Ten’s Julian Assange telemovie to receive theatrical release

A telemovie about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, which initially screened on Network Ten, will get an event-style theatrical release.

Matchbox Pictures’ produced Underground: The Julian Assange Story will run from 17 March across 11 dates and seven Palace theatres.

Directed by Robert Connolly the film rated 1.3m viewers in October for the network.

The tele-movie also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Connolly’s Footprint Films has picked up the film through the distributor’s CinemaPlus initiative.

Connolly plus cast will attend the screenings for Q&A sessions, live musical performances and political action forums. Attendees will also receive a DVD of the film with special features including featurettes, screenplays and extracts from Suelette Dreyfus’s eBook Underground and music from the soundtrack.

Connolly said: “CinemaPlus is simply a new way at looking at the theatrical release of films. We want to be able to provide a different experience for cinema goers, to support the film with talks, Q&As and take-home content. To not only give people a film to watch, but a context.”

CinemaPlus will also release the adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning short stories, produced by Connolly’s Arenamedia production company.

The tour dates:

  • Cinema Nova, Melbourne: 6.30pm Sunday 17 March, 6.45pm Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 March
  • Palace Brighton Bay, Melbourne: 4.00pm Sunday 24 March
  • Palace Chauvel, Sydney: 7.00pm Wednesday 27 March
  • Palace Electric, Canberra: 7.00pm Thursday 4 April
  • Palace Byron Bay: 7.00pm Friday 5 April
  • Palace Brisbane Centro: 4.00pm Sunday 7 April
  • Palace Nova Adelaide: 7.00pm Thursday 11 April
  • … and coming soon to Perth.


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