June 5, 2013
Hugo wasn’t the only Weaving at the 60th Sydney Film Festival opening night gala.
His niece, 23-year-old Home and Away star Samara Weaving, joined him on the red carpet for the world premiere of indigenous director’s Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road – which they both feature in.
Speaking from the red carpet, packed with stars including Jack Thompson and Richard Roxburgh, Hugo says he actually didn’t get to act alongside Samara.
“By the time I got there they were saying, `you’re Samara’s uncle aren’t you?’
“I think while she was there, there was a fight at the pub. I don’t know whether she was responsible for that or not,” he joked.
“But I was there a week and a half after she left.”
Weaving, who is also jury president of the SFF official competition this year, says he has been watching films at the festival since he was a teen.
“I’ve been coming to this since I was 18 and I always see the best films of every year here,” he says.
“I get to see things I can’t see anywhere else really.”
This is the first time an indigenous film with an indigenous director has opened the festival, says actor Aaron Pedersen who plays the central character.
Sen, who directed, wrote, shot, edited and scored Mystery Road, says he was very excited to get the call.
“Tonight feels more like a celebration than anything, because we all feel like we’ve made something that we’re all really proud of and tonight’s our chance to show it to the world,” he says.
Rove McManus, who was there to support wife and Mystery Road actress Tasma Walton, says he’s only seen a few photos of the shoot up in “middle of nowhere Queensland” but was looking forward to seeing it.
“I don’t want to give too much away, but I hear the mystery of the road is, it’s actually a footpath,” he says.
* Sydney Film Festival runs from June 5-16. Visit sff.org.au for more info
* Mystery Road releases in Australian cinemas on August 15