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2 Kiwi titles for Melbourne

Florian Habicht’s Spookers and Slavko Martinov’s Pecking Order will be let loose in Melbourne. Ahead of Melbourne, Spookers will play the Sydney Film Festival which opens today (Wednesday 7 June).

Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl (pictured, top) will also play the festival, having recently made its debut at Cannes.

Naurally, several Aussie titles are among those announced early, including Jennifer Peedom’s Mountain, Jeffrey Walker’s Ali’s Wedding, and two titles from Kriv Stenders: doco The Go-Betweens – Right Here and narrative Australia Day, with a cast including Bryan Brown and Jenny Wu (who also turns up in Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl).

Also heading to Melbourne is Singaporean director Kirsten Tan’s Thailand-shot Pop Aye (a Bangkok architect, his elephant and 300 miles of mid-life crisis), which won the Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at Sundance in January.



The Melbourne International Film Festival’s full programme will be announced 11 July. The festival runs 3 – 20 August.

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