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Australia | 2013 | 84 minutes | Aaron Wilson

During the 1942 Japanese invasion of Singapore, an Australian airman and an injured Chinese resistance fighter are stranded in the jungle as a cacophonous battle rages around them. An engrossing survival thriller ensues as they navigate the language barrier, perilous surroundings, and external enemies.

May 16, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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June 8, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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In his debut feature film, Australian director Aaron Wilson envelops us in an exhilarating thriller, set in a vast wilderness during the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942. Jim, a stranded Australian airman, wakes up suspended among the treetops after being shot down in combat, and is forced to traverse the harsh jungle—full of unknown and dangerous adversaries—in his quest to reach safety. His own strength and ingenuity is his only hope for survival, until he encounters Seng, a Chinese resistance fighter, who has also been separated from his battalion. The two men don’t share the same language but are forced to become unlikely teammates and rely on one another through extraordinary conditions, in order to escape their extreme surroundings and ultimately find their way out of the canopy. Wilson crafts an unforgettable and tangible cinematic experience through Stefan Duscio’s rich cinematography and an expert use of sound and dialogue, which when combined, place the viewer brilliantly into the action. Canopy offers the audience a unique bird’s eye view of Jim’s and Seng’s journey, along with an exploration of the relationship between nature and war.

Director Biography

Australian director Aaron Wilson has been directing short films since 2003. Aaron participated in a filmmaking program with The Objectifs Centre for Filmmaking in 2006, creating Feng, which would go on to win best short film at the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival. Canopy is Wilson’s first feature-length film.

Sponsored by Embassy of Australia

Director: Aaron Wilson
Principal Cast: Khan Chittenden, Mo Tzu-Yi, Yoshi Yamamoto, Robert Menzies, Edwina Wren
Country: Australia, Singapore
Year: 2013
Running Time: 84 minutes
Producer: Katrina Fleming
Screenplay: Aaron Wilson
Cinematographers: Stefan Duscio
Editors: Cindy Clarkson
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2013 (Special Jury Mention)
Filmography: Impossible Orchestra (Doc, 2013)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Monterey Media Inc.
International Sales: Odin's Eye Entertainment
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