Four Australian films selected for Cannes

Four Australian films have been selected for the prestigious Festival de Cannes 2011. Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty has been selected for Competition, Ivan Sen’s Toomelah has been selected for inclusion in the Un Certain Regard program, Snowtown, directed by rising talent Justin Kurzel, was selected to screen in Cannes at the International Critics’ Week and Nash Edgerton’s short film Bear has been selected for Competition.

Sleeping Beauty written and directed by Julia Leigh and starring Emily Browning, Michael Dorman and Mirrah Foulkes is a haunting erotic fairytale about Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire. It was produced by Jessica Brentnall, with executive producers Jamie Hilton and Timothy White.

Toomelah written and directed by Ivan Sen and starring Daniel Conners and Christopher Edwards, is the provocative and comic tale of a boy called Kiren who wants to be a gangster and his life growing up in a remote Aboriginal community. It was produced by David Jowsey.

Directed Justin Kurzel, Snowtown is a psychological thriller based on the notorious Snowtown murders in Adelaide and stars Lucas Pittaway and Daniel Henshall. Written by Shaun Grant and produced by Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, the film recently premiered at the Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for Best Feature Film.

Produced by Lauren Edwards and John Polson and written by Nash Edgerton and David Michôd, Bear is an 11-minute short film about Jack, his new girlfriend and lessons he hasn’t quite learnt. The film was produced by Blue-Tongue Films, in association with Peachy Pictures, Tropfest and fxphd. The screening at Cannes will mark Bear’s world premiere.