Iconic Australian actor Erik Thomson launches 2017 Fleurieu Film Festival

The Fleurieu Film Festival is a “perfect fit” for the region, said one of Australia’s most talented and likeable actors, Erik Thomson, patron of the 2017 Fleurieu Film Festival.

“I’m proud to call the Fleurieu home,” he told guests at the event launch held at the soon-to-be-opened wine bar, The General, in McLaren Flat, on October 19.

FIVE STAR CAST: Film Festival Director, Alison Alcock, Kerry Heysen-Hicks, Scott Hicks and patron Erik Thomson at the launch of the 2017 Fleurieu Film Festival. Photo: Angela Lisman

FIVE STAR CAST: Film Festival Director, Alison Alcock, Kerry Heysen-Hicks, Scott Hicks and patron Erik Thomson at the launch of the 2017 Fleurieu Film Festival. Photo: Angela Lisman

“I see the Film Festival as a perfect addition to this region, which puts other things in life ahead of corporate drudgery and beige commercialism and ultimately watching a film in this beautiful environment, breaking bread, enjoying some aqua vitae satisfies our basic desire to share and celebrate the common human experience.”

Mr Thomson said the Fleurieu Film Festival attracted a multi-generational discerning audience and gave people another great reason to travel to McLaren Vale and its surrounds.

“It’s a perfect promotional event to hitch your cart to,” he said.

Ben Riggs, festival partner and host of the 2017 launch agreed.

“Partnering with Fleurieu Film Festival has given us a great forum to showcase what we’re doing – great food and great wine,” he said.

Also pleased to participate in the event is the winner of last year’s festival, Steven de Villiers.

“It’s a tough gig and often a lonely journey, especially writing and directing, but the film festival gives opportunities to get the community together, foster ideas and act as a career accelerator,” he said.

“So thank you to the team because as filmmakers, the festival gives us an opportunity to grow and receive recognition and validation.”

Festival director Alison Alcock said the event, only in its second year, had attracted “incredible support” from filmmakers and sponsors who are “investing in this festival”.

“Today, our sponsors, The General, have supplied fabulous food and wine for all the sponsors and stakeholders who have come to the launch,” Ms Alcock said.

“We’re also thrilled to have Scott Hicks join us with his family and Erik Thomson who, as patron, opened the event.

“There’s an incredible community of businesses here who want the Fleurieu Film Festival to go ahead.

“It shows credos for us and we’re thrilled.”

The 2017 Fleurieu Film Festival will be an open-air event over two nights, with Red Dog screening on Friday February 10 at the McLaren Vale Visitor Centre.  

Saturday February 11 will screen 10 of the winning films on the lakeside-lawns of major sponsor Serafino winery, with a glass of wine and a Mediterranean barbecue dinner included in the ticket price.

Entries depicting the theme ‘water’ are to be submitted by December 1 via fleurieufilmfestival.com.au

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