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Friday, 4 May 2018

STRANGE COLOURS - Winner of the Best Australian Independent Film Award at the Gold Coast Film Festival

Last month I was one of the Jury members voting for the Blackmagic Design Best Australian Independent Film Award at the Gold Coast Film Festival (17 - 29 April 2018).

The prize (which includes $10,000 of Blackmagic camera equipment) was judged by four film critics from the Australian Film Critics Association: Luke Buckmaster, Lauren Carroll Harris, Cerise Howard and myself, and was won by Russian-Australian filmmaker Alena Lodkina’s impressive and poetic debut feature Strange Colours.

Set and shot in the remote opal mining community of Lightning Ridge, Strange Colours has been described as an inverted response to the outback horrors of Wake in Fright. Premiering to acclaim at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, and having its Australian premiere at the Gold Coast Film Festival, it's a film that features soft silky light, dreamy-pale landscapes and benign Ocker characters. These are wizened Aussie blokes, never seen without a VB in their hands, and yet they defy expectations with gentleness and good humour.

Written by Lodkina and Isaac Wall, Strange Colours stars Kate Cheel as a young woman from the big city who visits her estranged and ailing father (Daniel P. Jones, best known for his starring role in Amiel Courtin-Wilson's Hail). Sophisticated, surprising and beautiful, it's an Australian film to watch out for. The official website is here:

- Rochelle Siemienowicz

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