Freo gets reel

FREMANTLE council is calling for budding Coppolla’s (both the Sophies and Francises) to put forward their best film about Freo for its annual film competition.

The #MyFreoStory competition offers a $3000 prize pool.

Last year’s competition attracted 40 short films from backpackers, artists, performers, students and professionals.

The films are supposed to be a minute long (though the Chook noticed that last year’s entrants, including the winner, mostly stretched that out an extra half-minute) and share a special Freo moment.

• The Given is the zaniest surfing movie around – catching a wave amongst icebergs?

To lodge a film you can find the instructions on http://www.fremantlestory.com.au.

Meanwhile the council has launched a new film festival at Hilton, roping in its former festivals guru Alex Marshall to run the four-night series.

Screening each Friday from April 21 at the community hall in Paget Street, Marshall says the festival fulfills an ambition he had to bring more city-run arts events into the suburbs.

The four films chosen for the festival are documentaries, with several making their WA debut.

The Herald got a sneak peak at the opener The Given, as well as Australian film Putuparri and the Rainmakers and Unbranded, a a great horse journey across the US and give the festival a four-and-a-half chook rating.

The Given was a great, cheesy look at the world through the eyes of a four-year-old as his dad takes him on the international surfing trip of a lifetime.

Putuparri, the story of an Aboriginal nation’s attempts to get native title, is riveting and historic. Archival footage gives you an insight into a world we rarely get to see, while the ending will have you gnashing your teeth about injustice while wondering why you’re barracking for a bloke who put his wife in hospital following a brutal, unrelenting beating.

by STEVE GRANT

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