2010 Australian Film Festival
The Australian Film Festival is on in New Delhi. It runs over two days and has the best of Australian cinema on offer. Many of the movies aren’t a part of mainstream cinema, so you might not have heard of them. However, if Australian TV serials are anything to go by, you won’t be disappointed.
Where: Auditorium, Main Building, India International Centre ( IIC ), 40 Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi (map)
How Much: by Passes, Available at Gate No. 1, Australian High Commission, 1/50 G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Call Ph: 011-41399900
Schedule of the Australian Film Festival
11:30 a.m.: The Dish
Duration: 97 minutes
The Dish is a 2000 Australian film that tells the story of how the Parkes Observatory was used to relay the live television of man’s first steps on the moon, during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. It was the top grossing film in Australia in 2000.
4:00 p.m.: Lantana
Duration: 120 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Lantana is set in suburban Sydney and focuses on the complex relationships between the characters in the film. The central event of the film is the disappearance and death of a woman whose body is shown at the start of the film, but whose identity is not revealed until later. The film won seven AFI Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (LaPaglia), Best Actress (Armstrong) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
6:00 p.m. : Kiss or Kill
Duration: 93 minutes
Kiss or Kill is a 1997 Australian thriller about two lovers and fugitives from the law who are pursued across the Australian Outback. The film was written and directed by Bill Bennett, and stars Frances O’Connor and Matt Day.
8:00 p.m. : Ten Canoes
Duration : 90 minutes
Ten Canoes is a 2006 film notable as the first full-length feature made entirely in an Indigenous Australian language. It was directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr and starred Crusoe Kurddal.Ten Canoes won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
4:00 p.m.: The Bank
Duration: 100 minutes
The Bank is an 2001 Australian thriller/drama film starring David Wenham and Anthony LaPaglia. Jim Doyle (David Wenham) is a maverick mathematician who has devised a formula to predict the fluctuations of the stock market. When he joins O’Reilly’s fold, he must first prove his loyalty to the “greed is good” ethos.
6:00 p.m.: Radiance
Duration: 81 minutes
Radiance is a 1998 Australian independent film. It is the first feature film by Aboriginal director Rachel Perkins about three indigenous sisters who reunite for their mother’s funeral. The film is based on the play written by Louis Nowra.
8:00 p.m.: Japanese Story
Duration: 107 minutes
Genre: Relationship drama
Japanese Story is a 2003 Australian film directed by Sue Brooks. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
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