Five Australian projects announced to screen at The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.
See-Saw Films’ Lion, directed by Garth Davis and starring Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Dev Patel and Rooney Mara, will be screened as a Special Presentation. Adapted from the bestselling book by Saroo Brierley, Lion is the true story of how from his adopted home of Hobart, Saroo used new technology and the power of memory to find his parents in northern India.
Ivan Sen’s outback noir film Goldstone, which opened the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, will compete in Platform. Platform launched in 2015 and comprises up to twelve artistically ambitious international films. The thriller was written and directed by Ivan Sen, and is the tale of two policeman who have to bury their differences to uncover the secrets of their town. The film stars Aaron Pedersen, AiF member Alex Russell, AiF Breakthrough Award honoree Jacki Weaver, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei Pei and David Wenham.
Boys in the Trees has been selected to compete in Discovery. Directed and written by Nicholas Verso, the film follows teens Corey (Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist Toby Wallace) and Jonah (Gulliver McGrath) on their last night of high school, embarking on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears.
Also competing in Discovery is Joe Cinque’s Consolation, based on Helen Garner’s book of the same name. Set in Canberra in 1997, Joe Cinque’s Consolation is the true story of Anu Singh who murdered her boyfriend Joe Cinque at an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends. The feature film debut from director Sotiris Dounoukos, the film stars HLS runner up Emilie Cocquerel, HLS finalist Jerome Meyer and AiF member Gia Carides.
Earlier this month it was announced Mirrah Foulkes’ short film Trespass will be competing in Short Cuts. The film traces a woman walking her dog in the bush who has a strange encounter. in 2013, AiF honored Foulkes and her cohorts at Bluetongue Films with the Fox Studios Australia Orry-Kelly International Award.
“TIFF have again shown incredible confidence in Australian content, attracting the World Premiere of Lion and the International Premiere of Goldstone,” said Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason. “I’m particularly pleased that emerging Australian Directors Nicholas Verso and Sotiris Dounoukos have had their features selected for Discovery. Make no mistake, TIFF is about more than red carpets - the Festival can kick-start international careers for these Australians.”
Australian Director Bryn Chainey has been selected for TIFF’s Talent Lab and producers Tania Chambers and Alex White have been selected for the Producers Lab Toronto. Screen Australia’s Head of Production Sally Caplan has been invited to speak at TIFF’s Women and the Helm forum alongside representatives from Sweden and Canada.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4-14.