Upcoming Foxtel feature Australia Day will have a cinema release on September 21 ahead of its availability through the Foxtel Store and Dendy Direct on September 27.
The Brisbane film by Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) is a new strategy being trialled by Foxtel, in conjunction with Dendy Cinemas.
The Hoodlum film written by Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies) has already featured at the Sydney and Melbourne film festivals, CinefestOZ and will feature at the Brisbane International Film Festival on Saturday.
“It’s a real thrill and honour to be a part of this exciting and hopefully precedent setting distribution platform. I believe the future of niche Australian film distribution has finally arrived, and truly hope that other local filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters and exhibitors will be able to continue to build and expand upon the innovative template that Foxtel, Icon and Dendy have now created,” said Stenders.
Foxtel’s Director of Content Ross Crowley said: “Foxtel is excited to be part of this initiative to bring selected movies into Australian homes even sooner. We love going to the movies, and we love when the movies come to us. Australia Day is the perfect title to lead our expanded Foxtel Store offering, making a great Australian feature available to homes around the country one week after cinema. Australia Day joins thousands of movie titles available on Foxtel Store across IQ2+ and HD boxes.”
Australia Day stars Bryan Brown in his third collaboration with Director, Kriv Stenders, alongside a wealth of Australian talent including Matthew Le Nevez (The Kettering Incident- Foxtel and Offspring), Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires, The Gods of Wheat Street), Sean Keenan (Glitch and Puberty Blues), Daniel Webber (The Punisher), Elias Anton (Barracuda), Jenny Wu (Foxtel’s Top Of The Lake: China Girl), Miah Madden (The Sapphires, Redfern Now), Isabelle Cornish (Puberty Blues), Phoenix Raei (Indefinite) and Ernie Dingo.
Shot entirely in Brisbane, this new Australian film by Brisbane based Hoodlum productions from
Australia Day takes place over a 12-hour period on our most controversial national holiday, interweaving the stories of three Australians from diverse backgrounds – 14-year-old Indigenous girl, April (Madden); 17-year-old Iranian-Australian boy, Sami (Anton) and 19-year-old Chinese teen, Lan (Wu).
Whilst the nation celebrates with beach/backyard barbeques and Hottest 100 / pool parties, these three individuals find themselves alone and facing issues of racism, oppression and violence – each terrified for their own life. When their respective paths cross with police officer Sonya (Sebbens); Australian teen Jason (Webber) and failed farmer Terry (Brown), all must make choices and sacrifices. All will find there is a heavy price to pay, but heart and hope will help them to create meaningful change.