The 5th edition of Possible Worlds opened with the Australian premiere of the steamy psychological thriller CHLOE, directed by acclaimed director Atom Egoyan and starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. The opening bash was a hoot as guests and visitors mingled, enjoying a drink as the sun set on the Harbour.
A week later, the Festival closed with I KILLED MY MOTHER, directed by Cannes-winner Xavier Dolan. By then audiences had been treated to 20 Canadian films, Q&A's and parties.
Special guests included actress and filmmaker Nelofer Pazira, who presented the Australian premiere of her new film, ACT OF DISHONOUR. Joining her was senior producer Gerry Flahive, from Canada's National Film Board. Gerry presented a masterclass on transmedia story-telling - giving us the first ever glimpse of his interactive documentary HIGHRISE / OUT MY WINDOW, which would go on to be nominated for an Emmy. He also took part in a Q&A following the Australian premiere of the Hubert David documentary INVISIBLE CITY. We also welcomed the cast and crew of ARCTIC BLAST, an Australian-Canadian co-production which had its world premiere at the Festival.
Another film to have its world premiere at the Festival was Ron Mann's IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD. A documentary on the unique book tour by Canadian novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood. Fans were thrilled to be able to ask Margaret questions during a live video Q&A with the acclaimed writer, all the way from Toronto.
Other documentaries at the Festival included GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD, revealing the man behind the icon. FINDING FARLEY gave us incredible images of Canadian landscapes, following a family's attempt to trek, sail and canoe across the country. LAST TRAIN HOME took us on a complex journey through China in the hands of Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan.
Meanwhile MIGHTY UKE opened our eyes and ears to the wonders of the ukulele. Many will remember the ensueing party, including an enthusiastic and effusive audience strum-along. The film took out the coveted Audience Award for Best Film too!
The 2010 program features a strong francophone contingent. Whether it was genre hit THE WILD HUNT or coming-of-age comedy 1981, Quebec once again proved its filmmaking chops. Many were floored by the powerful drama POLYTECHNIQUE, from Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, a year before his well-received INCENDIES.
In 2010 we also featured a couple of very gifted Montreal filmmakers working in English. Matthew Bissonnette's LA-set road movie PASSENGER SIDE and Jacob Tierney's revolutionary teen movie THE TROTSKY were huge audience favourites. The latter was followed by a memorable FIGHT THE POWER! party were many came dressed as their favourite revolutionaries!
Coming of age drama GROWN UP MOVIE STAR, satirical cult film LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL and vampire spoof SUCK rounded out the diverse line-up, capping another great year celebrating - and discovering - Canadian cinema.
Our education program benefited from the participation of the Centre for Canadian-Australian Studies at the University of Wollongong, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney. Audiences responded warmly to the strong line-up, with over 2,500 film lovers visiting the Festival.