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SYDNEY -- Two films that deal with Australian immigrant stories -- Romulus, My Father, set in the postwar era, and The Home Song Stories, set in the 1970s -- shared the spoils with three awards apiece at Thursday's Australian Film Institute Awards.
Romulus, Richard Roxburgh's directorial debut, took home best film, though Roxburgh couldn't beat out Tony Ayres for best director for Home Song. Ayres also won best screenplay, and Joan Chen -- who reportedly came out of semi-retirement to play Shanghai nightclub signer Rose as she struggles to deal with two children in 1970s Australia -- won best actress. The wins gave Home Song eight AFI Awards; it received five craft awards in a separate ceremony Wednesday.
Kodi Smit-McPhee, 10, who played Romulus' son Raymond, won the AFI Young Actor Award.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to the Australian family drama Romulus, My Father from Arclight Films. Eric Bana and Franka Potente play a Yugoslavian father and German mother trying to raise their son amidst a troubled homelife. Director Richard Roxburgh's film will hit TV screens before it hits theaters as part of the new HDNet Ultra Video On Demand platform, offering films for purchase up to three weeks before their theatrical release. Another Todd Wagner/Mark Cuban-owned outlet, the HDNet Movies channel, will show the film as part of its free "Sneak Preview" program two days before its theatrical bow. »
2 items from 2007
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