Seniors film festival: at a screen near you

A person at the cinema

Join us as we launch the first annual Boroondara Seniors Film Festival.

The 2022 Victorian Seniors Festival, being held next month, aims to recognise the wonderful contribution that older Victorians make to the community. Here in Boroondara, we are celebrating through the magic of the movies by launching the inaugural Boroondara Seniors Film Festival.

You are invited to take part in 3 major film events at each of Boroondara’s cinemas: Village Cinemas Rivoli, Lido Cinemas, and Palace Balwyn. These events will showcase a wonderful selection of feature films, along with short films from festivals around the world.

All Boroondara Seniors Film Festival events are free, and bookings are essential.

It’s your festival – be inspired

The Boroondara Seniors Film Festival is just beginning. Next year, it will expand to include festival workshops and short courses to explore your creativity, develop new skills, or even help you create a short film that may be screened in one of Boroondara’s cinemas or on our website during the Boroondara Seniors Film Festival in 2023.

To book for this year’s screenings, and find out more about what’s coming up at the festival, visit our Seniors Festival page or contact the Active Ageing team on (03) 9278 4803.

What's on

3 grandparents sitting in a park

Grandparenting 101

Where: Village Cinemas Rivoli

When: 11am to 2:30pm, Thursday 6 October

Rated M, 104 minutes

A lively German comedy showing it’s never too late to start a new chapter. Karin’s retirement isn’t what she had hoped for. Retired physician Gerhard has been widowed for 2 years and now his dog has died. Philippa is a retired hippy living in a trailer park. When the 3 become grandparents for hire, they face challenges they hadn’t foreseen when looking after their lively charges.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg


Where: Lido Cinema

When: 11am to 1:30pm, Wednesday 12 October

Rated PG, 98 minutes

A powerful documentary film capturing the extraordinary life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the profound changes she made for women and society. This is an intelligent and inspiring insight into her work as the second female Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Nominated for a BAFTA  Award for Best Documentary and Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

2 older actors

The Duke

Where: Palace Cinema

When: 2pm to 4:30pm, Thursday 18 October

Rated M, 96 minutes

A delightful true-crime caper and underdog tale, starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. Based on a true-life heist in 1961, 60-year-old taxi driver Kempton Bunton (Broadbent) steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London, and tries to ransom the painting in exchange for government investment in the elderly.


Community events for Victorian Seniors Festival

Throughout October, community organisations across Boroondara are celebrating the 2022 Victorian Seniors Festival.

To find out about events and activities, check out our Seniors Festival event search.