Seven Australian films now bound for Toronto International Film Festival

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Wednesday 20 August 2014

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.

http://tiff.net/thefestival

 

TIFF KIDS

PAPER PLANES
International premiere

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.

DISCOVERY

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
Synopsis The 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.
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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.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

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.
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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.

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