Press release from Cockatoo Film Festival

Hot on the heels of Josh Lawson’s very successful reading of The Little Death comes Cockatoo Island Film Festival’s next In The Raw live script read, Reynolds’ Cargo. With all the traits of a Hollywood epic, Reynolds’ Cargo is the debut screenplay from award winning writer Carolyn Anderson and is based on the true story of a disgraced Australian naval captain who collaborates with a Chinese opium pirate to rescue a group of British women and children as Singapore falls in WWII. This heroic tale will be told on the 15th of March by a stellar Australian cast, led by Packed To The Rafters favourite Jessica Marais.

With its strong maritime theme, historic context and the recent 70th year commemoration of the fall of Singapore, there is no better time or place to bring this international story to audiences on spectacular Cockatoo Island. With its strong maritime theme, historic context and the recent 70th year commemoration of the fall of Singapore, there is no better time or place to bring this dynamic story to audiences on spectacular Cockatoo Island.

Now managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, this World-­Heritage-­listed site was the major shipbuilding and dockyard facility for the South-West Pacific in WWII following the fall of Singapore. Writer Carolyn Anderson is a recent AFTRS script graduate and winner of the school’s annual prize for exceptional talent. The project is being mentored by industry veteran Jane Smith, who will be presenting the reading with Clare Sawyer, Cockatoo Island Film Festival’s Screen Development & Education Manager. Tickets to this unique event are FREE but seats are strictly limited, so be sure to secure  our seatsby registering at http://www.cockatoofilm.com/itr-rsvp-form/

Date: Thursday 15th March
Time: 6:30pm arrival for 7:00pm start
Venue: Building 124, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
Register: http://www.cockatoofilm.com/itr-rsvp-form/

In the Raw is a screen development program designed to assist the script development process by offering writers a live audience focus group,
providing valuable feedback prior to production.

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