Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lullaby Before I Wake in Australia

Remember Lullaby Before I Wake? This is the indie Thai-American hybrid that played in a limited run late last year at the Lido cinemas in Bangkok.

It is an existential teen-oriented romantic drama starring Dean Shelton as a mopey college student who falls in love with the staggeringly beautiful campus queen (Maiara Walsh).

I resisted seeing it until the director, Nate Pantumsinchai, made some comments chewing me out for being dismissive, and running criticism about the film without even bothering to see it for myself.

So I went and saw it. Enough said.

Except that the film is growing some legs, and has been selected for Australia's Byron Bay International Film Festival, which runs from February 29 to March 8. Lullaby Before I Wake in the competition as a nominee for Best Dramatic Feature.

Of Pan-Asian interest at Byron Bay is the Malaysian-Indian co-production, Laya Project, a musical documentary that surveys the traditional sounds of cultures affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Laya Project is in competition for the Southern Cross University Best Film Award and Best Cinematography.

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(Via the Northern Rivers Echo)

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