'Kokoda' preems in Sydney
SYDNEY — The April 10 world premiere of the Aussie war pic “Kokoda” had an air of triumph despite the Aussie fighters on screen not achieving a clear-cut victory in the New Guinea hills.
Fledgling shingle GFN Productions, founded by ex-Film Finance Corp. chairman
Geoff Levy and ex-chief exec Catriona Hughes, celebrated its first release at the Bondi Junction Greater Union plex.
Helmer/producer team Alister Grierson and Leesa Kahn clinked glasses upon
being the first of five “Kokoda” movies to be released.
“There are a lot of people pissed off with us because they’ve got “Kokoda”
scripts in their back pockets,” a battle-weary Grierson said.
Levy, topper at Investec investment bank, used his connections to fast-track
finance enabling the pic to travel from concept to screen in less than one year.
Hughes said: “We saved them from the humbling process of bureaucratic
indifference which can be so dispiriting.”