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PAPER PLANES

paperplanes

Australia / 2014 / 96 min / DCP / colour / Adventure

Director : Robert Connolly


Script : Robert Connolly, Steve Worland
Cinematography : Tristan Milani
Editing : Nick Meyers
Music : Nigel Westlake
Production : Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles, Liz Kearney
Cast : Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, Ena Imai, David Wenham

 

Grand Prix Cinefestoz , Busselton 2014


Having lost his mother and then seen his father (Sam Worthington) retreat into a state of obliviousness as a result, 12-year-old Dylan (Ed Oxenbould) copes pretty much on his own in his rural Western Australian town. One day at school he discovers an odd gift: the ability to craft a paper plane that flies longer and faster than any of those of his peers. So begins Robert Connolly’s charming and near-irresistible crowd-pleaser that follows Dylan as he folds his way toward the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. Throughout Dylan’s journey he is supported by his great friends, his mischievous grandfather, and most especially by a fellow contestant from Japan who will teach him a valuable lesson greater than any trophy.

 

Robert Connolly

He is the writer and director of the feature films "The Bank" (2001), "Three Dollars" (2005), "Balibo" (2009), and "Undergroud: The Julian Assange Story" (2012) as well as one of the featured directors on the ABC mini-series "The Slap" (2011). He also produced, together with John Maynard, the award-winning films, "The Boys" (1998) and "Romulus, My Father" (2007). He also produced, together with Maggie Miles, "The Turning", an acclaimed innovative feature film compendium of short stories based on Tim Winton’s acclaimed novel. He also acted as executive producer on "These Final Hours" directed by Zak Hilditch. In 2014, he joined forces with John Edwards and Imogen Banks from Endemol Australia to produce the eight part epic mini-series "Gallipoli", due to air in 2015 for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Gallipoli campaign. He has won three AFI awards for screenwriting for "The Bank", "Three Dollars" and "Balibo", and Best Film for "Romulus, My Father". He received a Centenary Medal for services to the Australian Film Industry in 2001 and is a former board member of Screen Australia.

 


 

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