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:: Spotlight :: 2010 Dungog Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The 2010 Dungog Film Festival will be in the charming, vibrant Hunter Valley town running from May 27-30 2010. The Festival centres around the James Theatre in Dungog and will have screenings, workshops and script reads at various other locations around Dungog.

There is some great talent confirmed to attend including Sophie Lowe, Emily Barclay, Brendan Cowell, Cameron Daddo, Shane Jacobson, Gillian Armstrong, Caroline O’Connor, Jeremy Sims, Bob Morley, Spencer McLaren, Georgina Haig, Pia Miranda and Nadia Tass. The Festival founder and Director, Allanah Zitserman is a filmmaker in her own right, winning an AFI Award for her debut film Russian Doll and Dr. Nikki Williams, NSW Minerals Council CEO will also be in attendance.

The Dungog Film Festival will feature the biggest content of Australian film in the world, with an incredible program of feature films, documentaries, script reads, TV presentations and shorts. The Film Festival is one of NSW’s most exciting events that will also feature a local street parade, student programs, market stalls, master classes with leading film industry representatives including Gillian Armstrong & Nadia Tass and special Festival parties.

Festival highlights
Dungog has secured the World premiere screenings of:

-Lou: The Opening Night film for the Festival, with Emily Barclay, Lily-Bell Tindley and Belinda Chayko (Director/Writer) confirmed to attend the premiere, supported by a special video message from one of the films stars, British actor John Hurt.

- Road Train: The World premiere screening of this thriller will be attended by the films stars Sophie Lowe (who will also perform a track from the film), Georgina Haig, Bob Morley and Director Dean Francis.

- Surviving Georgia: The stars of this romantic comedy Shane Jacobson, Pia Miranda, Caroline O’Connor, Spencer McLaren and the films Directors Sandra Sciberras and Kate Whitbread, will walk the red carpet for the world premiere screening on Saturday night.

- Braille: This fast paced, action thriller, feature flick was filmed over three years by writer/director Matthew Chuang and producer Luke Graham on a budget of $40 000 and will screen Saturday.

Dungog Film festival will also present the Australian premiere of Passengers the debut feature film from Michael Bond and Cameron Daddo, who will both attend the screening along with one of the films stars Patty Yu.

The closing night film for the Festival will be Subdivision, a comedy-drama that has confirmed a re-release in Australian cinemas in August 2010 following a recent screening at Cannes. The screening will be attended by Sue Brooks (Japanese Story), Trish Lake, Owen Johnston, Denise Roberts and Steve Bisley.

The local street parade will be held on Saturday featuring: actress Sophie Lowe riding on a giant truck similar to that in her film Road Train, WW1 light horse re-enactors, farmers and their Friesian cows, horse drawn carts, antique and new tractors, Dungog High School Band, Rural Fire Service and more.