Three Australian films have been selected to screen at the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam, joining a strong delegation of Australians participating in AFC-sponsored market events Cinemart and Rotterdam Lab.
Dramatised documentary Hunt Angels, written and directed by Alec Morgan and produced by Sue Maslin, will have its international premiere in the Cinema Regained section of the festival. The documentary collected a host of local awards in 2006, including the AFI Award for Best Documentary Film and the Film Critics' Circle of Australia Award for Best Feature Documentary.
Selected to screen in As Long As It Takes, the short film section of the festival, is the animation A Wonderous Film About Emma Brooks, written, produced and directed by Jack Feldstein. Feldstein's last short film offering The Ecstasy of Gary Green screened at Rotterdam in 2006. Both films are made using a signature neon animation technique.
Feature film Ten Canoes, written and directed by Rolf de Heer in collaboration with the people of Ramingining, and produced by Julie Ryan and Rolf de Heer, will also screen in the 2007 line-up - continuing its enormous success on the international festival circuit.
One Australian project Myself: Sometimes, writer/director Kieran Galvin and producer Melissa Beauford, has been selected to participate in Cinemart, the prestigious financing and co-production project market. Cinemart takes place alongside the Rotterdam Festival, and will see almost 50 feature film projects from around the world pitched to financing and creative development executives.
Coinciding with Cinemart each year is the Rotterdam Lab. The Lab is a four-day training workshop for emerging producers or those moving into feature drama production. It allows producers to expand their international network and to learn more about maximising their experience at international markets and festivals. This is the sixth year that the AFC has partnered with the Rotterdam Lab to enable Australian producers to participate. The six producers selected to participate in the 2007 Rotterdam Lab are: Sarah Bond, Philippa Campey, Gillian Moody, Carolyn Johnson and Helen Panckhurst.
AFC Acting Manager of Marketing, Frances Leadbeter, commented, "With all that the Rotterdam Festival and market has to offer, the AFC is certain that this year's attendees are guaranteed a wonderful professional development experience."
The International Film Festival Rotterdam runs 24 January - 4 February. Cinemart and Rotterdam Lab run 28 January - 1 February.
Writer/Director: Alec Morgan
Producer: Sue Maslin
Executive Producer: Antonio Zeccola
Production Company: Film Art Doco Pty Ltd
Australian Sales: Palace Films
International Sales: Fortissimo Film Sales
Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Victoria Hill, Elosie Oxer
Produced and developed with: FFC, NSW Film and Television Office, Film Victoria, ABC, Palace Films, AFC, Ivany Investment Group
Synopsis: The true story of movie-making outlaws Rupert Kathner and Alma Brooks, who took on the powerful cinema conglomerates and a posse of police in their passionate pursuit to make films. Set in the 1930s and '40s, Hunt Angels is a unique non-fiction feature that exposes a dark and dangerous episode in Australian cinematic history.
A Wonderous Film About Emma Brooks
Writer/Director/Producer: Jack Feldstein
Production Company: Jack Feldstein Films
Synopsis: A neon film about one girl's search for her mother and what she finds out along the way.
Writer/Director: Rolf de Heer in collaboration with the people of Ramingining
Producers: Rolf de Heer, Julie Ryan
Executive Producers: Sue Murray, Domenico Procacci, Bryce Menzies
Associate Producers: Richard Birrinbirrin, Belinda Scott, Nils Erik Neilsen
Director of Photography: Ian Jones ACS
Production Designer: Beverley Freeman
Editor: Tania Nehme
International sales: Wild Bunch, Paris
Cast: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Mingylulu, Frances Djulibing
Produced and developed with: FFC, the South Australian Film Corporation, SBSi, Fandango Paris, Adelaide Film Festival
Synopsis: It is the distant past, tribal times. Dayindi (Jamie Gulpilil) covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper way he is told a story from the mythical past - a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, mayhem and revenge gone wrong. In English storytelling (by David Gulpilil) and subtitled Ganalbingu language, this is a film unlike any you have ever seen.