Australian film picks up award at Hamptons festival

“Beneath Hill 60,” an Australian import that details WWI-era heroics, has won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize from the Hamptons Film Fest.

The $25,000 cash award is given to a film that “explores science and technology themes in fresh, innovative ways, and depicts scientists and engineers in a realistic and compelling fashion.” Previous winners have included “Kinsey,” “The Fountain,” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

“Beneath Hill 60″ tells the story of a group of Aussie mining engineers who tunnel beneath German lines and have to defend the leaking, explosive-filled labyrinth. The Oct. 8 award presentation will be followed by a screening and a Q&A sesh with writer/producer David Roach.

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