by MATTHEW EELES
Back in March, Andrew Peirce of The Curb proclaimed that WA was the home of Australian cinema thanks to film festivals like CinefestOZ, Revelation Perth International Film Festival and WA Made Film Festival.
While his comments attracted some ire from Eastern States film identities, Peirce’s statement is nothing short of accurate.
In WA the cinemas are open, Rev recently screened a bunch of Australian film premieres via Couched, and WA Made Film Festival pulled off an admirable inaugural event with Perth, WA and world premieres of locally made films.
To add even more weight to Andrew’s statement, CinefestOZ just revealed another Australian premiere following last week’s announcement that Rams will have its first screening at the festival in August.
Here’s the press release:
Audiences in the South West will be among the first in Australia to see the highly anticipated film Dirt Music, which will screen at CinefestOZ next month.
The West Australian drama, based on the critically acclaimed novel by iconic Australian writer Tim Winton, will screen at the closing night of the festival at Orana Cinemas in Busselton on Saturday, 29 August.
Dirt Music, directed by Gregor Jordan (Two Hands, Buffalo Soldiers) is a gritty, sexy drama about people whose hopes and dreams are lost, and the redemptive power of love. It is set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Australian West and stars Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund and acclaimed Australian actor David Wenham, a Patron of CinefestOZ.
Chair of CinefestOZ Helen Shervington said Dirt Music was the perfect heavyweight film to round out the festival and anticipates it being a massive hit with the local audience.
“This breathtaking Australian drama, filmed in our incredible State, is bound to sweep audiences away and we couldn’t be prouder to play host to such a special screening,” she said.
The full CinefestOZ program will be announced on 31 July and will incorporate at least 40 live events and screenings, including a range of feature films, along with a selection of online screenings.
Early Bird tickets are now on sale for 10 events, including the Opening Night screening of RAMS, and the CinefestOZ Short Film Showcase, which will shine a spotlight on the depth of talent within Australia’s film family.
CinefestOZ will be the first Australian film festival to host screenings for live cinema audiences since the easing of restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic.