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Wine Country Film Festival 2013

Satellite Boy

Directed by Catriona McKenzie

EcoCinema, International, Narrative / Australia / 2012 / Adventure, First Filmmaker, Folklore, Human RIghts, Indigenous Peoples, Landscape, Road Movie, Spirituality, Terroir of Cinema, Vision Quest, Woman Filmmaker, Youth / 90 mins / English / N. California Premiere

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Satellite Boy preceded by KickStart Theft

Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
September 29, 2013 8:30 pm


A stunning first feature beautifully rendered in the Outback of Western Australia by first time woman director Catriona McKenzie. Sweeping vistas set the stage for this Aboriginal vision quest as we enter the world of a 10 year old boy, Pete (touchingly played by first timer Cameron Wallaby) and his grandfather Jagamarra, played by indiginous (Mandhalpuyngu) ace actor / dancer David Gulpilil, best known here for “Walkabout” and “The Tracker”. Pete and Jagamarra live in an abandoned drive-in movie theater, enjoying the vast skyscapes and starry nights. Pete’s grandfather teaches the boy the traditional Aboriginal shamanic ways and how to live with nature alone. Pete resists his grandfather’s mystical teachings, preferring to race around on his bike with his friends. That changes when they discover that the new owners are going to demolish their home, the old outdoor cinema. Pete and his friend decides to trek to the city to plea for its preservation, only to get lost in the desert wilderness on the way. Starving and thirsty Pete learns the value of his grandfather’s teachings.

A sensitive and moving mystical journey perfect for our Closing Night “Films al Fresco™” Outdoor Show.

Director's Bio

Catriona McKenzie graduated with Honors from the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School (whose alumni include Jane Campion, Gillian Armstrong) in 2001. Since graduating she has an directed a number of outstanding television series including the Emmy nominated Dance Academy; Logie and AFI award-winner My Place (series 1 and 2) for ABC TV; as well as Satisfaction for Showtime. Catriona was lead director on the award-winning SBS series’ The Circuit and RAN: Remote Area Nurse, as well as The Alice (Nine) and Fireflies (ABC TV). Most recently, Catriona was lead director on the highly anticipated series Redfern Now, which was developed in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed creator Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker, The Lakes). She is currently in production on the television drama series, The Gods of Wheat Street, for Every Cloud Productions and ABC. With critically acclaimed and award-winning short films including Box, The Third Note, Road and Redfern Beach, Catriona also wrote and directed the multi-award winning documentary Mr Patterns (ABC TV) and directed the half hour drama Grange (ABC TV). In 2007, Catriona spent time as a director’s attachment on the television series Prison Break (Fox). A highly experienced television drama director, Satellite Boy is Catriona McKenzie’s first feature film, which screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2012 as part of the Discovery Program and is selected for the 2013 Berlinale – Generation Kplus Programme.


Producer: David Jowsey, Julie Ryan, Catriona McKenzie
Screenwriter: Catriona McKenzie
Cinematographer: Geoffrey Simpson
Editor: Henry Dangar
Music: David Bridie
Cast: David Gulpilil, Cameron Wallaby, Joseph Pedley

Preceded By

  1. KickStart Theft

    Frederic Goodich / Cinema of Conscience, Narrative, Shorts / USA / 2012 / African American, Experimental/Abstract, Film Art / 7 mins
    The film tells the story of Victor, a homeless man struggling to provide for his family on the streets of Los Angeles. When he finds a job as a courier, he pawns what little jewelry his wife, Nayeesha has managed to hold onto and then picks up a used motorcycle. The job goes well until the bike is stolen, after which Victor and his son, Kierky must embark on a desperate search for the thief.

    Followed by a Master Class with director and producer Frederic Goodich . (Saturday Only)

    Precedes: Dreamers, Master Class with Director, Producer and Cinematographer Frederic Goodich ASC, Satellite Boy

Dates & Times

Satellite Boy preceded by KickStart Theft

Deerfield Ranch Winery Cave Theatre
September 29, 2013 8:30 pm