JAPANESE STORY - Opening night film -
Australia / 2003 / 107 minutes / 35mm / Colour / English with French subtitles
Director: Sue Brookss / Screenplay: Alison Tilson / Cinematography: Ian Baker / Music: Elizabeth Drake / Editor: Jil Bilcock / Producer: Sue Maslin / Cast: Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Lynette Curran, John Howard, Yukiko Tanaka, Bill Young
Travelling through the Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, finds herself stuck with a Japanese business executive, Hiromitsu, whom she finds rigid, boring and terribly arrogant. But he feels the same way about her! Things go from bad to worse when their 4WD gets bogged in the wild and remote regions of the Pilbara Desert. Sandy and Hiromitsu must transcend their personal and cultural differences in order to survive.
Sue Brooks was born in 1953 at Pyramid Mill in Victoria. In 1981, she began her studies at the AFTRS. She has directed several short films of which both The Drover's Wife and An Ordinary Woman won awards at Melbourne's Film Festival. In 1997, her film Road to Nhill won an award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Then, the Equinoxe Association selected the screenplay of Japanese Story and invited writer Alison Tilson and Sue Brooks to France to participate in a workshop. In 2003, Japanese Story was presented in the "un certain regard" section of the 56th Cannes Film Festival.