The Australian Consulate General is pleased to invite media organisations with an interest in film to send representatives to a media conference to introduce its Special Guest Stars, who are in Shanghai for the first ANZ Bank Australian Film Festival.
Awardwinning actress Pia Miranda, star of “Looking for Alibrandi”, Awa
rd-winning cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (Du Ke Feng) and Oscar-winning animator Bruce Petty, will participate in the Media Conference. Between them, Pia, Christopher and Bruce represent a cross-section of Australia’s film-making expertise.
A dynamic young actress, Pia Miranda is one of Australia’s best-loved performers. She stars in the immensely popular drama/comedy movie about growing up in multi-cultural Australia, “Looking for Alibrandi”, which won the Australian Film Industry’s Award for Best Film in 2000. Pia won the Best Actress Award for her performance.
Shanghai audiences will have an opportunity to see Pia in “Looking for Alibrandi” at the Cathay Theatre during the ANZ Bank Australian Film Festival. Pia Miranda will travel to Shanghai courtesy of Qantas and will stay at the Grand Pacific Suites on Shaanxi Bei Road.
Cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Du Ke Feng) requires no introduction to Shanghai audiences. He is known throughout the film world for his magnificent cinematography on Chinese and Western movies, including 2046, Hero, In the Mood for Love, The Quiet American, Rabbit Proof Fence and Happy Together. He is now working on a new feature film The White Countess set here in Shanghai.
An Australian based in Hong Kong, Mr Doyle has been Director of Photography for many of Asia’s top filmmakers, including Wong Kar-wai, Stanley Kwan, Chen Kaige and Zhang Yi-mou. He won the Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2000 for his work on In the Mood for Love, followed by Best Cinematographer awards in the USA, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has also received awards for cinematography for many other films.
Bruce Petty is a critically-acclaimed cartoonist and animator, who won the Academy Award for Animation in 1977 for his short film “Leisure”. He is one of Australia’s most influential political artists, who captures the humour and irony in political and social events and brilliantly translates this into his work. Bruce is in Shanghai to research a future documentary on the history of East and West and to hold a seminar on documentary film-making for students at Shanghai University Film School.