Festival secures Nash Edgerton and ‘The Square’

September 7, 2008

There is no doubt that Nash Edgerton is the hottest thing in the Australian film industry right now. His debut feature film ‘The Square’ was released nationally three weeks ago to rave reviews and now Nash and ‘The Square’ are heading to Bingara.

 Nash and Joel Edgerton. Nash will be in Bingara next week for the North West Film Festival.

The North West Film Festival is delighted to welcome Nash Edgerton and producer Louise Smith to The Roxy, Bingara on Friday and Saturday September 12 and 13 as special guests of the event. Their attendance is an enormous coup which not only affirms the Festival’s growing success but is testimony that the Festival’s significance is being recognised by industry professionals.

Nash Edgerton is a filmmaker who knows his craft from both sides of the camera from his work as an actor, stunt performer, editor, producer, writer, and director. Nash’s filmmaking career began at the age of 18 as a stunt performer. Since that time he has earned over 100 film and television credits on productions including The Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars II and III, Moulin Rouge, Thin Red Line and Superman Returns.

For a 35 year old, Nash has clocked up an extraordinary body of work. In 1997 his film ‘Deadline’ won the first prize at the Tropfest festival. ‘Deadline’ went on to tour the international festival circuit including Sundance 2000. His other shorts include The Pitch, Fuel, Bloodlock and Loaded. His most recent short Spider has so far played at over 35 film festivals around the world and won 14 awards.

Nash has directed a number of award-winning short films and music videos for some of Australia’s most popular musicians including Missy Higgins, Ben Lee, Eskimo Joe and The Sleep Jackson.

Nash’s debut feature film ‘The Square’ which he directed and edited, has received great critical acclaim. Written by his brother, actor Joel Edgerton together with Matthew Dabner, ‘The Square’ has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as "a gripping, brutal, sometimes blackly comic thriller that is one of the finest flicks of the past 12 months" and as "A real cut above. It’s surprising, funny and has twists you won’t have seen before."

MovieHole notes "The Square succeeds on all fronts. It’s elegantly written, thoughtfully directed and convincingly performed." Filmink Magazine writes "The Square takes the seeds of classic noir, plants them in a distinctly Australian setting, and then lets grow into something truly beautiful… The Square instantly rates as a top class thriller. " Empire Magazine states unequivocally "You should see The Square!"

The Festival is also pleased to welcome producer Louise Smith. Louise has been working in the production of television commercials and feature films for over ten years and established Film Depot Pty Ltd in 2003. She has gained an international reputation for her collaborations with stellar directing talents including Nash and Joel Edgerton, renowned actor Rachel Griffiths and internationally recognised commercials director Derin Seale.

Her feature film debut was The Rage in Placid Lake, which she co-produced with Marian Macgowan. She has produced many international TV commercial productions shooting in Australia and has a strong connection to the Japanese market. Awards for her various drama productions include: Best of the Festival Palm Springs, Best Short Drama Toronto, Best Short Melbourne, Audience Award Aspen and an Australian Film Critic Award.

The North West Film Festival will take place at The Roxy, Bingara on Friday September 12 and Saturday September 13.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the two highlights of the Festival which include the Festival Awards on Friday 12 at 6pm, where Nash Edgerton and Louise Smith will present the winning film of the Festival. On Saturday throughout the day they will present workshops and short film screenings open to the general public. They will also introduce "The Square" on Saturday evening and take questions at the film’s conclusion.

The North West Film Festival is a celebration of what can be achieved by people who believe in their rural community and its future. Don’t miss this exciting event. All enquires to Sandy McNaughton: roxy@gwydir.nsw.gov.au or mob: 0427 241 582.

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