June 18, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown | Best of SIFF 2016
Winner: SIFF 2016 Youth Jury Award, Best Films4Families Feature
When a wild penguin sanctuary is threatened by hungry foxes, their only chance for survival might be an eccentric chicken farmer and his mischievous sheep dog in this Down Under family delight. Recommended for ages 5+ (mild language and doggy mayhem).
The Wild Penguin Sanctuary is an integral part of the tourism industry of Middle Island in Victoria, Australia, but foxes are decimating the penguin population. The Sanctuary is in danger of losing its funding, and Swampy, a local chicken farmer with a mischievous sheepdog named Oddball, makes it his mission to save the penguins. With the City Council bearing down on them, Swampy, with the help of his precocious granddaughter, must hilariously attempt to train Oddball to protect the penguins from the hungry foxes, and soon this big fluffy protagonist and his penguin charges develop a relationship that reaches across the animal kingdom and tugs the heartstrings of all ages. Chock-full of humor with a distinct Australian flair, exciting sequences of doggy-incited mayhem, and dramatic tension, Oddball will keep the family alternately giggling and riding the edge of their seats. But Oddball is more than just a comedy for the whole family, as director Stuart McDonald and screenwriter Peter Ivan have woven an environmentally conscious message into the film, which affords more meaningful community conversation long after the credits roll.
Stuart McDonald is a director of television and film based in Australia. His 2006 feature Stranded, starring Emily Browning, was praised by audiences and critics alike and won the 2006 Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Short Fiction Film and Best Screenplay for Short Film. He has several U.S. television credits to his name, including an episode of ABC’s “Black-ish” in 2015. Oddball is his second feature film.
- Director: Stuart McDonald
- Principal Cast: Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies, Richard Davies, Dave Lawson, Frank Woodley
- Country: Australia
- Year: 2015
- Running Time: 93 minutes
- Awards: Sonoma Valley Film Festival 2016 (Audience Award), Sedona International Film Festival 2016 (Best Nature Film)
- Filmography: Stranded (2006)
- Language: English