Screen Australia Media Release
Wednesday 17 August 2011
Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty was announced overnight to join an outstanding line-up of Australian films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Completing the Australian line-up at the festival, Sleeping Beauty will join five other feature films screening at Toronto – The Tall Man, Snowtown, The Eye of the Storm, Burning Man and The Hunter.
Sleeping Beauty, written and directed by Julia Leigh, produced by Jessica Brentnall and starring Emily Browning, Michael Dorman and Mirrah Foulkes, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011. The Toronto screening will be the film’s North American premiere.
Sleeping Beauty will screen in the prestigious Special Presentations program joining Burning Man directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, The Eye of the Storm directed by Fred Schepisi and The Hunter directed by Daniel Nettheim. Burning Man and The Hunter will have their world premieres and The Eye of the Storm will have its international premiere at the festival.
The Tall Man, directed by Tony Krawitz, will screen in the Real to Reel program at the festival, marking the film’s international premiere. Snowtown, directed by Justin Kurzel, will screen in the festival’s Vanguard program which will be the film’s North American premiere.
Screen Australia has a program to support filmmakers whose films are having their international or world premieres to travel to the festival and launch their film.
The Toronto International Film Festival takes place 8–18 September 2011.
Production Company Magic Films Pty Ltd
Writer/Director Julia Leigh
Producer Jessica Brentnall
Executive Producers Timothy White, Jamie Hilton
Cast Emily Browning, Michael Dorman, Mirrah Foulkes
Sales and Distribution Transmission Films, E1 Films and UTA
Synopsis “You will go to sleep: you will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed.” Death-haunted, quietly reckless Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy’s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy’s daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.