National Nine News
January 30, 2007
A short film adaptation of Paul McDermott's book The Girl Who Swallowed Bees will screen at the Berlin International Film Festival next month.
Starring Pia Miranda and narrated by Hugo Weaving, the film is about a young girl consumed by bitterness who decides to take drastic measures to put an end to her continual suffering.
After running through a number of darkly humorous options for her demise she settles on the terribly romantic "death by swallowing bees".
McDermott, of Good News Week and Strictly Dancing fame, doubles as writer and director of the live action hybrid animation short film, which will screen in the festival's new short film section.
Australia has a strong presence at the 57th annual film festival, held from February 8 to 18, with three local features and three short films screening across four sections of the festival.
The Girl Who Swallowed Bees will be joined by The Home Song Stories, which will screen in the Panorama section in the coveted first weekend time slot.
The film starring Chinese actor Joan Chen is a true story of Rose, a glamorous Shanghai nightclub singer who struggles to survive in 1970s Australia with two young children.
Little Fish producer Liz Watts has been selected to take part in the EFM co-production market with Amnesia, the new feature project in development from writer/director Tony Krawitz.
Also screening are feature films Razzle Dazzle, starring Kerry Armstrong, and West, written and directed by Daniel Krige, who wrote the 2004 ABC series Fireflies.
Short film Playground will be shown in the generation Kplus short film section.