October 28, 2013
FILM producer David Jowsey is in Cairns on Friday for the official opening of Sydney Travelling Film Festival.
He will introduce his film, Mystery Road, a new Australian crime drama that opened nationally on October 17 and which had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in June. It has since been selected for the Toronto, London and Melbourne film festivals.
“It’s a great pleasure being involved in the Sydney Film Festival touring program, to experience your film being played to film lovers around the country is a fabulous experience,” Jowsey says.
“I usually make social films about issues (e.g. Mad Bastards, Satellite Boy, Toomeleh), but this is a commercial genre film.”
Jowsey, who partnered with writer and director Ivan Sen for Mystery Road, described it as a classic whodunnit, with the elements of a western, with the hats, pistols and cowboy boots.
The movie, filmed at Winton, western Queensland, has a stellar line-up, with Aaron Pedersen as a detective, Jay Swan, who has returned home to the Outback and who investigates a murder after a young girl is found on the side of the road.
It also features Jack Thompson, Hugo Weaving, Damian Walshe-Howling and Ryan Kwanten.
Alicia Emery, manager of the Travelling Film Festival, said Cairns would have 13 films from the Sydney festival, the most of any regional centre in Australia.
Other films on the program include The Act Of Killing, Valley Of Saints, The Attack, The Rocket, For Those In Peril and many more.
“We also have documentaries in the program this year and shorts,” Ms Emery says.
Sydney Travelling Film Festival runs at Event City Cairns Cinemas from November 1-5.
Opening night on Friday with David Jowsey includes his introduction to Mystery Road, a Q&A after the movie and drinks/nibbles at the after-show party.
Opening night on Friday, November 1 with David Jowsey includes his introduction of Mystery Road, a Q & A after the movie with the producer and drinks and nibbles at the after-show party.
For bookings and full brochure of films, visit sff.org.au or visit the box office at the cinema.