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22 August 2017
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RDSN 07 Program



IN DECEMBER 2007 The Nutcracker

A live performance of The Nutcracker was screened, live via the satellite from the Sydney Opera House to audiences in 8 regional centres around Australia, in a groundbreaking partnership between the AFC and The Australian Ballet.

On 7 December 2007, the 8 RDSN venues experienced the Australian premiere of Peter Wright's massive, opulent production of The Nutcracker, one of the world's most popular ballets, complete with Tchaikovsky's famous score. Audiences also got an exclusive 'behind the scenes' view of The Australian Ballet through cameras positioned in the rehearsal and warm-up areas.

IN NOVEMBER

Hot from its premiere screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, the new Australian feature film September screened on the Regional Digital Screen Network on 7 & 14 November.

Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, September is a humane, cinematic and intricately drawn coming-of-age story - a visually stunning character film about two 16-year-old boys, one black, one white, whose pure and unaffected friendship begins to fall apart against the backdrop of a turbulent and pivotal moment in Australia's past.

Directed by Peter Carstairs and produced by John Polson, September is the first feature film produced in the Tropfest Feature Program, the feature film production arm of Sony Tropfest.

Family Film Fiesta!
Family Film Fiesta! was an entertaining program that included highlights from the Little Big Shots International Film Festival of films for, by and about kids! For further details on the Family Film Fiesta! program see the downloadable PDF below.


IN SEPTEMBER
The Home Song Stories is the true story of Rose, a glamorous, exotic Shanghai nightclub singer, who arrives in suburban Melbourne in the 70s with two young children, after marrying an Australian sailor. Rose bundles up the children and moves to Sydney with little other than her seductive beauty as their chief means of livelihood. It is an epic tale of mothers and sons, mothers and daughters, unrequited love, betrayal and secrets.

"Everything that happens in The Home Song Stories actually happened in real life. I had an extraordinary, wild, traumatic childhood, largely due to the erratic behaviour of my beautiful, charismatic but mentally unstable mother. My sister and I were buffeted by these events, but survived, mainly because of our love for each other. But also because, in spite of everything, we knew that our mother loved us. As a filmmaker, I knew that I was compelled to tell this story eventually," says writer/director Tony Ayres.

"Confrontingly honest and visually beautiful…the Australian film of the year." ABC Life etc Magazine
"Graceful, vivid and moving, a story of identity, family, memory and ambivalence…" The Age


IN AUGUST
In August 2007, The Best of the Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival was screened for schools. Also screening across the network for one night only was Lucky Miles.
Inspired by several true stories Lucky MIles is a film about difference and the distance separating us all, and marks the long awaited debut of writer/director Michael James Rowland. Featuring a refreshing cast, scored by renowned Indian percussionist and composer Trilok Gurtu (WOMAD) and shot by veteran cinematographer Geoff Burton (Sunday Too Far Away, The Year My Voice Broke, Sirens), Lucky Miles is a smart, funny, thoroughly modern frontier tale.

IN JULY
Clubland (MA)
Fresh from its world premiere at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival in the US is Cherie Nowlan's delightful family comedy-drama starring acclaimed UK actress Brenda Blethyn, and Australia's Khan Chittenden, Emma Booth, Rebecca Gibney and Frankie J. Holden. Life is tough for Tim who is fighting his way out from under his mother's cloying and powerful personality.

IN JUNE
Noise (MA 15+) - new Australian film written and directed by Matthew Saville - screened across the network.
Graham McGahan is a cop - almost by default he thinks. Laid back, beset with doubt and living with tinnitus, he's sent by his boss to spend Christmas alone in a police van. His mission is to listen to community response as they deal with the aftermath of a terrible crime. He learns to come to grips with his role as a cop and a man. Noise deals with the response of an ordinary young man, to the challenge posed when a community is affected by tragic events. It is a film that shows we are at our best when the worst occurs.

ANZAC DAY 2007
As one of only a handful of feature-length Australian war films ever made, The Odd Angry Shot screened on the RDSN to capacity audiences in regional Australia as part of the 2007 Anzac Day commemorations. A box office hit in 1979, The Odd Angry Shot is a landmark film that presents the gritty determination, the camaraderie, the home-spun humour and the spirit of Australian soldiers in the context of the Vietnam War. It's about life in Australia as it was before, during and after the war, when societal roles were more defined. Harry, a hard-core SAS Corporal, is played by the late, great Graham Kennedy. Under his command are wet-behind-the-ears Bill (John Jarrett), the easy-going Bung (John Hargreaves), Rogers (Bryan Brown), Dawson (Graeme Blundell) and the innocent young Scott (Ian Gilmour). The characters' use of dry and subtle Aussie humour as a coping mechanism for the horrors of war eloquently sums up the traditional Australian values of courage, honour and mateship.

WEEKEND FESTIVAL 30 March to 1 April
This fantastic weekend festival included the following films:
* Bra Boys (M) with Small Boxes (short film, class TBC)
* Like Minds (M)
* Suburban Mayhem (MA 15+) with The Saviour (short film, class TBC)
* Two Hands (MA) with Swinger (short film, class TBC)
* Unfolding Florence (PG)

MARCH screenings of Razzle Dazzle
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (PG)
This hilarious and heartwarming new Australian comedy focuses on the behind-the-scenes drama and rivalry of competitive children's ballroom dancing. Featuring Kerry Armstrong, Ben Miller, Nadine Garner, Denise Roberts, Tara Morice, Jane Hall, Toni Lamond, Barry Crocker and Noeline Brown. Directed by Darren Ashton.











The Nutcracker. Photo: Justin Smith.


The Nutcracker. Photo Jim McFarlane


September


The Home Song Stories


Clubland (MA)


Lucky Miles


New Australian film Noise with Brendan Cowell as policeman Graham McGahan. Photo: retro active films pty ltd


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