DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2008 - PREVIEW
With over 80 films – ranging from world premieres of features to the newest
shorts and docos – the Dungog Film Festival (May 29 – June 1) has grown in just
one year to be possibly the world’s largest single showcase event for Australian
production, says Fest director Allanah Zitserman. And a chance for some cool
partying …with help from the likes of soul singer Lisa Hunt. Andrew L. Urban
The second Dungog fest opens on Thursday night (May 30) with Peter Duncan’s
Unfinished Sky followed by a party and closes with the Australian Premiere of
Christopher Weekes’ Bitter & Twisted on Sunday (June 1) – followed by a party.
There will be another big party on Saturday night, the NSW Mining Underground
Party at the Dungog Showground, featuring Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul band.
But there is plenty of time for films, too (with three screening venues), as
well as five new script readings, master classes (with Al Clark and Jim
McElroy), conversations, workshops (eg Apple iMovie & Apple Final Cut) and
"plenty of time for films, too"
World Premieres include The Nothing Men, starring Colin Friels, David Field and
Martin Dingle Wall, from Mark Fitzpatrick; Honeymoon in Kabul, which follows the
journey of clowndoctor Jean Paul Bell and Midwife Maggie Hearstch as they spend
their honeymoon delivering aid and humour to the children of Afghanistan; and
Never Say Die Matildas, looking at the Australian Women’s Football Team during
their roller-coaster year in which, against all odds, they became one of the
nation’s most successful sporting teams.
New features include Cactus, All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane, The Black
Balloon and Global Haywire.
Classic Aussie films include The Cars That Ate Paris and Newsfront, and there
are three mystery films making their debut at the festival.
"Classic Aussie films"
Published May 15, 2008
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Bitter & Twisted - closing the fest
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Dungog Film Festival -
Lisa Hunt - soul
Allanah Zitserman, Dungog founder
Leeanna Walsman, Matt Newton (stars of Bitter and Twisted), with Allanah Zitserman