Byron Shire audiences are in for a treat when the 2008 Sydney Travelling Film Festival rolls into town, screening on 30 May-1 June at the Byron Cinemas on Jonson Street.

“Delivering the best in world cinema to the NSW North Coast, this year’s program serves up stories from China, India, the Czech Republic, Italy and France,” manager Sarah Lancaster said.

“The festival opens with a home-grown treat — a special screening of Night, the latest big screen adventure from award-winning director Lawrence Johnston (Eternity).

“An extraordinary cinema experience, Night is a celebration of Australia after sunset.

“Capturing the mystery, mood and magic of Australia after dark, Johnston’s film weaves images and stories from across the country with a lush and dramatic symphonic score from composer Cezary Skubiszewski (The Book of Revelation, Two Hands).

“Voices from all walks of life cut across the aural and visual landscape to tell of their ‘affair’ with the night — the pleasure and pain, work and leisure, truth and fantasy.

“The result is mysterious, beautiful and universal.

“At the Movies presenter Margaret Pomeranz commented: ‘What’s revealing about this film is that it makes us stop taking this natural event for granted, it taps into our subconscious, into our fears, our thrills at what can happen under cover of darkness. [Night is] one of the most interesting, unusual and connective film experiences of recent times.'”

Director Lawrence Johnston will be in Byron Bay to attend the screening of Night and will take questions from the audience.

The film will be followed by opening night drinks in the cinema foyer to launch the 2008 program.

Information on session times and tickets online at www.sydneyfilmfestival.org/tff