Πέμπτη, 31 Μαρτίου 2011

The Savage Garden


Feature film and television star Victoria Haralabidou (Ana Kokkinos' Blessed, debut film role for Martin Scorsese in Brides) will now join the stellar cast of In the Raw’s live script reading of The Savage Garden at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay on Monday 4 April.

Georgie Parker has withdrawn with regret from the performance, due to conflicting television recording commitments.

The Savage Garden is the work of the talented John Lonie, a novelist and screenwriter. Best known for the box office success Kokoda and as script editor on Japanese Story and Beneath Clouds, John has adapted this film from his novel Acts of Love.

The project tells the story of an intimate friendship between a young boy and his teacher. Susie Porter (Better Than Sex, East West 101, Sisters of War) plays an outspoken French teacher exiled to remote North Queensland who seduces one of her students (played by NIDA newcomer Benedict Samuel) with knowledge of an outside world he has never known. In turn the community’s values are shattered, turning townsfolk against each other, mother versus father, school against teacher, all battling for the boy’s soul.

Attached as director is the six-time AFI award winner Peter Andrikidis, firmly established in Australian cinema and television industries with credits including Wog Boy II - The Kings of Mykonos, Jessica and Underbelly. He will direct the actors through the live reading, with sound and lighting effects complementing the performance.

Brilliant composer, Guy Gross, has also come on board via APRA to guide the music for the performance. Over his 25 year career, Guy has composed music for a wide range of productions ranging from the BAFTA nominated score of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to SCI-FI series Farscape and Stephan Elliot’s new film A Few Best Men.

Joining Porter on stage are celebrated actors Haralabidou as Morna, Rachael Blake (Lantana, Hawke, False Witness) as Narrator and Tony Martin (Candy, E-Street, Blue Murders) as the concerned father, alongside exciting newcomers Samuel and Ray Chong Nee.

Andrew Arbuthnot's LaLa Pictures is producing the project. Andrew has produced award-winning shorts, plays at Belvoir and Newtown and has worked extensively in television for the BBC, Southern Star, Foxtel and Essential Media.

On completion of the reading, the audience will be invited to enter a dialogue with the filmmakers and we want your feedback. Tickets to In the Raw are free but attendees are encouraged to register in advance, as capacity is strictly limited.

In The Raw is hosted by our Head of Programming, Laura Macdonald.

DFF’s In The Raw is open for submissions of unproduced feature and television pilot scripts.

For more info read the site of Dungog Film Festival:
http://www.dff.org.au/2011/in-the-raw.html