Satellite Boy.

The Perth Festival film program will feature a WA movie for the first time in its 61-year history. Homegrown family drama Satellite Boy will get its Australian premiere at the Somerville Auditorium on December 10.

Satellite Boy, which screened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, is also only the eighth Australian movie to screen as part of the program.

The last was Summer Coda in 2010.

Filmed in the Kimberley, Satellite Boy tells the story of Pete, a 10-year-old boy who lives in an old abandoned cinema in Wyndham with his grandfather.

When the cinema is threatened with demolition, Pete sets off for the city with his best friend to find the developers.

Written and directed by Catriona McKenzie (The Circuit, Redfern Now) and produced by David Jowsey (Mad Bastards), Satellite Boy stars acclaimed actor David Gulpilil alongside 11-year-old Cameron Wallaby, who was plucked from obscurity from the small Yiyili Aboriginal community, 170km south-east of Fitzroy Crossing, and 13-year-old Christ Church Grammar student Joseph Pedley.

It is one of 25 films, plus two special screenings, featuring in this year's program, which opens at Somerville Auditorium on November 25 with Searching for Sugarman.

Highlights of the program include acclaimed Austrian director Michael Haneke's Amour, which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Haneke's intimate drama centres on an elderly man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) struggling to care for his wife (Emmanuelle Riva) after she suffers a series of strokes.

Also on the program is British director Ken Loach's Glasgow-based heist comedy The Angel's Share, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, and Benoit Jacquot's Farewell My Queen, which chronicles the last days of the French monarchy through the eyes of one of Marie Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting.

The Lotterywest Festival Films are at Somerville Auditorium from November 25 to April 14. They will also screen at Joondalup Pines.

The West Australian

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