The Dublin Australian Film Festival will take place at the Irish Film Institute from Friday 21 to Saturday 29 April.

The acclaimed 'Look Both Ways', winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Australian Film Institute Awards, will open the festival.

Some of the other highlights include Nicholas Hansen's award-winning documentary 'Rash', about unsanctioned street art; psychodrama-cum-oddball romance, 'Puppy', from Irish-born director Kieran Galvin; 'Blowin' in the Wind', the latest film from two-time Academy Award nominee David Bradbury, Australia's most contentious and provocative documentary film-maker; and 'The Bet', a modern morality tale set in the glamorous and cut-throat world of Sydney stock-broking.

The Irish premiere of 'The Magician', Scott Ryan's mockumentary about a talkative Melbourne hit man, will take place on Thursday 27 April and Ryan will be present for a public interview after the screening.

Festival Patron Jane Scott, producer of 'My Brilliant Career', 'Crocodile Dundee', 'Strictly Ballroom', 'Shine' and 'Head-On' will be in Dublin to launch the event.

Of the links between Australian and Irish film-making, Scott says: "There is a deep spiritual link between us, not only because of the diaspora of people, but because it is about smaller nations making big impressions with something worthwhile to say and a great style in doing so. We understand similar struggles and we appreciate much of the same wit and inspiration."

More information on the Dublin Australian Film Festival is available online from the Irish Film Institute website at www.irishfilm.ie.

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