Australian film success at Sundance Film Festival

Louise Duffy | 30-01-2014

Australians have had a successful weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Australian director Sophie Hyde won the prize for best director in world cinema drama at the festival for her debut Australian feature 52 Tuesdays. Writer/director Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, starring Essie Davis, had its international premiere at Sundance and received wide critical acclaim and distribution deals to major territories including the USA. Australian writer Ashlee Page also picked up the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award for her feature script, Archive.

Screen Australia’s head of marketing, Kathleen Drumm, said: “It’s great to see emerging Australian talents Sophie Hyde, Jennifer Kent and Ashlee Page achieving international acclaim on the world stage at Sundance Film Festival as we celebrate our industry’s achievements at the AACTA Awards this week.

“For our industry’s size, the international success of Australian creatives, both in front and behind the camera, is phenomenal. We are truly engaged more than ever in the global marketplace for both film and television, achieving international commercial success and critical acclaim as well as establishing successful multinational partnerships.

“It’s a given now that the talent and creativity of our actors, producers, directors, writers, digital effects specialists and crew working both at home and abroad are world-class.”