Un Certain Regard

Still from Tommelah featuring a young indigenous boy wearing a hoodie and watching the sunset Still from 'Toomelah' retrieved from the Senses of Cinema website.

Apr 20 2011

AFTRS alumnus Ivan Sen (Directing) will see his latest feature, Toomelah, screen as part of the Un Certain Regard program at Cannes in May.

Toomelah is a provocative and a times funny story about a boy who 'wants to be a gangster'. Set entirely in the remote Indigenous community of Toomelah, located on the NSW, QLD border Ivan's latest feature is a deeply personal story, that intimately depicts mission life in contemporary Australia.

AFTRS graduates have a strong track record in Un Certain Regard - a category reserved for films that express a personal vision, with an emphasis on special cultural expression and cinematic innovation including the likes of  Rolf de Heer (Directing) in 2006 winning the special jury prize with Ten Canoes and Warwick Thornton (Cinematography) in 2009 winning the Caméra d'Or for Samson & Delilah, which was also screened n Un Certain Regard.

We wish Ivan all the best at Cannes.


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.