the rocket posterPresented by Screenworks in association with Palace Cinemas & supported by Screen NSW

Writer/director Kim Mordaunt and Producer Sylvia Wilczynski are coming to Palace Byron Bay Cinemas for a special one-night-only preview of their film


followed by a 30min Q&A session

6.30pm Tues August 13 2013

“An impressive narrative debut…A kid-centric slice of intractable humanism in the mode of “The Kite Runner,” “Tsotsi,” “Whale Rider” or “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” this “Rocket” could launch globally.” VARIETY US

“Here’s a fearless long-range prediction: Australia will have its first nomination for best foreign-language film at the Oscars next year… With a warm heart, feel-good spirit and rich cultural insights, it’s a small gem.” Garry Maddox, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

THE ROCKET [M]: A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he’s not cursed he builds a giant rocket to enter the most dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

Set in the rarely seen tribal mountains of Laos, THE ROCKET is gripping yet heart-warming cinema in the vein of the Oscar winning Salaam Bombay, Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries and the kids’ story in Slumdog Millionaire, with a touch of Little Miss Sunshine.

Starring Thai/Lao actor Thep Po-ngarm in the role of a damaged but humorous former CIA soldier, who becomes a mentor to our young hero; THE ROCKET is a universal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, about overcoming self-doubt, about forgiveness and the power of unconditional love.

“If any Tribeca film this year merited the term breakout, it’s this one… Don’t be surprised if this one’s in the foreign-language Oscar conversation next year.” Los Angeles Times

6.30pm Tuesday August 13

Palace Byron Bay Cinemas

Followed by live Q&A with writer director Kim Mordaunt and producer Sylvia Wilczynski

Tickets: $22.00 General Admission / $17 Movie Club & Screenworks Members

On sale now from Palace Byron Bay Cinemas ph 6680 8555 or on line

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