Now in its fourth year, exclusively at Palace Cinemas, the BBC First British Film Festival is thrilled to announce highlights from the 2016 program.

With a spread of international award-winners, crowd favourites, and Australian premieres, this year’s films feature a star-studded line up of cinematic delights that dive directly into British culture, humour, and traditions, signalling this year’s festival as the biggest one yet.

The festival will open with the Australian premiere of Amma Asante’s period drama A UNITED KINGDOM. Starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) A UNITED KINGDOM is based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams, based on the true story of young Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo), who caused an international scandal when he married a white Englishwoman (Pike) in 1948.

I, DANIEL BLAKE, the highly anticipated, Palme d’Or-winning new film from acclaimed British director Ken Loach is also a program highlight. Showcasing the director’s signature style, the film is a complex exploration of socio-economic issues in Britain, telling the story of 59-year-old carpenter Daniel, who after working as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle injures himself and requires help from the state. He befriends Katie, a single mother with two young children, and the two form a mutually beneficial alliance.

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