Mon 31 March 2014

Perth Festival is thrilled to announce the screening of the award-winning Bangladeshi film Television from the 2013 Seventh Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), as Lotterywest Festival Films brings the best of Asian cinema to Joondalup.

Unique, memorable and emotionally provocative…winsome, humane and illuminating… I hope the film draws a full and appreciative audience.” CRITERION CAST

Television is a wry comic drama that reflects a forward-thinking trend in the film sector in Bangladesh. Farooki still cannot define the film, which mixes comedy, drama and satire to tell the story about religious views and generational gaps. The film opens with a television being thrown into water by an Imam (the leader of the mosque and the community), declaring Jihad against this “stupid box.” From then on we experience a humorous fight between the people living in this town who possess a fervent interest in watching television and the Imam’s relentless efforts to keep the villagers away from the sinful box.

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s Television was the winner of the Jury Grand Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. This is the first time a prize at this event has gone to a film from Bangladesh. It was also the closing night film at the Busan International Film Festival, one of the biggest and most important film festivals in Asia.

Local audiences will have the opportunity to see this film at an exclusive screening at Joondalup Pines on Monday March 31, where we celebrate the culture of the region with traditional music from Sitar player Scott Mitchell, food from Mela Indian Sweets and Eats and cinema. 

Perth Festival is excited to support the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film. These awards celebrate the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the vast Asia Pacific region, which produces half the world’s film.

The Asia Pacific region is home to 4.5 billion people and produces half of the world’s cinema. For a second year running, we are partnering with the 2013 Seventh Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, widely regarded as the region's highest accolade in film, to bring you a major award winner from this year’s ceremony, in a celebration of the region’s vibrancy and diverse cultures. Past years have seen such masterpieces as A Separation and Waltz with Bashir take home the coveted prizes.


Mon 31 March 2014
Joondalup Pines

Mon 31 March, 7:30pm


Standard $16.50
Friends $14.50
Concession $15
FT Students (U30) $12
Standard 12 Ticket Pack $169.90
Friends 12 Ticket Pack $159.90
6 Ticket Pack $88.20
Lotto Players 6 Ticket Pack $85.20

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