Australian film delegation to visit China

Filmmakers' itinerary includes HK, Guangzhou and Shanghai

SYDNEY -- National film agency Screen Australia and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have teamed up to send a delegation of Australian filmmakers to China to promote the Australian film industry in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and at at the World Expo in Shanghai this week. 

Producers Jan Chapman (“Bright Star”), Antonia Barnard (“Last Ride”), Janelle Landers (“Wasted on the Young”), Bryan Brown (‘Beautiful Kate”), and directors Jeremy Sims (“Beneath Hill 60”), Gregor Jordan (“Ned Kelly,” “Two Hands”) and Ben C Lucas (“Wasted on the Young”), will take part in a presentation to the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, meet with Chinese producers in Guangzhou and have discussions in Shanghai about potential co-production opportunities.  

In addition, four Australian feature films will screen in the Panorama section at the Shanghai International Film Festival. They include recent releases “Last Ride,” “Beneath Hill 60” and upcoming feature “Red Hill.”

A reception for the Australians and Chinese producers and industry representatives, from company’s including Shanghai Film Group, Hengdian World Studios, Shanghai Media Group, SCTVF and China Film Group, will be held on June 12 at the World Expo. 

The mission aims to capitalize on the Australian cultural program that’s been put together as part of the World Expo in Shanghai and a government sponsored program, “Imagine Australia,” the Year of Australian Culture in China. 

Australia and China signed an official co-production treaty in 2008. “The Children of Huang Shi” was made in 2008 as an unofficial co-production.