A new one-off party event in April solves the problem of not having another festival to premiere latest investment fund features.
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Image: Miranda Tapsell in Top End Wedding.
The Adelaide Film Festival displays substantial ingenuity in managing the sad fact that the state government has only ever supported it as a biennial event. It came very close to being annual at the last election but the Labor Party failed to win and its promises disappeared.
The festival has had an annual run for the last five years because it managed to insert two extra mini-fests. But it was left with the problem of the films which it has supported through the Adelaide Film Festival fund. How could they be released in a dead year?
The fest is happy to see them go to international festivals, but it does want to own the Australian launch. So it has created a pop-up festival at which it will unveil Animals and Top End Wedding. It will occur on the weekend of 5-7 April, just after what locals call Mad March with the formal and fringe festivals.
It is a good show-off moment for a smaller city's festival with a place on the national stage. Animals is the first ever Official Co-production between Ireland and Australia, written by UK novelist Emma Jane Unsworth from her own book. It was produced by Sarah Brocklehurst and Cormac Fox from the Irish side, and Sophie Hyde and Rebecca Summerton from Closer Productions in Adelaide.