Screen Australia – Home Grown

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Screen Australia strives to invest in a diverse range of quality Australian films that connect and excite local audiences, and this year’s lineup is no exception. Here is a sneak peek of some of the exciting homegrown titles you can expect to hear about in distributor presentations at AIMC 2019.

Judy & Punch

Madman Entertainment, 21 November 2019

In a visceral and dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 17th century puppet show, writer director Mirrah Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge story. Writer Director: Mirrah Foulkes.  Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman. 


Roadshow Films, 16 January 2020     

When Jack and his single mother move to a small town in Western Australia, he soon gets involved in the competitive world of go-kart racing. Jack’s got natural talent but must learn to control his recklessness. To do that, he’ll need the help of aspiring engineer, Mandy, wise-cracking best mate Colin and mysterious mentor, Patrick. Together, the team will endeavour to overcome all odds and defeat ruthless racer Dean to win the National Go Kart Championship. GO! is a high-octane Australian family film with heart.
Cast: William Lodder, Frances O’Connor, Richard Roxburgh, Anastasia Bampos. 

Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears

Roadshow Films, 27 February 2020 

After freeing a young Bedouin girl, Shirin Abbas, from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Miss Fisher begins to unravel a wartime mystery concerning a priceless jewel, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe. Cast: Essie Davis, Ashleigh Cummings. 

Peter Rabbit 2

Sony Pictures Releasing, 19 March 2020 

Peter Rabbit 2 is the live-action/CG sequel to the 2018 worldwide hit film that will once again bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters to a global audience. In the new film, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have formed a makeshift and loving family – but when Peter’s reputation for mischief spreads beyond the garden and his family is at risk, he must decide what kind of rabbit he wants to be.
Cast: Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, James Corden.  

I Am Woman

Transmission Films, 21 May 2020
Don’t miss the ‘I Am Woman’ Screening at AIMC 2019 – Mon, Oct 21 at 4.30pm – presented by Screen Australia & Transmission Films and introduced by Producer Rosemary Blight

I Am Woman tells the inspiring true story of Helen Ready, who wrote and sang the smash hit “I Am Woman” that became the anthem for a generation of women.
Director: Unjoo Moon. Cast: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Evan Peters, Danielle Macdonald. 

Hearts and Bones

Madman Entertainment, Coming in 2020
Don’t miss the ‘Hearts and Bones’ Screenings at AIMC 2019 – Wed, Oct 23 at 10.30am & 1.00pm

Hearts And Bones stars Hugo Weaving as a war photographer who forms a friendship with a South Sudanese refugee wanting him to photograph his community choir. As revelations arise, both men begin to question their past and in their search, they discover salvation.
Writer Director: Ben Lawrence. Cast: Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney.

High Ground

Madman Entertainment, Coming in 2020 

1930s, North Australia, a remote corner of a wild country, two men are on a mission to prevent a bloody war. Travis is a bounty hunter with one last hope of ‘redemption’. Gutjuk is an Aboriginal boy trying to save the last of his family.
Director: Stephen Johnson (Yolngu Boy).
Cast: Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey, Jack Thompson, Ryan Corr, Aaron Pedersen.

Dirt Music

Universal, Coming in 2020 

Dirt Music is a gritty, sexy drama with a haunting love story at its heart set against the powerful backdrop of Western Australia’s evocative landscape. Based on the acclaimed novel by Tim Winton, Dirt Music is a film about people whose hopes and dreams are lost, and the redemptive power of love.
Director: Gregor Jordan. Cast: Kelly MacDonald, Garrett Hedlund, David Wenham. 


Universal, Coming in 2020 

When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with small time drug dealer Moses, it’s her parents’ worst nightmare. But as Milla’s first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals go out the window.  Babyteeth joyously explores how good it is not to be dead yet and how far we will go for love.
Director: Shannon Murphy.
Cast: Eliza Scanlan, Toby Wallace, Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis.

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