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13 09 2010 - Media release

Seven Australian films selected for Pusan International Film Festival

The Pusan International Film Festival in Korea has selected six Australian feature films and an Australian short to screen in 2010.

Oranges and Sunshine (d: Jim Loach, w: Rona Munro, p: Camilla Bray, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning) will screen in the World Cinema section along with Dreamland (w/d: Ivan Sen, p: David Jowsey) and Wasted on the Young (w/d: Ben C Lucas, p: Janelle Landers, Aidan O’Bryan). Pusan represents the world premiere of Oranges and Sunshine, the story of a social worker who uncovers the organised deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia. The film stars Emily Watson, David Wenham and Hugo Weaving.

Lou (w/d/p: Belinda Chayko, p: Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon, Tony Ayres) has been selected for the festival’s competitive Flash Forward section that presents first or second films of up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.

Pusan’s Midnight Passion program has selected Red Hill (w/d/p: Patrick Hughes, p: Al Clark) and The Reef (w/d/p: Andrew Traucki, p: Michael Robertson). Midnight Passion presents films of diverse genres selected for entertainment value from all over the world.

The short film The Kiss (w/d: Ashlee Page, p: Sonya Humphrey) will have its international premiere in the Wide Angle section.

“It’s great to see such an exciting line-up of Australian films screening at Pusan, which has established itself as one of Asia’s most dynamic film events,” said Ross Matthews, Screen Australia’s Head of Production Investment. “2011 is the official Australia–Korea Year of Friendship and we look forward to celebrating and strengthening ties with the Korean screen industry at this year’s festival and market.”

A strong contingent of Australian filmmakers is expected to attend Pusan including Ross Matthews who is speaking at the Asian Film Policy Forum. Screen Australia is also organising an industry networking event co-hosted by the Australian Embassy.

Pusan International Film Festival will run 7–15 October 2010.


Production Company: Bunya Productions
Producer: David Jowsey
Director/Writer: Ivan Sen
Sales: Bunya Productions
Australian Distributor: PackScreen in association with Bunya Productions
Cast: Daniel Roberts, Tasma Walton
Synopsis: Dan Freeman, an obsessive UFO hunter, roams the Nevada desert around the border of Area 51 searching the skies for contact. But alone in the desert he awakens to a bigger mystery.

Production Companies: Sixteen Films, See-Saw Films
Producers: Camilla Bray, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning
Director: Jim Loach
Writer: Rona Munro
Sales: Icon Entertainment
Australian Distributor: Icon Film Distribution
Cast: Emily Watson, David Wenham, Hugo Weaving
Synopsis: The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the organised deportation of children from the UK. Against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families and brought the authorities to account.

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.


Production Company: Matchbox Pictures
Producers: Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon, Tony Ayres, Belinda Chayko
Writer/Director: Belinda Chayko
Sales: Bankside Films
Australian Distributor: Kojo Pictures
Cast: John Hurt, Emily Barclay, Lily Bell-Tindley
Synopsis: The tender story of the relationship between 11-year-old Lou and her grandfather. Not long after Lou’s father walks out of her life, her grandfather crashes in. But when Doyle comes to stay, Lou discovers, against all her expectations, the healing power of love.

Red Hill
Production Company: Hughes House Films
Producers: Al Clark, Patrick Hughes
Writer/Director: Patrick Hughes
Sales: Arclight Films
Australian Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tom E Lewis
Synopsis: A young police officer relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife to start a family. His first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare when news of a prison break sends the local law into a panic, and a convicted murderer serving life behind bars returns to the isolated outpost seeking revenge.

The Reef
Production Company: Prodigy Movies
Producer: Michael Robertson, Andrew Traucki
Writer/Director: Andrew Traucki
Sales: Lightning Entertainment
Australian Distributor: Polyphony Entertainment/All Interactive Entertainment
Cast: Damian Walshe-Howling, Zoe Naylor, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering
Synopsis: When their boat capsizes on the Great Barrier Reef, four friends swim for land, stalked by a Great White Shark. Based on true events, this is a terrifying tale of survival on the open sea.

The Kiss
Production Company: Sacred Cow Films
Producer: Sonya Humphrey
Writer/Director: Ashlee Page
Sales: Sacred Cow Films
Cast: Nicole Gulasekharam, Briony Kent
Synopsis: Returning home after a night out, two teenage girls seek respite from the heat. Fuelled by cheap alcohol and teenage hormones they make their way to an isolated fire-water tank. They soon discover they are trapped with no way out.

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