by Matthew Eeles
Kriv Stenders’ new drama Australia Day will have a limited theatrical release before screening on Foxtel and Dendy Direct a week later.
Dendy and Foxtel hope other films will follow this new route to market distribution model. Back in the day we used to call this ‘straight to video’ and it usually meant the film was a dud but as audiences turn their backs on local picture houses, there’s no denying this is the way of the future.
“It’s a real thrill and honour to be a part of this exciting and hopefully precedent setting distribution platform,” Stenders said. “I believe the future of niche Australian film distribution has finally arrived, and truly hope that other local filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters and exhibitors will be able to continue to build and expand upon the innovative template that Foxtel, Icon and Dendy have now created.”
Australia Day stars Bryan Brown alongside Matthew Le Nevez (The Kettering Incident), Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires, The Gods of Wheat Street), Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues), Daniel Webber (The Punisher), Elias Anton (Barracuda), Jenny Wu (Top Of The Lake: China Girl), Miah Madden (The Sapphires), Isabelle Cornish (Puberty Blues), Phoenix Raei (Indefinite) and Ernie Dingo.
Australia Day takes place over a 12-hour period on, you guessed it, Australia Day, interweaving the stories of three Australians from diverse backgrounds – 14-year-old Indigenous girl, April (Madden); 17-year-old Iranian-Australian boy, Sami (Anton) and 19-year-old Chinese teen, Lan (Wu).
Australia Day is in select cinemas from September 21 and then available one week later in Foxtel Store and on Dendy Direct on September 27.