**ALL MOVIE PASSES HAVE BEEN CLAIMED AS OF 8:48PM AUSTRALIAN EST, 14/02/2016**
This is something new for me: to mark Valentine’s Day, I have ten double passes to the movie Brooklyn to give away to Australian readers of this blog.
It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.
Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home – and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma – a devastating choice between duty and one great love.
Played by Saoirse Ronan in the film, Eilis’s story is about the divided heart of the immigrant. While I’ve never emigrated from my home in Australia, I can empathise, having spent more than seven years of my life in Southeast Asia. When I’m there, I miss my hometown of Melbourne. When in Melbourne, I miss being there. I’ve often described myself as having a divided heart.
The film of Brooklyn has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, the latter written by novelist and screenwriter extraordinaire Nick Hornby.
If you’d like to see Brooklyn, I have ten double passes to give away, valid nationally in Australia (though check fine print for exclusions). All you need to do is leave a comment on this post to say why you’d like to see Brooklyn. Do you have a divided heart? Do you love great writing? Does the historical period appeal to you? Or would you simply enjoy seeing a great film for free?
Leave a comment, then email me your postal address via angelasavageos(at)gmail.com
First ten people to leave a comment win. (If you have trouble leaving a comment on this blog, try here)
Happy Valentine’s Day!