Aussie 'Oranges' gets Pusan bow

Loach film one of six from Oz to screen at fest

SYDNEY -- Australian-U.K. co-production “Oranges and Sunshine” will have its world premiere next month at the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea.

Jim Loach’s film about Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovers the organized deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia comes from See Saw Films, the Australian-U.K. shingle that is currently generating significant buzz at Toronto with “The King's Speech.” 

“Oranges and Sunshine," starring Emily Watson, David Wenham and Hugo Weaving is co-produced with Sixteen Films. Icon Entertainment is handling international sales.

“Oranges and Sunshine” will screen in Pusan's World Cinema section along with Ivan Sen’s “Dreamland” and Ben C. Lucas’ “Wasted on the Young." They are three of six Aussie features in total that will screen at Pusan, agency Screen Australia said Monday.

Thrillers “Red Hill” and “The Reef” will screen in the Midnight Passion program, while Belinda Chayko’s “Lou,” recently released here, has been selected for the festival’s competitive Flash Forward section that presents first or second films of up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.

Elsewhere short film “The Kiss” will have its international premiere in the Wide Angle section.

“It’s great to see such an exciting line-up of Australian films screening at Pusan, which has established itself as one of Asia’s most dynamic film events,” said Ross Matthews, Screen Australia’s head of production investment. “2011 is the official Australia–Korea Year of Friendship and we look forward to celebrating and strengthening ties with the Korean screen industry at this year’s festival and market.”

Screen Australia and the Australian Embassy will be co-hosting an industry networking event at the festival.