North West Film Festival

September 9, 2011

The North West Film Festival is preparing for another outstanding year and is pleased to announce a spectacular line up of special guests.  The Festival will be held at The Roxy on Friday and Saturday September  9 and 10.

As a coup for the Festival, writer/director David Michôd will travel to Bingara as a guest judge and will also present his highly acclaimed feature film ‘Animal Kingdom’.

Animal Kingdom catapulted David Michôd into the international spotlight when lead actress Jacki Weaver was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film that was released last year.  Based around a Melbourne crime family, the stellar cast includes Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendelsohn.

Animal Kingdom premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it took out the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema section. Since its release in Australia, the US, UK and Europe, has garnered over 15 major film awards.

2010 also saw the premiere of Michôd’s co-writing feature project ‘Hesher’ (starring Natalie Portman), with director and I Love Sarah Jane collaborator Spencer Susser. He was also named as one of Variety’s “10 Directors To Watch” for 2010.

 Michôd will present the screening of Animal Kingdom at 8:30pm on Friday night and will conduct a Question and Answer session at the film’s conclusion. Patrons are advised that the film is rated R for violence, drug use and pervasive language.

The North West Film Festival is also delighted to welcome Mirrah Foulkes, Kate Auld, Andrea Lang and Suzie Wicks as Festival judges and special guests.
Having starred in the feature films Dying Breed and Long Road to Heaven, Mirrah received international acclaim for appearing in the award-winning short films Spider by Nash Edgerton and Crossbow and Netherland Dwarf by David Michôd.

She also appeared in Michôd’s multi-award-winning debut feature, Animal Kingdom, and in Julia Leigh’s feature film Sleeping Beauty, which played in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

On television, Mirrah played Jo Mathieson on the long-running medical drama, All Saints, and has also appeared on series such as The Chaser’s War on Everything and Blue Heelers and will soon be seen in the upcoming Wild Boys for the Seven Network.

 Freelance visual effects artist Kate Auld has 10 years’ experience as a Compositor in the visual effects industry.  Her creative talent is credited on blockbuster films such as James Bond Quantum of Solace, Iron Man 2, Tomorrow When the War Began, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and the recently released Captain America: The First Avenger. 

While high flying superheroes dominate Kate’s current world, she still proudly considers herself a “Gum Flat kid” having grown up in Inverell. Documentary film maker Andrea Lang  productions include; Scarlet Road, Persons of Interest, Three Boys Dreaming and End of the Rainbow.

Suzie Wicks is an award-winning scriptwriter with experience across a variety of written and visual formats, including theatre, radio, short film, animation and television. Suzie won an Awgie for an episode of last year’s ABC children’s animation series Zigby.    

Members of the public are invited to attend the Festival awards and the screening of Animal Kingdom on Friday evening.  Workshops featuring a number of short films of Festival judges will be held on Saturday are also open for the public to attend.