The Australian Film Showcase festival from April 2 gives insights into the country’s bustling creative industry
f world cinema fascinates you, don’t miss out on the inaugural edition of the Australian Film Showcase starting Saturday. Movie buffs will get to watch ten Australian films for the first time on the big screen as part of the nine-day fest.
The line up comprises Mad Max, Kate Winslet’s stylish comedy- The Dressmaker (first time in India) and Force of Destiny- set in India and Australia starring Shahana Goswami and David Wenham. Renowned Australian producer Robyn Kershaw (producer of one of the showcase films- musical romcom Bran Nue Dae and producer of cricket comedy Save Your Legs which is set in India) will interact with the audience. So will David Redman, producer and member of the council of Screen Producers Australia.
Comparing Indian and Australian movies, Kershaw who is currently with Dollhouse Pictures on their first feature film and a number of Indian filmmakers including Nandita Das, recalls watching her first Indian movie in 1982 and getting enchanted by the audience celebration as much as the film. “It was a revelatory experience and has kept me engaged in Indian cinema year after year. I have seen it evolve over this period. I love the dynamic storytelling and visuals of Indian films.”
Drawing comparisions to the Indian musicals, Kershaw says that her production Bran Nue Dae is similar to the structure and delight of an Indian film – it has a nice juicy romance in the middle and it uses songs to drive the story – a young man who yearns to be home – whichevery one can relate to.
Down Under has given Hollywood superstars such as Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. Who are the others to look out for? Rose Byrne and Elizabeth Debicki, she says. Considering the island country is enjoying dramas and comedies, one can expect more of the Mad Max variety from their studios soon. “There is a major creative force in Australia. I have watched on a number of occasions the work of the Australians in creating San Francisco in San Andreas, and while I am yet to see Gods of Egypt, I am so looking forward to the next Lego movie and Astro boy,” she says.
— Manju Latha Kalanidhi