Sundance Film Festival Announces Record Breaking Amount Of Aussie Premieres
It's the most Aussie films to screen at Sundance in over 20 years.
Six Aussie features will screen at the Sundance film festival when it kicks off next January, including Top End Wedding, Animals, Little Monsters, I Am Mother, The Nightingale and Judy and Punch.
It's the most amount of Aussie flicks to show at the festival since 1997.
Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale, which stars Kristina Ceyton and Bruna Papandrea, had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, but Sundance will mark its North American premiere.
Top End Wedding stars Miranda Tapsell, Shari Sebbens, Elaine Crombie, Kerry Fox and Gwilym Lee in a romantic comedy about a couple who are engaged and have just ten days to track down the bride's mum who has gone missing in the far north before they can pull off their dream wedding.
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A handful of the other flicks feature international casts and feature our national love for genre flicks. Lupita Nyong’o leads Little Monsters, the classic story of a kindergarten teacher bent on instilling her students with life lessons as well as -- you know -- not letting them be eaten by zombies.
Hilary Swank also stars alongside Rose Byrne's voice in I Am Mother, a Sci-Fi thriller about a teenage girl raised by a robot called "Mother", but their close bond changes when a stranger arrives.
Relationship dynamics are also investigated in Animals, which stars Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, and Judy and Punch starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman.
Screen Australia's CEO Graeme Mason said the selection of the six features displayed "the array of stories Australians now tell, and the demand for our screen content internationally".
Not only that but according to Mason, "all the films revolve around central female characters, and half of the films are directed by women, is a milestone for the Australian industry. Change is coming -- slowly, but surely."
In the past, many festivals have come under fire for their representation of women both in the films that are part of their program and represented across their boards and selection panels.
You can check out the full list of Sundance's full 2019 lineup here.
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