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AMY
1998, Cascade Films, 104 min, Australia, Dir: Nadia Tass

Traumatized by the death of her rock star father, 8-year-old Amy (a remarkable Alana De Roma) has become mute. When her mother (Rachel Griffiths) brings her to Melbourne in search of treatment, they move in with some quirky locals, one of whom (Ben Mendelsohn) tries to use music to bring the little girl out of her world of silence. A touching mix of comedy, drama and song, AMY won nearly 30 international awards, including the Grand Prix Cannes Junior at the Cannes Film Festival.


THE BIG STEAL
1990, Cascade Films, 99 min, Australia, Dir: Nadia Tass

Young Danny (Ben Mendelsohn of ANIMAL KINGDOM) tries to impress the girl of his dreams with the promise of a ride in his new Jag; unfortunately, Danny drives his family’s old Nissan Cedric. But there’s a spiffy Jaguar XJ6 in a local used-car lot, and the salesman (Steve Bisley) is offering him the deal of a lifetime - what could possibly go wrong? This delightful caper comedy took home three AFI awards including one for David Parker’s screenplay.


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