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Unjoo Moon’s Helen Reddy biopic I Am Woman will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) alongside True History of the Kelly Gang, Dirt Music and ABC drama Black B*tch (working title), alongside Hearts and Bones and The Australian Dream.
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TIFF is an important event for Australian titles and talent, and is regarded as a crucial launchpad for the North American market. “This year’s TIFF contingent showcases some truly iconic Australian people and stories, including legendary musician Helen Reddy, sporting hero Adam Goodes, the notorious Ned Kelly and Tim Winton’s classic novel Dirt Music brought to the screen,” Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason remarked. “Having a television series at TIFF is also a first for Australia, and speaks to the increasing international appeal of premium dramas like Black B*tch (pictured).

“We’re particularly thrilled to see Unjoo Moon’s I Am Woman screening as the Special Presentations opening night film, which is a high honour for any production, and doubly impressive for a debut feature. Congratulations also to Ben Lawrence whose debut scripted feature Hearts and Bones has been selected to screen in the Discovery programme.”

I Am Woman director Unjoo Moon said: “It was always my dream to premiere I Am Woman at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival. I am so thrilled that TIFF have not only selected our film but have also given it the honour of opening an incredible selection of films and filmmakers in their Special Presentations section this year. I can’t wait for people to embrace Helen and fall in love with her and her music all over again.”

Justin Kurzel, director of True History of the Kelly Gang added: “We are extremely excited to get everyone together again and watch the film at such a regarded festival as Toronto. There were so many extraordinary crew and cast who gave more than I could have ever wished for. That passion and love for what they did is something I am so proud of and thrilled the great festival audiences of Toronto will see their work.”

Black B*tch director Rachel Perkins said: “You can be so immersed in the creative process of filmmaking that you become unsure of what you have at the end of it. News of our acceptance into Toronto, particularly given our television series is one of the few chosen from the world, was therefore a high point and a huge relief.”