CinefestOZ has named AACTA award-winning actress Emma Booth as a Patron of the festival.
The West Australian-born actress, best known for the award-winning Australian thriller Hounds of Love and TV series Glitch and The Gloaming, has been attending the festival for years and said she was delighted to become an ‘official member’ of the CinefestOZ family.
“Over the years, the team behind CinefestOZ has become like a family to me and I am in awe of the effort they put into the festival,” said Booth, who first attended the festival back in 2012. “It’s truly a magical experience for everyone who attends. Busselton is my home when I’m in Australia and CinefestOZ has always been one of the highlights of the year.”
Booth became an international success after starring in Clubland, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and introduced her to global audiences. Her acting credits include Glitch, Once Upon a Time, Cloudstreet, Underbelly and Hounds of Love, for which she won the 2017 AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also starred in the WA-made feature film H Is For Happiness, which last year won the $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize.
Earlier this year, she appeared on screen alongside Ewen Leslie in the Stan original series The Gloaming and will reprise her role as troubled detective Molly McGee in the second series of the haunting crime thriller, which is currently in development.
CinefestOZ Chair Helen Shervington said Booth had played an integral part in the growth and success of the festival and having an actress of such international repute, who also happens to hail from the South West, is cause for much celebration.
“We are so pleased to have Emma on board in an official capacity alongside our other Patrons, David Wenham, Kelton Pell, Myles Pollard and The Hon. Barry House,” Shervington said. “Emma understands and embodies all that the festival is about and her talent, drive and infectious energy make her a valuable member of our close-knit team, particularly this year as we adapt the festival to online and live offerings.”
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