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Moon Rock for Monday, a bittersweet Australian indie feature starring George Pullar (Coyote) and newcomer Ashlyn Louden, and written and directed by Kurt Martin, will be released on April 22 in cinemas nationally by Pinnacle Films.
The film has proven to be a festival favourite. Selected for the 2020 Cinefest Oz, Adelaide Film Festival, Byron Bay Film Festival, Ale Kino Film Festival and others, the film won the FIPRESCI Award at the Schlingel Film Fest in Germany and has just won the Best Feature Film, Best Lead Actor (George Pullar) and Best Writer/Screenplay Awards at the Australian Screen Industry Network Awards.
The cast of Moon Rock for Monday also includes the Australian favourites Aaron Jeffrey, Nicholas Hope, David Field, Jessica Napier and Alan Dukes, with Bonnie Ferguson, Clarence Ryan, Rahel Romhn and Karina Banno.
Producer is Jim Robison, who was an Executive Producer of Kriv Stender’s Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan and Mark Lamprell’s Never Too Late, produced Alex Proyas’ most recent short film Mask of the Evil Apparition, and has worked on films such as Hacksaw Ridge, The Great Gatsby and Mad Max: Fury Road.
Ashlyn Louden shines as Monday, a nine-year old girl home-schooled by her father Bob (Aaron Jeffrey) in Sydney. Due to her terminal illness Monday’s only contact with the outside world is her weekly visit to the hospital. Monday’s imagination is captured by the Moon Rock (Uluru) which she believes will heal her and desires to travel to the middle of Australia to find it. By a twist of fate, she becomes caught up in a police chase involving Tyler (George Pullar) a street kid with a massive heart. Tyler uses Monday to evade the police, but despite the circumstances they soon form a friendship. They decide to go on the run, road tripping to the Northern Territory to find the Moon Rock.
You can read our full review here
You can listen to our Podcast interview with director Kurt Martin here
You can listen to our Podcast interview with George Pullar and Ashlyn Louden-Gamble here
You can read about the making of the film here