Isla Fisher named CinefestOZ Film Festival ‘Screen Legend’ ahead of walking red carpet at Busselton
Hollywood heavyweight Isla Fisher is gearing up to walk the red carpet in the South West at Australia’s top destination film festival, where she has been named this year’s esteemed Screen Legend.
Premier film festival CinefestOZ kicked off its busy schedule on Wednesday night, with 270 flicks and events packed in across the South West over five days.
CinefestOZ today named Fisher as its 2021 Screen Legend, recognising the star for her valuable role in supporting excellence in Australian filmmaking.
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Internationally recognised as a comedic powerhouse, the Perth-raised actor is best known for her critically-acclaimed performance as Vince Vaughn’s off-kilter love interest in The Wedding Crashers, as well as roles in Now You See Me and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Fisher said she was honoured to receive the award and to be able to support the festival in the State where she grew up.
“I feel at home in Perth, and I am delighted to be able to support CinefestOZ and the arts industry,” she said.
The actor was last week announced as one of the jurors for the festival’s prestigious Film Prize, joining jury chair director Nadia Tass, filmmaker Julia Redwood, director Zak Hilditch and producer Judi Levine.
This year’s event will see finalists Here Out West, Nitram, River and The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson battle it out for the country’s richest film award.
Fisher is currently completing her mandated two week quarantine after travelling from NSW and will join her fellow jurors virtually to discuss the Film Prize finalists, ahead of her arrival to Busselton tomorrow.
Saturday’s gala night will see Orana Cinemas Busselton transformed into a taste of Hollywood as filmmakers and festival attendees walk the red carpet before the Film Prize winner is announced and Fisher is presented her Screen Legend award.
It is yet to be confirmed whether Fisher’s husband British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen will be attending the gala.
The A-list couple have been living in Sydney after leaving the US late last year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
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