The Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced its program for 2008, which will include the screening of six Australian films.
The Black Balloon (d: Elissa Down) and Son of a Lion (d: Benjamin Gilmour) will have their UK premieres in the Rosebud section of the festival. Both films have had success on the international festival circuit with Son of a Lion screening at numerous festivals including The Berlin International Film Festival and the Pusan International Film Festival. The Black Balloon also screened at this years Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Crystal Bear for best feature-length film in the Generation 14plus section.
Also having its UK premiere in the Directors' Showcase section at Edinburgh is feature film Death Defying Acts (d: Gillian Armstrong) which had its world premiere at Toronto last year.
Two shorts have also been selected, Heartbreak Motel (d: Aaron McLoughlin) will screen in the Under the Radar program and Burley! (d: Dave Edwardz and Gareth Cowen) will screen in the International Animation section.
Film Festival Under the Stars is also returning in 2008. This outdoor event, which is open to the public and free will screen the Australian classic Strictly Ballroom (d: Baz Luhrmann) which was the festivals Opening Night film in 1992.
Traditionally held in August - Edinburgh's arts festival month the Edinburgh International Film Festival has had a change of date and will now run 18 - 29 June 2008 for the first time.
Writer: Dave Edwardz
Directors: Dave Edwardz and Gareth Cowen
Producer: Andrew Goode
Sales: Andrew Goode
Cast: Barbara Baugh, Hayden Spencer, Marcus Graham, Stefan Cooper-Fox
Burley is the story of a young tetra fish, one in a million in her school, who just wants some attention. Feeling lonely and bored, she is attracted by the manic antics of a gang of older fish who spend the hours inventing new extreme sports. She begins a quest to gain their acceptance, but at what cost?
The Black Balloon
Production Company: Black Balloon Productions Pty Ltd
Director: Elissa Down
Writers: Elissa Down, Jimmy The Exploder
Producer: Tristram Miall
Exec Producers: Anita Belgiorno-Nettis, Toni Collette, Sally Chesher, Mark Gooder
International Sales: Icon Entertainment International
Australian Distribution: Icon Film Distribution
Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward, Luke Ford, Erik Thomson, and Toni Collette
It's not easy being Thomas Mollison (Rhys Wakefield). He's turning 16, and his autistic brother Charlie embarrasses him. So do his wacky parents. When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) is confined to bed rest, he is left in charge of Charlie (Luke Ford) and with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward), Thomas faces his biggest challenge yet.
Produced and developed with the assistance of the Film Finance Corporation, New South Wales Film and Television Office and the Australian Film Commission.
Death Defying Acts
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Writers: Tony Grisoni, Brian Ward
Producers: Marian Macgowan, Chris Curling
Executive Producer: Dan Lupovitz, Marcia Nasatir, David M. Thompson, Lucas Foster and Kirk D'Amico
International Sales: Myriad Pictures
Cast: Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan
When famous escape artist Harry Houdini arrives in Edinburgh and offers a
$10 000 reward to anyone who can contact his mother from beyond the grave, a beautiful but deceptive psychic and her young "sidekick" daughter take the challenge. As Houdini spends time with this mysterious woman, he is beguiled by her charms, and what begins as a con evolves into a far more complicated and dangerous affair
Film Finance Corporation Australia, BBC Films, The UK Film Council and Myraid Pictures presents in association with the New South Wales Film and Television Office a Macgowan Lupovitz Nasatir Films and Zephyr Films Production
Producer/Director/Writer: Aaron McLoughlin
Cast: Matt Bissett-Johnson, Darren Casey, Mark Lycette
It wasn't what he had in mind. He should have known better. Life is cheap at Heartbreak Motel.
Son of a Lion
Production Company: Carolyn Johnson Films
Director: Benjamin Gilmour
Writers: Benjamin Gilmour in collaboration with the people of Kohat and Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan
Producer: Carolyn Johnson
Co- Producers: Benjamin Gilmour and Jeff McDonald
Executive Producer: Hayat Khan Shinwari
Australian/New Zealand Distributor: Gil Scrine Films
International Sales: Fortissimo Films
Cast: Niaz Khan Shinwari, Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad
In the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, a widowed father expects his only son to follow in his footsteps.