The London Australian Film Festival returns to the Barbican March 6-16, opening with Unfinished Sky. Peter Duncan's film, about a reclusive farmer who takes in and gradually befriends a female Afghan refugee, saw its world premiere at Toronto last year.

The festival will conclude with a gala screening of Richard Roxburgh's Romulus, My Father, which received the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for best film last year.

Other features include writer-director Tony Ayres' AFI award winner The Home Song Stories, Rolf de Heer's comedy Dr Plonk, Michael James Rowland's illegal immigrants caper Lucky Miles, Matthew Saville's Sundance title Noise, and David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki's horror-thriller Black Water.

Among the documentaries screening at the festival are Oscar-winning cartoonist Bruce Petty's political documentary Global Haywire, Sunny Abberton's surfing documentary Bra Boys, and Anna Broinowski's documentary Forbidden Lie$, which investigates the fabricated story of an honour killing in Jordan.

Following the tragic death of actor Heath Ledger, the festival will also be holding a special screening of his first major Australian film, Two Hands.

The festival will host an Australian Film Industry Symposium of papers and panel discussions on the films shown in the festival, all open to the public.

An public talk with Paul Cox, previously reported, has been cancelled as the director will not be attending the festival. Screenings of Cox's documentary Kalaupapa Heaven and his feature Salvation will proceed as planned, however.