Still from 'Dead Europe' featuring a man holding a stills camera and staring into the distance Still from 'Dead Europe'

May 16 2012

Nashen Moodley unveiled his first Sydney Film Festival program at Customs House last week and, among the 12 titles in competition next month are films from AFTRS alumni.

Lore, a drama set during World War II and based on the novel The Dark Room, is Cate Shortland's follow-up to Somersault, while Dead Europe is Tony Krawitz's first dramatic feature based on a novel by Christos Tsiolkas.

The festival will open on June 6 with the world premiere of Not Suitable For Children, the debut feature for AFTRS alumnus Peter Templeman (whose AFTRS student film, The Saviour, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007).

AFTRS alumni will also feature in the 'Meet the Filmmaker Apple Store Talks' where Academy Award-winning cinematographer and AFTRS alumnus Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha, Collateral and Chicago to list just a few) will be discussing the transition from celluloid to digital filmmaking on Sunday June 17.

AFI award-winning film & TV director Cate Shortland will discuss her latest film, the World War II drama Lore which is having its world premiere in the SFF's official competition. Sunday June 10.

Director Tony Krawitz will appear with Academy Award winning producer Emile Sherman (The King's Speech) and Australian producer Liz Watts (Animal Kingdom) to discuss their latest feature, Dead Europe, screening in the festival's official competition.
 Friday June 15.

Recent graduate, and current MSA student, Martha Goddard will be participating in a panel discussion - featuring the diverse group of 2012 Dendy Awards finalists - who will share their experiences and discuss current trends in Australia's short film industry.

Martha's short, Dance Me to the End of Love, which also features the work of fellow AFTRS alumni including: Cinematography by Ross Giardina and editing by Gwen Sputore will have its world premiere at the festival as part of the Academy Award qualifying Dendy Awards.

Dance Me to the End of Love screens on Saturday June 16 & Sunday June 17.

Other films by AFTRS people at the Festival include:

  • The Zen of Bennett: directed by Unjoo Moon with cinematography by Dion Beebe screening in the festival's Sounds on Screen section. Saturday June 16 & Sunday June 17.
  • Blackfella Films shorts: A hand-picked selection of short films made by Indigenous filmmakers curated by newly appointed AFTRS council member Darren Dale and AFTRS alumnus Rachel Perkins from Blackfella Films
. FREE Thursday June 14 at the Sydney Film Festival Hub, Lower Town Hall 
  • Mabo, the telmovie produced by Darren Dale and directed by Rachel Perkins  with cinematography by alumnus Andrew Commis  will screen on
 June 7 at the State Theatre.

Full details on all Sydney Film Festival events can be found at the SFF website >


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