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This film festival is bringing the best of America to Australia

Presenting 22 of the best contemporary American independent films. 

The third American Essential Film Festival is set to bring a star-studded collection of independent films to Australia this year, featuring Hollywood heavyweights like Helena Bonham Carter, John Travolta and Robert De Niro. 

The festival opens with Sophie Brooks’s directorial debut, The Boy Downstairs, featuring Girls star Zosia Mamet as Diana, an ambitious, aspiring writer who finds the perfect Brooklyn apartment - only to find out that her new downstairs neighbour is her ex-boyfriend. 

Further highlights include Wattstax, exploring '70s African American culture, and a special screening of Heat in 4k vision. 

The films will be showing exclusively at Palace Cinemas, with a New York style bite and live music on the opening night.

American Essentials Film Festival:

Sydney: May 8 – 9, Palace Central

Canberra: May 9 – 20, Palace Electric

Brisbane: May 9 – 20, Palace Centro

Melbourne: May 10 – 20, The Astor Theatre & Kino Cinemas

Tickets are now on sale via www.americanessentials.com.au and participating cinemas.