We recently ventured to Launceston to experience the Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival. Michael had an entry selected for screening in the short film competition and we thought it a great excuse for a weekend away.


The festival was held at the Inveresk Precinct. Originally Tasmania’s largest industrial site, it is now an education and arts hub. The original industrial buildings remain


and are now interfused with some modern elements.



I love this tree outside the Big Picture School.


The movies were shown in various buildings throughout the precinct, our first viewing was in The Annexe.


A fabulous gabion rhinoceros stood guard at the entrance


or was he heading for the coffee van?


We relaxed with a coffee in the comfortable lounge


before viewing a wonderful movie, Kedi. Although not particularly cat lovers, we enjoyed the story of the cats in Istanbul and the interaction with the people in their lives. Perhaps humans could learn a thing or two from cats after all.
We lunched at Blue Café Bar at the precinct, the wood fired pizzas were amazing – we chose pulled pork shoulder, pickled jalapeño, avocado, coriander & crème fraiche.


Also located at the Inveresk Precinct is the Launceston Tramway Museum. You can step back to the 1940s with a ride on Tram No. 29, Launceston’s only surviving double bogie tram,


lovingly restored over seven years.


We returned later to the Festival Lounge to enjoy beverages and the award presentation


before a walk in the rain and superb dining experience at Brisbane Street Bistro (sorry, I didn’t take photos). Next morning, we started the day with a hearty breakfast at Café one0six. The Breakfast Burger and Eggs Benedict hit the spot.

We headed back to Inveresk for one more movie, the Romanian film, Graduation. It was quite sombre and gave us much to ponder on our drive home.
Michael’s entry in the short film competition, Invisible, can be viewed here

4 thoughts on “BOFA

  1. Love what they’ve done with the old industrial area, Tasmania has some great forward thinkers. Watched ‘Invisible’ film again, still manages to move me, such a great job Michael. :))


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