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The Rocket makes a splash at TriBeca


After garnering applause during its screenings at TriBeca Film Festival in New York Australian feature The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt, has since been showered in awards including Best Narrative Feature, Audience Awards and Best Actor (for 10 year old Sitthiphon Disamoe).

Set for theatrical release later in the year, The Rocket follows a family who are forced to leave their homeland after it is earmarked by the government for construction site of a dam. Misfortune befalls the family and Ahlo (Disamoe) is blamed for most of it. However, redemption is offered in the form of the dangerous Rocket Festival for which Ahlo hopes to enter.

Filmed across stunning locations in Laos, The Rocket as cited by the Jury "is a spectacular achievement that is powerful and delightful in equal measures." The Jury, whose members included Whoopi Goldberg, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Paul Haggis, Kenny Lonergan, Mira Sorvino and Evan Rachel Wood, also praised it for being "artfully structured and gorgeously shot," as "it chronicles the struggles of a displaced family while steering well clear of either sentimentality or despair."