Four SAFC Funded Feature Films Selected for Sundance

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In a unique and unprecedented achievement for South Australian screen sector, four SAFC funded feature films have been selected for Sundance Film Festival 2019, which will run from the 24th of January to the 3rd of February 2019 in Utah, United States.

I Am Mother, Top End Wedding, and Animals will have their World Premieres at Sundance, one of the most highly regarded independent film festivals in the world. The Nightingale will enjoy its North American Premiere at the Festival.

Chief Executive of the SAFC Courtney Gibson said, “It’s thrilling that these four standout SAFC-funded films will be showcased at Sundance in 2019. Sundance is the first film festival out of the starting gate each year and the one that always breaks new ground and sets the pace in featuring visionary and radical screen storytelling.”

  • Top End Wedding, directed by Wayne Blair, showcases the previously unseen side of Adelaide’s suburbia as well as landscapes of the remote far north of Australia. Successful Sydney lawyer Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) and her fiancée Ned (Gwilym Lee) have just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.
  • I Am Mother, directed by Grant Sputore, is the story of a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. Their unique bond is threatened when a stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives. I Am Mother was shot at the world class Adelaide Studios.
  • Animals, directed by Sophie Hyde, follows Laura (Holliday Grainger) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat), best friends and drinking buddies whose hedonistic existence is challenged when Laura gets engaged to Jim (Fra Free), who decides to go teetotal. Sophie Hyde of Closer Productions won Best Director in the World Cinema Dramatic category at the 2014 Sundance for 52 Tuesdays.
  • Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale will receive its North American Premiere at Sundance off the back of its award-winning run at Venice Film Festival earlier this year. Set in 1820s Tasmania, The Nightingale follows a young female convict (Aisling Franciosi) as she chases a British officer (Sam Claflin) through the Tasmanian wilderness.

The South Australian Film Corporation is immensely proud to have these films showcased at this prestigious and distinctive Festival and congratulates all crew and cast on this outstanding achievement.



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