DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – PREVIEW
PLENTY OF PREMIERES, PARTIES, PEOPLE - AND MOVIES
The four day showcase of Australian film that is the Dungog Film Festival also
manages to host three nights of parties and gala events as well as a quirky
street parade; over 4,000 people are expected to attend the 2010 event in the
Upper Hunter (NSW) to attend the premieres and other Australian films they
didn’t yet get to see.
LOU – OPENING NIGHT WORLD PREMIERE
The Opening Night film, Lou, stars John Hurt, AFI Best Actress Award winner
Emily Barclay and impressive newcomer Lily Bell-Tindley. Lou, written and
directed by Belinda Chayko, is a tender story about the relationship between
11-year-old Lou and her grandfather. Lou opens nationally on June 17, 2010.
“Beautifully realised, this internal film about the chapter in the life of an
impressionable pubescent girl is a sensitive depiction that resonates,” says
ROAD TRAIN - WORLD PREMIERE
The program includes the World Premiere of Dean Francis’ debut feature, Road
Train, described as a white-knuckled ride starring Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate),
and Xavier Samuel, (soon to be seen in the third Twilight instalment); the cast
and crew will present the film at the festival and Sophie will perform her
original title song live on stage.
SURVIVING GEORGIA - WORLD PREMIERE
Surviving Georgia depicts the lives of two sisters who come to realise that
their vivacious, gambling mother has left them to fend for themselves in their
small country town. The film stars Pia Miranda, Holly Valance and Shane Jacobson
and is produced by Spencer McLaren and directed by Sandra Sciberras and Kate
TALKING TO G.O.D. – NSW PREMIERE
Frazer Bailey’s Glenn Owen Dodds will have its NSW Premiere at the Festival.
Starring David Wenham and rising Aussie talent Abe Forsythe, this comedy sees an
ordinary man discovering the meaning of life.
Michael Radcliffe was catching the bus this morning, as he does every day of his
everyday life. He didn't expect to have a five-minute sit-down with GOD, well
Glenn Owen Dodds that is, a mysterious man who claims to be GOD. Could he really
be GOD? He seems to know an awful lot about Michael Radcliffe… but what kind of
GOD looks so hapless and has such a frightful filing system? But, then again,
how does Glenn Owen Dodds know the meaning of life?
SPEED AUDITION - $5,000 TO WIN
The inaugural winner of the Screenwise Speed Auditioning at the Festival will
win $5000 cash, exclusive representation for an 18-month period and an ‘Acting
for the Screen’ workshop with Screenwise. Finalists will be provided a
two-minute script to be performed and recorded. Their performance will then be
played to a panel of prestigious industry practitioners for judging.
"Screenwise is proud to partner with the Dungog Film Festival in its search for
great Australian acting talent. Screenwise Speed Auditioning is a first of its
kind, and will provide boundless opportunities for actors to be seen and
ultimately discovered,” said Denise Roberts, CEO and Principal Director of
To celebrate the International Year of Youth, Dungog also introduces an
interactive Student Program, partnering with Australia’s leading film industry
institutions Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), the
Australian Director’s Guild (ADG) and the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA).
“With the support of our film industry partners, we are committed to providing
unique educational opportunities to film students across rural NSW. Our new
Student Program will provide high quality educational workshops that explore
Australian cinema and filmmaking techniques,” said Allanah Zitserman, Dungog
Film Festival director.
The Student Program will feature an ADG workshop on digital filmmaking and the
importance of good story telling, an AFTRS program on production and costume
design for film and an NFSA presentation of a great Aussie classic film.
MASTERCLASSES & SCRIPT WORKSHOPS
Award winning Australian director Gillian Armstrong will present a Master Class
and her popular musical Starstruck will be presented as part of the NFSA
(National Film & Sound Archive) Aussie Classics program, followed by a Q & A.
Another award winning director, Nadia Tass, will present her NFSA Aussie Classic
film, the much beloved comedy Malcolm (1986), starring Colin Friels. She will be
there to introduce the film and host a Q&A session afterwards. Malcolm is about
a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own
tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in and help
pay the bills. Malcolm, with Franks help, turns to a life of crime.
The popular script reading program, In The Raw, will feature live script
readings from specially chosen works, including Kick Up Dust written by Marcus
Waters; Miranda written by Stephen Sewell and directed by Serhat Caradee; The
Hidden, written by Jeremy Cumpston and The Straggler written by Jonathan Ogilvie
and produced by Michael Wrenn and Trevor Haysom.
INAUGURAL TV PROGRAM
Dungog is bringing TV into its program, in an effort to bring together
filmmakers with TV practitioners. Two TV pilot scripts will be read for
attendees: Snap written by Andy Muir, and Twinkle Twinkle written by Jasmin
Forbes-Watson and Leone Carey. “We want to encourage cohesion in the industry,”
said the Festival’s Cassie Kelly.
Dungog is located in the remarkable NSW Hunter Valley 244km north of Sydney,
79km north of Newcastle and 55km north of Maitland. The town is known for its
timber, cattle and dairy produce. The Gringai tribe, who resided in the Dungog
area prior to the first white settlement, called the region 'Tungog' or 'Tunkok'.
Meaning 'the place of thinly wooded hills' in the Awabakal dialect.
THE JAMES THEATRE
The Dungog Cinema is the oldest continuously operating purpose-built cinema in
Australia. Opened in 1913, the site was originally used as an open-air theatre.
Under the control of James Stuart (hence the James Theatre) by 1914 it had been
roofed and in 1930 it underwent extensive reconstruction, equipping it for
talkies. It is believed that the Spanish-style façade, which gives the theatre
its flair, was also added in the 1930s. In the 1980s the Dungog Shire Council
acquired the building as a community centre and the cinema operation continued
under the expert care of Ken Reeve, a regional cinema hero, until his retirement
in 2007. The cinema is currently operated by the Hopson family.
Published April 29, 2010
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DUNGOG 2010 WRAP
DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2010
Thursday May 27 – Sunday May 30
Individual tickets $19.50 (on the day only)
Opening Night & Gala: $125
Closing Night & Party: $60
Jumbuck Day Pass: $50
Swagman Festival Pass: $135
Drover Pass: $375
Patron Pass: $2,750
NSW Mining’s Rock and Reel Party: $95
All ticketing details
Bookings via Ticketmaster
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Glenn Owen Dodds
Gillian Armstrong (Pic. Giles Keyte>