Bellbird is a 2019 New Zealand dramedy directed by Hamish Bennett (Directorial Debut), starring Marshall Napier, Annie Whittle, Cohen Holloway, Rachel House, Stephen Tamarapa, and Kahukura Retimana. It premiered in June last year in the Official Competition of the Sydney Film Festival.
A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.
The film follows Cecilia, who receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide. She begins to re-build her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.
A shell-shocked photojournalist, haunted by what he has witnessed on assignment in Africa, returns home on the eve of becoming a father. When one of his photographs threatens to destroy a Sudanese refugee's new life, the two men are reunited by nightmare events from the past.
The Dendy Icon group is one of Australia’s leading independent cinema and film distributors. Comprising of Icon Film Distribution and Dendy Cinemas.
The group focuses on quality feature films and alternative content within the Australian and New Zealand markets.
The group is owned by Mel Gibson and long-time producing partner Bruce Davey, who are the key principals behind the independent film company Icon Productions. Credits for Icon Productions include critically acclaimed and award-winning titles such as Braveheart, What Women Want, Passion of the Christ, We Were Soldiers, Apocalypto and Hacksaw Ridge.
Launched in Australia in 2002, Icon Film Distribution releases various hand-picked theatrical titles per annum. Drawing on its expertise in script analysis and development, Icon sources content from the world’s most prestigious film festivals, international film-markets and directly from producers. Icon Film is an ‘all rights’ business that distributes content throughout theatrical, home entertainment, ancillary, pay per view, digital, as well as pay and free television channels. Since inception, Icon’s titles have generated over $300 million at the box office in Australia and New Zealand including the following acclaimed releases: 12 Years a Slave, Zero Dark Thirty, The Queen, The Iron Lady, Slumdog Millionaire, RED, La Vie en Rose, Death at a Funeral, Last Cab to Darwin, Hacksaw Ridge, The Wife and Hotel Mumbai.
Icon entered the exhibition business in 2008, acquiring one of Australia’s leading independent cinema chains, Dendy Cinemas. Founded 80 years ago, Dendy Cinemas operates 43 screens across NSW, QLD and ACT, exhibiting the best in quality cinema and alternative content. As well as its core film programming, Dendy Cinemas is home to the vibrant Dendy Arts program which features Opera, Ballet, and world-class theatre productions from National Theatre Live, Royal Shakespeare Company and more. Dendy also plays host to various screening concepts including; Exclusive Previews, Q&A Screenings, Dendy Dames Events, High Tea Screenings and Senior’s Morning Teas. Dendy Cinemas proudly supports the local filmmaking and arts community through sponsorship of NIDA, Sydney Film Festival Awards, Tropfest and Flickerfest.
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