SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL TOOWOOMBA!
The Travelling Film Festival, the regional tour of Sydney Film Festival, will bring leading members of BackTrack Youth Works – subjects of Festival opening night film Backtrack Boys – to Toowoomba on 7 September. Senior member Paul Dawson, the boys and their legendary crew of sheep dogs will all attend the Festival, with Paul introducing screenings of the film and engaging in audience Q&As afterward.
Receiving a standing ovation and taking out the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Sydney Film Festival 2018, Backtrack Boys follows a troubled teenage trio on a rocky path towards jail until they meet a rule-breaking jackaroo and join his renowned dog jumping team.
“We’re very excited to have the incredible BackTrack Youth Works team join the Festival in Toowoomba,” says Festival Manager, Karina Libbey. “Backtrack Boys is a tremendous documentary that was adored by audiences at this year’s Sydney Film Festival. Don’t miss your chance to catch this sensational film, hear BackTrack stories from the team themselves, and get acquainted with their much-loved dogs too – they stole the show on the red carpet at the Festival this year!”
The Travelling Film Festival, started by David Stratton in 1974, tours to 18 regional locations year-round, including six Queensland centres, nine in New South Wales and three in the Northern Territory, as well as Sydney to Hobart with the TFF at Sea.
Closing the Festival in Toowoomba will be 2018 Sydney Film Prize winner The Heiresses by Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi. A rare film from Paraguay’s modest film industry, the complex relationship drama takes an unusual look at the lives of wealthy Paraguayan families, through the tribulations of a lesbian couple.
Highlight films include The Insult, winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Sydney Film Festival 2018; Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Fair On Foot, starring Joaquin Pheonix alongside Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black; and Kusama – Infinity, a colourful documentary following celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Other international features include Ága, Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov’s award-winning story of enduring love in frozen Siberia; emotional drama Daughter Of Mine from Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin, SFF 2015); Wajib – The Wedding Invitation, following the lives of Palestinians living in Israel, starring real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri; and wartime love story Transit, from Christian Petzold (Barbara, SFF 2012; Phoenix, SFF 2015).
Tickets to Australia’s longest running travelling film festival are now on sale with ‘Subscribe and Save’ packages offering great value for multiple ticket purchases, with tickets from just $9.
Travelling Film Festival acknowledges the financial assistance of Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and is supported by media partner ABC Southern Queensland and distinguished partner Princess Cruises.
Princess Cruises® and Sydney Film Festival proudly present the Travelling Film Festival at Sea for the fourth year running. Departing 16 December 2018, cruise for 7 nights from Sydney to Tasmania, enjoying the best of the Sydney Film Festival hosted by acclaimed film critic Richard Kuipers.
Opening Night: Friday 7 September
- Backtrack Boys – Three Aussie boys are on a rocky path towards jail until they meet a rule-breaking jackaroo and join his legendary dog jumping team. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Sydney Film Festival 2018.
Preceded by an Opening Night reception with complimentary drinks & nibbles on arrival, and followed by a Q&A with BackTrack Youth Works’ Paul Dawson.
Saturday 8 September
- Ága – Selected for competition at the Berlin Film Festival 2018, this visually spectacular love story, set in the Arctic, follows an isolated couple must deal with a changing way of life while yearning for their estranged daughter.
- Transit – From award-winning German director Christian Petzold, this is a conceptually daring love story between World War II refugees, but its setting is contemporary Marseille.
- Daughter Of Mine – Laura Bispuri’s follow-up to Sworn Virgin (SFF 2015) reunites her with star Alba Rohrwacher in this emotional, Sardinia-set story of a young girl torn between two mothers.
- The Insult – Ziad Doueiri’s (The Attack, SFF 2013) thrilling, Oscar-nominated legal drama explores festering historical, political and religious divisions in his native Lebanon. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at Sydney Film Festival 2018.
Sunday 9 September
- Kusuma – Infinity – A colourful documentary over ten years in the making by Heather Lenz, about celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, aka the ‘Princess of Poka Dots’.
- Wajib – The Wedding Invitation – Writer-director Annemarie Jacir’s multi-award winning comic drama about the lives of Palestinians living in Israel stars real-life father and son Mohammad and Saleh Bakri. Screens with short film The Coin.
- Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot – Oscar-nominated actors Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara star alongside Golden Globe nominee Jack Black in Gus Van Sant’s portrait of cult cartoonist John Callahan.
- The Heiresses – Winner of the 2018 Sydney Film Prize at Sydney Film Festival, this complex drama takes an unusual look at the lives of wealthy Paraguayan families through the tribulations of a lesbian couple. Screens with short film Lost & Found – winner of the Yoram Gross Animation Award at Sydney Film Festival 2018
WHAT: Travelling Film Festival Toowoomba
WHEN: Friday 7 September – Sunday 9 September, 2018
WHERE: Toowoomba Strand Cinema, 163 Margaret St, Toowoomba QLD 4350
SINGLE TICKETS: $14 / $12 / $10 (Adult / Concession / Student & Kids & Under 26)
SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE: FULL SUBSCRIPTION: $81 Adult / $72 Concession
5-FILM FLEXIPASS: $53 Adult / $48 Concession
HOW TO BOOK: Book tickets online in advance at sff.org.au/toowoomba
For ticket enquiries please contact Sydney Film Festival on 02 8220 6600 or contact the cinema box office.
Travelling Film Festival visits…
NT Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine QLD Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Nambour, Toowoomba, Townsville NSW Huskisson, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Sawtell, Tamworth, Ulladulla, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong TFF AT SEA Sydney to Tasmania