22 January 2018
Two Victorian productions have been selected to screen at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) next month, while Victorian writer/director Bec Penniston-Bird will join the Berlinale summit for emerging filmmakers.
Gurrumul will make its international festival debut at Berlinale, screening as part of a special program of First Nations cinema at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Produced by Melbourne’s Shannon Swan with support from Film Victoria, the film chronicles the extraordinary life of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the singer whose voice travelled from East Arnhem Land to stages across the world.
The small screen adaptation of Picnic At Hanging Rock has also been selected for Berlinale, with the first three episodes set to debut in the television strand of the festival. The series, which features performances from Yael Stone (Orange Is The New Black) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), was filmed in Victoria last year. It is due to screen on Showcase in Australia later in the year.
Bec Penniston-Bird has been selected to participate in 2018 Berlinale Talents, the festival's annual summit for emerging filmmakers. Her award winning short films include Goodnight Sweetheart, which screened at Palm Springs Short Film Festival in 2016, and Summer Suit, which screened at Berlinale in 2013.
Bec will join a class of 250 filmmakers from around the world for a program of talks, workshops and labs designed to enhance narrative film and television projects and develop international networks for participants.
The 68th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from 15-25 February 2018.