Though Australian actors like Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and even the late Heath Ledger have made a mark in Hollywood, and Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock still sends that eerie feeling up the spine with its invocation of the mysterious Australian outback, Australia has rarely been associated with quality cinema. The Australian High Commission now brings to the country Australian Visions, a festival of acclaimed contemporary Australian films across three cities in India.
From the 2006 critical and commercial success Jindabyne (based on the Raymond Carver short story So Much Water So Close to Home) to Lantana (a tale of four marriages in the suburbs of Sydney), the festival offers a sparkling new take on the cinematic offerings from Down Under.
Entry free on a first-come-first-serve basis (unless specified otherwise).
New Delhi: 6-9 March 2008 at Siri Fort Auditorium II
6 March: Jindabyne (by invitation only) at 6.30pm
7 March: The Caterpillar Wish at 2pm, Three Dollars at 4pm, Swimming Upstream at 6.30pm
8 March: Ned Kelly at 11am, Dirty Deeds at 2pm, Jindabyne at 4pm, Somersault at 6.30pm
9 March: La Spagnola at 11am, Somersault at 2pm, The Rage in Placid Lake at 4pm, Dirty Deeds at 6.30pm
Hyderabad: 8-10 March 2008 at Prasad Film Laboratories Preview Theatre
8 March: Lantana (by invitation only) at 6pm
9 March: Harvie Krumpet at 11am, The Tracker at 11.30am, Australian Rules at 4pm, The Caterpillar Wish at 6.30pm
10 March: Lantana at 11am, Three Dollars at 2pm, Swimming Upstream at 4.30pm, Ned Kelly at 7pm
Bangalore: 14-17 March 2008 at Vision Cinemas VCL Ltd.
14 March: Jindabyne (by invitation only) at 6pm
15 March: The Tracker at 11am, Harvie Krumpet at 3pm, Ned Kelly at 4pm, Jindabyne at 6.30pm
16 March: The Caterpillar Wish at 11am, Swimming Upstream at 2am, The Tracker at 4pm, Dirty Deeds at 6.30pm
17 March: Lantana at 1pm, Three Dollars at 4pm, Australian Rules at 6.30pm