2067 To Open ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL

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The World Premiere of Adelaide-filmed sci-fi thriller, 2067, will be the Opening Night of the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival.

The Opening Night Gala will be on Wednesday 14 October screening at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, the Festival’s city venue for 2020. Following the World Premiere screening, audiences will move to Vardon Avenue to hear from the filmmakers and other special guests and party like it’s 2020 (socially distanced and seated) alongside an A-list of industry in unique Adelaide style.

Written and directed by Seth Larney, the 2067’s star-studded cast is headed by Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), Ryan Kwanten (Mystery Road, True Blood) and Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires).  The film was produced by Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground) and Adelaide-based Kate Croser and supported by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and the South Australian Film Corporation.

The film is set in 2067 when earth has been ravaged by climate change and people are forced to live on artificial oxygen. Humanity’s only solution is to build a quantum time machine to contact the future for answers from our descendants. A response sends Ethan (Smit-McPhee), a reclusive utility worker, barrelling into the future as the only hope for his species. He is thrust into a terrifying new world that threatens his mission to save his dying wife.

Adelaide Film Festival Opening Night
From 6pm Wednesday 14th October
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
Screening
2067
And after party at Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
Book tickets via www.adelaidefilmfestival.org

As a director, writer and visual effects supervisor, Seth Larney has worked on US productions including The Matrix ReloadedStar Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Fool’s Gold before transitioning to drama. Seth set up Chaotic Pictures with 2067 producer Lisa Shaunessy, together working on projects from TVCs and music videos to feature films and television, including music videos for Kate Miller-Heidke’s The Last Day on Earth and John Butler Trio’s One Way Road.

His feature film directorial debut was Tombiruo, the second highest-grossing Malaysian film of the year, and which was nominated for a 2018 AACTA Award for Best Asian Film. He received numerous Best Director and Best Film awards for his short films The Clearing and Roman’s Ark and also directed Foxtel’s Hipsters and co-directed Wild Ideas, a documentary about the impact of mining on Steve Irwin’s environmental reserve.

2067 received major production funding from Screen Australia, in association with South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFF) and Screen NSW and was financed with support from Elevate Production Finance, Grumpy Sailor, Spectrum Films and Cumulus VFX.  Umbrella Entertainment will release the film in Australia and New Zealand.

Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Creative Director Mat Kesting said:  “It’s particularly thrilling to open the Festival with a film shot here in Adelaide and supported by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund. Seth Larney is a prodigious directing talent and his vision of a future world is a spectacular visual treat that will keep audiences enthralled.”

Writer and Director Seth Larney said: “Premiering our film on Opening Night at AFF is a real honour. Made only more meaningful by the opportunity to screen the movie in the city in which it was made and share the talented work of all of our Adelaide cast and crew for the first time, in their hometown. Topped off by the fact that so few festivals have been able to go ahead during the spread of COVID, it’s a really special moment for us as filmmakers. That the ideas explored in the film speak to the moment we find ourselves in as a species, is what I look forward to sharing with audiences on a whole new level than we had anticipated during the making of the movie. Thank you to Mat Kesting, the team and board of AFF for your generous invitation and support.”

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said: “The Marshall Government is proud to be a major partner of the Adelaide Film Festival. Through the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund we support the development of local creative IP and it’s great to see this year’s festival will kick off with 2067 which was filmed right here in Adelaide.”

AFF is committed to ensuring our events are COVID-safe. As such, the night will begin at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas where there will be three staggered session times to enable socially distanced entry to the cinema from 6pm.  Details on the available on the AFF website.

The East End of Adelaide will be the central location for the festival, with screenings at Palace Nova East End. Additional venues include Palace Nova Prospect, Wallis Mitcham and the Odeon Semaphore.

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