AN unprecedented number of filmmakers will assemble tonight to celebrate their work on one Australian film.
The Turning is not a standard Australian film though. It is a compendium of films adapting the 17 short stories from Tim Winton’s book.
The 16 filmmakers and one animator, other than David Wenham who is performing down the street for the Melbourne Theatre Company, will join Winton and a number of featured actors, including Hugo Weaving and Susie Porter, for the first time at the film’s premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Producer and one of the 17 directors Robert Connolly said it was a “fascinating” exercise in talent-wrangling. He wasn’t even confident he would be able to assemble the directors, including Warwick Thornton, Snowtown’s Justin Kurzel, Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Stephen Page, artist Shaun Gladwell and Mia Wasikowska, for one photo.
“I couldn’t even work how to put the cast on the poster,” Connolly said.
The unconventional film will not travel the normal exhibition path either.
Tickets are now on sale for the film’s first two weeks of release in a select 15 cinemas nationally that will screen the film once a day (with some matinees) with an interval, a program and post-screening Q&As with talent from the film where possible.
“We want to make the cinema event feel more like you’re going to the theatre or to a live music concert,” Connolly said.