Aussie films off to SXSW

'Hounds of Love'. 

Three Aussie features, as well as one from across the pond, are headed to SXSW Film Festival.  

Emma Franz’s documentary Bill Frisell, A Portrait, will make its world premiere in the festival’s documentary feature competition  – selected from some 973 entries. The doco traces the ideas and processes that have shaped the jazz guitarist’s music. This is Franz’s second time at SXSW, with Intangible Asset No. 82 having screened in 2009.

Ben Young’s debut feature Hounds of Love continues a successful festival run, set to make its North American premiere at SXSW after already screening at the likes of Venice last year. The film, which follows the abduction of a teenage girl in the 1980s, stars Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry and Susie Porter.

Matthew Salleh’s doco Barbecue, which looks at the culture of BBQ from around the world, will also its make its world debut in the Documentary Spotlight section. 

From NZ is Annie Goldson’s doc Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, which will also make its world premiere in the same sidebar. The film, made over three years, follows the battle between Kim Dotcom, the US government and entertainment industry being fought in New Zealand. 

Further announcements on shorts and other categories will follow in the next few weeks.

SXSW Film Festival runs March 10-18.