Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday On My Mind: Elissa Down

It may be Friday the 13th, but I have the very brave/not very superstitious Elissa Down coming to chat at AFTRS Friday on My Mind. Come and join the seance/fun at 5pm!
Elissa Down's debut feature The Black Balloon - which she directed, co-wrote and co-produced - won a haul of awards in Australia and abroad including Best Director, Best Film and Best Script at the 2008 AFI awards, A Crystal Bear in Berlin,  an AWGIE for Best Original Screenplay and Best Direction in a Feature Film from the ADG to name just a few. The New York Times described the film as "a harrowing, unsentimental portrait of a middle-class Australian family". Elissa will describe the highs and lows of experiencing so much success with a debut feature and what it was like to move from award winning shorts to an award winning feature.

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