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Robert Connolly, Director, The Turning.

Festival Section: Berlinale Special Gala.

Robert Connolly, the creator, project supervisor and one of the 18 directors of the impressive Australian anthology film TheTurning, talks to FRED about what makes this film a “unique cinema experience” as it was hailed by a host of film critics at home and abroad.

No fewer than 18 renowned Australian artists – directors, actors, animation filmmakers and performers – went behind the camera for this screen adaptation of Tim Winton’s popular short stories. Each of them discovered and interpreted the poetic tales by this well-known Australian novelist in their own way to create a new screen version of them. The location is Angelus, a small coastal town in Western Australia. The biographies of the town’s inhabitants are inextricably bound up with the archaic countryside surrounding them. These interweaving stories describe the everyday lives of ordinary people, all of whom find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. The passing of time, the mistakes of the past, dependence and obsession are recurring themes. The enigmatic Vic, his idiosyncratic family and various friends all put in regular appearances. The episodes are sometimes melodramatic, at others sober and objective; sometimes the tone is light-hearted and at others seriou
s. The different stylistic approaches of each auteur mean a permanent roller-coaster ride of emotions for the viewer.

With memorable performances from Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving, and with no precedent in the world of film, this is truly a “unique cinema” event. Don’t miss it!

Reporter: Dana Knight.

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