Congratulations to director Andy Bush of Canadian sketch comedy troupe Picnicface – his debut feature, the hilarious roller-boogie spoof ROLLER TOWN, rated so well with the Possible Worlds audience that it won the Possible Worlds Audience Award for Best Film!
Bush wins a AUD$1000 prize as director of the audience’s best loved film of Possible Worlds 2012; coming in a close second was the Closing Night film and winner of the Jury Award for Best Film, WAR WITCH.
ROLLER TOWN screened as part of a disco-themed party at St Stephen’s Hall, Newtown, featuring a roller disco burlesque performance, best costume and best limbo competitions, and a raging disco party that boogied into the early hours. Check out the photos below!
Kim Nguyen’s haunting tale of an African child soldier has won the inaugural Jury Award for Best Film at the Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival.
War Witch was selected by a jury comprised of Eddie Cockrell, a veteran of the Montréal and Toronto film festivals and writer for Variety, The Washington Post and Sydney Morning Herald, award-winning Australian film critic Alice Tynan (702 ABC, The Movie Club and Cine Guide on Showtime), and Sydney-based Canadian TV producer and Industry Program Manager at AFTRS David Fedirchuk.
“Equal parts haunting, bewitching and unforgettable, WAR WITCH is a courageous and important film about determination and survival set against the backdrop of the horrors of war,” said Jury leader Eddie Cockrell, adding that the Jury’s decision was unanimous.
The winning filmmaker, Kim Nguyen, receives a return trip from Canada to Sydney courtesy of Air Canada, to help strengthen their links with the Australian film industry.
The award was announced at the Possible Worlds Closing Night Gala, held in the stunning Elizabeth Room at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel, before the screening of the Closing Night film (which, fortuitously for the audience, was War Witch).
The Possible Worlds accolade joins awards for Best Film and Best Actress at Tribeca Film Festival, and Best Actress (the Silver Bear) for lead Rachel Mwanza at Berlin Film Festival, awarded this year.
To be announced shortly is the Audience Award for Best Film with a cash prize of AUD$1000 for the winning filmmaker.
Check out the photos below of the Closing Night Gala!
We guarantee there’ll be twerking in the aisles at Dendy Newtown when we screen United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop, because (thanks to our friends at the African Film Festival) we’ve got one of Australia’s top MCs performing live: Kween G.
Born in Uganda and raised in Australia, you might recognise Kween G from her presenting work on SBS, or from her community work (Marrickville Council voted her Young Citizen of the Year in 2010), or (most likely) from her stage-dominating, rapid-fire spitting with Belizean Bombshell as KillaQueenz.
Melding the traditional boom-bap of hip hop with the sounds of dancehall, kuduro, reggae and electro, KillaQueenz are the most fun live hip hop act in the country, and Kween G’s bringing a slice of that action to our screening of the revolutionary Didier Awadi documentary United States of Africa on Saturday 18 August.
Tickets are only $16+BF and include a free drink, grab them here – and in the meantime, check out this taste of what Kween G’s bringing to the theatre.
There’s some killer music across the 20 films in this year’s line-up – we’ve been playing this Top Five non-stop – there’s everything from grimy Quebecois indie hip hop to Beyonce, experimental folk and a Serge Gainsbourg cover. Check it!
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UNITED STATES OF AFRICA: BEYOND HIP HOP
Awadi feat. M-1 – The Roots (Presidents D’Afrique)
Elysian Fields - Les Amours Perdues (Serge Gainsbourg cover)