The London Australian Film Festival 2008

The London Australian Film Festival 2008

Following a record-breaking 14th year at the Barbican, the London Australian Film Festival 2008 goes on tour during June and July across the UK. This special selection of films from the festival will travel across the UK, visting the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge; Glasgow Film Theatre; Showroom, Sheffield, Filmhouse Edinburgh; Broadway Cinema, Nottingham; and Chichester Cinema at New Park.

A showcase for the latest Australian filmmaking, the London Australian Film Festival 2008 on Tour comprises of feature film and documentary highlights from this year’s festival including the Audience Choice Award-winning comedy All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane; Aussie actor Richard Roxburgh’s directorial debut Romulus, My Father; the most commercially successful documentary ever released in Australia, Bra Boys; and Oscar-winning cartoonist Bruce Petty’s inventive part-animated documentary Global Haywire.

The London Australian Film Festival 2008 on Tour is a Barbican Film programme co-ordinated by the ICO.


Romulus, My Father
Set in the dramatic landscape of rural Victoria and based on the traumatic childhood memoirs of philosopher Raimond Gaita, Romulus, My Father is a heart-breaking story of familial love and loss via the post-war immigrant experience. It’s the early 1960s and 9 year-old Raimond (Kodi Smit-McPhee) lives a rustic yet happy life with his Yugoslavian father (Eric Bana as the titular Romulus) while his mother Christina (Franke Potente) is away working in Melbourne, only to return home and turn their lives upside down. For his debut as director, actor Richard Roxburgh (seen in Moulin Rouge and Van Helsing) draws deeply affecting performances from the entire cast – especially talented newcomer Smitt-McPhee as well as Bana, in a marked change from his Hollywood roles. (15*) (Aus 2007 Dir. Richard Roxburgh 104 min) Winner of AFI Award for Best Film 2007

All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane
Two years after graduating, Anthea (Charlotte Gregg) is suffering a crisis of confidence as all of her friends couple-up or go traveling overseas whilst she remains single and in dire need of a career kick start. Witty and charming, Louise Alston’s romantic comedy (based on playwright Stephen Vagg’s highly successful stage play) stars some of Australia’s hottest young acting talent and great music from the Brisbane indie scene. (15*) (Aus 2007 Dir. Louise Alston 76 min)

Cross Life
With a script gleaned from her previous documentary, director Claire McCarthy’s Cross Life is a multi-stranded portrait of life in Sydney’s infamous and culturally diverse inner city red-light district; King’s Cross. What results is a gritty and involving tale of ordinary people pained by the desire for love. (18*) (Aus 2007 Dir. Claire McCarthy 100 min)

On a Melbourne suburban train, a young woman sits with headphones blaring, oblivious to a terrible crime being committed in her carriage. Meanwhile, a young cop who mans a mobile incident centre, is pitched into the chaos of the crime whilst fighting his own battle with chronic tinnitus. Matthew Saville’s stunning drama ratchets up the anticipation as the paths of the young policeman and the woman on the train draw closer together. (18*) (Aus 2007 Dir. Matthew Saville 107 min) Winner of the AFI Award for Best Sound 2007

A broodingly meditative film set in the wheatbelt of outback Australia during the late 60s, when legislation giving equal rights to Aboriginals tears apart racial segregation. Two boys, one black and one white, witness the rapid social change as the status quo is upset and racial tension brew. Striking landscapes, oppressive narrative silences and an exquisite score underpin this inaugural feature from the Tropfest team. (15*) (Aus 2007 Dir. Peter Carstairs 85 min)


Forbidden Lie$
Award winning filmmaker Anna Broinowski investigates claims that the best-selling ‘true’ story of a shocking honour killing in Jordan, ‘Forbidden Love’, and the identity of it’s author Norma Khouri are in fact fabricated. Travelling the world to question Norma’s family, her publishers and even the F.B.I., Broinowski’s search for answers uncovers truths stranger than any fiction in this utterly compelling lit-thriller. (12a) (Aus 2007 Dir. Anna Broinowski 106 min) Winner of the AFI Award for Best Documentary 2007

Bra Boys
The most commercially successfully Australian documentary ever released, Bra Boys offers a rare insider’s glimpse into the notorious surfing tribe of south Sydney’s working-class beachside suburbs. Narrated by Russell Crowe, this compelling film focuses on brothers Sunny, Koby, Jai and Dakota Abberton and their troubled home life, sporting successes and strained relationship with the law. (15*) (Aus 2007 Dirs. Sunny Abberton and Macario de Souza 90 min)

Global Haywire
Oscar-winning cartoonist Bruce Petty proves that animation is the perfect tool to articulate the questions and complications surrounding the dramatic relationship that now exists between the East and the West. Mixing animation with interviews with Tariq Ali, Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Arundhati Roy and more, Global Haywire addresses the complexities of such subjects as terrorism, oil crises and globalization with flair and intelligence. (15*) (Aus 2006 Dir. Bruce Petty 82 min) Winner of AFI Best Direction and Best Sound in Documentary 2007


Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge 7 – 29 June
Glasgow Film Theatre 1 – 29 July
Showroom, Sheffield 1 – 30 July
Filmhouse, Edinburgh 8 – 31 July
Broadway CInem, Nottingham 6 – 27 July
Chichester Cinema at New Park 19 – 21 July

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