Ryan Kwanten Movie “Red Hill” Chosen for Berlin Film Festival

January 23, 2010 by  

Ryan Kwanten made the most of his break in filming True Blood to work on other projects, including the Australian film Red Hill. It was just selected for the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, which doesn’t usually chose genre films, but this is validation for the film as “quality entertainment and something special and out of the ordinary.”

Red Hill tells the story of Shane Cooper (Kwanten), a young police officer who relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers into a panic, his first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. Enter Jimmy Conway, a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who returns to the isolated outpost seeking revenge. Told with explosive action and chilling violence, this is a modern-day western set in high-country Australia.

Along with Ryan, the film stars Steve Bisley, Tom E. Lewis, Claire van der Boom, and Kevin Harrington. Patrick Hughes wrote, produced, and directed Red Hill, his first feature film. He calls their inclusion in the Berlin festival a great honor:

“The film was a passion project at every level. I was inspired by film-makers such as George Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and the Coen Brothers, all directors who made their first films outside the system and risked everything in the process. Now that our world premiere is set to screen in a 1,000 seat cinema in the heart of Berlin on the opening weekend of the festival, it is not only a dream come true but a wonderful validation for everyone involved.”

Red Hill will be up for the Panorama Audience Award on February 21, 2010. It’s great to see Ryan getting recognition for things other than True Blood so that people can see more of his tremendous talent as an actor.

Red Hill was filmed in rural Victoria and was made with the support of private investors, Screen Australia and a Film Victoria location grant. It is distributed by Transmission Films and will be released mid 2010.

SOURCE: scribd.com

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