Western Australia Minister for Culture and Arts John Day
WA Feature Films Selected For Toronto International Film Festival
Victor P Taffa
Two Western Australian feature films Blame and Wasted on the Young have been selected to screen at this year’s prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said both films were selected for the Discovery program, which showcased innovative new filmmakers.
“The selection of Blame and Wasted on the Young is a wonderful achievement of their filmmakers and projects them onto the world stage.” Mr. Day said.
“Toronto is one of the most important film festivals and markets in North America. It provides a terrific platform from which to promote the films to buyers from the United States and Canada.
“I congratulate both filmmaker teams and wish them all the best for the festival, which takes place from September 9-16, 2010.”
Both films received $750,000 in funding through ScreenWest’s West Coast Visions initiative, designed to develop promising local filmmakers.
“We know that we’re on the right track when high quality productions like Blame and Wasted on the Young are the end result.” the Minister said.
Mr. Day will introduce Blame this Saturday night at the CinéfestOZ Festival in Busselton. This premiere of the film is presented by the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund.
Blame has also been selected to screen at the Chicago International Film Festival in October. It will be released the same month in Perth cinemas.
Wasted on the Young is scheduled for release in early 2011.
Blame is the first feature film for WA producers Ryan Hodgson and Melissa Kelly (Factor 30 Films) and Victorian co-producer Michael Robinson (3monkeysfilms) and writer-director Michael Henry. Blame was filmed entirely in the Perth Hills with an ensemble cast of Australia’s rising talent, including Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, Blessed); Simon Stone (Balibo, Kokoda, Jindabyne); Kestie Morassi (Wolf Creek, Underbelly); Mark Winter (Balibo, Van Diemen’s Land); Ashley Zukerman (Rush); and 2009 AFI-winner Damian de Montenas (Underbelly, Secret Life of Us).
Synopsis: Seeking justice and revenge, five friends violently attack a man in his remote country house. Their plan: the perfect murder. Confident that their victim’s death by his own hand will not be questioned, they overdose him on sleeping pills, but it all goes horribly wrong when their attempt fails and their victim fights for his life. In the aftermath, questions are raised about the true nature of the events leading up to the botched attack. As lies and secrets are revealed, the dynamic of the once-tight group shifts as the friends begin to question each other’s motives. As they move closer to the truth, the weight of their quest for justice drives them to a place of no return.
Wasted on the Young is the first feature film for West Australian producers Aidan O’Bryan and Janelle Landers (WBMC) and writer/director Ben C. Lucas. It was filmed entirely in Perth and stars Oliver Ackland (The Proposition), recipient of the inaugural Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship last year; Adelaide Clemens (X-Men Origins: Wolverine); TJ Power (Eat, Pray, Love); newcomer Alex Russell; and Georgina Haig (Road Train, Underbelly).
Synopsis: Wasted on the Young is set in the socially conscious and disaffected society of an elite high school. The film tells the story of an incident at a high school party that sets off a dramatic chain of events and has two brothers finding their lives at the mercy of popular opinion.