Festival and was listed as one of the festival director’s favorite films.

The film follows eighty-four year-old widow and mother of four, Jean Hill who has waged a seemingly unwinnable battle against single-serve plastic bottles of water being sold in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. If enacted, the law would be the first of its kind in the world. Complete with strong opposition from local merchants and the bottled water industry, this film follows Jean’s controversial crusade.

Read more about Divide and Concord…
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Young at Heart Awards

The day will also include films from the Young at Heart Short Film Awards. These films are recognised as the best new Australian short films with seniors in lead roles and feature a range of well-known Australian actors. The audience will be asked to vote for their favorite films on the day.

Highly celebrated film reviewer and Byron Bay local, Peter Thompson will MC the one-day film festival, bringing with him 26 years of film industry expertise.

Young at Heart Awards…
Audiences will be able to watch the finalists in this annual national short film competition, and vote for the Audience Award for Best Film. Check it out!

Best of Byron Film Festival – Living Well as an Elder

Also included on the day will be a “best of” selection from the recent Byron Bay International Film Festival highlighting the theme of “Living Well as an Elder” and screenings of the “Life of Byron” short films, which document life stories as told by some of Byron’s captivating older residents.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Screening

To finish up the day’s program, internationally acclaimed box-office hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will delight anyone who has not seen it, and serve as a great reminder for those who want to revisit it.

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Seniors Drumming

We would also like to invite you to join us for a special session of the renowned seniors drumming group “Byron Elderbeats” to celebrate Seniors Week. All age groups welcome. No experience necessary. Byron theatre 2pm Thursday 19th of March. Dress up. Free event including afternoon tea.

Indigenous Portraits

Don’t miss the exhibition of portraits of local Aboriginal seniors accompanied by words of wisdom that will hang throughout the week in the BCC foyer.

Free for All

The entire day of films is completely free, including tea & coffee refreshments, and there will even be live entertainment from a highly talented young locally-renowned musician playing the Byron Theatre’s Steinway piano.

More info…
This cinematic day of celebrating Seniors commences at 11am on the 21st of March and continues until 6pm the same day. For further information about the films and sessions times go to: The Life of Byron Website or Byron Community Centre Website
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