Ride Like a Girl, The Australian Dream and Palm Beach to screen at the CottFilmFest

Ride Like a Girl, The Australian Dream, Sam Neill.

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The program has been revealed for next year’s CottFilmFest and includes Australian films Ride Like a Girl, The Australian Dream and Palm Beach.

CottFilmFest will run over three consecutive weekends, opening Friday 31 January with the award-winning, Australian drama, Ride Like a Girl.

Festival founder and director Miranda Edmonds said she was delighted with the diversity of next year’s film line-up.

“I am really proud of the fabulous program we have planned for 2020. We have three Aussie films, four films directed by women, two inspiring documentaries, several family friendly nights and the latest Tarantino cult hit for our main party night,” said Miranda.

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“We open with an Australian film about the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. Directed by acclaimed Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Griffiths, RIDE LIKE A GIRL is the incredible true story of Michelle Payne. It stars not only Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill but also two Perth actresses – Sophia Forrest as Michelle’s sister and Summer North as the young Michelle. This is a great family film that will make you laugh and cry,” she said.

Ride Like a Girl is nominated for three awards at the upcoming 2019 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, including Best Film, Best Lead Actress and Best Original Music Score.

“In addition to pony rides for the kids, we’re excited to announce that Triple J Unearthed artist Josh Lee Hamilton will be flying in to perform on Opening Night.”

According to Miranda, Josh Lee Hamilton is an indie folk, singer-songwriter from the small and vibrant surf town of Byron Bay. His uniquely smooth and captivating sound has been likened to that of Ryan Adams, accompanied by an alternative coastal folk sound, with influences from artists such as Ben Howard and Lord Huron.

The first weekend concludes with The Australian Dream. Written by Stan Grant, this documentary tells the remarkable story of AFL legend Adam Goodes. It is nominated for Best Documentary in the upcoming 2019 AACTA Awards.

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“Our middle weekend begins will Ophelia which premiered at Sundance. Directed by Aussie Claire McCarthy, OPHELIA is a dynamic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s a visually stunning film thanks to Claire’s vision and Denson Baker’s award winning cinematography,” said Miranda.

“Our final weekend begins on Valentine’s Day with Palm Beach – a comedy/drama, directed by Rachel Ward with an all-star Aussie cast. With witty dialogue, a breathtaking location and great actors at the top of their game, PALM BEACH is an exuberant and life-affirming celebration of friendship,” said Miranda.

From 5pm each night, guests can enjoy live music, food and drinks on Cottesloe Civic Centre’s beautiful main lawn, while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Part proceeds will once again be donated to the Cottesloe Coastcare Association, as well as North Cottesloe Primary School.

Tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit http://www.cottfilmfest.com.

Read our interview with The Australian Dream writer Stan Grant here.

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