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Japanese Film Festival to enchant Bunbury in October

By Kevin Kelly

Among those unfamiliar with the terrain, there is a tendency to think that you have to go all the way to the state capital, Perth, to be part of exciting events and showcases. In fact, despite its regional status, there is always something happening at Bunbury, which has a reputation as something of a cultural hub.

The city has proved this yet again, with the announcement that it will host the Western Australian regional screenings of the Japanese Film Festival, the largest such festival in the world. A yearly event, it will have its 19th year in Bunbury thanks to its ties to Setagaya, its sister city.

If that wasn't enough, the screenings will be completely free. Bookings, however, will be necessary due to limited seating and high demand. Anyone living in real estate in Eaton, Australind and surrounding areas will want to check out this exciting event that is unique to the city.

"Last year more than 30,000 moviegoers attended Japanese Film Festival screenings nationally and were treated to the hottest new feature films direct from Japan, including cult, anime, drama, documentary and much more," said Isabell Evans, the City of Bunbury's senior officer of international relations.

There are three movies scheduled for screening. On 20 October, viewers can look forward to Lady Maiko, a loose re-telling of the Audrey Hepburn-starring My Fair Lady. Meanwhile, the 21st will see Patema Inverted, a spellbinding anime about a young girl from an underground civilisation who becomes trapped in an upside-down world. Finally, on October 22nd residents can see comedy Wood Job!, a coming-of-age story about a university drop out who gets a job in the logging industry. 

The festival will be held at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre. Anyone who is interested and happens to reside in real estate in Bunbury ought to pick up the phone now and reserve a space.

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