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Locally made “The Dinner Party” to premiere at the Dungog Film Festival

By johnboy - 14 September 2009 15

[First filed: May 27, 2009 @ 09:47]

It might have been too strong for the Australian Film Commission but local film makers have finished their work “The Dinner Party” and it’s hitting the big screen this weekend at the Hunter Valley’s Dungog Film Festival.

This from the blurb:

    What would you do if you found yourself at a dinner party where the hosts were planning to kill themselves afterwards? What if there was more to it than that? What if you started to have doubts about what the plan was, who knew the plan or even if it was really going to eventuate? Maybe you only know half the story…..

    THE DINNER PARTY is an independent Australian feature film made by filmmakers who love cinema that confronts and challenges. Influenced by the filmmakers that brought us REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, FESTEN, BULLY and MEAN CREEK. This film is an emotional roller coaster that only loosens its grip on you when the blood drains and the credits roll…..

Hopefully we’ll get a local screening soon.

And thanks to sambahdi here’s the trailer:

UPDATE: And in big news the film has been accepted into competition at the UK’s prestigious Raindance Film Festival. Congratulations all round!

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15 Responses to
Locally made “The Dinner Party” to premiere at the Dungog Film Festival
sambahdi 11:56 pm 21 Sep 09

Serenace1: It’s a shame you missed watching it with an audience. The screening at Melbourne Underground Film Festival was packed and rocked the audience. My friends brother even reported the two girls sitting next to him were both devastated and in tears by the end. Cheers.

Serenace1 6:33 pm 04 Aug 09

I have seen a screener dvd of this film. I certainly wont be bidding to get a print and doubt that many cinemas will book it. Its very weak story telling at best.

I-filed 11:22 pm 02 Jun 09

Ozhair said :

I-Filed, this isn’t a retelling of the Anu Singh case, more an “inspired by” kind of deal. And the Anu Singh equivalent character comes off as in no way sympathetic. Unless they’ve radically changed the cut from the one I saw, there’s no apologist agenda at work here.

Thanks for the clarification – that’s a relief!

sambahdi 10:40 pm 02 Jun 09

Stateline interview with film makers:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2009/05/29/2584976.htm

redengine 7:06 pm 01 Jun 09

it is definately Lara Cox !

jessieduck 8:32 pm 27 May 09

Jazz said :

timgee2007 said :

Hey! Isn’t that the dude from the Magnet Mart commercials?!

Yes it is

And the blond lead looks like Anita from Heartbreak High? Is it Lara Cox?

Ozhair 7:51 pm 27 May 09

I-Filed, this isn’t a retelling of the Anu Singh case, more an “inspired by” kind of deal. And the Anu Singh equivalent character comes off as in no way sympathetic. Unless they’ve radically changed the cut from the one I saw, there’s no apologist agenda at work here.

I-filed 5:27 pm 27 May 09

Hosts planning to kill “themselves”? Not “Anu Singh and a bunch of law students, now law pracitioners, laughing about plans to murder Joe Cinque”? This would have to be that weasel apologist for Anu Singh, Ricketson, at work. All failure to him.

Dungog is near Phillip Adams’s bolthole – and Adams HATED Anu Singh. Hopefully he will hiss at the screen on Canberra’s behalf!

Jazz 3:35 pm 27 May 09

timgee2007 said :

Hey! Isn’t that the dude from the Magnet Mart commercials?!

Yes it is

Ozhair 1:23 pm 27 May 09

I got to see a rough cut of this a while back, and I think the boys will do us (Canberra) proud at Dungog. The film has some nice performances and great visuals.

The only thing that didn’t really thrill me is that I found it to be unrelentingly bleak. Not surprising, of course, given the subject matter. And that sort of thing usually does well on the festival circuit 🙂

jessieduck 11:18 am 27 May 09

I’d really like to see that- Joe Cinque’s Consolation is a very powerful read and has stuck with me for years.

sambahdi 11:17 am 27 May 09

there’s a youtube clip up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaAJYGqkThM

and there’ll be a segment on stateline on friday about it.

brendan you should be paying me a pr fee!

farq 11:03 am 27 May 09

wow that has been in post production for ages, glad to see it finally released.

I for one are looking forward to seeing it.

congrats brendan.

timgee2007 10:57 am 27 May 09

Hey! Isn’t that the dude from the Magnet Mart commercials?!

TAD 10:56 am 27 May 09

Is this the one touted earlier as being based on Joe Cinque?

Good to see the Mandalay food bus as proof that this is local.

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