The Natalie Miller Fellowship today endorsed the new Australian film Girl Asleep, a journey into the absurd and beautiful heart of Greta Driscoll’s teenage mind.
Girl Asleep is the cinematic directorial debut of Rosemary Myers but, given she’s artistic director of South Australia’s Windmill Theatre, she has oodles of directing experience and is accustomed to making creative work for children, teens and families, albeit on stage.
The film and the stage play it is based upon were written by Matthew Whittet, who also plays Greta’s father.
“Girl Asleep won audience awards at the Adelaide, Melbourne and Seattle film festivals,” said Natalie Miller Fellowship president and producer of The Dressmaker Sue Maslin. “On September 27 it also won CinefestOZ’s $100,000 film prize.”
“The film was a dazzling treat, brave, clever, funny and heartfelt with a wonderful cast and performances especially by the two lead kids, Bethany Whitmore and Harrison Feldman. Beautifully, wickedly designed and shot, it was a visual treat with a brave and successful heightened style that never took us out of the humanity and poignancy of the story. Special mention must go to Elliot’s party hair style and blue suit! Congratulations to the entire team especially Matthew Whittet, writer and best Dad joke actor and first time director Rosemary Myers. We can’t wait to see what they do next.” – Gillian Armstrong, CinefestOZ Jury Chair and acclaimed director
Girl Asleep is on at cinemas whose patrons love quality films from Thursday September 8.
“The film has proven itself to be a crowd pleaser,” said Maslin. “We make movies for audiences and Rosemary Myers has delivered! Why this film is not on screens everywhere is beyond me. It suits everyone who loves engaging, gutsy, idiosyncratic women of all ages on screen. ”
For a list of cinemas playing the film see: http://www.umbrellaentfilms.com.au/movie/girl-asleep/
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