We’re all big fans of Australian
cinema here at The Curb, and given I’m
based in WA, I’m particularly fond of West Aussie made films. Which is part of
the reason why I’m so excited about the line-up and announcement of the new WA Made Film Festival (doesn’t that
just roll off the tongue?).
Created by Cinema Australia’s Matthew Eeles and local producer Jasmine
Leivers, WA Made will highlight some
of the most exciting new West Australian made films. Everything from the world premiere of the comedy Punchin’ Darts, to short films Residue and Judas Collar, and exciting free events for families, there’s a bunch
of great film viewing to be done from March 13th to 15th.
The fest kicks off with the Perth
debut of Maziar Lahooti’s Below, a
film which Travis Johnson had this to say about in his review:
I genuinely and unreservedly love Below. We’re pretty lucky when it comes to filmmaking talent in this country, and we get two or three feature debuts a year that startle with their sheer technical acumen and brio. Having said that, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a filmmaker come along with such a clear and well-defined voice: angry, political, bleakly funny, unabashedly humanistic, and bold.
Elsewhere, the documentary Hunter: For the Record will show
audiences how great WA doco’s can be, with the life of Perth muso Robert Hunter
On the Saturday and the Sunday, there
will be two short film event screenings, full of a huge variety of short films,
Collar and Residue. Short films are
where the future voices of Australian cinema show their talents, so make sure
to head along and see the Zak Hilditch’s and Ben Young’s of tomorrow share
their stories with these short film events.
Seriously, WA Made is going to be one heck of an event. I cannot wait for this
festival to kick off, and the celebration of WA films to start. It means a lot
to see people like Matthew and Jasmine support the Australian film industry and
remind people why it’s important to celebrate homegrown art.
Get behind this brilliant new festival by securing your tickets early (the Below screening will definitely sell out) and supporting West Aussie cinema. Check out the website here for tickets and more details: www.wamadefilmfestival.com.au
Check out the rest of the press release below:
WA’s most anticipated new film
event, WA Made Film Festival, has revealed its inaugural program
which features an exciting lineup of groundbreaking feature films, stunning
shorts and thought-provoking documentaries.
massive program will be screened over three days from March 13-15 2020 across
Palace Cinemas Raine Square and Palace Cinema Paradiso. A free, family-friendly
screening will also be held at Northbridge Piazza.
important new festival will kick off on Friday, 13 March with the Perth
premiere of Maziar Lahooti’s highly-anticipated feature film debut, Below.
dark comedy is set in the near-future and follows darknet grifter Dougie (Ryan
Corr) who is recruited to work security at a refugee detention centre. There,
he is drawn into an underground operation, blackmailing detainees to fight for
profit. When tragedy strikes, Dougie locates his hitherto dormant conscience
and takes a stand. Below boasts an impressive cast including
Corr, Anthony LaPaglia and the hilarious, Morgana O’Reilly.
celebrate this impressive piece of WA filmmaking, this premiere event will
include a before and after party with Atomic Beer Project brews, Abbey Vale
Wines, Perth Gourmet Trader Deli cheese platters, a filmmaker Q&A and some
incredible door prizes.
Other feature films screening at
the festival include:
Punchin’ Darts (World Premiere): An
original, clever, very funny and often very inappropriate indie arthouse,
oddball comedy from 23-year-old Perth filmmaker, Arnold Carter. Punchin’
Darts follows struggling movie character, Cherry (Indiana Powell), who
makes a bet with the filmmaker to see how many people she can offend in the
time of a car drive with Alex (Grady Swithenbank) who thinks their partners are
having an affair with each other. What does a movie character do when they are
not in the movie?
hallucinogenic summer noir cocktail spiked with suspense is concocted as the
unexpected arrival of a stranger ignites an inferno of secrets and guilt,
complicating the relationship between a father and his daughter.
Hunter: For the Record: A
documentary about one of Australia’s hip-hop pioneers, Robert Hunter. This
retrospective screening will celebrate a WA icon.
The Light: A small-town story of
teenage friendship, evil and fighting for what you love. Set in Kalgoorlie,
teenagers defend themselves against a violent and mysterious masked cult.
vibrant and impressive filmmaking talent will be on display during the WA
Made Film Festival Saturday Night Shorts and Sunday Night Shorts Event
Short Event Screenings will feature a range of high quality and immensely
entertaining short films produced by some of the state’s best up-and-coming
filmmakers and includes unseen gems like the heartbreaking Little
Man, the Jim Jarmusch-inspired Hound Dog and
the deviously dark Killer Experience.
two Event Screenings will also include a before and after party with Atomic
Beer Project brews, Abbey Vale Wines, Perth Gourmet Trader Deli cheese
platters, filmmaker Q&A’s and more door prizes.
top off the program, a free, family-friendly screening of WA short
documentaries will screen at Northbridge Piazza on Saturday, 14 March. People
are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy five documentaries including Kia
Kaha – in which a proud Maori father living in Perth, draws upon
his personal struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts to encourage other
men to choose life –and 9 in 10: Loss and
Suicide in Aboriginal Australia in which people who may not
otherwise be heard are given a platform to share their stories.
by Cinema Australia’s Matthew Eeles and local producer
Jasmine Leivers, WA Made Film Festival is the first event of
its kind that solely celebrates WA films and the talented cast and crew behind
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