Fes­ti­vals fetch Red Dog film

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Pil­bara film Red Dog: True Blue is fast gain­ing in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion, hav­ing been se­lected for two of the top film fes­ti­vals in the world months af­ter its Aus­tralian re­lease.

The film, a pre­quel to 2011’s hit Red Dog movie, which tells the story of a boy’s friend­ship with a Pil­bara kelpie, screened at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in the US on the week­end and last week was an­nounced as one of only eight Aus­tralian films se­lected for this year’s Berlin Film Fes­ti­val, known as the Ber­li­nale.

Not only that, but in Berlin Red Dog will be the opener for the fes­ti­val’s Gen­er­a­tion Kplus spe­cialised chil­dren’s film pro­gram.

Woss Group Film Pro­duc­tions head of de­vel­op­ment Ben Wright said it was an hon­our to be in­vited to both fes­ti­vals, and es­pe­cially to open the highly re­garded Ber­li­nale chil­dren’s pro­gram.

“For a small Aus­tralian film to get that over (ma­jor fam­ily films) Moana and Sing ... that’s a great re­sult for us and re­ally shows how good the film is,” he said. “For us to open Berlin, we’re ab­so­lutely honoured.”

He said the pro­duc­tion com­pany had high hopes for the film in­ter­na­tion­ally and would be work­ing with Tourism WA and Screen Aus­tralia to make the most of its pro­file.

“We’re very hope­ful of the film’s progress in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­place,” he said. “We think it’s a great in­ter­na­tional story.” Screen Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Graeme Ma­son said the eight films se­lected for Berlin were a tes­ta­ment to the strength of Aus­tralian film-mak­ing tal­ent and sto­ry­telling. Red Dog pre­miered in the Pil­bara in De­cem­ber and is now screen­ing in cin­e­mas na­tion­ally.

Red Dog: True Blue has been se­lected for two ma­jor in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals.

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