British Premiere Of 'Red Dog' To Open London Australian Film Festival

Star Noah Taylor and novelist Louis de Bernieres expected to attend.

LONDON – Actor Noah Taylor and author Louis de Bernieres are expected in the British capital to say g’day to audiences attending the gala opening of this year’s London Australian Film Festival.

The event, in its 17th year, is scheduled to open with the British premiere of Red Dog, directed by Kriv Stenders, an adaptation of de Bernieres novel of the same name set in a 1970s Western Australian ironworks.

This year’s celebration of all things Australian in film spanning comedy, horror, historical drama, modern romance, classic Aussie film and literature will also include a sidebar dedicated to movies from artists.

The sidebar, entitled Short Sharp Shocks, aims to showcase the latest Australian artist movie work and will include a screening of the newly restored classic Wake in Fright.

Closing out the event will be a gala screening for returning filmmaker Louise Alston, whose 2008 entry All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane was an LAFF hit.

Alston is due in town will be Jucy, billed as a quirky comedy set in a Brisbane video store where Jackie and Lucy (collectively ‘Jucy’) plot a way out of their boredom by getting involved in a local production of Jane Eyre, angling to snag the local heartthrob and a new job into the bargain.

The festival runs May 5 through 12 at the Barbican center, central London.