The 7th edition of Possible Worlds, Australia's Canadian Film Festival, opened with the Australian premiere of STARBUCK. This Quebecois comedy by Ken Scott (who has now remade the film in Hollywood as Delivery Man) was well received, earning cheers from the audience, and quite a few belly laughs too.
The festival closed a week later with Kim Nguyen's powerful African drama WAR WITCH. In between, audiences discovered 20 new Canadian films, many screening in Australia for the very first time.
The program included Hockey comedy GOON for which many wore their team's jerseys, Oscar-nominated drama MONSIEUR LAZHAR, award winning Quebec indie NUIT #1, and the acclaimed FRANCINE starring Oscar-winner Melissa Leo.
Special guests included actor Martin Donovan, in town to present the Australian premiere of his directorial debut COLLABORATOR, and Ingrid Veninger, who flew to Sydney with her son (talented actor Jacob Switzer) to present I AM A GOOD PERSON / I AM A BAD PERSON.
Our popular screening of INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE was followed by beer and video games (including the games featured in the film). Roller disco comedy ROLLER TOWN was screened as part of a 70s disco party featuring DJs, burlesque performances and a Limbo competition! Meanwhile, roof-raising queer musical LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR was another chance to party: the night featured a ballroom dance-off and boylesque and drag performances!
Narrative features included the Australian premiere of Guy Edoin's WETLANDS (MARECAGES), Jeremy Power Regimbal chilling IN THEIR SKIN, gay drama BEYOND THE WALLS and Thom Fitzgerald's foul-mouthed senior lesbian road movie CLOUDBURST.
It was a strong year for documentaries. Audiences could choose from Lea Pool's PINK RIBBONS INC, Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks' SURVIVING PROGRESS, Nisha Pahuja's powerful THE WORLD BEFORE HER, Dianne Whelan's 40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP and the Australian premiere of African hip-hop documentary UNITED STATES OF AFRICA, which featured African hip-hop performances in the cinema.
We were also thrilled to present our first 3D film ORA, a dance film shot using thermal imaging technology.
Our Awards Ceremony took place at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Circular Quay. Our 2012 jury was made up of Australian film critic Alice Tynan, American critic and programmer Eddie Cockrell and Canadian producer David Fedirchuk. Their Award for Best Film went to Kim Nguyen's WAR WITCH. The film would go on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and be nominated for an Oscar. The Audience Award for Best Film went to Andrew Bush's ROLLER TOWN.
Our 2012 poster turned a few heads with its absurd premise and cheeky sense of urgency. It was designed by the talented Alexandra De Bonis (and a bit of trivia, the man in the polar bear mask is in fact our marketing & sponsorship manager Nick Jarvis!).