'The Rocket' Wins Triple Honours AGAIN!

After triple accolades at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, a feature film by our teachers Sylvia Wilczynski and Kim Mordaunt 'The Rocket', has received 3 awards at the 2013 Tibeca Film Festival - Best Narrative Feature Award, Best Actor Award and Audience Award. Congratulations to Sylvia and Kim and also to Ana Jimenez, Luke Carruthers, Karn Kasemsuk and Tosh Van Veenandaal, our graduates who worked on the film in various departments.

The Screen Australia/Screen NSW funded Australian film production ‘The Rocket’ was shot in Thailand and Laos.
The film follows a boy, a twin, who fears he is cursed because his tribe is convinced twins bring bad luck. To try to disprove that belief, the kid sets out to build a giant rocket to compete in the lucrative but dangerous Rocket Festival.

Here's what judges at the Tribeca Film Festival (Bryce Dallas-Howard, Blythe Danner, Paul Haggis, Kenneth Lonergan, and Jessica Winter) had to say:

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature:
'The Rocket', Directed by Kim Mordaunt

Jury Comments: “The Rocket is a spectacular achievement that is powerful and delightful in equal measures. Artfully structured and gorgeously shot, it chronicles the struggles of a displaced family while steering well clear of either sentimentality or despair. Complex in its tone and characterizations, the film takes an unflinching – and edifying – look at the suffering caused both by a legacy of war and the new status quo of economic globalization. And yet, while never losing sight of those grim realities, it also offers us a transcendent tale of hope and perseverance in a world that few Westerners ever have the chance to see.”

Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film:
Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo in 'The Rocket', Directed by Kim Mordaunt.

Jury Comments: “One of the great pleasures this year was the discovery of this young, non-professional actor, who plays his role with an irresistible blend of pluck, stoic determination and vulnerability. Sitthiphon Disamoe carried a big, ambitious production on his small shoulders, with charm and grace to spare.”

Sitthiphon ("Ki") Disamoe, who was discovered by Kim and casting director Raweeporn Jungmeier on the streets of Laos, was up against actors including Oscar-nominated US actor Thomas Haden-Church ("Sideways", and "Whitewash" which won the directing prize at Tribeca this year), Oscar-nominated US actor Matt Dillon ("Crash", "Drugstore Cowboy, etc) and Golden-Globe winner Gabriel Byrne ("The Usual Suspects", "Miller's Crossing" etc, TV series "In Treatment").

Director Kim said of Sitthiphon: "As soon as we met Ki we knew he had all the qualities of Ahlo. Ki's life on the street has given him resilience, resourcefulness and a "go get" attitude to never give up at whatever he tries. He is a survivor. Long periods of screen tests and rehearsals were mostly directed at engaging imagination and memory to draw on deep emotional truths that he could re-access during a demanding shoot."

The list of all the award winners can be seen here
Audience Award winnes here

An interview with Kim Mordaunt published by the Tribeca Film Festival can be accessed here

For more about the film and the trailer see the official website