Film Prize finalists announced

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Aussie actor Hugo Weaving stars in not one, but two films announced as finalists.
Camera IconAussie actor Hugo Weaving stars in not one, but two films announced as finalists. Credit: FilmMagic

The five finalists for the CinefestOZ Film Festival’s $100,000 Film Prize Have been announced.

CinefestOZ Festival chairwoman Helen Shervington said the festival had continued to grow in terms of both entries and quality.

“We are very much looking forward to showcasing these five films at the festival and seeing how they are received by our audiences,” she said.

Legendary Australian writer, director and actor Rachel Ward was announced earlier this week as the chairwoman of this year’s prize jury.

GO!, directed by Owen Trevor, follows the story of a boy and his mother who have moved to a small country town and soon find themselves in the midst of competitive go-kart racing.

Reckless on-track but with natural talent, the boy must learn restraint and with the help of some new friends, climbs the ladder to vie for the National Go Kart Championship.

Set in Albany and directed by John Sheedy, H is for Happiness celebrates all things quirky through the eyes of an outsider in a quintessential Aussie town.

Hearts and Bones is director Ben Lawrence’s debut feature film and stars Aussie favourite Hugo Weaving.

Weaving stars as a war photographer preparing for his latest exhibition when South Sudanese refugee Sebastian appears at his door requesting the photos of the massacre in his village not be displayed.

Judy and Punch is a dynamic live-action reinterpretation of the famous 17th century puppet show of the same name, written and directed in this instance by Mirrah Foulkes, treading a line between fairytale, fantasy and gritty realism.

Measure for Measure is a contemporary re-telling of Shakespeare's play of the same name, directed by Paul Ireland and also starring Hugo Weaving.

This year’s CinefestOZ Film Festival will run from August 28 to September 1.

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