B.O. increases for Oz film fests

Australia’s two major film events, the 40th Sydney Film Festival (June 11-26 ) and the 42nd Melbourne Intl.

Film Festival (June 4-18), have both wrapped with increased B.O. takes.

According to Melbourne fest director Tait Brady, ticket sales were around $ A 301,000 ($ 205,000), around 2% up from last year. In Sydney, director Paul Byrnes says ticket sales income rose 7%, and subscriptions rose 3.6% to 2,900.

In Melbourne, Lynn-Maree Milburn’s “Memories and Dreams” was judged best Australian feature. In Sydney, audience award went to Alfonso Arau’s “Like Water for Chocolate,” and the Film Critics’ Circle of Australia voted Ang Lee’s “The Wedding Banquet” as best film.

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