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Sydney takes Kiwi grab-bag

There are plenty of Kiwi films and films with strong Kiwi connections named in this year’s Sydney Film Festival programme, released today.

Deathgasm

Deathgasm

Among the shorts, Alyx Duncan’s Annecy competition title The Tide Keeper will play with George Ovashvili’s European title Corn Island.

Producer Ant Timpson will do double duty at the festival, repping both Canada-NZ co-production Turbo Kid, which won the Midnighters audience award at SXSW in March, and Deathgasm, named one of the “five most surprising films” at Stanley over the weekend. Both titles play in the festival’s Freak Me Out programme, which also includes Don Siegel’s 1966 Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Deathgasm producer Andrew Beattie and director Jason Lei Howden will also cross the ditch to support the film.

The Burstyns’ Palm Springs-premiered Some Kind of Love (fka Yolanda’s Last Portrait) and John Maclean’s Sundance-winning UK-NZ co-production Slow West are both named. Rachel Gardner and Emile Sherman will present Slow West.

Some Kind Of Love

Some Kind Of Love

Also heading to Sydney is American Jim Strouse’s People, Places, Things, starring Jemaine Clement for which Madman has Australasian rights. Sam Neill features in Simon Stone’s in-competition The Daughter.

Other titles named in competition include Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner Tehran Taxi, 6+ hour Un Certain Regard title Arabian Nights and two other Australian titles: Kim Farrant’s Strangerland and Jennifer Peedom’s doco Sherpa , produced by John Maynard and Bridget Ikin (An Angel At My Table, Crush).

The Sydney Film Festival runs 3 – 14 June.

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