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Monday 30 November 6:30pm followed by Q and A with director
6:30pm followed by Q and A with director


The world premiere of Tanna, the new Australian feature film from award winning documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean (Contact, First Footprints, Race Around the World) and Martin Butler (Contact, First Footprints) was made in collaboration with the Yakel people of Tanna, Vanuatu. It received an overwhelmingly positive reception at the Venice Film Festival, where it won two major awards including the Audience Award for best film.

Tanna had its Australian premiere screening In Competition at the Adelaide Film Festival. Almost simultaneously, it screened at the London Film Festival where it has been selected for the First Feature Competition.

Set amidst the unspoilt landscapes of the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific, the film is a vibrant and eccentric melodrama that tells the story of the forbidden love between Wawa and Dain, a sort of a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of the island of Tanna.

In one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa (Marie Wawa), falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain (Mungau Dain). When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.

The film is based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel who still live a fully traditional Kastom lifestyle in their mountainous jungle home, in the shadow of an active volcano, maintaining their belief system and social structure despite contact with the modern world. Although they had never even seen a film before, the tribe openly embraced the opportunity to explore this new way of storytelling.


“Elegantly edited by Tania Michel Nehme (“Ten Canoes”) and performed with conviction by actors who’d never seen a film or a moviecamerabefore, the pic is a stirring tribute to the power of love…” Richard Kuipers, Variety

“What lingers most, however, are the faces of the people, full of dignity, pride and even telltale hints of joy to be playing versions of themselves – sharing their lives in a medium most of them have never experienced even as spectators, let alone participants.” David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“The film is an entertaining and interesting observation of traditional culture on the island, as well as a love story with enduring and far-reaching themes of loyalty, courage, tolerance and conflict between the old ways and the new”. Mary Taylor, Adelaide Independent News

Upcoming Events & Info

Love and Adventure: It's a wrap!

The Film Society's amazing weekend of film concluded last night with the wonderful Irish movie Noble and was a great success. From the opening night festivities with Irish music and dancers and the screening of the very controversial film The Lobster, art house film lovers took advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy international films from around the world.  Visit the festival gallery page

Noosa Theatre Live

Don't miss the screening of London Road on Sunday 22 November at 6:30pm or Monday 23 November at 10am at Noosa Arts Theatre.  Visit for more information. 

Noosa 5 Cinemas

Individual tickets for the Met Opera series are now available. The Season highlights 10 exceptional operas and performances and continues with Otello on 14 November. 


Diarise these Dates for 2015/16

2015 dates are 18th and 30th November, 9th December. Regular screening dates for 2016 are 10, 24 February; 9, 23 March; 13, 27 April; 11, 25 May; 8, 22 June; 13, 27 July; 10, 24 August; 14 September; 5, 19 October; 2, 16 November; 7 December.