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Prescott Film Festival Brings a New Take on Beauty and the Beast

20 July 2016   Lewis LaMaster

A film for every night!

The Prescott Film Festival keeps rolling along with near record attendance. Taking a break from the film noir theme, a large crowd came out to see a film that starts out being about death and ends up being about what gives life meaning. In the small mining town of Broken Hill, in southeast Australia lives Taxi Driver Rex who has received the news that his Cancer is terminal. He does not want to die in a hospital, so he leaves his friends at the pub, gives his neighbor his house and his dog and then heads his taxi on a 1900 mile, (3100 kilometer) trip. 

His destination is Darwin, where a new assisted suicide law is about to go into effect. When the pavement runs out he finds new friends to share his journey with. The first is Tilly, a happy go lucky young man, with a flashing smile, natural  mechanical ability and a few secrets. Then a barmaid, who is also a nurse. The three join him on his pilgrimage to the only doctor whom can help him. But along the way, Taxi Driver Rex discovers there is more to life than assisted suicide.

Helen Stephenson spoke with us about this year’s Festival:

Tuesday night features La belle et la Bete - translated is Beauty and the Beast. This film is French, with subtitles, and the short is Todo lo demas (Everything Else). 

Wednesday afternoon, two free workshops will be held, The Sound of Fear at 1 PM; Radio Silence: DIY Independent Filmmaking and Marketing at 2:30 PM. 

For more information on the schedule, check out the Prescott Film Festival website.