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Perth film Blame premieres Australia-wide


John Day
Minister for Planning; Culture and the Arts; Science and Innovation

WA-made and supported feature film Blame had its Perth premiere on June 8. The film has already received a strong reception internationally and nationally ahead of its Australian cinema release on June 16. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the thriller received $750,000 from ScreenWest’s West Coast Visions, an initiative designed to develop promising local filmmakers.

“Blame attracted strong international marketplace interest last month following its successful screenings at the Cannes International Film Festival in the Cannes Cinephiles program as part of the Cinema des Antipodes section, securing sales in North America, France, UK and China,” Mr Day said.

“The success of Blame is a testament to the importance of continuing to provide these stepping-stone opportunities to support our talented local filmmakers.”

The film has achieved a number of prestigious accolades on the festival circuit being officially selected for the Melbourne, Toronto and Chicago International film festivals, as well as having the honour of screening as part of the closing gala at last year’s CinéfestOZ Film Festival.

Blame is the first feature film for producers Ryan Hodgson and Melissa Kelly (Factor 30 Films), co-producer Michael Robinson (3monkeysfilms), and writer-director Michael Henry. It was filmed entirely in the Perth Hills with an ensemble cast of Australia’s rising talent, including Sophie Lowe, Simon Stone, Kestie Morassi, Mark Winter, Ashley Zukerman and Damian de Montenas.

The official trailer for the film can be seen on YouTube: