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FILMMAKERS STUDIO - EXCLUSIVE CLIPS 7/9/2006

Writer/producer/director Robert Connolly will be Andrew L. Urban’s guest at this month’s Filmmakers Studio at Sydney’s Metro Screen (7pm, Sept. 21, $20), where he will show the first clips to be seen in public from his latest production – and actor Richard Roxburgh’s directing debut – Romulus, My Father, starring Eric Bana, Franka Potente and Marton Csokas. (Bookings: 02 9361 5318 or metro@metroscreen.org.au)

Based on Raimond Gaita's critically acclaimed memoir, the film tells the story of Romulus (Eric Bana), his beautiful wife Christina (Franka Potente) and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond (Kodi Smit-Mcphee). It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.

Best known as the director and writer of the feature films Three Dollars (2005) and The Bank (2001), and the producer of the award-winning film, The Boys (1998), Connolly also produced Samantha Lang’s The Monkey’s Mask (2000) starring Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis – and Marton Csokas.

All three films have a strong political agenda and have recently been released in Australia as a DVD box set together with the documentary The Political Arena exploring the social and political threads between the films. Clips from the documentary will also be screened at The Filmmakers Studio.

The Filmmaker’s Studio, launched April 20, 2006, is presented monthly by Metro Screen in association with Andrew L. Urban, providing an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and others to hear from established filmmakers and see examples of their work in an intimate studio environment. Metro Screen celebrates its 25th anniversary this month (September, 2006).

Previous guests include Cate Shortland, Bruce Beresford, John Seale and Phillip Noyce.

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