Cine­fest a big slice of par­adise

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Tanya MacNaughton

PERTH film­maker Antony Webb has at­tended ev­ery Cine­fest Oz since it started and this year is no ex­cep­tion.

The eighth an­nual fes­ti­val hon­ours the best in Aus­tralian and French films in 68 events from Au­gust 26 to 30 in Bus­sel­ton, Bunbury, Mar­garet River and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Webb is one of a large con­tin­gent of lo­cal film­mak­ers mak­ing the road­trip, in­clud­ing Emily Rose Bren­nan (This is Par­adise writer and ac­tor), Eva Di Bla­sio (Sucker as­so­ciate pro­ducer) and Liam Graham (Love in a Dis­abled Toi­let ac­tor).

Webb, a Curtin Univer­sity grad­u­ate and 2014 WA Screen Awards Best Di­rec­tor win­ner for The Fan, will travel to the event for screen­ings of his short film This is Par­adise (di­rec­tor) and Mur­doch Univer­sity-funded fea­ture Pinch (cin­e­matog­ra­pher).

He will host the Wed­nes­day night screen­ings in Mar­garet River and take part in a Q&A with other film­mak­ers.

“It’s a nice, car­ing and nur­tur­ing fes­ti­val to be a part of,” Webb said.

“On a lo­cal scene it gets your face out there and it’s also great for net­work­ing.

“It’s harder when you go to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals be­cause you can net­work, which is great for your long-term ca­reer, but you’re not meet­ing peo­ple on your home turf, so you can’t just get a pro­ject up with them in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.”

Hugo Weav­ing will at­tend as this year’s Screen Leg­end and Webb said he was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the fea­ture fi­nal­ists – Back­track, Now Add Honey, Pawno, The Daugh­ter and Putuparri and the Rainmakers – com­pet­ing for the sec­ond an­nual $100,000 film prize awarded to an out­stand­ing Aus­tralian film.

“I think there’s been a leap in qual­ity since last year,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d442295

Film­mak­ers Eva Di Bla­sio, Emily Rose Bren­nan, Antony Webb and Liam Graham.

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