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Free film festival to screen during CHOGM

11 Oct 2011

A rich and varied selection of feature films, documentaries, music videos, animation and short films will be presented this month as part of the Commonwealth Festival to be held alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting later this month.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said that the Films of the Commonwealth included work from countries such as Rwanda, Singapore, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada as well as Australia.

“The program has been put together by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and a number of the short features come from the Royal Commonwealth Society, which is also partnering the festival for the photographic exhibit,” Mr Day said.

“The free program will be shown in the State Library of Western Australia Theatre and on the new LED screen in the Perth Cultural Centre which is the People’s Space during CHOGM.”

The Minister said highlights from the Australian film industry include Mad Bastards, directed by Brendan Fletcher and set in the Kimberley and the Academy Award winning animation, The Lost Thing, which is based on the book by Western Australian author Shaun Tan.

“These great Australian films join internationally-renowned movies such as the award-winning documentary Fire in Babylon and historical drama Home by Christmas on the comprehensive free program,” he said.

The Commonwealth Festival Perth is being staged alongside CHOGM 2011 and is a celebration of the people and cultures of the Commonwealth, supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest. 

Fact File

  • The Films of the Commonwealth program screens from October 24 to 30 and program information is available on the festival website at: http://www.commonwealthfestival.com/program/films 
  • Seating in the State Library Theatre is limited, but films will also be shown on the LED screen in the Perth Cultural Centre for all to see.
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