Toronto chooses nine Australia, NZ films

Three to get world premieres at this year's festival

SYDNEY -- Toronto International Film Festival programmers have taken a shine to this year's Antipodean films, announcing a total of nine films from Australia and New Zealand to screen at this year's festival.

Louise Alston’s Aussie “womance, “Jucy,” Michael Bennett’s NZ drama “Matariki” and epic NZ-U.K. co-production, “Tracker,” starring Ray Winstone and Temuera Morrison, will have their world premieres in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

Meanwhile first time Australian directors, Leon Ford, with “Griff The Invisible," Michael Henry with “Blame” and Ben C Lucas with “Wasted On The Young” will be showcased in the Discovery sidebar, featuring provocative films from new and emerging directors.

“Griff the Invisible,” the story of an office worker by day and a superhero by night whose world is turned upside down and stars Ryan Kwanten and Maeve Dermody, will also have its world première at Toronto.

The selections were welcomed in both countries.
 
“The six films selected for Toronto this year reflect the diversity of Australian production with a particular focus on fresh, new voices,” Kathleen Drumm, Screen Australia’s head of marketing, said. “A Toronto screening is a great way to launch a film into the North American market and we congratulate the filmmaking teams on their selection into one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.”

“This year’s selection of Australian films showcases work that is as fresh, young, innovative, diverse and compelling as the country itself – I couldn’t be prouder to present this work in September,” added Jane Schoettle, TIFF International Programmer.

In New Zealand "Matariki" director Michael Bennett, who works on TV series "Outrageous Fortune," said “I am excited and honored our film has been selected for Toronto. Kiwi films are on a roll! It’s an important festival and the best possible kick-off before we bring it home to New Zealand audiences in November."

U.K.-Australian co-production, “The King's Speech,” was previously announced as part of the festival’s Gala Presentations, while the festival’s Real to Reel program has selected two Australian documentaries, Mark Hartley’s “Machete Maidens Unleashed” and Paul Clarke’s “Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon" to screen.
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