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25 08 2010 - Media release

Six Australian films selected for Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival has selected four new Australian feature films and two new Australian documentaries to premiere at the 2010 event.

Blame (w/d: Michael Henry, p: Ryan Hodgson, Melissa Kelly, Michael Robinson), Griff the Invisible (w/d: Leon Ford, p: Nicole O’Donohue) and Wasted on the Young (w/d: Ben C Lucas, p: Janelle Landers, Aidan O’Bryan) will screen in Toronto’s Discovery program. The Discovery program is a showcase for innovative new filmmakers. Toronto represents the world premiere of Griff the Invisible, the story of an office worker by day and a superhero by night whose world is turned upside down. The film stars Ryan Kwanten and Maeve Dermody.

Jucy (d: Louise Alston, w: Stephen Vagg, p: Kelly Chapman) has been selected for the festival’s Contemporary World Cinema section that presents the best films from every corner of the earth.

Toronto’s Real to Reel program has selected two Australian documentaries, Machete Maidens Unleashed! (w/d: Mark Hartley, p: Veronica Fury,) and Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon (w/d: Paul Clarke, p: Robert de Young). Real to Reel explores hot topics that affect us all or provide intimate access into dramatic lives. This selection of the year’s best documentaries is insightful and fascinating because the stories are true.

“The six films selected for Toronto this year reflect the diversity of Australian production with a particular focus on fresh, new voices,” Kathleen Drumm, Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing, said. “A Toronto screening is a great way to launch a film into the North American market and we congratulate the filmmaking teams on their selection into one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.”

“This year’s selection of Australian films showcases work that is as fresh, young, innovative, diverse and compelling as the country itself – I couldn’t be prouder to present this work in September,” said Jane Schoettle, International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.

The producers and directors for all six films are expected to attend Toronto with support from Screen Australia. Griff the Invisible’s executive producers, Scott Meek and Jan Chapman, will participate in industry events as part of the festival.

Toronto International Film Festival will run 9–19 September 2010.


Production Companies: KCDC & Bunker Productions International
Producer: Kelly Chapman
Director: Louise Alston
Writer: Stephen Vagg
Sales: Odin’s Eye Entertainment
Cast: Francesca Gasteen, Cindy Nelson
Synopsis: Jackie and Lucy (Jucy) are stuck in delayed adolescence and the whole world knows it. Motivated by criticism and determined to prove to everyone they are ‘normal’, Jackie sets out to snag a boyfriend and Lucy goes after the job of her dreams… but the pressure of fitting in might force their ‘womance’ to implode.


Production Companies: Factor 30 Films & 3monkeyfilms
Producers: Ryan Hodgson, Melissa Kelly, Michael Robinson
Writer/Director: Michael Henry
Sales: High Point Media Group
Australian Distributor: PackScreen
Cast: Damian de Montemas, Sophie Lowe, Kestie Morassi, Simon Stone, Mark Leonard Winter, Ashley Zukerman
Synopsis: Seeking retribution for a past crime five friends violently attack a man and fake his suicide. But, to get away with murder you can’t make mistakes and as their bungled scheme unravels, so too the deception that brought them to their own ill-fated crime.

Production Company: Green Park Pictures
Producer: Nicole O’Donohue
Writer/Director: Leon Ford
Sales: Fortissimo Films
Australian Distributor: Transmission Films
Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody
Synopsis: Griff – office worker by day, superhero by night – has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible.

Production Company: WBMC
Producers: Janelle Landers, Aidan O’Bryan
Writer/Director: Ben C Lucas
Sales: Fortissimo Films
Australian Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Oliver Ackland, Adelaide Clemens, Alex Russell
Synopsis: After an incident at a high school party sets off a fatal chain of events, two brothers must place their lives at the mercy of popular opinion.

Machete Maidens Unleashed!
Production Companies: Fury Productions & Bionic Boy Productions
Producer: Veronica Fury
Writer/Director: Mark Hartley
Sales: Celluloid Nightmares, ABC Commercial
Synopsis: A fast-moving, no-holds-barred exploration of the blood-drenched and action-packed world of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Production Company: Lowlands Media
Producer: Robert de Young
Writer/Director: Paul Clarke
Sales: SBS Content Sales
Synopsis: Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon shines a light into the decadent world of Max’s Kansas City, a tiny underground club in New York, and Lillian Roxon’s place in documenting the emerging rock revolution as it rolled over the US in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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