Dinosaur Roar – Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival Announces Preliminary Program for 2016
Much loved actor and festival patron, Mr Roy Billing OAM, was joined by Tourism and Events Queensland CEO, Ms Leanne Coddington to officially launch the 2016 festival. Winton’s Mayor, Cr Butch Lenton joined the stage to share the promise of things to come for this authentic outback town, home to less than 1,000 people, who despite devastating drought and remote location are determined to stage a film festival like no other.
Winton Mayor, Cr Butch Lenton explained, “The Festival is not only culturally significant for this region, but a crucial element for the economic and cultural survival of Winton and outback Australian heritage”.
The Festival’s Creative Director, Dr Greg Dolgopolov, revealed the festival’s preliminary program, including the world premiere of Red Billabong, an action thriller set in the Australian outback, plus Queensland premieres of the Girl Asleep, awarded Foxtel Movies Audience Award and Suicide Theory, rated at number 5 in The Guardian’s ‘10 Best Australian Films of 2015.’
“In keeping with this year’s Dinosaur theme, we will also be bringing the greatest dinosaur films of all time” explained Dolgopolov. “Quite fitting, as Winton is the ancient location of the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils and location of one of the world’s only recorded dinosaur stampedes. We’ll be screening dinosaur films that will thrill the kids alongside hilarious cult classics and documentaries as well as ab Aussie dinosaur picture that includes Dinosaur Island, the critically acclaimed Dinosaur 13 documentary and cult classics such as One Million Years BC and Caveman, starring Ringo Starr.”
The intensive nine day program will also feature Kids Stakes, a reinvigorated Fatty Finn silent film screened with a dynamic live musical accompaniment, performed by Jan Preston.
A rugby heartland, the festival wouldn’t be complete without the new Heath Davis film Broke (2016) which was filmed in Gladstone and will be screened following a local weekend rugby game in Winton.
“The Festival is a not-for-profit incorporated association of local Winton representatives and film industry professionals keen to keep the spirit of Australian film and culture alive in the bush” said Festival Director, Mark Melrose.
For a preliminary program snapshot and information about Winton, visit www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com
2016 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM