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Satellite Boy added to Toronto line-up
David Gulpilil. Picture: Trevor Collens.

Aussie production Satellite Boy has joined the list of home-grown movies showing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

Written and directed by Catriona McKenzie and starring David Gulpilil (Walkabout, Crocodile Dundee, Australia), Satellite Boy will have its world premiere in the Discovery program, which features works by directors to watch.

It joins the other five Aussie films selected for the festival, including Dead Europe, Lore, The Sapphires, Storm Surfers 3D and Underground.

Satellite Boy is long-time TV director McKenzie's first feature film and follows a 10-year-old boy named Pete (Cameron Wallaby), who lives with his grandfather (Gulpilil) in an old, abandoned drive-in cinema in the outback.

When his grandfather's home is threatened, Pete sets off for the city with his best friend (Joseph Pedley) to try and save it.

Gulpilil says of Satellite Boy: "I love my country Australia and that is me. I make movie and I walk in the land on my ground and in my soil."

Producer David Jowsey says he's very proud of what McKenzie has achieved with the film.

"After a long period of script development, it was truly inspiring to be on location in the epic Kimberley landscape and shooting the film," he says.

The Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 6-16.

The West Australian

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