Wide Open Sky, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival, will have an advance screening in Cobar next week.
Ahead of the official Australian cinema release, Wide Open Sky is holding special preview screenings in North West NSW which is where it was filmed including Cobar.
After taking out the coveted Audience Award at last year’s Sydney Film Festival, the humorous and heart-warming feature documentary about Moorambilla Voices children’s choir opens nationally this month.
But before it does, the filmmakers will premiere the film in a series of free community screenings.
“There’s lots of kids in the region who appear in the film.
“It’s our way of saying thank you to them,” the film’s director Lisa Nicol said,
“And a chance for them to see themselves up on the big screen.”
The filmmakers will be taking the film on the road themselves.
“We fell in love with the region—the people, the towns, the landscape.
“We can’t wait to show the film out there.”
Moorambilla Voices artistic director Michelle Leonard said the movie has captured the spirit of the program.
“We’re so excited that the filmmakers are screening the documentary in the regional communities we have worked with for the past 11 years.
“It shows the capacity, creativity and humour of our children and communities.
“We’re so proud of the four children featured in the movie, but we’re also excited to encourage all children to take part in this year’s program,” Mrs Leonard said.
At next Wednesday’s screening at the Cobar Youth & Fitness Centre, look out for local movie stars Katelyn Martin and former Cobar resident Ella Dzwonczyk who were both part of the cast of Wide Open Sky.
“Best buddies Katelyn and Ella were “dying” to make it into the choir and the fact that they both made it is a giant plus,” Ms Nicol said.
“Such close friends they finish each other’s sentences, this dynamic duo offer surprisingly insightful and always hilarious commentary on the choir experience.” See advertisement on Page 22 for screen time.