Australian premieres announced for Top End Wedding and Animals

Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat in Animals.

Australian premieres have been announced for two of the year’s most anticipated Australian films.

Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding and Sophie Hyde’s Animals are set to have their Australian premieres at a celebratory Adelaide Film Fest Pop Up event in April. Both films will premiere with a red carpet gala screening and after party, with a screening and Q&A the day following their premieres.

Star and co-writer of Top End Wedding, Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires), actor Huw Higginson (Janet King, The Bill) and director Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) are confirmed to walk the red carpet for their Australian Premiere event, with additional guests still to be announced.

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The films are arriving direct from their Sundance Film Festival world premieres where they were received with great critical and audience acclaim. They screened as two of a record six Australian films in Sundance selection, four of which received local funding from both Adelaide Film Fest Fund and the SAFC, with The Nightingale and I Am Mother screened at the October 2018 ADL Film Fest.

The Pop Up event gets underway on the evening of Friday 5 April with the premiere and after party for Animals, an official Australian/Irish co-production between Closer Productions and Vico Films. Set in Dublin, Animals stars Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat as two deliciously wild flatmates, whose decade long friendship is strained when one falls in love and begins to question what is really hindering her aspirations.

Directed by award-winning South Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays), Animals is adapted from the acclaimed novel by Emma Jane Unsworth.

Miranda Tapsell in Top End Wedding.

Saturday 6 April is time for a big screen wedding you will never forget as Adelaide couple Lauren (the film’s co-writer and star Miranda Tapsell) and Ned (Gwilym Lee, currently on screen as Brian May in Bohemian Rhapsody) have just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

On track to be the Australian feel-good film of the year, Top End Wedding is directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and features a stellar ensemble cast including AACTA Award nominee Kerry Fox (Bright Star, Cloudstreet), Ursula Yovich (The Code, Australia), Shari Sebbens (Thor: Ragnarok, The Sapphires), Huw Higginson, Elaine Crombie (Top of The Lake, Black Comedy) and Dalara Williams (Get Krak!n, Black Comedy). Top End Wedding is produced by Rosemary Blight and Kylie du Fresne for Goalpost Pictures and South Australian Kate Croser for KOJO.

You can find out more details about these screenings and events here.

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