8/5/2008: DUNGOG 2 LAUNCHES PROGRAM
Unfinished Sky, directed by Peter Duncan and starring William McInnes will open
the second Dungog Film Festival (May 29 – June 1), the only festival devoted
exclusively to Australian productions, which will also screen Cactus produced by
and co-starring Bryan Brown, and Bitter and Twisted written and directed by
Christopher Weekes, which will close the festival.
The full program of some 80 films will be announced shortly, said Festival
founder Allanah Zitserman. "Major cultural events shouldn't be the exclusive
domain of the cities and this Festival addresses the current imbalance facing
regional and rural areas in Australia," she said. (Dungog is in the Upper Hunter
region of NSW, 2 hours north of Sydney.)
"We've been overwhelmed by the amount of filmmakers choosing our Festival to
screen their movies and the local Dungog community are behind us 100 per cent,"
added Allanah. Festival organisers also announced the new presenting sponsor,
NSW Mining. "A thriving arts scene is a great barometer of a healthy community,"
said NSW Minerals Council CEO Dr Nikki Williams. "The mining industry - the
oldest and largest industry in the Hunter - wholeheartedly endorses the
Festival's aim to build an event that is a supportive showcase for Australian
film makers and their creative product."
(L)Leanna Walsman, Matt Newton, Dungog founder Allanah Zitserman; Peter Duncan & Stavros Kazantzidis; (R)Peter Duncan & Al Clark
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