January 20, 2014
Great news for local productions and practitioners with international festival screenings at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) for THE TURNING and GALORE, and for NULLARBOR at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Congratulations to the teams behind these success stories!
THE TURNING will have its international premiere in the Berlinale Special program. It’s a unique cinema event with not only an impressive cast list but incredibly talented directors too, a different one for each of the chapters that make up this feature film compendium based on Tim Winton’s book.
Seventeen talented Australian directors respond to the hauntingly beautiful collection of short stories by Tim Winton. Spanning almost 30 years, these stories provide glimpses of the different phases of the lives of men and women in the small coastal town of Angelus. Linking and overlapping, the stories create a stunning portrait of a small coastal community. As befits the title of the film, the stories are preoccupied with the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives. Relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever.
Featuring Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Mia Wasikowski, David Wenham (directing), Hugo Weaving and many more amazing actors and directors, THE TURNING was produced by Arenamedia and supported through ourProduction Investment.
GALORE’s screening as part of the Berlinale GENERATIONS 14PLUS competition will be its international premiere after its sell-out world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival in August last year.
It’s a sweltering summer before the final year of school and Billie and Laura share every secret except for Billie’s biggest secret – she’s crazy in love with Laura’s boyfriend, Danny. When Billie’s social worker mum takes in Isaac, a troubled teenager looking to get his life straight, the delicate balance of the three friends’ lives is disrupted. As bushfires threaten the edge of their suburbs and they immerse themselves in the swirl of parties, possible love and the intensity of sex and desire, the world of the four teenagers is changed forever as their secrets are revealed and their lives, friendships and loves are thrown into chaos.
Supported through our Script Development and Production Investment, Film Camp’s GALORE was written and directed by Rhys Graham, produced by Philippa Campey and stars Ashleigh Cummings, Lily Sullivan, Toby Wallace, Aliki Matangi & Maya Stange
The Lampshade Collective’s NULLARBOR will add another international screening to its already impressive list, this time in Panorama: Ways of Escape at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. And it’s a double dose of success for the Lampshade team with their latest animated short, THE GALLANT CAPTAIN, also screening.
Directed by Alistair Lockhart and supported through our Propeller Shorts program, NULLARBOR is an animated road-movie set across the vast and barren landscape of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain. It’s a contemporary story of road rage between a brash young punk and a laid-back old digger travelling in separate cars across the Plain. Check out a great little clip from the movie here.