ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
With a stellar line-up to include some 49 contemporary and classic French films and documentaries, the 31st Alliance Francaise French Film Festival returns to Palace Cinemas from March 11. Martin Provost’s delicious comedy How to be a Good Wife, set in a time when women were required to be largely subservient, and La Belle Epoque, which follows a disillusioned man as he relives the great love affair of his youth, are among the highlights. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, you can catch a screening of a restored version of Donkey Skin starring Catherine Deneuve. There are 15 single-session doubles to a session of your choice (not opening and closing sessions) up for grabs. Send your details to [email protected] before midnight tonight and you’ll enter the draw.
A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS AT PUFFING BILLY
A festive highlight on Puffing Billy’s calendar, this year’s Day out with Thomas marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Thomas the Tank Engine. To be held on March 14, 15, 21 and 22, it will deliver a host of treats for family and friends who along with joining Thomas as he chugs along on his 35-minute ride through the lush Dandenong Ranges, will also have the chance to meet the Fat Controller, watch the engines shunting through the yards and drop in on the animal nursery or indulge in a spot of face painting. We have two family passes worth $168 each (two adults and two children) on offer to join a 2pm session. Entries received on [email protected] before midnight tonight have the chance to win.