14-16 September 2012, Clapham Picturehouse
21-23 September 2012, Hackney Picturehouse
FilmFest Australia is delighted to announce an exciting programme of cinematic treats fresh out of Aus, screening at Clapham Picturehouse and Hackney Picturehouse from 14 to 23 September 2012.
With a new name and a new home after 17 years at the Barbican as the London Australian Film Festival, 2012 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for FilmFest Australia. But the mission remains the same: to showcase all that contemporary Aussie cinemas has to offer, from the hottest new talent to the cherished big stars bringing drama, humour and thrills from all corners of Aus to London screens.
Ryan Kwanten kicks off proceedings in the FFA opener Not Suitable for Children (Aus 2012 Dir. Peter Templeman 97 min), going on a mission to procreate when he finds out his chances at fatherhood are about to expire. Funny, cool, a little bit dark but ultimately touching, this is a slice of young, vibrant Sydney at its laidback best.
Some of Australia’s most exportable directing talent features at FFA this year. Fred Schepisi directs Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling in the dysfunctional family drama The Eye of the Storm (Aus 2011 Dir. Fred Schepisi 119 min) while Priscilla... helmer Stephan Elliott leads a riotous yet distinctly masculine stag-do comedy A Few Best Men (Aus 2011 Stephan Elliott 97min) with Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop.
Rob Sitch (The Castle, The Dish) brings one man’s slick, no-strings Melbourne high life into question in comedy Any Questions for Ben? (Aus 2012 Dir. Rob Sitch 114 min) starring Rachael Taylor (Red Dog) and Daniel Henshall (Snowtown).
FFA first-timer Ronan Keating stars alongside the West End's Mary Poppins, Laura Michelle Kelly, in Goddess (Aus 2012 Dir. Mark Lamprell 99 min), one of FFA’s most tuneful and kitsch offerings. While on the flipside, FFA revisits the dark side of down under in Swerve (Aus 2011 Dir. Craig Lahiff 83 min), an outback set chase thriller which kicks off with a bang and keeps the twists and thrills coming.
The tragically short life of astounding dancer and choreographer Tanja Liedtke is celebrated in Sophie Hyde and Bryan Mason’s beautifully rendered documentary Life in Movement (Aus 2011 Dirs Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason 79 min).
Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds) uses his real life family history as the basis for a deeply personal and moving portrait of life in the remote indigenous community of Toomelah (Aus 2011 Dir. Ivan Sen 106min), which received a standing ovation when it screened at Cannes. Audiences can also revisit Willem Dafoe and Frances O’Connor’s stunning performances in The Hunter (Aus 2011 Dir. Daniel Nettheim 101 min)
FFA is honoured to welcome Noah Taylor as Festival Patron. With credits including John Hillcoat’s latest Lawless; The Year My Voice Broke; Shine; Flirting; He Died with a Falafel in his Hand; and 2011 festival opener Red Dog, he is a long-standing FFA supporter and a true Aussie acting legend.
Flickerfest, Australia’s premier short film festival and the only one with Academy® and BAFTA recognition, makes a very welcome return to FFA. Presenting an array of stunning Aussie shorts before each film in the programme, Flickerfest showcases the best upcoming Aussie film talent, whom FFA hopes to welcome back in the future.
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