The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days has unveiled
that Queensland producer, Trish Lake’s film Early Winter has
been selected to screen as a world premiere at the prestigious event
in Venice 2-12 September 2015.
The film, a Canadian/ Australian official co-production, stars acclaimed
Canadian actor, Paul Doucet (Unité 9; Funkytown) and the 2012 Cannes
Best Actress in Un Certain Regard, Suzanne Clément (Mommy; Laurence Anyways).
CEO of Screen Queensland, Tracey Viera said Trish Lake’s compelling
film deserves the attention it is starting to receive.
“Early Winter really showcases her work as a producer and Screen
Queensland is proud to have invested in the film and talent that has
created this original film,” said Ms Vieira.
Early Winter tells the story of a man in quiet crisis, working long hours
at a rest home to support his family, that he feels may
be on the edge of collapse.
Although Australian, this is first English-language feature by 2010
Cannes Caméra d’Or-winning director, Michael Rowe (Leap Year; The Well)
who is based in Mexico and has worked on
only Spanish-language films until now.
Michael wrote and directed Early Winter, drawing on real life insights
from his family and friends’ experiences as health-workers in nursing
homes in country Victoria in Australia.
Re-interpreted for a Canadian setting, Early Winter draws on universal
themes of loneliness, detachment and isolation within relationships.
Trish Lake produces through her company Freshwater Pictures based
in Brisbane. Her films include the Australian cinema classic, Gettin’ Square
and she has previously been awarded the Screen Producers Australia Feature
Film Producer of the Year.
In addition to Screen Queensland, investors include Sodec, Telefilm, Screen
Australia and MIFF Premiere Fund.
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