Jon Bell, the Australian filmmaker, will premiere his psychological horror film, The Moogai, at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. First Nations directed psychological horror film The Moogai headlines Sundance Film Festival.
The first Australian First Nations film in the festival’s midnight section makes groundbreaking history.
“What a truly great honour it is for The Moogai to premiere at Sundance Film Festival. I still can’t really accept that it’s true,” he said.
Placing this film among others at Sundance, with its long history with First Nations peoples, feels unbelievably surreal.
“I have such a great team to share this with, and I’m over the moon. Nothing is made in a vacuum.”
A young mother battles instability, convinced an evil spirit is threatening her children in the movie’s gripping plot.
Mr. Bell’s acclaimed 2020 short film premiered and gained recognition at festivals like Cinefest, Sydney, SXSW, and Melbourne.
Now, The Moogai is making its debut at Sundance as a full-length feature film, with Shari Sebbens taking on the lead role, supported by Meyne Wyatt as her husband, along with Tessa Rose, Clarence Ryan, and Jahdeana Mary.
Screen Australia’s Head of First Nations, Angela Bates, expressed immense pride to have supported production of The Moogai.
“Its selection for Sundance Film Festival as the first Australian First Nations title in the Midnight Section heralds a significant moment for First Nations storytelling, continuing the momentum in showcasing our talents on a global stage,” Ms Bates said.
“Congratulations to writer/director Jon Bell, co-producers Mitchell Stanley from No Coincidence Media, Causeway Films’ Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings.
“The cast for their incredible performances including Shari Sebbens, Meyne Wyatt and rising star Jahdeana Mary, and the entire team for bringing this authentic and powerful narrative to life.
“It’s a tremendous achievement for everyone involved.”
Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States.
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