Tim Winton’s The Turning is one of Australia’s bestselling short story collections, and now, thanks to the vision and energy of Robert Connolly (director Balibo, MIFF 2009, The Bank), one of our most loved literary works is making the transition to the big screen – in a bold new project that mirrors the form of the book.
Connolly has commissioned 17 directors to adapt the 17 chapters for the screen, coming together to create an exciting whole.
The directors include actors Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham, as well as experienced directors Tony Ayres (The Slap), Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah) – and Connolly himself.
Tender and confronting, dark and fragile, these 17 overlapping stories of second thoughts and mid-life regret are set in the brooding small-town world of coastal Western Australia – territory that Winton has long claimed as his own.
In partnership with the Melbourne International Film Festival, we’re presenting an extraordinary post-premiere event, bringing the iconic Australian novelist together with Robert Connolly and a stellar line up of the directors to celebrate the film – and discuss its creation.
This is a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at a watershed moment in Australian film that brings together some of our country’s brightest creative talents.
The panel will feature Tim Winton, Robert Connolly, Mia Wasikowska, Warwick Thornton, Shaun Gladwell, Tony Ayres, Rhys Graham, Jub Clerc, Ashlee Page, Simon Stone, Jonathan auf der Heide, Marieka Walsh, Justin Kurzel, Claire McCarthy and Ian Meadows. It will be moderated by Sandy George.
Co-presented with the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Please note: this session does not include a screening of the film.
Shaun Gladwell is an Australian-born, London-based artist who works in a number of mediums, including painting and photography, but he is best known for his video installations.
Writer, director, producer and visual artist, Claire McCarthy has been making internationally acclaimed short films and documentaries for over a decade. Her feature film, The Waiting City, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for three Film Critics Circle Awards, an ADG award, won two IF Awards and has sold to almost 40 territories around the world.
Tony Ayres is a principal and founding partner of Matchbox Pictures and an accomplished writer, director and producer for both film and television. His feature film, The Home Song Stories, premiered at Berlin and won 23 Australian and international awards including 8 AFI Awards.
Jonathan auf der Heide is a Victorian College of the Arts graduate who wrote, directed and edited the short film Hell’s Gates which won Best Student Film and Best Emerging Filmmaker at MIFF ‘08. He then adapted that short into the feature, Van Diemen’s Land, with co-writer Oscar Redding.
Tim Winton is the pre-eminent Australian novelist of his generation. He has published twenty-five books for adults and children and his books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. He lives in Western Australia.
Jub is a Nyul Nyul/Yawuru woman from the Beagle Bay and Broome regions of the Kimberley in WA. Graduating from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Jub spent many years as a theatre performer and is currently writing her first play, Dust.
Ian Meadows studied acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. His television writing credits include Spirited, Offspring, and Slide.
Marieka Walsh is an Australian director/animator whose AACTA/AFI award winning short film The Hunter has marked her out as a rising talent to watch.
Warwick graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1997 with a BA in Cinematography and has an extensive body of work as a cinematographer including feature films Here I Am and The Sapphires. Warwick’s feature film, Samson & Delilah, which he wrote, directed and shot, won him the Camera d’Or for best first feature film at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Robert Connolly is a multi-AFI award winning writer and director. He has written and directed three feature films The Bank, Three Dollars, Balibo and most recently, the Channel 10 telemovie, Underground: The Julian Assange Story.
Rhys Graham is a Melbourne-based filmmaker and writer whose work traverses drama and documentary. His recent credits include co-directing the feature length documentaries Murundak - songs of freedom and Words from the City. He is also the director of a number of short dramas and documentaries that have achieved international success. In 2012, Rhys wrote and directed the feature drama Galore.
Ashlee Page is a multi-award winning writer and director. Her short film The Kiss has received several prestigious awards including two AFI Awards, the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Award for Best Short and the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker. The Kiss has also screened widely internationally, including at Pusan, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs and Tribeca.
Mia Wasikowska is an actor who has established herself as a rising star of the big screen. Residing in Canberra, Mia is making her directorial debut with Long, Clear View.
Simon Stone has established himself as one of the most acclaimed directors in the country. He has achieved critical and commercial success and was selected as one of Australia’s 10 emerging leaders in culture by the Weekend Australian.
Justin’s background as one of Australia’s best theatrical designers informs his strong visual storytelling as a director. Justin graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts directing course where he was awarded the Most Outstanding Postgraduate Student. His work spans feature film, short film, music clips and commercials, all of which have achieved international success.