It’s looking good for our Aussie independent filmmakers who will have six Australian feature film screenings at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah 2019, outdoing the record placed in 1997 of five feature films. Animals, I Am Mother, Jude and Punch, Top End Wedding and Little Monsters will make their world premieres at the festival, and The Nightingale will make it to the North Premiere.
Sundance has been known to have launched many Australian films that go on to be big hits including Shine in 1996, Wolf Creek in 2005 and Animal Kingdom in 2010.
The Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason says from the Screen Australia news article that “The six Australian films selected at Sundance display the array of stories Australians now tell, and the demands for our screen content internationally.” Australian films are branching out into different genres from Australian culture stories and more so romantic comedies Top End Wedding, to taking on sci-fi in I Am Mother and comedy horror in Little Monsters.
Most of the feature films are either centered around female characters, and the majority of films are directed and produced by a woman, which is a huge step for Australian filmmakers. The Industry in Australia is shaping into its own and slowing seeing change.
These are the selected films set to screen at the Sundance festival.
Top End Wedding
Top End Wedding is still in its post-production stage, directed by Wayne Blaire and stars Miranda Tapsell and Joshua Tyler. Lauren and Ned are engaged and in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote north of Australia to reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.
Be one the look out for when it releases!
Little Monsters, a dark comedy directed by Abe Forsythe is a film dedicated to all the kindergarten teachers who motivate children to learn, instill them with confidence and stop them from being attacked by zombies. Stars Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad and Alexander England.
This one is definitely on my watch list.
Animals, after a decade of partying, Laura and Tyler’s friendship is strained by Laura’s new love and her focus on her novel. A snapshot of a modern woman with competing desires and an examination of the choices we make when facing crossroads. Starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat.
Seems like a great movie to watch with your best friend.
Judy and Punch
Judy and Punch, a drama about Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an Antarctic town on the brink of mob rule. Starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman.
Excited for this one to enter the theatres soon!
I Am Mother
An Australian Sci-fi thriller, I Am Mother, is about a teenage girl raised in an underground kindly robot “mother” designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news. Starring Rose Byrne and Hilary Swank.
Sounds pretty interesting!
The Nightingale, set in 1825, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way, she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past. Starring Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman, and Aisling Franciosi. The Nightingale will screen at the North American Premiere, after taking home the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival this year. The film is at its completed stage and should be released soon.
With already breaking a record for having six films premiering at Sundance next year it only looks up from here. It’s a thrilling time for the Australian film industry, and it’s definitely been a breakthrough for our independent creatives.