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The Turning

Eighteen interlocking short stories by Tim Winton are the basis for this dreamy anthology, carried out by as many directors to form a beautiful, cinematic patchwork quilt. Mesmerizing camerawork observes several narratives taking place in the remote coastal towns of Western Australia.
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Based on the bestselling book by multi award-winning author Tim Winton, The Turning's linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives in a stunning portrait of a small western Australian coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever. With 18 separate filmmakers each taking on one of the stories in Winton’s book, each interlinking story is reimagined by some of Australia’s most talented film artists including David Wenham, Robert Connolly, Justin Kurzel, and Ian Meadows. In addition, Mia Wasikowska contributes a striking directorial debut. Loosely centered on the character of Vic Lang and his family, The Turning walks through his youth, sexual awakening, parental issues, marriage, and depression. This portmanteau production features Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, and Richard Roxburgh. Though each film embraces a different filmmaking style, the ingenious narrative links these stories about the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people's lives over the course of 30 years. Destined to be a classic of Australian cinema, this watershed film is an experience to sink into.

Director Biography

As a self-taught filmmaker, Charles Atlas began his film career in 1971. By 1974 he had completed his first film Nevada. Atlas has won three New York Dance and Performance Awards and has held exhibition at prominent locations including the Whitney Museum and the Tate Modern. In 2008 he won the Peabody Award for directing the PBS television series ART:21.

Sponsored by Embassy of Australia

Director: various, Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der Heide, Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows
Principal Cast: Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Country: Australia
Year: 2013
Running Time: 180 minutes
Producer: Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles
Screenplay: Robert Connolly, based on a book by Tim Winton
Editors: Andy Canny
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Australian Film Institute Awards 2014 (Best Lead Actress), Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2014 (Best Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor)
Language: English
Format: DCP
International Sales: LevelK
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