Australian Wins At Berlin Film Festival

Young Australian filmmaker, Bryn Chainey, has just won the Berlin Today Award – a prestigious prize for up-and-coming film talent at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Chainey’s short film “Jonah and the Vicarious Nature of Homesickness” was selected by the competition’s high profile Jury, including actress Heike Makatsch, director Stephen Daldry and producer Peter Rommel. The Jury said they were won over by the “the truly creative inventiveness of this film. We are curious about what this talented filmmaker will come up with next”. High praise indeed.

Chainey’s entry is a combination of live-action and stop-motion animation, about a chap named Jonah who leaves his family and blasts into outer space. The film is so new that it doesn’t have a trailer yet, but you can get an introduction to Bryn’s work via his showreel:

Bryn Chainey Showreel from Bryn Chainey on Vimeo.

Four Australian feature films will show and compete in the main competition at the Berlinale including thriller “Red Hill” starring Ryan Kwanten (Vinnie from “Home and Away” who is now smoking hot and hanging with vampires in “True Blood”) and Steve Bisley, and the Rachel Perkins-directed Musical, “Brand Nue Dae”.

Top image courtesy of Chris Erlbeck