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24/1/2008: YOLK ONE OF NINE FILMS AT BERLIN

After winning the SBS International award at Flickerfest, new Australian short, Yolk, has been selected for the Generation 14plus competition at the Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17); it is one of nine films screening at the festival. The International Forum of New Cinema section has selected two Australian independent features Corroboree and Son of A Lion, the first time since 2002 that the Forum, renowned for an emphasis on young filmmakers and experimental genres of filmmaking, has selected Australian films.

Yolk is a coming of age story that follows Lena, a fifteen year old girl with Downs Syndrome. Fascinated by sex and all the mystery that surrounds fertility, desire and the mechanics of child birth, Lena steals a sex book from a mobile library and enters the forest with a boy she thinks fancies her. Upon being discovered her mother forces Lena to take the book back in an embarrassing family spectacle that only strengthens Lena ís rebellious and irrepressible desire.

Director Stephen Lance began working with writer Cory Taylor, to develop Yolk as a result of family experiences and a desire to address issues of disability and sexuality. Finding Audrey O'Connor through an open casting call proved to be the luckiest break for the film. Sixteen years old from Sydney, Audrey loved working on set and her wonderful performance as Lena is outstanding. It is Audrey's dream to become a star and she follows the success of Yolk with the hope that it enables her to find more roles.

Produced by Sally Madgwick and Damon Escott along with Executive Producer Trish Lake the film received finance from the Australian Film Commission. The film has screened at Sydney Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Palm Springs and Cinema Jove and Flickerfest 2008 .

Corroboree was written by Ben Hackworth and Peter Savieri, directed by Ben Hackworth and produced by Matteo Bruno. The filmís Berlin screening follows on from its successful international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.

Son of A Lion was written by Benjamin Gilmour in collaboration with the people of Kohat and Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan. It was directed by Benjamin Gilmour, produced by Carolyn Johnson, co-produced by Benjamin Gilmour and Jeff McDonald with Hayat Khan Shinwari attached as executive producer. Post-produced with AFC Indivision funding, Son of a Lion will also have a cross-section screening at the Berlinale with one screening in the Generation program. The film recently has its international premiere at Pusan in 2007.

Corroboree and Son of A Lion join The Black Balloon (directed by Elissa Down screening in Generation 14plus), Hey, Hey Itís Esther Blueburger (directed by Cathy Randall screening in Generation Kplus) and September (directed by Peter Carstairs screening in Generation 14plus). Other Australian films selected for Berlin include the documentary film Darling (directed by Julian Shaw screening in Panorama) and the three shorts Meditations on a Name (directed by Bonnie Elliot screening in Generation 14plus), Nana (directed by Warwick Thornton screening in Generation Kplus).

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