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.
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