Traveler and mountaineer Carl Werts will present a slide show on Nepal. He will be joined by Lydia Dean, founder of GoPhilanthropic, who will speak about being in Nepal during the recent earthquake.
For this year’s Old Pasadena Film Festival, Distant Lands is pleased to screen some great films that explore what it means to travel. Four Friday nights in July at 8pm, we’ll screen a different film. It’s free but space is limited, so please RSVP!
Friday, July 10 – Tracks
Tracks is a 2013 Australian drama starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls). It is an adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir of the same name, chronicling the author’s nine-month journey, a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. The novel’s adaptation to screen succeeds in presenting a richly inspirational tale of perseverance.
Friday, July 17 – A Room with a View
Starring the captivating Helena Bonham Carter and beloved Maggie Smith, A Room with a View is the film adaption of E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel of the same name. This British romance-drama was directed and produced by the award-winning team of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant. Set in England and Italy, Bonham Carter plays a young woman in the restrictive and repressed culture of Edwardian Era England and her developing love for a free-spirited young man (Julian Sands). Nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film brought home three.
Friday, July 24 – The Long, Long Trailer
The Long, Long Trailer features beloved TV stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as an upwardly mobile couple who decide to buy a trailer so they can live together while his job takes him around the country. Thanks to their naïveté in such matters, they end up with a huge, bulky RV that costs five times what they planned. Their “seeing America” trip turns out to be a slapstick disaster. The film was directed by Hollywood great Vincente Minnelli (Gigi, Meet Me in St. Louis).
Friday, July 31 – Tea with Mussolini
Based in part on his autobiography, Italian director Franco Zeffirelli’s Tea with Mussolini is a comedic-drama about a group of British and American travelers who, on an indefinite visit to Italy, end up raising a young Italian boy named Luca, before and during World War II. Featuring British and American grande dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin, and Cher, this coming-of-age story basks in beautiful locations and light history. Smith received the BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
Join Adrian Kalvinskas of Distant Lands for a tour of Australia’s southeast corner, home to the majority of Australians. Enjoy the urban sophistication of Melbourne and Sydney’s outdoor lifestyle; see the highlights of the Blue Mountains and the Great Ocean Road; and take a peek at Australia’s little-visited capital of Canberra.
River cruises are soaring in popularity, and no wonder — they boast the “unpack once” ease of traditional ocean cruising, but offer larger staterooms and a more thorough and intimate experience of the places they visit. Join Susan Hickman, of Distant Lands Travel, for a look at the most popular river cruise routes and the variety of experiences available in 2015 and 2016.