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:: Spotlight :: 2009 Dungog Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The 2009 Dungog Film Festival was recently launched at a cocktail party at Dendy Opera Quays, Sydney. Guests including Nic Bishop, Veronica Sywak, Charlotte Gregg, Clare Bowen, Paul Capsis and acclaimed directors Bruce Beresford, Peter Duncan and John Duigan, enjoyed an exclusive sneak peak at some of the films being shown at this years Dungog Film Festival as well as exclusive presentations by Richard Frankland, director of the hilarious road comedy Stone Bros. and Kriv Stender, director of the historic drama Lucky Country.

Guests were also treated to a captivating musical performance by Loene Carmen, actress of the 1987 coming of age cult flick ‘The Year My Voice Broke’ which will be screened at this year’s festival. Now in its third year, the Dungog Film Festival is the biggest showcase of Australian films in the world. Staged over four glorious autumn days from Thursday, May 28 to Sunday, May 31 in the Hunter Valley town of Dungog, the Film Festival delivers to its audiences the most comprehensive overview of Australian feature, documentary and short film production over the past year, from all over the country.

Festival director Allanah Zitserman said, “The Dungog Film Festival is a non competitive event that celebrates Aussie cinema, past, present and future, in a little town with a very unusual name. Celebrating stories through film was the driving force and the motivation behind the birth of the Dungog Film Festival. With such a rich and diverse line-up of Australian film, The Dungog Film Festival is the complete experience of cinematic immersion and undoubtedly one of the most memorable social events on the NSW calendar. Heading into our third year we are the biggest festival of Australian film in the country.”

As a true nurturer of the Australian film industry, the Dungog Film Festival prides itself on exhibiting the very best of the current crop of films. This year, festival patrons will be treated to the world premiere of Richard Frankland’s hilarious road comedy Stone Bros., the Australian premiere of Paul Murphy’s bittersweet dramatic comedy, Second Hand Wedding and the NSW Premiere of Kriv Stender’s historic drama Lucky Country. These special gala films will be supported by a selection of over 100 short films and a range of classic Australian films in conjunction with the National Film and Sound Archive.

The Dungog Film Festival also offers the “In the Raw” script reading where three unproduced screenplays are performed live by professional actors. Held at the old Masonic Hall, “In the Raw” is another Dungog initiative which provides audiences access to the creative processes behind filmmaking. This year, the ‘In The Raw’ scripts will include Fiona Series’ Strangerland, Jonathan Worsley’s Coming of Age and Dave Warner’s Sister Sister.

Join thousands from around the country to celebrate Australian films in a ripper Australian town. Tickets can be purchased online