Screen Australia’s Graeme Mason lauds Australian presence in Berlin
Harrison Feldman and Bethany Whitmore in Girl Asleep.
Four Australian works have been selected for the 2016 Berlinale.
Goalpost Pictures' six-part Cleverman, South Australian feature Girl Asleep, and two shorts – Alice Englert's The Boyfriend Game and Bryn Chainey's Kill Your Dinner – will screen during the festival.
“We are so proud of the Cleverman team,” Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said. “The inclusion in Berlinale is an incredible coup for the Australian television industry and a tremendous boost for Indigenous storytelling.”
“The Berlinale Special Series is selected by Dieter Kosslick, the festival director", Cleverman producer Rosemary Blight said. "There are six series chosen from around the world and to be one of them is such an honour. It’s nerve-wracking and wonderful at the same time.”
Cleverman is joined by theatre director Rosemary Myers’ stylish feature debut Girl Asleep, which makes its international premiere as the opening night film in Generation 14plus.
The coming-of-age tale won the Audience Award at Adelaide Film Festival last year. Australian producer Liz Watts (Lore, Animal Kingdom) is one of the three members of the International Jury for Generation 14plus.
Englert's The Boyfriend Game made its world premiere at TIFF last year, while Chainey's Kill Your Dinner will premiere in Berlin.
“The diversity of the Australian works at Berlinale this year is encouraging", Mason said. "I look forward to working with members of our Business and Audience team on the ground in Berlin to ensure everyone in the marketplace knows about our stellar local product".