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The Furies

The Furies (Tony D'Aquino, 2019) wr. Tony D'Aquino, dp Garry Richards; Airlie Dodds, Linda Ngo, Taylor Ferguson

A kidnapped woman finds herself an unwilling participant in a deadly game where woman are hunted by masked men; around Lake George (Weereewa), a vast endorheic basin near Canberra that’s rarely featured in Australian productions; released 7Nov2019

An above-average riff on the reliable 'hunting humans for sport' scenario that’s been around at least as far back as 1932’s RKO thriller The Most Dangerous Game, The Furies marks a solid feature debut for Aussie writer-director Tony D’Aquino. A pacy tale about kidnapped women being butchered by mutant monstrosities while sickos pay to watch online, this well-produced Ozploitation effort has the heavy-duty gore to excite horror hounds and packs enough of a girl-power punch to avoid dismissal as just another misogynist slasher movie. Debuting in Asia at BiFan after screenings in Brussels Fantastic Festival and Edinburgh, these 'Furies' are certain to be let loose at many more genre-related events, and also have a shot at theatrical exposure in Australia and beyond. Richard Kuipers, Variety.

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Emu Runner

Emu Runner (Imogen Thomas, 2018) wr. Imogen Thomas; Rhae-Kye Waites, Stella Carter, Mary Waites; TorontoIFF 7Sep18, AdelaideFF 14Oct18; released 7Sept2019; Brewarrina

A spirited 8-year-old girl deals with the grief of her mother's death by forging a bond with a wild emu. This spiritual dreaming is a bond she will do anything to keep, but one that puts her at odds with the new social worker.

Emu Runner is a lyrical story about the impact a mother's death has on an Aboriginal family living in an isolated community, which is perched on an ancient river and surrounded by sprawling plains. The story is seen through the eyes of Gem, a spirited eight-year-old girl, who deals with the grief of her mother's death by forging a bond with a wild emu, a mythical bird of her ancestors. This spiritual dreaming is a bond she will do anything to keep, but one that puts her at odds with the new social worker.

Writer-director Imogen Thomas’s debut feature Emu Runner has and probably will play in designated family-themed strands of film festivals, and given its story of a 9-year-old Aboriginal girl who deals with grief in the wake of her mother’s death by bonding with a lone female representative of Australia’s largest native bird species, this programming strategy is to be expected. Yet adult audiences who bypass this serene and finely-detailed coming-of-age tale do so at their own risk, as Thomas has made a deep, rich meditation on family, community, country and racial tensions that strides well beyond its girl-meets-bird logline. Flightless the Dromaius novaehollandiae may be, but Emu Runner soars. Eddie Cockrell, Variety.


Ride Like a Girl

Ride Like a Girl (Rachel Griffiths, 2019) wr. Andrew Knight, Elise McCredie, dp Martin McGrath; Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton; Michelle Payne biopic

Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015; released 26Sept

The film will top box office grosses for an Australian film in 2019, having made well over $10mill.

We may one day have a film that exposes the rough underside of the Australian horseracing industry but Ride Like a Girl isn’t it. Sandra Hall, The Age.

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