Feature film Satellite Boy will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Selected to the festival’s Discovery program, the film is the sixth Australian feature bound for the Toronto International Film Festival.
The feature directorial debut of Catriona McKenzie, the film is produced by Toomelah and Mystery Road’s David Jowsey and Red Dog and Ten Canoe’s Julie Ryan.
Jowsey said: “After a long period of script development, it was truly inspiring to be on location in the epic Kimberley landscape and shooting the film. It was a great joy working with Catriona McKenzie and I’m really proud of what she has achieved with Satellite Boy.”
The family drama, also written McKenzie, is about young boy Pete who lives with his grandfather in an abandoned outdoor cinema in the Australian Kimberley region. When the cinema is threatened for demolition, Pete travels with his friend to the city to save his home.
The film stars David Gulpilil as the grandfather and two newcomers to the screen Cameron Wallaby as Pete and Joseph Pedley as friend Kalmain.
The film’s international sales is handled by Celluloid Dreams and distributed locally by eOne/Hopscotch.
The Toronto International Film Festival is on 6-16 September. Already heading to TIFF is Underground: The Story of Julian Assange and Dead Europe, The Sapphires and Lore, and Storm Surfers 3D.