Matching Jack wins at Milan International Film Festival

13 May, 2011 by Milana Vulovic

Australian film Matching Jack has received three awards at the Milan International Film Festival this week.

The powerful drama won Best Film, Nadia Tass was awarded Best Director, while Lynne Renew and David Parker walked away with Best Screenplay.


The film, shot over six weeks in Melbourne, stars James Nesbitt, Jacinda Barrett and Richard Roxburgh. The story centres around Marisa (Barrett) and the unshakable bond she has with her seriously ill son Jack (Tom Russell). Desperate to save Jack’s life, Marisa must sift through her husband’s (Roxburgh) serial affairs in hope of finding an illegitimate child who will be a biological match to her son.

The film was critically well-received but posted a disappointing box office performance of $852,276 last year.

Tass and Renew were in attendance to receive their awards in Milan while Parker (who is also a cinematographer) was unable to attend because he is filming feature film John Doe in Melbourne.

Tass was also in attendance at the recent screening of Matching Jack at the Australian Embassy in Paris and at The Barbican Centre as part of the London Film Festival.

Matching Jack is due to screen at Cannes as part of Cannes Cinephile.

Over the past couple of months Matching Jack has played at several festivals including: Palm Beach International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Internationales Filmwochenende Wurzburg (Germany), Tiburon International Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival.