We have a winner! Malcolm Ingram's documentary CONTINENTAL is the winner of the 2013 World Movies Audience Award for Best Film, as voted by you, the audience. The film had its Sydney premiere with special guest Steve Ostrow in attendance at a sold out screening which culminated in a heart-warming standing ovation.
The runner-up was the Sarah Polley's gorgeous documentary about family and storytelling, STORIES WE TELL, with Noah Baumbach's FRANCES HA not far behind.
The jury have revealed their choices as well. Best Canadian Film goes to Sarah Polley's STORIES WE TELL which was screened at the opening night of the festival and will be released across Australia on September 26.
he award for Best American Film goes to Eliza Hittman's IT FELT LIKE LOVE, a drama about dangerous delusions and desires of adolescence, which had its Sydney premiere at the Festival.
The Possible Worlds team would like to thank our fantastic 2013 Jury members - Sandy George, Sarah Lancaster, Alyssa Orvis, Dr Jane Park, Sarah Ward and Lyn Norfor for their expertise and hard work.
Our lovely American intern Allison Fazio shares her thoughts on the Opening Night film, Sarah Polley's Canadian documentary Stories We Tell...
How well do you think you know your family? Your mom? Your dad? Well, if you’ve got a story anything like Canadian director Sarah Polley’s, you might just find that, when it comes to the people closest to you, you don’t know nearly as much as you thought you did. In fact, you might find that no one does. Or, perhaps, in that same logic --that everyone does. Ah yes, it seems everyone has a ‘right’ side of the story in this year’s Possible Worlds opening night film, Polley’s latest groundbreaking documentary, “Stories We Tell.”
A gripping, cinematic exploration of family, truth, and the ways in which we present our truths, “Stories We Tell” has Polley standing both behind and in front of the camera lens, as she attempts to unravel the mysteries that her loving and free-spirited mother, Diane, left behind. And as the only red-haired, freckle-skinned child in a family of brunettes, Polley certainly has some mysteries to solve.
Through interviews with family members, lovers, and those who knew Diane best (and yes, the film does suggest the three categories are more separate than we often think), the talented, young director reconstructs a wavering, yet powerful image of her mother, and, on a bigger spectrum, a touching and profound analysis of what makes up a family. Though, what that is exactly is about as messy and impossible to define as Diane's life is to unravel.
It's a captivating story so loaded with twists that you might wonder whether the Polley family waltzed off the script of a Hollywood drama - but that's precisely what makes the documentary so damn special. With just one story, the film captures the essence of the human spirit. With one hundred voices, "Stories We Tell" reminds us all of why we have film: to capture, in ways that words and sounds alone cannot, the mystery, the candidness, the irony and beauty and pain of what it is to be human. It's contradictory, it's original, it's raw, and it's real. But most of all, it's good.
An excellent beginning to a celebration of film, "Stories We Tell" will leave you both shocked and warmed at the power of stories, and, of course, at the possible thought that those who share your last name don't always share their secrets --and that often, there's a beauty in that.
The Sydney premiere of CONTINENTAL at the Possible Worlds Film Festival will be followed by a Q&A with very special guest Steve Ostrow. Get to know the man... or should we say the legend...
Born in Brooklyn New York in 1932, Steve Ostrow has been many things in his life - Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Lover, Executive, Entrepreneur, Actor, Singer, Consultant, Teacher and Writer, among others.
Steve was the founder of the Continental Baths in NYC where he launched the careers of Bette Midler, Peter Allen, Barry Manilow, Patti La Belle, Melba Moore, Manhattan Transfer and countless other performers.
Steve was instrumental in having laws against homosexuality in the United States rescinded in 1972 and it being removed from the American Psychological Association's list of pathological disorders in 1974.
Steve then relocated to California where he sang with the San Francisco Opera Co for 7 years with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kenawa, and Joan Sutherland, as well as running the largest escort service in the United States.
Steve then went on with his operatic career, singing with the Stuttgart Opera, while at the same time together with Bob Hope, putting on shows for the NATO troops in West Germany.
Steve subsequently moved to Australia. He is now a highly sought after vocal coach as well as an education officer for the Aids Council of NSW for which he founded and runs MAG, The Mature Age Gay Men's Group. He recently won the 2013 Seniors Week Achievement Award.