Hey this year watch out for Satellite Boy with David Gulpilil directed by Catriona McKenzie
'There's been excitement in the Australian film industry in recent years following the success of Aboriginal coming-of-age art house tale “Samson and Delilah” which scored both great acclaim and solid box-office. Indigenous filmmaking in Oz has often been neglected in the past but things are slowly changing.
Now, award-winning short and documentary director Catriona McKenzie (“Mr Patterns,” “The Circuit”) continues this trend, the indigenous filmmaker helming this simple and uplifting story set against the back drop of Western Australia’s most picturesque region - the East Kimberley countryside.
The story follows a 12-year-old young Aboriginal boy who lives with his elderly grandfather in an abandoned outdoor cinema in an outback town. When that home is threatened with demolition, he and his friend head off to the city to set things right. Along the way though they get lost in the bush and the boys must recall their grandfather’s teachings to survive.
McKenzie says it’s not a political film at all, rather it’s a wide-appealing family film with strong visual elements. Screen Australia and Hopscotch are planning to push this out through a major film festival before a local release sometime this year.’