The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) today announced the international premieres of two more Australian films – The Little Death and Paper Planes. This takes the total number of Australian films screening at TIFF to seven, following recent invitations to five other Australian projects.
Kathleen Drumm, Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing, said, “It’s a stand-out year for Australia at Toronto. These two latest selections offer wildly different, but equally entertaining additions to the Australian line-up. The Little Death is a cheeky, laugh-out-loud comedy that is at once salacious and tender-hearted, while Paper Planes delivers exuberant family fun and star appeal. In each case, Australian festival audiences cheered loudly during the films’ local debuts. We anticipate that Canadian audiences will find them similarly intriguing and uplifting.”
The Little Death, from writer, director and actor Josh Lawson, will have its international premiere in the Discovery section. The film also stars Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman and Kate Mulvany. The film is an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson’s sizzling and sometimes shocking screenplay weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.
This film marks the directorial debut of Josh Lawson, who is best known for his roles in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), The Campaign (2012) with Will Ferrell, and House of Lies alongside Don Cheadle (2012).
Award-winning filmmaker Robert Connolly’s Paper Planes will have its international premiere in TIFF Kids. The film, starring Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman and David Wenham, is an imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.
Robert Connolly’s films have screened in over 30 major international film festivals. His credits include writer/director of Balibo (2009) and Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012), and producer of The Boys (1998) and Romulus, My Father (2007). In 2013, he created and produced The Turning and executive produced These Final Hours.
As previously announced, Kriv Stenders’ dark comedy Kill Me Three Times will have its world premiere at TIFF, with an ensemble cast featuring Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown. It will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema alongside Tony Ayres’ thriller Cut Snake, which features Sullivan Stapleton, Jessica de Gouw and Alex Russell. Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country, starring Cannes best actor–winner David Gulpilil, will have its North American premiere in the same section.
Mark Hartley’s documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films will have its international premiere in Midnight Madness.
Sotiris Dounoukos’s A Single Body will have its international premiere in the inaugural TIFF showcase, Short Cuts International.
Screen Australia proudly supported Charlie’s Country, Cut Snake, Kill Me Three Times, The Little Death and Paper Planes.
Australian artist Shaun Gladwell has also been invited to present his projects BMX Channel and Midnight Traceur in TIFF’s Future Projections program, a crossover between cinema and art. Shaun’s work will be exhibited at several locations around the festival, and represents his interest in street culture and subculture plus his early participation in extreme sports.
The Toronto International Film Festival will take place 4–14 September 2014.
Arenamedia Pty Ltd Genre Children’s Director Robert Connolly Producers Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles, Liz Kearney Executive Producers Andrew Myer, Jonathan Chissick, Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye, Bernadette O’Mahony, Eric Bana Writers Steve Worland, Robert Connolly Cast Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, David Wenham International Sales Arclight Films Australian Distributor Village Roadshow Synopsis An imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.
THE LITTLE DEATH International premiere
Ticket to Ride Pty Ltd Genre Comedy Director Josh Lawson Producers Jamie Hilton, Matt Reeder, Michael Petroni Executive Producers Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu, Stephen Boyle Writer Josh Lawson Cast Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Patrick Brammall, Kate Box, Alan Dukes, Lisa McCune, TJ Power, Erin James International Sales LevelK Australian Distributor Entertainment One SynopsisThe Little Death, which marks the arrival of Australian writer/director Josh Lawson, is both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson’s searing and sometimes shocking screenplay weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. Featuring an ensemble of breakthrough talent.
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
KILL ME THREE TIMES World premiere screening
KM3T Pty Ltd Genre Darkly comedic thriller Director Kriv Stenders Producers Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers, Share Stallings Executive Producers Jed Weintrob, Jan Korbelin, Jack Drewe, Ian Gibbins, Joan Peters, Aaron L Gilbert, Bryce Menzies, Alan Simpson Writer James McFarland Cast Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown International Sales Cargo Entertainment Australian Distributor Entertainment One Synopsis A mercurial assassin (Simon Pegg) discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. In this darkly comedic thriller the hitman finds himself unravelling three tales of mayhem, murder, blackmail and revenge.
CUT SNAKE International premiere screening
Matchbox Pictures Genre Crime Director Tony Ayres Producers Michael McMahon, Trevor Blainey Writer Blake Ayshford Cast Sullivan Stapleton, Jessica de Gouw, Alex Russell International Sales eOne Films International Australian Distributor Entertainment One Synopsis ‘Sparra’ Farrell has left his secret prison past behind, with a new fiancée and a new life. But he finds it’s a door that is never closed when his newly released cell mate turns up with other ideas. Facebook
CHARLIE’S COUNTRY North American premiere screening
Vertigo Productions, Bula'bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation Genre Drama Devised by David Gulpilil, Rolf de Heer Director Rolf de Heer Producers Nils Erik Nielsen, Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr Executive Producers Domenico Procacci, Bryce Menzies, Sue Murray, Troy Lum, Peter McMahon Writer Rolf de Heer Cast David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Jennifer Budukpuduk, Peter Minygululu, Bojana Novakovic International Sales Visit Films Australian Distributor Entertainment One Synopsis With the new invasion of his Aboriginal community in full swing, Charlie decides to make a stand... and finds he still has a long way to fall.
ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS International premiere screening
WildBear Entertainment Genre Documentary Director Mark Hartley Producers Veronica Fury, Brett Ratner Executive Producers Nate Bolotin, Todd Brown, Jeff Harrison, Hugh Marks, James Packer International Sales Mongrel Media, Celluloid Dreams Australian Distributor Umbrella Entertainment Synopsis A hilarious thrill ride through the masterworks of the late Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, two movie-obsessed immigrant cousins who gate-crashed Hollywood’s party, ran an indie studio that became the by-word for schlock, and nearly took over the industry in the process. A one-of-a-kind story about two-of-a-kind men who (for better or worse) changed film forever. Facebook
SHORT CUTS INTERNATIONAL
A SINGLE BODY International premiere screening Genre Drama Director Sotiris Dounoukos Producers François-Pierre Clavel, Alexandre Perrier Writer Sotiris Dounoukos Cast Mexianu Medenou, Doudou Masta, Garba Tounkara Synopsis Best friends and skilled abattoir workers David and Wani are saving to open their own butchery, but before they can realise their dream the arrival of a new worker will test the bonds of their shared life.