The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - MOVIES - The Vi­sion Splen­did Out­back film Fes­ti­val, Win­ton, Fri­day-July 2, vi­sion­splen­did­film­fest.com

For nine days start­ing Fri­day, Win­ton’s Vi­sion Splen­did Out­back Film Fes­ti­val will show­case more than 28 home­grown movies – from clas­sics to new re­leases. Here are five high­lights:

1. RED BIL­L­ABONG (2016)

This is the world pre­miere of Luke Sparke’s ac­tion­ad­ven­ture with comic-hor­ror el­e­ments, Red Billa

bong. Set in the Out­back, it’s about two es­tranged broth­ers (played by Home and Away’s Dan Ewing and Tim Po­cock, star of 2010’s Dance Acad­emy) and their friends, who are pulled into a world of mys­tery and lies af­ter in­her­it­ing their grand­fa­ther’s prop­erty. As friends go miss­ing they fear they are be­ing stalked by some­one, or some­thing. (Sparke and ac­tors Po­cock and Sophie Don will be at the screen­ing.)

2. BROKE (2016)

With an Aus­tralian cast in­clud­ing Steve Le Mar­quand, Max Cullen, Claire van der Boom, Steve Bas­toni and Bren­dan Cow­ell, Broke cen­tres on a for­mer rugby league star (Le Mar­quand) who had it all – then blows it. It’s a funny, deeply mov­ing drama, filmed in Glad­stone, about how a dis­graced ath­lete tries to turn his life around with the sup­port of his No.1 fan. (Direc­tor Heath Davis and Le Mar­quand will be at the screen­ing.)

3. GIRL ASLEEP (2016)

Fam­ily drama Girl Asleep, star­ring Tilda Cob­ham-Her­vey, is a com­ing-of-age drama about Greta Driscoll, who is al­most 15 and does not want to leave her child­hood – un­til her par­ents throw her a sur­prise 15th birth­day party and she is flung into a par­al­lel uni­verse that’s thor­oughly lu­di­crous.


In this fam­ily drama, star­ring Dar­ius Wil­liams, a va­ca­tion be­comes the ad­ven­ture of a life­time when 13year-old Lu­cas finds him­self stranded in a world filled with pre­his­toric crea­tures. While search­ing for other signs of life, he en­coun­ters a beau­ti­ful young girl. To­gether they set out on a quest to get home.

5. SPEAR (2015)

Bris­bane’s Stephen Page, artis­tic direc­tor of Ban­garra Dance The­atre, has cre­ated a dance drama star­ring his son Hunter Page-Lochard and other Ban­garra mem­bers, along with ac­tor Aaron Ped­er­sen. In this ground­break­ing work (a scene from which is pic­tured be­low), Page tells a com­ing-of-age story through move­ment and dance. It fol­lows a young Abo­rig­i­nal man Djali (Page-Lochard) as he jour­neys to un­der­stand what it means to be a man with an­cient tra­di­tions who faces the hard realities of the mod­ern world. Two Abo­rig­i­nal clans from ur­ban and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties must de­cide who will be their leader.

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