A Festival of Australian feature and short films will screen in the Brazilian cities of Rio di Janeiro and São Paulo from 15 April as the first Australian Film Commission (AFC) marketing exercise in Latin America.
The AFC will present the Festival in conjunction with local independent distribution company Grupo Estação, the Olympic Arts Festival 'Reaching the World', and the Australian Embassy in Brasilia.
The film season will be officially opened by the Australian Ambassador to Brazil, Garry Conroy, with a Gala Premiere of the feature film Amy in Rio di Janeiro on 15 April and in São Paulo on 22 April 1999.
Other films to screen are the features The Boys, In The Winter Dark, Praise, Radiance and Thank God He Met Lizzie and the documentary Year of the Dogs. Short films to screen are Tulip, Love Song, The Pilbara Pearl, Three Chords And A Wardrobe, Pentuphouse, Palace Cafe and Down Rusty Down.
The producer of The Boys, Robert Connolly, and the director of Thank God He Met Lizzie, Cherie Nowlan, will travel to Brazil with the AFC's Manager for International Market Development, Sabina Finnern, to showcase their work and raise the profile of the Festival.
"The program has been selected to illustrate the variety and diversity of recent film production in Australia and we hope the films will entertain and delight Brazilians as much as they have enchanted audiences around the world," said Cathy Robinson, the AFC's Chief Executive.
This project has been supported by 'Reaching The World' - an international festival of Australian culture for 1999 - which is the Third Olympic Arts Festival in the lead-up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
HBO Brasil will screen four Australian features in April to help celebrate the film event. They are All Men Are Liars, Brilliant Lies, Love in Ambush and Spider & Rose. HBO will also screen a magazine style program on the films which it has specially produced for the Australian focus.