Australian Film ‘The Rocket’ sweeps up all two prizes at Cinekid


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The debut feature by Australian director Kim Mordaunt last week won both the Jury and the Audience prizes at Cinekid, the prestigious international film festival for children in Amsterdam.

It’s yet another accolade for this multi-award winning film which has not yet been released in the UK. It also won the prestigious Crystal Bear award for best film in the Generation (children’s) section and Best First Feature award at the Berlinale, as well as prizes at the Tribeca Festival, New York and Sydney and Melbourne Film festivals in Australia. It is now also Australia’s Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film.

The film, which is set in Laos and uses Laotian actors, tells the story of a 10 year old boy who, after a series of disasters following his birth is believed by his family and the camp of homeless people with whom he lives to bring only misfortune. As the camp searches for a new home in the Laotian wilderness, it follows his struggle to prove himself not cursed by lucky.

The Rocket was screened at the London Film Festival, but if you were looking for family films you will probably have missed it as it was under the ‘Journey’ category! How is that a film which was judged suitable for children at both the Berlinale and Cinekid was not seized on for this section? And when will it be released in the UK? It will depend on whether a UK distributor has bought it and we’d welcome information on that … Meanwhile why not request it for your local cinema? If they receive enough requests, exhibitors feedback can influence what distributors decide to invest in, especially, as is the case with Curzon and Picturehouses cinemas they also have a distribution arm…