A FIRST LOOK AT TIM WINTON’S THE TURNING
Tim Winton is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers.
Born in Perth in 1960, he has published twenty-one books for adults and children, which have been acclaimed both in Australia and abroad. He has traveled in various countries and lives in Western Australia with his wife and three children.
His first novel An Open Swimmer won the 1981 Australian/Vogel Prize. He has won the Miles Franklin Award three times, for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath.
The Riders and Dirt Music were shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1995 and 2002. He’s also won the Banjo Prize, the WA Premier’s Prize, the Deo Gloria Award (UK), the Marten Bequest and the Wilderness Society Environment Award. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and adapted for stage, radio and film.
His collection of short stories called The Turning won the 2005 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the 2005 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.
OFFICIAL POSTER and TEASER TRAILER LAUNCHED
“Melbourne, June 24 2013 – Audiences can now get their first look at Tim Winton’s ‘The Turning’ following the release of a teaser trailer and official poster ahead of the film’s upcoming World Premiere and cinema release.
‘The Turning’, a film adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling novel, consists of 17 chapters that each features a different director and stellar cast. Under the guidance of curator Robert Connolly (Balibo), first time filmmakers Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham make their directorial debut amongst acclaimed directors such as Warwick Thornton and Justin Kurzel.
Australian talent starring in the film includes Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Otto, Brenna Harding, Richard Roxburgh, Callan Mulvey, Dan Wyllie, Oscar Redding, Robyn Nevin, Susie Porter, Wayne Blair, Mirrah Foulkes and numerous others.
‘The Turning’ will soon have its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and will then release as a unique cinematic event across Australia later this year.
Producer Robert Connolly comments: “Embarking upon this cinematic adventure posed a unique challenge for us in relation to adapting a book like ‘The Turning’ for the screen. We came upon this idea of extending a personal invitation to seventeen great creative minds to interpret one chapter each and asking them if any of the stories particularly spoke to them, affected or resonated with them.”
Robert continues: “What I found amazing was that each person found something very different in ‘The Turning’. Like all great works of literature it offers up so many permutations and interpretations.”
The film-making is also unique as a collection of artists from many different backgrounds have collaborated to provide chapters, including the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Stephen Page, and Shaun Gladwell, one of Australia’s most acclaimed video artists.
‘The Turning’ was created by Robert Connolly (Balibo), who produced the film together with Maggie Miles and Arenamedia. Funding partners include Screen Australia, Film Victoria, ScreenWest, ABC and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Premiere Fund. ‘The Turning’ is co-distributed by Madman Entertainment and CinemaPlus.
DIRECTORS: Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan Auf Der Heide, Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows
STARRING: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving, Callan Mulvey, Brenna Harding, Dan Wyllie, Susie Porter, Harrison Gilbertson, Robyn Nevin, Matt Nable, Wayne Blair.”
Here’s a sneak peek:
And some initial stills:
My thanks goes to Anthony Britten for providing me with the Press Release, Poster and Initial Stills.