WOW Film Premieres 2011

The 17TH WOW Film Festival 2011 Tour  

FILM PREMIERES for 2011 included:

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EMILIA ECKLE directed by Alyssa McClelland

Sydney Premiere

Featured at St Kilda Film Festival 2010, Dungog Film Festival 2009, Palm Springs International Shortsfest 2009, Adelaide Shorts Film Festival 2009

A romance comedy. Young Emilia (Alyssa McClelland, “The Bet”, “Surviving Georgia”) finds bookish Tom, (David Lyons, “Sea Patrol”,”ER”) to be charming and delightful. If he keeps his glasses on, he feels the same about her. Their first date is a hit, it does seem to be true love… at least that is, until the awkward moment after the good-night kiss.

*screening Tuesday 8th March at 7pm

 

THE BRIDGE directed by Martha Goddard

Australian Premiere

Busy artist Silvie, consumed by her painting, decides not to take an incoming call from her brother; A decision she later finds out may have grave consequences. Starring Diana Glenn (Oyster Farmer, Satisfaction)

*screening Tuesday 8th March at 7pm

 

WENDY VS HELVETICA directed by Brooke Trezise

World Premiere

In a world where typography runs rampant and a new font is born every minute, Helvetica yearns for a streamlined society where all conform to his regimented ideals, while Wendy fights for freedom and self expression. Starring Marcel Bracks (Home and Away) and Kate Worsley (I Rock).

*screening Tuesday 8th March at 7pm

 

 

CUPID directed by Melvin Montalban’

Sydney Premiere

Self-assured Cupid follows another hapless romantic into a bar to bestow his great gift love. However, he unwittingly falls prey to his own magic and soon discovers that even he has a thing or two to learn about love. Starring Richard Brancatisano. (Home & Away.

Dungog Film Festival 2010, Palm Springs International Shortsfest 2009, Raindance Film Festival 2009.

*screening Tuesday 8th March at 7pm

 

SISTERS directed by James Findlay

Australian Premiere

Sandy always felt inferior to her sophisticated older sister Rachel, until she managed to snare her husband that is. Now she’s in a terrible mess. An apology is a good way to have the last word, but will Rachel listen? Starring Felicity Keep (Orange Love Story) and Alison Gallagher (Accidents Happen)

*screening Tuesday 8h March at 7.00pm

 

THIS IS HOW YOU’LL MAKE YOUR BED IN PRISON

directed by Katie Mitchell

Sydney Premiere

“The system had me from two years old, it probably had me before then because it had my mother…it could never let me go.” Follows the story of Vickie Lee Roach, an Indigenous woman who took the Howard Government to the High Court of Australia in a landmark civil rights case.

*screening Tuesday 8h March at 7.00pm

 

SHINY THING directed by Lisa Gloufchis

Sydney Premiere

Starring Melbourne comedian and Triple J breakfast radio host, Tom Ballard, Louise Siversen (“Rush”, “City Homicide”, “All Saints”) and Felicity Soper ( “Rush”, “City Homicide”, “Neighbours”). A heart warming comedy/drama. 17 year old boy Lochlan feels underappreciated by his dazzling attention grabbing mother, but this time Lochlan is not going to let her steal the show.

*screening Wednesday 9th March at Parliament House Theatre at 12.30pm. Morning tea at 12 noon.

 

 

THE CARETAKER directed by Alanna Rose

World Premiere

It has been a long time since Willie ‘the Kid’ has entered the ring, but you can only run from your fears for so long. Seen through the eyes of an elderly boxer, The Caretaker tells the story of two young Aboriginal boys who run away from home to fulfill dreams of becoming professional boxers

*screening Wednesday 9th March at Parliament House Theatre at 12.30pm. Morning tea at 12 noon.

 

SIS directed by Deborah Haywood

World Premiere

Five year old Lauren’s teenage sister is heavily pregnant and more interested in texting her friends than watching her young sister’s gymnastics display. Lauren wants to grow a baby too, so with a friend in tow, she hatches a plan that finally gets her sister’s attention.

*screening Wednesday 9th March at 6.30pm

 

 

SILENCE = DEATH France

Australian Premiere

silence death

A diverse collection of short French films, dramas and documentaries, written and directed by talented French female directors, from the testimony of women who are HIV positive. Created for the twentieth anniversary of ACT UP Paris. Responds to the almost total absence of images on the subject of women and HIV, their fight against the disease and their militant struggle.

*screening Wednesday 9th March at 6.30pm

 

 

FISH directed by Asa Johannisson

Australian Premiere

A quirky comedy from Sweden. Can a girl who is focussed on caring for a fish find interest in a man? “Fish” is a tribute to all of us who have ever felt that we don’t fit in.

*screening Wednesday 9th March at 6.30pm

 

 

MAD directed by Meryl Tankard

World Premiere

Short documentary directed by acclaimed choreographer, Meryl Tankard. Focuses on madness and schizophrenia, explored by poet and writer, Sandy Jeffs, who has lived with schizophrenia and all its moods for 34 years. Sandy featured at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2010 and has 5 books of poetry published.

*screening Wednesday 9th March at 8.30pm

 

WITH MY LITTLE EYE directed by Kylie Plunkett

Australian Premiere

On a weekend away with her parents, Charlie must look inside herself to decide how she will face the unexpected. Instead of losing hope she finds that sometimes you have to hit the bottom in order to make you realise which way is up. Starring Isabella Woodlock, Martin Blum and Meredith Penman.

*screening Wednesday 9th March at 8.30pm

 

ENTANGLEMENT THEORY directed by Richard James Allen

Sydeny Premiere

A busy dancing man takes a nap in two realities; his live self dreams and his avatar self dreams. Entanglement Theory explores multi-dimensional realities, along with science fiction theories, within an innovative mix of media. Choreographed by and starring Richard James Allen. Edited by Karen Pearlman.

*screening Wednesday 9th March at 8.30pm

 

PAPERBACK REHAB directed by Catherine Graue

World Premiere

 

These are the honest stories of former prisoners, Andrew Fraser and Kerry Tucker, whose lives were transformed while paying the price of their crimes. It was the words of others that helped them survive the hard realities of prison.

*screening Wednesday 9th March at 8.30pm

 

 CLEAN UP ON AISLE 9 directed by Anthea Hewett

World Premiere

 A necessary escape from reality allows two adult men to slip into their fantasy world, where they find themselves fighting for their lives. This is no ordinary trip to the supermarket, and there will definitely be a clean up on aisle 9!

*screening Wednesday 9th March at 8.30pm

 

 

RED WATER RED directed by Qing Xie

Sydney Premiere

Blisteringly sensual, an eerie feeling of unease fills every meticulously composed frame.” STOCKHOLM International Film Festival (XX Short Film Competition) 2009 *Awards* WINNER – Film Victoria Award BEST FILM (VCA Premiere Awards 08) // WINNER – GOLD AWARD, Australian Cinematographers Society 2009 // NOMINEE – Kodak-Award NEW DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2009

Sadomasochism, the spectre of a dead mother and an elaborate and grotesque fantasy all play a part as a young Chinese girl draws her father into a sexual relationship, and a forbidden feast. “Red Water Red” is an uneasy story about the bonds of family, the bounds of intimacy, and the returns of love.

*screening Thursday 10th March at 8.30pm

 

 

AN UNFINISHED ROMANCE directed by Alison Heather

Sydney Premiere

A romantic comedy about two strangers, two hookers, two paper boats and a whole raft of assumptions.

Stars Zoe Ventoura (Packed to the Rafters, Footloose), Matt Rossner (Wolf Lullaby, Corpus Christi) and Danika Armytage (Death and the Maiden, Persephones Wolf).

*screening Thursday 10th March at 8.30pm

NERVE ENDING directed by Peter Humble

Sydney Premiere

“The beauty of dance is found not in a perfect physical form but rather from within.” Features dancer Michelle Ryan in an experimental, visually rich exploration of film and dance form, interweaving the beaches of Townsville and an interior life.

*screening Thursday 10th March at 8.30pm

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Moshtix,

www.moshtix.com.au

PH 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

At venues on the day.

Festival Season Pass $60/55/50,

Opening Night $30/25/20,

Evening Pass $20/16/12/ $15 group (10+),

Single Session $12/9/7 $9 group (10+),

NSW Parliament House session $10/7/5 $6 group (10+)

For more information & festival program go to

www.wift.org/wow

EMAIL: wowfilmfestival@wiftnsw.org.au

PH 0402 246 601


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