Exclusive! Reflections in the Dust crashes the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Robin Royce Queere in Reflections in the Dust.

‘I should definitely run Screen Australia. I would’ve been happy with Head of Production, but following these developments, I am now convinced that I should have the CEO’s job.”

Anticipation is reaching fever pitch for Reflections in the Dust.

The controversial film has just been announced to screen at the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. This makes Reflections in the Dust and Sweet Country the only Australian films to screen in two FIAPF-accredited A-List film festivals in 2018.

After an extraordinary outburst against the Australian film industry, where he literally said, “make me head of production at Screen Australia”, 23-year-old director Luke Sullivan will see his film fittingly included in the Rebels with a Cause special competition, which ‘showcases films that push the boundaries of sound and image, reaching new limits in the art of storytelling’.

The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (POFF) is the biggest annual cultural event in Estonia and is expected to be attended by over 80,000 people this year.

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The Backlot Films are promising that an Australian theatrical release is imminent and issued the following statement:

“In the unforgettable opening moments of this truly one-of-a-kind film, a blind girl mutters ‘I don’t believe in love because I’ve never seen it’ to a faceless interviewer. Her recollections transport the audience to the edge of a desolate swamp, where she struggles to survive with her father – a paranoid schizophrenic clown. As she dreams of what may exist beyond this wasteland, her father is increasingly consumed by fear, loathing and paranoia; the film hurtling towards one of the most shocking climaxes in the history of Australian cinema.

Reflections in the Dust is an emotionally brutal, nerve-shredding hybrid of documentary and fiction that explores toxic masculinity and domestic abuse in the most graphic sense. We are honoured to bring this landmark film to Australian cinemas and will be announcing a theatrical release shortly.”

The film world premiered to acclaim at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in June and recently had its Australian premiere at the 5th Sydney SciFi Film Festival, where Robin Royce Queere took out Best Actor for his ‘frightening and fierce’ performance.

Following the news, Sullivan told Cinema Australia, “I should definitely run Screen Australia. I would’ve been happy with Head of Production, but following these developments, I am now convinced that I should have the CEO’s job. It’s honestly a privilege to be touring the most prestigious film festivals in Europe without their help and showing the industry over there good Australian cinema.”

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