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Toronto books 25 April

Leanne Pooley’s animated feature 25 April is named in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) World Cinema line-up, revealed early today NZ time.

25 April

25 April

Canadian-born Pooley’s a regular in Toronto, with Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls and Beyond the Edge both selected. Untouchable Girls won the festival’s Midnight Madness audience award in 2011.

The film went into production in May last year, with Brent Chambers’ Flux doing the animation work.

Matthew Metcalfe, who also produced Pooley’s Beyond the Edge, Dean Spanley, Love Birds, Giselle, The Dead Lands) in association with Pitfan Productions.  The animation will be created by Auckland, New Zealand company Flux Animation Studios.  Flux’s founder/creative director Brent Chambers will lead the animation team. 

“Animation gives us the opportunity to bring the men and women who were at Gallipoli back to life.  It allows us to really experience what they went through from an entirely new perspective. There are no limitations to how the story can be illustrated.  We can create a Gallipoli no one has ever seen before, it’s very exciting,” said Pooley.

The NZFC has almost $2 million in development and production finance committed. The film also has SPIF support, having gone through before the NZSPG was introduced. Also on board are Flux, Images and Sound, Metcalfe’s General Film Corporation and UK-based Pitfan Productions.

Australasian distribution is by Transmission, with K5 International handling international sales.

The world premiere of Pietra Brettkelly’s doco A Flickering Truth was announced earlier by TIFF.

A pair of Australian features are also named in the World Cinema programme, adding to a solid contingent of Aussies already selected in other line-ups. Matthew Saville’s A Month of Sundays will have its world premiere in Toronto, alongside Jeremy Sims’ Last Cab to Darwin, which goes on general release here next week (27 August).

As often happens in Toronto, there’s a strong contingent of titles from Asia named. Outside the World Cinema programme, there’s a Special Presentation for the world premiere of Angry Indian Goddesses by Pan Nalin, also the director of the Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek-produced Beyond the Known World.

In the World Cinema programme are Naomi Kawase’s Cannes-premiered An and Sion Sono’s The Whispering Star, receiving its world premiere. Hong Kong-based Aussie cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s documentary Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous is named alongside two other titles with Hong Kong connections. HK-Singapore co-production In the Room by Eric Khoo, one of the filmmakers contributing to Singapore’s recently-premiered omnibus title 7 Letters is selected, as is Sylvia Chang’s HK-Taiwan co-production Murmur of the Hearts, which opened the Hong Kong IFF earlier this year. Earlier this week Chang was named president of Busan’s New Currents jury.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs 10 – 20 September.

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