A horror, a transgender tale, a two-time Oscar nominee and two rising talents represent the Australians at Sundance 2014 Film Festival.
Jacki Weaver, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Emily Browning join Aussie thriller The Babadook and drama 52 Tuesdays in flying the flag for Australians at Sundance 2014.
The Babadook will be making its world premiere as part of the Park City at Midnight line-up, which is also screening New Zealand vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows from Taika Waititi and Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement.
Two of the US films making their world premieres out of competition at the festival are The Voices, featuring two-time Aussie Oscar nominee and Sundance favourite Jacki Weaver alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick, plus Young Ones, starring 17-year-old Hollywood veteran, Australia’s Kodi Smit-McPhee, beside Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning.
Directed and written by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook stars Essie Davis (pictured above) as a single mother who is plagued by the violent death of her husband, battling with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, who soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Also stars Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West and Ben Winspear.
Sophie Hyde’s directorial debut 52 Tuesdays, which made its world premiere at Adelaide Film Festival in October, is the only Australian film selected for competition at Sundance 2014. It will make its international premiere at Sundance next month when it competes in the World Cinema category.
The film follows Billie, a 16-year-old whose reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Filmed over the course of a year, once a week, every week – only on Tuesdays – writers Matthew Cormack and Sophie Hyde created the unique structure for 52 Tuesdays before they had even decided on characters or a storyline.
This will not be Sophie’s first time at Sundance – her feature documentary Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure premiered there in 2011.
Pitted against 52 Tuesdays in the World Cinema category is UK film God Help The Girl, which stars young Australian actress Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Sleeping Beauty).
Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Utah, from January 16 to 26, 2014.