The Empire Cinemas, Bowral
Opening night special event film - The Wife
The evening will begin with the Australian launch of Book Towns, by Alex Johnson, in which Bowral is a featured town. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating literary towns around the world, outlining the history and development of each community, as well as offering practical travel advice.
This will be followed by the launch of The House on the River by Bowral-based author, Alexandra Springett. Proceeds of the sale of the book will go to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
The evening will conclude with an advanced screening of the film The Wife, based on Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater. Joan Castleman (Close) is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions, to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career, Joan has ignored his infidelities and excuses with grace and humour. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan has reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan's coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career.
The Wife is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.