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A historic contingent of seven Australian projects selected for South by Southwest Festival 2022

03/02/2022

03 02 2022 - Media release A historic contingent of seven Australian projects selected for South by Southwest Festival 2022

Seriously Red

Seven Australian screen projects have been selected for the 29th South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival which will take place in Austin, Texas and online from 11-20 March this year.

Making their world premieres are feature films Seriously Red and Sissy, mid-length film Shadow, feature documentary Clean and virtual reality (VR) project Lustration VR.

Feature documentary Anonymous Club will make its international premiere and VR project Gondwana is also set to be showcased at the festival.

Screen Australia's CEO Graeme Mason said, Congratulations to these teams on their selection for SXSW. To have a group of seven such distinct stories premiering at a festival renowned for launching ground-breaking work is a fantastic achievement and evidence of the wealth of unique and compelling stories coming out of Australia that are connecting with global audiences.

Seriously Red, the comedy written by and starring Krew Boylan and directed by Gracie Otto will have its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival in the Narrative Feature category. The story follows Red (Boylan), a vivacious but, at times, misguided red-head who trades her job in real estate for a new career as a Dolly Parton impersonator. Featuring a catalogue of classic songs including music by Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, David Bowie and more, Seriously Red is the debut feature film from the all-female collective Dollhouse Pictures, founded by Krew Boylan, Rose Byrne, Jessica Carrera, Gracie Otto and Shannon Murphy.

Director Gracie Otto said, I'm thrilled to continue my longstanding association with SXSW and I am particularly proud to have my first narrative feature Seriously Red follow up last year's screening of my music doco Under the Volcano.

Producer Jessica Carrera said, SXSW is a cultural happening - the festival has a great synergy across film and music so it's the perfect home for the world premiere of Seriously Red.

Having its world premiere in the Midnighters section is feature film Sissy, a horror-comedy by writer/directors Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes and produced by Arcadia, the team behind 2067. Also producing is DEMS Entertainment, The Academy of Interactive Entertainment and Freedom Films. Led by The Bold Type star Aisha Dee, the film centres on Cecilia (aka Sissy), a successful social media influencer living the dream, until she runs into her ex-teenage best friend. Invited away on a bachelorette weekend, Sissy is stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully and a taste for revenge.

Sissy producers Lisa Shaunessy, John De Margheriti, Jason Taylor and Bec Janek said, We re excited and honoured to be premiering in the Midnighters Section on the opening night of the festival and at such a premium venue as the Alamo Drafthouse. SXSW has a wonderful track record of world premieres, including some of our favourite films of the past few years: A Quiet Place, Booksmart and Spring Breakers. It s fantastic to have Sissy recognised in this company. We can t wait to unleash this film on audiences.

Also making its world premiere is Shadow, a film from Victorian theatre company Back to Back Theatre. The film follows Simon, Scott and Sarah, a trio of activists with intellectual disabilities, who hold a town hall meeting about the future impacts of artificial intelligence. What begins as a polite discussion quickly descends into bickering and chaos, seemingly provoked by a force within.

Actor and co-writer Scott Price said, Shadow is a story that needs to be told, it s about Artificial Intelligence and disability activism. The fact that it is premiering at festival such as SXSW shows that it is a beautiful piece of work, and the importance of telling stories from perspective of people with disabilities.

Shadow producer Alice Fleming said, Back to Back's transition into the screen space is extremely exciting. Shadow's World Premiere status at SXSW is something we dreamed about, but didn't imagine would be possible for our debut into feature filmmaking. It is strong evidence for more inclusive film-making and storytelling teams. We couldn't be any more thrilled.

From writer/director Lachlan McLeod is feature documentary Clean that will make its world premiere in the Documentary Feature Competition section. It provides a fly-on-the-wall insight into the world of trauma cleaning through the journey of larger-than-life business owner Sandra Pankhurst and the workers at Melbourne s Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services.

Clean director Lachlan McLeod said, To have Clean premiere at SXSW is a huge honour and means so much to me and the production team involved. This documentary has been three years in the making, and we can't thank Sandra and the team at STC Services enough for inviting us into their lives during this time. SXSW is a dream launch for our film, and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to participate in the 2022 festival.

Created, written and directed by First Nations creative Ryan Griffen (Cleverman), Lustration VR is an animated four-part virtual series adapted from Griffen's graphic novel series of the same name. Created for Meta Quest, this unique project will make its world premiere in the XR Experience section.

Writer/Director Ryan Griffen said, I was always taught that culturally, our stories were earned and not just given. I've been trying to apply this to our modern structures of storytelling for a while and VR is the perfect home for it. With Screen Australia's support, we were able to assemble a world-class team and cast to bring this story to the world. Being given the opportunity to launch Lustration at SXSW, a festival that doesn't shy away from innovation in storytelling and techn
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