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INDY MOVIE REVIEW
 
Satellite Boy (2012)
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Director:Catriona McKenzie Producer:David Jowsey Screenplay by:Catriona McKenzie  , Julie Ryan, Catriona McKenzie

Music by:David Bridie Cinematography:Geoffrey Simpson  Edited by:Henry Dangar Running time:1h 30min  Country:Australia Language:English Genre:Adventure, Drama, Family  Subtitle:English  Starring: David Gulpilil ... Jagamarra,
Cameron Wallaby ... Pete
, Joseph Pedley ... Kalmain, Rohanna Angus ... Lynelle, Dean Daley-Jones ... Dave,
Dolores Roberts ... Corine
, Callum McKenzie ... Callum, Kaylene Marr ... Rosalie,
Jarunba-Mark Weaver ... Bellyup
, Dougie McCale ... George

 
 

Pete lives with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema in the desert. When the old drive-in is threatened with demolition, ten year old Pete takes off to the city with his best mate Kalmain, to save his home. But the boys get lost in the Australian outback. Starving and thirsty, Pete has to remember some of the old bush skills his grandfather taught him to survive. Finally Pete and Kalmain reach the city, they save the old cinema and return home as heroes...


Wonderful coming of age story

Author: bridon-792-528635 from SW, Western Australia
15 September 2013
Thoroughly enjoyable movie. Presented an indigenous view of were traditional culture meets white in outback towns. All the good & bad elements of the breakdown in traditional structures are presented in a simplistic rendition of the strength of culture through the wrapping within the protective framework of Elder knowledge. The simplistic & warmhearted presentation of coming of age & recognition of where value & importance actually lies, was lovingly if somewhat unrealistically presented during the bush parts. Consequence & direness regardless of bush knowledge were very poorly presented in the traveling through the bush section of movie. Very much let the rest of the movie down. Loved the way the negative aspects of cultural breakdown were presented so ordinarily, sledgehammer approach was not used for a change, and made them so much more significant in there everyday ordinariness.


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Australian Directors Guild 2014

Won
ADG/DGA Finders Series Award
Catriona McKenzie 
 

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2014

Nominated
AFCA Award
Best Director
Catriona McKenzie 
 

Australian Film Institute 2014

Nominated
AACTA Award
Best Film
David Jowsey 
Julie Ryan 
Catriona McKenzie 
Best Sound
Phil Judd 
Liam Egan 
Nick Emond 
Glenn Butler 
Les Fiddess 
Jennifer Sochackyj 
 

Australian Screen Sound Guild 2013

Nominated
ASSG Award
Best Achievement in Sound for Film Sound Recording
Nick Emond 
 

Berlin International Film Festival 2013

Won
Crystal Bear - Special Mention
Generation Kplus - Best Film
Catriona McKenzie 

An exciting film, shot in magnificent country and with really great music. It gave us a better ... More

Won
Special Mention of the Generation Kplus International Jury
Best Feature Film
Catriona McKenzie 

Sometimes you need to leave your home to know where you came from. Two boys set out for a journey ... More

 

Dhaka International Film Festival 2014

Won
Jury Prize
Best Cinematographer
Geoffrey Simpson 
 

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2014

Nominated
FCCA Award
Best Performance by a Young Actor
Joseph Pedley 
Best Performance by a Young Actor
Cameron Wallaby 
 

ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival 2013

Won
Jury Award
Best Dramatic Feature
Catriona McKenzie 
 

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013

Nominated
New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize
Catriona McKenzie 
 

São Paulo International Film Festival 2012

Nominated
Youth Award
Best Foreign Film
Catriona McKenzie 
 

Toronto International Film Festival 2012

Nominated
Discovery Award
Catriona McKenzie 
 

Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2013

Won
Award of the City of Zlín
Catriona McKenzie 
Nominated
Children''s Jury Main Prize
Best Feature Film for Children
Catriona McKenzie 
Nominated
Golden Slipper
Best Feature Film for Children
Catriona McKenzie 

 
 


Satellite Boy is a 2012 Australian film about a young Aboriginal boy struggling to maintain the traditions of his heritage in the modern world when a mining company expands into the region. Written and directed by Catriona McKenzie, the film premiered domestically on 10 December 2012 at the Perth International Arts Festival, two days after being released at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Plot[edit]
Twelve-year-old Pete (Cameron Wallaby) lives at a rundown drive-in theatre with his grandfather Jagamarra (David Gulpilil), whom he calls "Jubi". The grandfather continually imparts wisdom of the old ways to Pete, who wishes to open a restaurant on the property. The boy hopes his absent mother, Lynelle (Rohanna Angus) will return to help with the restaurant, although Jubi doubts her return to the desolate area of Kimberley. A local mining company soon arrives, claims the land, and will soon build a storage facility on the property, razing everything on it.

Pete asks his friend Kalmain (Joseph Pedley) to accompany him on a weekend bicycle trip to the city in an attempt to appeal to the company officials. Kalmain is happy to oblige, as he is now on the run from the police. The journey becomes a walkabout for the boys when they become lost. Pete must rely on the sage advice from his grandfather for survival to not only complete the trek into the city and meet with the company, but also with his mother, who wishes to take him to Perth so that she can become a beautician.







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