See ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr as you’ve never seen him before, appearing in a cameo role involving mind control and frightening looking eyes in the Canberra-produced feature film Blue World Order, which will appear in a special preview as part of the Canberra International Film Festival on Saturday, November 5.
Festival organisers played a trailer for Blue World Order as an introduction to the Chief Minister, who spoke briefly about making his acting debut.
“I have to particularly thank Che [Baker, the co-director of Blue World Order] for the opportunity to begin my acting career,” Mr Barr said.
“I will say that before this festival, we have a festival of democracy, and I’ll apologise in advance that you will see me on your screens in the next five weeks, but I promise I’ll have a speaking role in addition to the mind control.
The festival will showcase twelve Canberra short films and four Canberra feature films this year in addition to its focus on contemporary and critically acclaimed historic cinema from around the world.
“The creative arts are taking a much stronger role in our city life, and that makes Canberra a better place.
“This year, we are lucky to have an incredibly strong program supported by passionate people with a view to a long term for the industry in Canberra, and I think that is the most exciting thing.”
Blue World Order is a sci-fi film set in a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly electromagnetic pulse has wreaked havoc and released a virus into the population. Only one man is immune to the virus and as the only child to have survived, his daughter is the key to the survival of mankind.
Canberra writers Mr Baker and Dallas Bland are the directors of the action adventure film, which was shot in and around the ACT and financed privately in the Territory.
The Canberra International Film Festival runs from October 27 to November 6 at the National Film and Sound Archives. Book tickets and see the full program at ciff.com.au.