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G'Day USA: A Showcase of New Australian Cinema

Film festivals serve as the ideal place to spot new trends in world cinema. That 2009 would be a strong year for Australian film proved true at the Cannes Festival, where Warwick Thornton's sublimely visual Samson & Delilah won the Camera d'Or for Best First Film. Our showcase features Samson & Delilah in the Awards Buzz lineup, as well as the hot feature debuts Last Ride, a shattering father and son tale from Glendyn Ivin, and Beautiful Kate, a dark and exhilarating family drama from Rachel Ward. Check out excellent new work from directors familiar to the Palm Springs audience, such as Robert Connelly's The Balibo Conspiracy and Sarah Watt's My Year Without Sex. Plus, see the remote reaches of Australia's outback in gripping period thriller Lucky Country, gorgeous documentary In My Father's Country and archival restoration Wake in Fright.

Celebrate with us as we declare January 9 Australian Film Day, and look for repeat screenings of new Australian films throughout the festival. More information on Australia Week can be found at www.australia-week.com.

Sponsored By: Australian Consulate-General, G'Day USA, Tourism Australia


The Balibo Conspiracy   

The Balibo Conspiracy
Australia, 2009, 111 min.
In 1975, five young Australian TV journalists covering the invasion of East Timor by the Indonesian army disappeared at the border village of Balibo. Their story, denied and covered up for more than 30 years, is grippingly recreated in this tense and moving film from Robert Connolly.... more



Beautiful Kate   

Beautiful Kate
Australia, 2009, 101 min.
Actor Rachel Ward makes a stunningly assured feature writing and directing debut with this emotional drama about a self-hating writer Ned (Ben Mendelsohn) who returns to his childhood home in the Australian Outback in search of answers about his family's dysfunctional past.... more



Blessed   

Blessed
Australia, 2009, 115 min.
Focusing on the often-fraught bond between mothers and their children, Blessed unfolds in a blue-collar suburb of Melbourne over the course of 24 hours. The intersecting stories are divided into two parts, told from the viewpoint of the troubled offspring and the struggling moms.... more



In My Father's Country   

In My Father's Country
Australia, 2008, 80 min.
In one of the most remote corners of indigenous Australia a boy will soon become a man. Following preparations for the ritual, the film shows the life lessons he receives from his father and grandfather.... more



Last Ride   

Last Ride
Australia, 2009, 100 min.
When his ex-con father (Hugo Weaving) bundles him into the car in the middle of the night, 10-year-old Chook knows that something is wrong. As the two drive into the desert towards an unknown future, their troubled relationship and the need to survive sees them battling the elements and each other.... more



Lucky Country   

Lucky Country
Australia, 2009, 96 min.
A gripping thriller set in 1902 in the wild Australian outback, where a desperate family on the brink of ruin find themselves turning on each other after three strangers arrive at their farm with rumors of gold.... more



My Year without Sex   

My Year without Sex
Australia, 2009, 96 min.
A middle-class Melbourne mom recovering from a near-fatal illness wrestles with the titular problem and a whole lot more in this endearing comic drama from the writer/director of the prize-winning Look Both Ways (PSIFF 2006).... more



Samson & Delilah   

Samson & Delilah
Australia, 2009, 101 min.
One of the year's most cinematically satisfying films, this unconventional love story of two aboriginal teens from a dusty settlement in the Central Australian Desert is full of fascinating ethnographic detail, gentle humor and breathtaking cinematography.... more



Wake in Fright   

Wake in Fright
Australia, 1971, 108 min.
A true milestone in Australian film history, this dread-filled 1971 drama is set in a rough outback mining town where a marooned teacher finds himself at odds with the xenophobic locals. Tensions quickly escalate until the inevitable explosion comes to pass.... more





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