The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival 2022
It may have a population of under a thousand, but since 2014, Central West Queensland town Winton has been the proud home of the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival – Australia’s only outback film festival.
The region has strong filmmaking pedigree. For years, Winton has provided the backdrop to local productions including John Hillcoat and Nick Cave’s The Proposition (2005), Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road (2013) and Goldstone (2016), and the ABC TV political drama Total Control.
This year the festival returns from Friday June 24 to Thursday July 2, with a program of 50 feature films, as well as masterclasses and workshops. There’s also a focus on honouring the traditional custodians of the land, with a celebration planned for First Nations Day on June 26.
Chauvel Award recipient and proud Goa, Gunggari, Wakka Wakka Murri woman, actor and director Leah Purcell has been appointed as patron of this year’s festival. A major highlight of the program is Purcell’s latest film, The Drover’s Wife (2021), which reimagines Henry Lawson’s 1892 short story about Molly Johnson through an Indigenous, feminist perspective.
Screenings will mostly take place under the stars in the Royal Theatre, a 104-year-old open-air cinema, plus select other locations. Other program highlights include period drama Little Tornadoes (2022), co-written by The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas; Aussie horror and SXSW hit film Sissy (2022) and Renee Webster’s How to Please a Woman (2022) featuring British actor and comedian Sally Phillips.
Other must-see films include Christine Luby’s mystery/drama The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay (2022); Justin Kurzel’s biographical drama Nitram (2021); Danny Cohen’s music documentary Anonymous Club (2021) exploring the life of acclaimed Aussie musician Courtney Barnett; and the Shane Warne documentary Shane (2022).
Also gracing the program is a packed bill of masterclasses and workshops, including the Dreamtime Storytelling Masterclass, designed to support and grow the talents of emerging Indigenous filmmakers and writers, as well as the Festival’s annual short film competition.
For the full program of films, events and tickets visit Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.
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