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Cunard British Film Festival 2023

Presented by Palace, the 2023 Cunard British Film Festival returns in November with the finest British filmmaking, production and acting, including many of Britain’s most enduring and well-known faces.

The 2023 line up showcases the region’s superb filmmaking and acting talent, with many of Britain’s most enduring and well-known faces, including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Spall, Olivia Colman, Sir Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, and more. 

We hope you enjoy the ‘best of British’ at this year’s Festival and delight in the shared experience of cinema.

Festival Trailer

The Cunard British Film Festival presented by Palace returns in 2023 with a curated selection of films showcasing the best new cinema and a selection of classics from the British Isles. This edition of the Festival will screen nationally in Australia from November 1 - 29.

Discover the Festival

Closing Night

Say cheerio to the festival with a Bulldog Gin G&T, sparkling wine or mocktail plus popcorn courtesy of Cunard prior to Wicked Little Letters.

Encore Sessions

Encore Sessions have been announced for Thursday 30th November - Sunday 3rd December! See your city for session times and to book. 

Opening Night

Celebrate the Opening of the Festival with the premiere of One Life starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and delight in Bulldog Gin G&Ts and more at Opening Night events.

Special Events

Enjoy this year's special events, including a Centrepiece Premiere, director Q&As, Opening and Closing Nights, and more.


Enjoy a specialty cocktail at the Centrepiece Premiere of The Critic, a wickedly mischievous drama featuring an all-star cast led by Sir Ian McKellen and Gemma Arterton.

Official Selection

Explore the best in new British cinema with this year's lineup featuring films fresh from the 2023 Toronto and Cannes Film Festivals.


A retrospective celebrating the works of Britain's Finest Leading Ladies, including Helen Mirren, Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Glenda Jackson and more.


Dive into comprehensive documentaries on an iconic filmmaker, a multi-talented performer, a Formula 1 legend and a design studio.   

Group / School Bookings

We offer exclusive ticket pricing and benefits for groups of 20 or more, so make it a group booking!