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Screen Citizens – Film Screening and Talks – The Rocket


Thu 19 Oct 2017, 6:30pm–10:30pm

Where: The Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, New South Wales

Restrictions: 18+


Listed by: artsandculture

The Rocket (2013)

Guest speakers, Writer/Director, Kim Mordaunt and Producer Sylvia Wilczynski
. Making films for international audiences and shooting in overseas locations.

As part of Waverley Council's Screen Citizens program series, we are celebrating Australian film and local Bondi/Waverley film makers. Film discussions will be hosted by film critic, Peter Castaldi.

The Rocket is an Australian drama film set entirely in Northern Laos, and spoken in Lao language. It follows the story of a boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck, he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

As an Australian production, it was the country’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. The Rocket won 3 awards at the Berlin Film Festival including Best Debut Feature & the Crystal Bear; Best Narrative Feature , Best Actor and the Audience Award at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival, the Audience Award at both Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals and Best Director at the Australian Director’s Guild Awards.

The producing/writing/directing team of Sylvia Wilczynsk and Kim Mordaunt have made'The Rocket' (2013), ABC TV documentary 'Bomb Harvest' (2007) which sold to over 40 countries and are in development for 'One Crowded Hour', a drama film based on the life story of legendary Australian war cameraman, Neil Davis. They are currently preparing for their next film, a soon-to-be announced political thriller/adventure, which will shoot early next year in Australia and Southeast Asia.

Kim and Sylvia will join Peter Castaldi on stage to talk about the making of their film and making films in overseas locations for overseas audiences.

Stay around for a drink and a chat in the Bondi Pavilion Theatre bar overlooking famous Bondi Beach after the screening and talks.