Luc Van Hoorick is set to showcase his film at the world’s most prestigious film event.
Stars flock to the Cannes International Film Festival like ants to a picnic, and this year a Brisbane filmmaker will be walking the red carpet right alongside them.
After three years of hard work, Luc Van Hoorick has successfully entered his short film The Rock into the festival, and after enduring the grueling application process, he’s praying his hard work pays off.
“I have a little advantage because my mother tongue is French. Jane Campion is on the jury,she made The Piano, so I’m hoping because she knows Australia she will have a preference for our story, because it’s unique,” he says. The film is based on the true story of stolen rocks being returned to Uluru by travellers who experience bad luck in their lives after taking them. Hoorin says he wanted people to really think about the issue and decide for themselves whether taking items from a sacred site is right.
“Should you take something from a sacred site or not? It’s a type of morality message at the end of the film suggesting people should think twice before doing this type of thing.”
Hoorick held a small private screening earlier this year for the families of those involved in the film and it was very well received. This has made him even more determined to enter the film in both the Venice and Berlin Film Festivals later this year.
“It was a very good reaction and it sparked new adventures and more projects in the coming months; it makes me even more excited about it.”
For Hoorick, entering The Rock into the Cannes Film Festival was a good way to test the waters. “It’s an experiment to see how far we can go and how much attention we can grab in terms of the festivals. We hope that we can attract more attention at the next festival.”
Looking ahead, Hoorick’s goal is to continue promoting both the film and the beauty of Australia to European audiences. “We’d like to promote it in Europe and worldwide because everyone is attracted to the beauty of Australian scenery. The next step is to develop attraction for the country in terms of tourism; we are promoting the country through art. It’s giving a very good image of Australia abroad; it’s good for our country. Seeing it from a European eye, I know exactly the market and I understand the sensitivity of the Europeans, and I can bring that flavour into a movie.”