'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.”
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