An annual summer cinema event early next year promises to be a star-studded event, with Australian film director and actor Nash Edgerton and acclaimed band The Whitlams bound for Armidale.
Annual open air movie night Optus Flix in the Stix combines short films and live music against the backdrop of the Saumarez Homestead grounds.
On February 23 the tour will hit Armidale, one of 12 regional centres across Australia hosting the short film festival.
The event is set to combine eclectic short films, music performances, spoken word, comedy, food and great company.
Edgerton has been chosen to curate the event after winning last year’s popular choice award for the best film across the festival.
He made his directorial debut with short film Loaded in 1996 and has since taken out the top prize at Tropfest and directed eight multi-award winning short films.
Recently the director has been splitting his time between Australia and the USA, working on The Great Gatsby, Kieran Darcy-Smith’s Wish You Were Here and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.
He has also spent time directing music videos for leading artists such as The Hilltop Hoods, Bob Dylan, and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers.
Live music will be provided by ARIA winning band The Whitlams, best known for hits such as No Aphrodisiac and Thank You (For Loving Me At My Worst).
The band formed in 1992 with the original line-up including Tim Freedman, Stevie Plunder and Andy Lewis. They rose to prominence from 1997 after the release of the ARIA Award-winning album Eternal Nightcap .
The current line-up of Tim Freedman, Jak Housden, Warwick Hornby and Terepai Richmond has been playing since 2001 following a series of shake-ups within the band in the late 1990s.
Tickets for the night will go on sale from December 3 through Ticketek.