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25 07 2012 - Media release

Lore and The Sapphires selected for Toronto

Lore, directed by Cate Shortland, has been selected for one of the world’s leading film events, the Toronto International Film Festival, along with director Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires. Both films will screen in the Special Presentations program, designed to showcase world-class films by established talent.

The Toronto screening will be Lore’s international premiere and The Sapphires will have its North American premiere at the festival, following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012.

“Toronto represents a prestigious launch pad for these films into the North American market,” said Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing, Kathleen Drumm. “We were pleased to be able to host Toronto Programmer, Jane Schoettle, in Australia earlier this year who has a great passion for Australian films.”

Based on the Man Booker Prize finalist The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert and adapted for the screen by Cate Shortland, Lore tells the journey five children embark on across war-torn Germany in 1945. Lore is an official co-production between Australia and Germany and is co-produced by Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom), Karsten Stöter, Benny Drechsel and Paul Welsh. Shot in Germany and post-produced in Australia, it stars German acting talents Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina and Nele Trebs.

Inspired by Tony Briggs’ uplifting, hit stage-play of the same name, The Sapphires is adapted for the screen by Briggs and Keith Thompson and is produced by Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne of Goalpost Pictures Australia. The Sapphires is a musical comedy set against the social upheaval of the late 1960s. It stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell as an all-girl singing group who are discovered by an unlikely talent scout, played by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids).

More film selections are expected to be announced soon.

The Sapphires will be released nationally in cinemas through Hopscotch Films on 9 August and Lore will be released on 20 September through Transmission.

Screen Australia runs a program to support filmmakers whose films are having their international or world premieres to travel to the festival and launch their film.

The Toronto International Film Festival will take place 6–16 September 2012.

Production Company Porchlight Films Pty Ltd
Producers Liz Watts, Karsten Stöter, Benny Drechsel, Paul Welsh
Writer/Director Cate Shortland
Writer Robin Mukherjee
Sales and Distribution Memento Films International, Transmission Films
Synopsis In spring 1945, the German army collapses. As the Allied forces sweep across the Motherland, five children embark on a journey which will challenge every notion we have of family, love and friendship.

Production Company Goalpost Pictures Australia
Producers Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne
Executive Producers Ben Grant, Tristan Whalley, Harvey Weinstein
Writers Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson
Director Wayne Blair
Sales and Distribution Goalpost Film, Hopscotch Films
Synopsis Gail, Cynthia, Julie and Kay are sexy, black, young and talented – and they’ve never set foot outside Australia. Until, in the chaos of 1968, they’re plucked from the obscurity of a remote Aboriginal mission, branded as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, and – grasping the chance of a lifetime – dropped into the jungles of Vietnam to entertain the troops. Inspired by the hit stage-play of the same name.

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