Sydney film festival to hit Toowoomba – Australia News

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SYDNEY Film Festival’s Travelling Film Festival will bring award-winning Australian producer Helen Panckhurst to Toowoomba tomorrow.

Ms Panckhurst, whose glittering resume includes a number of successful Australian feature films, is rolling into town to open the festival with Ali’s Wedding – a tale about one man’s arranged marriage that lasted all of two hours.

The Melbourne International Film Festival Critic’s award-winning movie is a story that Ms Panckhurst believes will really resonate with Toowoomba audiences.

Still from Ali’s Wedding. Contributed

The producer is also expecting the festival to be a hit in the city.

“I think the more we get away from big cities the more I am interested to see how people respond,” she said.

“The test will be when I play it for the people of Toowoomba.”

BLACKBIRD, Directed by Benedict Andrews
BLACKBIRD, Directed by Benedict Andrews NICOLA DOVE

TFF Toowoomba will also screen acclaimed international films including Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated political documentary I Am Not Your Negro, the winner of the Venice Fedeora Award for Best Director – Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood, Jan Hrebejk’s dark Czech comedy The Teacher and Kirsten Tan’s Sundance Special Jury-Prize award-winner Pop Aye.

Also screening at Toowoomba will be Una, starring Australia’s Emmy-winning Ben Mendelsohn, and winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival The Other Side of Hope.

The event takes place from today and runs through to Sunday at The Toowoomba Strand Cinema.

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