Guests many of whom are involved with the festival - ranged from Jack Thompson
and Gillian Armstrong (right) to Bryan Brown and John Polson, Jackie Weaver and Rachel Ward, and director Gregor Jordan (pic - whose Two Hands
opened the same night across Australia). Also showing support for the festival were many
producers and other industry executives.
$50,000 first prize
The 12 (see below) that will compete for the $50,000 first prize are proudly
independent and come from a wide range of cultures; Norway, Korea, Bhutan and Germany are
all represented as are Australia and New Zealand in this inuagural Noosa
Film Festival Competition (September 2 8, 1999), which will be judged by a panel
under jury president Jack Thompson (pic). Other jury members include writer David Williamson,
actress/writer Rachel Ward, Jacks brother, filmmaker and critic Peter Thompson, and
Mark Fishkin of the Mill Valley Festival in California. Davis implied that two more
international jury members would be announced when they confirmed their availability, but
he did confirm that John Sayles (whose film, Limbo, opened the Sydney Film Festival) would
be a special guest.
In addition to the competition, the festival will present a program of over 50
features, some world premieres and many Australian premieres, a National Short Film
Competition, a retrospective program of Norwegian short films and Australian Comedy
Classic shorts, an International Documentary Competition - and filmmaking symposiums.
Gala Premiere series
The nightly Gala Premiere series is a highlight of the festival and will feature the
world premiere screening of the new Australian feature film, MUGGERS, directed by Dean
Murphy and starring Matt Day, and a special screening of SIAM SUNSET, directed by John
Polson (pic) and starring Linus Roache. THE HI-LINE, the directorial debut for Rod Judkins, will
also screen as a Gala Premiere.
The official Presidents Dinner, hosted by Jack Thompson, will raise funds for the
Noosa Film Festival beneficiary, the Hope for the Children Foundation.
Separately, the Showtime Community Outdoor Cinema in Lions Park will screen classic
films under the umbrella title of A Little Night Music, with a program that includes,
Everyone Says I Love You, Jailhouse Rock, Dirty Dancing, High Society, The Great Waltz,
Cabaret and Meet Me in St Louis.
Associated events include a celebrity golf tournament, Noosa businesses window display
competitions and community street party.
The core program for the Noosa Film Festival will screen at the AMC Noosa 5 Cinemas;
Catos Brasserie Festival Club will host the short film retrospectives; and the Noosa
Woods Symposium Centre, housing a 730-seat cinema purpose-built for the festival, is the
venue for the symposiums, the National Short Film Competition screenings and the
International Documentary Competition screenings.
FILMS IN COMPETITION, NOOSE FILM FESTIVAL:
AIMEE AND JAGUAR (Germany) Directed by Max
Farberbock. Cast: Maria Schrader, Juliane Kohler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch,
Elisabeth Degen, Detlev Buck.
THE BIRDCAGE INN (Korea) Directed by Kim
Ki-Duk. Cast: Lee Jee-Eun, Lee Hye-Eun.
CHANNELLING BABY (NZ) Directed by Christine
Parker. Starring Danielle Cormack, Kevin Smith, Amber Sainsbury, Joel Tobeck.
DREAMING OF JOSEPH LEES (UK) - Directed by Eric
Styles. Cast: Rupert Graves, Samantha Morton, Lee Ross, Lauren Richardson.
ERSKINEVILLE KINGS (Australia) Directed by Alan
White. Cast: Marty Denniss, Hugh Jackman, Andrew Wholley, Aaron Blabey, Joel Edgerton,
Leah Vanderberg, Marin Mimica.
JUDY BERLIN (USA) Directed by Eric Mendelsohn.
Cast: Barbara Barrie, Bob Dishy, Edie Falco, Madeline Kahn, Julie Kavner, Anne Meara.
LOVERS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (Spain) Directed by
Julio Medem. Cast: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martinex, Nancho Novo, Maru Valdivielso.
OCTOBER SKY (USA) Directed by Joe Johnston.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Natalie Canerday, Chris Owen, William Lee
Scott, Chad Lindberg.
ONLY CLOUDS MOVE THE STARS (Norway) Directed by
Torun Lian. Cast: Thea Sofie Rusten, Jan Tore Kristofferson, Anneke Von Der Lippe.
SIMON MAGUS (UK) Directed by Ben Hopkins. Cast:
Noah Taylor, Embeth Davidtz, Stuart Townsend, Ian Holm, Rutger Hauer, Sean Mginley.
THIS IS MY FATHER (Canada/Ireland) Directed by
Paul Quinn. Cast: Aidan Quinn, James Caan, Stephen Rea, John Cusack, Colm Meaney, Moya
THE CUP (Bhutan) Directed by
Khysentse Norbu. Cast: Jamyang Lodro, Neten Chokling, Orgyen Tobgyal.