AFC News Mar 08
Award-winning actor Wendy Hughes is a guest at the AFC's Big Screen film festivals in Nanango Qld 14-16 March and Yamba NSW 4-6 April. Hughes will introduce the Queensland and NSW premieres of her delightful comedy, The View From Greenhaven Drive. Directed by brothers Kenn and Simon MacRae, the first time feature directors won one million dollars in the Project Greenlight competition. Hughes says it's a "beautiful and universal tale told with a distinctly Australian tone, set in authentic regional locations and brought to life by an incredible ensemble cast. We're thrilled that it will reach audiences far and wide through its inclusion in AFC's Big Screen 2008." Executive Producer Christopher Berry is distributing the film prior to the Movie Extra launch.
Big Screen in Nanango will also see screenings of The Final Winter, Clubland, December Boys and One Perfect Day plus short films from the local Brightsparks film workshop, as well as an outdoor screening at nearby Blackbutt of Bright Sparks and The Final Winter.
Big Screen in Yamba includes a sneak preview of the road movie thriller Cactus and drama Unfinished Sky. Hughes will also introduce the NFSA's 35mm prints of My Brilliant Career and The Man Who Sued God and speak to high school students about The Caterpillar Wish. A film about Clarence River made by young locals in a Metro Screen workshop premieres in Yamba with a free screening of short films by Indigenous filmmakers.
Cactus was introduced by its Executive Producer Bryan Brown at the Big Screen Festival in Mildura on 29 February. The capacity crowd enjoyed the film and stayed afterwards to quiz Bryan, Producer Paul Sullivan and the director Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan about making the film. Big Screen continues in Mildura until 16 March.