Benjamin Gilmour’s ‘Jirga’ heads to TIFF!

Go, Aussie, Go! Check out the presser below:

Benjamin Gilmour’s JIRGA selected for Toronto International Film Festival

Australian Q&A dates announced in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth

ahead of September 27 release

“Writer-director Benjamin Gilmour and Australian actor Sam Smith have created one of the most enthralling films of the year with Jirgashot in the starkly beautiful but dangerous landscapes straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Jane Schoettle, International Programmer for Toronto International Film Festival https://www.tiff.net/tiff/jirga/

Jirga, the new film from award-winning filmmaker, author and paramedic Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion, Paramedico) has been selected to make its International Premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in the section dedicated to showcasing first or second features, Discovery.  Gilmour will be joined in Toronto by lead actor Sam Smith.

Jirga was the only Australian film In Competition at Sydney Film Festival, and screens In Competition at Cinefest Oz this week after sold-out screenings at MIFF. Following TIFF, Footprint Films presents Q&A screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth ahead of the film’s September 27 release date, with other states to follow.

Set and shot in Afghanistan in extraordinary circumstances, Jirga stars Sam Smith as a former Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga.

Benjamin Gilmour said “We’re so thrilled to have Jirga at Toronto, such an important festival. I think audiences are really craving films like this, stories of reconciliation and peace. “

 

Jirga is directed and written by Benjamin Gilmour, produced by John Maynard. Executive producers are Bridget Ikin and David Gross. Jirga is a Felix Media production. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Definition Films.

Watch the trailer: www.jirgafilm.com.au

 

JIRGA Q&A TOUR

 

Sydney

Thursday 20 September

6.30pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard, hosted by Sydney Morning Herald’s Garry Maddox

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
- 380 Military Road,
Cremorne

Buy tickets:  http://www.orpheum.com.au/wp-cinema/movie/OJIRGAQA/JIRGA+-+QA+PREVIEW/

Sunday 23 September

3pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Dendy Newtown261-263 King St, Newtown

Buy tickets https://www.dendy.com.au/events/q-and-a-screening-jirga-422

Friday 28 September

7pm screening JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Casula Powerhouse

Wednesday 3 October 

7pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour, lead actor Sam Smith and producer John Maynard

Parramatta Riverside Theatre

Canberra

Friday 21 September

7pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith

Dendy Canberra – Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St, Canberra

Buy tix: https://www.dendy.com.au/events/q-and-a-screening-jirga

Melbourne

Tuesday 25 September

6.45pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith hosted by The Guardian’s Luke Buckmaster

Cinema Nova – 380 Lygon St Carlton

Buy tix: : https://www.cinemanova.com.au/films/jirga

Perth

Thursday 27 September

6.30pm screening of JIRGA followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Gilmour and lead actor Sam Smith

Luna Leederville155 Oxford St, Leederville

Buy tix: http://lunapalace.com.au/special-events+2681+jirga-qa-screening-with-director-lead-actor