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Day one on set in John Forrest National Park, Jacob O'Neil, Luke Morgan, Jamie Smith, Steven Mihaljevich and Carl Maiorana.

Xrossing featuring at Kookaburra Cinema

By Claire Ottaviano

INTERNATIONAL film festival best feature winner The Xrossing is making its Perth Hills debut next weekend.

Written and directed by Swan View’s Steven Mihaljevich, The Xrossing took home best film in the micro-budget category at its Toronto Independent Film Festival world premiere in 2020.

It also won best feature film at the London Independent Film Awards and sold out at the Australian premiere at Luna Leederville.

It will play at Mundaring’s Kookaburra Cinema on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, 23.

Filmed mostly in Swan View and John Forrest National Park, Mihaljevich said as well as the local scenes, the film’s themes would also resonate with local audiences.

“The response to the film so far, it’s all a bit overwhelming really,” he said.

“We didn’t expect it to get this far, we didn’t have much financial backing so it’s all a bit of surprise to us.

“Aside from the many important themes in the film, the audiences have been very entertained so far and moved to tears, it’s a confronting film at times however there’s a lot of warmth and hope in the movie and things to take away and reflect on.”

Carl Maiorana, Steven J Mihaljevich, Kelton Pell and Ian Hale at the Perth launch party of The Xrossing.

Shot in September and December 2018, The Xrossing is a coming-of-age story that focuses on three boys who harass a reclusive Aboriginal man, Bobby (Kelton Pell).

“More than that, it’s a story about forgiveness, redemption and the importance of human contact and it’s also a very strong reminder of prejudice and how tradegies can occur through lack of perspective and basic understanding.

“It’s an important film in terms of its exploration of ignorance and a reminder to all of us of the value of human connection.

“The themes and issues are universal, everyone can take something from the film but of course locals will definitely see it from that local perspective,” he said.

“That was the aim from the beginning to create a local story that was authentic to the area and have this cultural context.”

Visit www.kooka burracinema.com.au for times and information.

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