Australian film Candy an adaptation of the Luke Davies novel marks the big screen debut of theatre director Neil Armfield and stars Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush and Abbey Cornish, with a support cast including Noni Hazlehurst, Tony Martin and Tara Morice. The film screens in Australia from May 25, but hang on to your popcorn, because the Byron Bay Writers Festival, in conjunction with Byron Cinemas, is having a Gala Premiere Screening next Wednesday, May 24, at the Byron Cinema. Both Luke Davies and Neil Armfield will be present to introduce the film.
Candy was Lukes debut novel and he and Neil co-wrote the screenplay. Shot around suburban Sydney, the film follows a young mans love affair with the beautiful Candy and with heroin. Expect to experience a contemporary and exquisitely painful portrait of love, painted with great tenderness and flashes of dark humour.
The event starts at 5.45pm for drinks and the screening is at 6.45pm. Tickets are $20 including drinks and nibblies (thats excellent value if you can drink fast) and are available from the Byron Cinema, 108 Jonson Street, Byron Bay.