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22 08 2012 - Media release

Satellite Boy completes exciting Australian line-up at Toronto

Satellite Boy was announced overnight to join an outstanding line-up of Australian films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

Satellite Boy, written and directed by Catriona McKenzie, and produced by David Jowsey and Julie Ryan, will have its world premiere at Toronto in the Discovery program, which presents works by directors to watch.

The first feature from award-winning drama director Catriona McKenzie, Satellite Boy is a family drama which tells the story of Pete, a 10-year-old boy who lives in the outback with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema. When his grandfather’s home is threatened with demolition, Pete sets off for the city with his best friend to try and save his home.

“After a long period of script development, it was truly inspiring to be on location in the epic Kimberley landscape and shooting the film. It was a great joy working with Catriona McKenzie and I’m really proud of what she has achieved with Satellite Boy,” said producer David Jowsey.

The film stars David Gulpilil as the grandfather: “I love my country Australia and that is me. I make movie and I walk in the land on my ground and in my soil.”

A nation-wide search was held to find the two young leads, who in the end were both cast from Kimberley communities. Cameron Wallaby plays Pete and Joseph Pedley his best friend Kalmain.

Satellite Boy will join five other Australian films announced by Toronto: Dead Europe, Lore, The Sapphires, Storm Surfers 3D and Underground. The Toronto International Film Festival takes place 6–16 September 2012. 

Production Company Satellite Films
Producers David Jowsey, Julie Ryan
Writer/Director Catriona McKenzie
International Sales Celluloid Dreams
International Publicity Indie-PR
Synopsis Pete is 10 years old and lives in the outback with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema. When his home is threatened by developers, Pete travels to the city with his best friend Kalmain to try and save his home…

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