THE ISLAND of Doctor Moron, a film of a rock musical created by Crescent Head duo Chris and Lyn Dockrill, has been selected to screen at the Nice International Film Festival in May.
The film was selected to screen at the London International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in February where Chris Dockrill was chosen for an extended interview with the festival marketing director, Steve Grossmith. The interview can be found on the Moron website: www.theislandofdoctormoron.com
The film also screened at the inaugural Canada West International Film Festival in March. The Canadian festival screened 43 films from 14 countries. The Island of Doctor Moron was the only film selected from Australia.
Canada West Festival director Evan Allen said that the festival was a wonderful success.
“It’s a huge task and required a committed team effort to make something like this happen,” he said. “Being the inaugural festival, it was great to see people come in waves to see the films.”
“The program included short films, documentaries, animated films, horror and thriller shorts and feature films including The Island of Doctor Moron which stood out as a unique Australian rock musical.
“There were no other films quite like it. It was great to see the posters for this soon-to-be Aussie classic all over the island. I believe they have been quickly souvenired by people who saw the film.
Asked how he would describe the film, Allen said: “The Island of Doctor Moron is an exhilarating ride of wacky, and wicked musical genius”.
Chris Dockrill said he looked forward to seeing the film screen in France. “The festival in Nice preludes the world-famous Cannes Film Festival, so Southern France should be full of film buffs in search of something new. Moron will definitely give them that!” he said.
“Each international film festival has hundreds to thousands of submissions,” Dockrill said. “So it is an honour to be selected in a festival.
“I am proud to claim that this project started right here in the Macleay as a musical at Kempsey High School.
“Moron is not like most other films, being a hybrid cinematic film of a live, original Australian rock musical.
“It smashes through the ‘fourth wall’ of the live show and puts the viewers up there on the stage with the action.
“The film’s perfect 5.1 digital sound track also intensifies the experience.
“A number of people have now said that the film makes you feel like you are actually in the show rather than merely watching it.
“We are proud to say that it now forms part of the collection for the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia. As such, this ‘made on the Macleay’ original is officially part of Australia’s film and cultural history.”
Details of the Nice screening will be posted on the The Island of Doctor Moron website.
Meanwhile, Moron has also been selected for the Hoboken International Film Festival – one of the 10 biggest film festivals in the world.
Hosted by Greenwood Lake, NY, the event plays out at Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park – On the Beach
“This is fantastic news – we have finally got a toe into the States,” Dockrill said.
And the good news doesn’t end there.
“I have just received notification that our film has been selected by the Auckland International Film Festival. That makes six countries, including Australia,” Dockrill said.