Film Lou promises Cannes in Tweed

Filming: Young Australian actress Lily Bell-Tindley as Lou, outside the Murwillumbah house which features in the film.
Filming: Young Australian actress Lily Bell-Tindley as Lou, outside the Murwillumbah house which features in the film. Contributed

MURWILLUMBAH director Belinda Chayko wants to bring “Cannes to Murwillumbah” when her film Lou opens in cinemas next month.

Plans for a red carpet gala and a question and answer session with Ms Chayko at the Murwillumbah Regent Cinema are underway for the film’s opening night on June 17.

It will be a month after the world premiere at the upcoming Dungog Film Festival on May 27.

Ms Chayko said she was determined to bring Cannes to the Tweed after her Australian film missed out on a spot at the international Festival de Cannes.

“The international film selector for Cannes really liked Lou, but it came down to a whole committee decision in the end,” Ms Chayko told the Tweed Daily News.

“I’m just honoured to have the selector say he liked the film. Only about 20 films from around the world are selected for Cannes each year.”

Lou is a family drama about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou, played by newcomer Lily Bell-Tindley and her Alzheimer-suffering grandfather, played by Golden Globe winning actor John Hurt.

It was written and directed by Ms Chayko and filmed in and around Murwillumbah early last year.

But with the opening in Murwillumbah over a month away, Ms Chayko said she was first looking forward to the Dungog festival, where Lou is scheduled to open the event.

“I’m really looking forward to it. Dungog is a fantastic festival,” Ms Chayko said.

“It’s small but it’s well-loved by the local community and the Australian film community.”

Even though Tweed residents have to wait a month following the premiere to see the shire up on the big screen, Ms Chayko said it would be worth the wait.

“It really showcases the beauty of the Tweed area,” she said.

Tickets for the Regent Cinema opening night will be available for sale next week.


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