WA film wins over Cannes
Angourie Rice. Picture: Arthur Mola.

The WA-made end-of-the-world thriller These Final Hours has had a rapturous reception at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film's director Zak Hilditch said These Final Hours got a standing ovation from the notoriously hard-nosed Cannes critics who had earlier eviscerated Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco.

"It was fantastic. We're still pinching ourselves that we're even over here," said an over-the-moon Hilditch after the first screening of his tale of a loser who redeems himself by rescuing a child on the final days on Earth.

Hilditch was joined on the red carpet by his leading man Nathan Phillips and Perth actresses Angourie Rice and Jessica de Gouw who have all been enjoying the PR boost from being in the Directors' Fortnight of the world's most important film festival.

Rice, 13, who attended Subiaco Primary School before moving to Victoria, has had roles in Walking With Dinosaurs 3D and The Doctor Blake Murder Mysteries on the back of the success of These Final Hours.

"It means so much to be over here getting the international exposure we've been getting," said Curtin University graduate Hilditch, who is the first WA director to have a feature film in competition at Cannes

The most gratifying aspect of These Final Hours is that no attempt has been made to disguise Perth, to make it stand in for a nameless modern city.

"This is my apocalyptic love letter to Perth," Hilditch said. "It was great to put Perth on the map. I don't think Perth has ever been seen this way before."

These Final Hours opens nationally on July 31.

The West Australian

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