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OUTBACK FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH OVER 30 AUSTRALIAN FILMS
Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival returns to Winton, Australia’s Hollywood of the Outback this 25 June to 3 July 2021.
Spread across an unmissable nine-day program, festivalgoers will immerse in the unique outback experience, with screenings under the stars in Winton’s 103-year-old Royal Open Cinema, masterclasses, workshops and live entertainment.
Centred around the 2021 theme ‘Remember’, the program evokes feelings of nostalgia and captures Australia’s affinity for days gone by. With respect to the Koa people, Traditional Custodians of the land, the festival will also recognise the Year of Indigenous Tourism with First Nations peoples’ Dreamtime Stories, the latest feature films featuring Indigenous stories, and film tours with Indigenous tour guides.
With 2020 ticket sales up 36 per cent on the festival’s previous record year, Festival Director Mark Melrose says the festival’s growing reputation in the film festival circuit attracts Australians near and far, while also playing a key role in promoting Outback Australia and the arts industry.
“Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival has gone from strength-to-strength since its inception and found its voice on the Australian film festival circuit as a not-to-be-missed regional instalment,” Mr Melrose said.
“The pandemic has left a cultural void for many Australians, and the festival presents a platform for local artists and creators to display their works – often providing the first run for some films that have struggled with commercial distributors.
“With the breathtaking backdrop of Winton and its surrounds, we’re able to create a truly unique outback experience that supports the local community and keeps festivalgoers coming back year-after-year,” he says.
The past year has seen an explosion of new productions, both from domestic and international players, and put Australia’s homegrown talent, state-of-the-art studio facilities and unique and dramatic locations in the spotlight.
Curator and Creative Director, Greg Dolgopolov says this year’s program plays homage to the growing number of world-class local films and productions.
“From Indigenous masterpiece, My Name is Gulpilil to blockbusters, Penguin Bloom and The Dry, this year’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival showcases Australia’s breadth of talent and Winton’s international reputation as a captivating film destination,” Mr Dolgopolov said.
“Australia’s film industry has hit its stride in the past year, and the festival is an opportunity to encourage and inspire people across the industry from cinematography and production to sound and lighting.”
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You can see a complete list of Australian films screening during the festival below.
My Name is Gulpilil
Early in 2017, Gulpilil was diagnosed with lung cancer. His doctors estimated six months for him but David, being David, was always likely to defy the odds. And he continues to do so with probably his last great work, My Name is Gulpilil.
Two estranged brothers must set aside their differences when a rare and lethal illness threatens their respective flocks of sheep in Western Australia.
The story of Bangarra Dance Theatre through the eyes of their long standing and charismatic artistic director, Stephen Page. It is a tale of pride, heartbreak, adversity and empowerment, with the strength of Indigenous dance at its centre.
An unlikely pair must outwit a zealous police sergeant and his troopers in a race to reach a secret furnace where they can safely reset the bars to remove the mark of the Crown.
Meet the Wallers
Filmed over 17 years, Meet the Wallers follows an Australian family living in Lennox Head NSW; great conversation starter around issues of gender behavior in Marriage; parenting girls; depression and its links to early childhood trauma; ambition; artistic obsession; life in regional Australia; melanoma and the tricky issues faced by families living with cancer; the ironies (often missed by the film’s protagonists) of living in the lucky country.
When a 4-year-old girl makes an allegation against the son of a politician, an attempt by the children’s parents to resolve the situation soon degenerates into a vicious confrontation.
June Again is a heartfelt comedy about June (Hazlehurst) who, after a medical miracle, has just a few days to bring together her estranged children (Karvan and Curry), save the family business, and rekindle an old flame.
Two everyday Australians attempt to live out their childhood dreams of becoming race-car drivers, quickly find the road to glory has many unexpected twists and turns.
Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal
An unbearably adorable, eternally optimistic Quokka named Daisy has an impossible dream – to win the ‘World’s Scariest Games’.
This Little Love of Mine
A brilliant business lawyer, Laura is about to become a partner. She must return to the small tropical island where she grew up, and convince her friend Chip, to replace her billionaire grandfather at the head of the company he created.
When a murder remains unsolved, 3 boys suspect and harass a reclusive indigenous man. One boy decides to break the cycle to make amends, however, the inertia of past actions bring multiple characters to a crossroad and thrilling climax.
In a bid to save the last of his family, Gutjuk, a young Aboriginal man, teams up with ex-soldier Travis to track down Baywara, the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, his uncle.
Two years after aliens land on Earth, survivors from Sydney, Australia, fight in a desperate war as the number of casualties continues to grow.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family. Bored of life in the garden, Peter goes to the big city, where he meets shady characters and ends up creating chaos for the whole family.
A woman living with her family in a tropical paradise. It is idyllic until their four-year-old daughter goes missing. Solving the mystery of her disappearance reveals previously hidden information about the family.
A family takes in an injured Magpie that makes a profound difference in their lives.
A motley group of strangers are forced to seek refuge in a remote outback roadhouse due to severe flooding caused by a fierce torrential downpour. However, one of these people proves to be every bit as dangerous as the fierce storm that’s raging outside.
Dreams of Paper & Ink
Featuring no-dialogue, Dreams of Paper and Ink follows an elderly novelist Wade, who re-visits the crossroads of his first and 2nd love through imagination and a typewriter.
The stunning landscape of Western Australia is the backdrop for an impassioned tale of love and grief in Gregor Jordan’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Tim Winton.
A man with a mysterious past flees the country to escape his own personal hell – only to arrive somewhere much, much worse.
Wild Things documentary follows a new generation of environmental activists that are mobilising against forces more powerful than themselves and saying: enough. Armed only with mobile phones, this growing army of eco warriors will do whatever it takes to save their futures from the ravages of climate change.
The Man from Snowy River
In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig’s father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.
A documentary celebrating the bold women of the Women’s Liberation Movement who reignited Australia’s feminist revolution.
Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound – the unsolved death of a teenage girl.
A fun filled flight to a remote atoll turns into a nightmare for five passengers when their seaplane is destroyed in a freak accident and they are trapped on a raft, 100 miles from shore with man-eating sharks lurking beneath the surface
Girls Can’t Surf
It’s the 1980s and the world of professional surfing is a circus of fluro colours, peroxide hair and radical male egos. Girls Can’t Surf follows the journey of a band of renegade surfers who took on the male-dominated professional surfing world to achieve equality and change the sport forever. Featuring surfing greats Jodie Cooper, Frieda Zamba, Pauline Menczer, Lisa Andersen, Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, Layne Beachley and more, GIRLS CAN’T SURF is a wild ride of clashing personalities, sexism, adventure and heartbreak, with each woman fighting against the odds to make their dreams of competing a reality.
An Australian biopic about the life of pioneering aviator Charles “Smithy” Kingsford-Smith.
Long Story Short
Teddy wakes up the morning after his wedding to discover that every few minutes he’s jumping forward to the next year of his life.
I’m Wanita is the story of a renegade country music singer and her odyssey to live out her childhood dreams to be a country and western star. Twenty-five years ago Wanita arrived in Tamworth, Australia’s country music mecca, with stars in her eyes. Today, the self-crowned “Australia’s Queen Of Honky Tonk”, is still waiting for the recognition she knows she deserves. Rough-talking, hard-drinking and committed to the sound and stars of country music from a by-gone era, Wanita feels shut out by the mainstream country scene. Deciding to record an album in Nashville, Wanita assembles an unlikely team: fellow musicians Gleny Rae and Archer. As she follows in the footsteps of her Honky Tonk idols, the trio discover Wanita’s demons have travelled with them – it might be harder than they thought ensuring Wanita turns up for her date with destiny.
A young environmentalist wakes, trapped, kidnapped in the elevator of a super high-rise building at the mercy of her tormentors