22 , 2003:
“Finding Joy” Melbourne Premiere
Joy”, the first feature film from up-and-coming Australian
filmmakers Billie Dean and Andrew Einspruch will have its Melbourne
premiere November 22 at the Waverly Cinema, Mt. Waverly, with a
meet-the-filmmaker Q&A session followed by a party. This builds
and seasons in Canberra, Katoomba, Raymond Terrace, Murwillumbah,
Sale, and Leongatha.
Dean, a professional psychic animal communicator and former comedian,
was inspired to write “Finding Joy” after working in
could have made a documentary about how hard it is for animals in
pounds and abbatoirs, but I wanted to touch people and open their
hearts. Too many people seem to think that dogs are like toys, to
be discarded when the going gets tough," says Dean. "I
wanted to focus on what a gift they can be."
Finding Joy is a love story. It's very funny, very New Age and very
poignant. We're receiving letters and emails from people whom it
has touched, uplfted and inspired. I hope eventually this will translate
into people being more committed to their animal companions."
and Dean, who take the lead roles in the film, have a private sanctuary
of rescued animals at their farm in Braidwood where the film was
shot. "We currently have 21 horses, seven dogs, four cats,
a couple of budgies and alpacas, and assorted water fowl -- all
part of our permanent family. My goal is that my films inspire no-kill
sanctuaries around the globe."
Joy" is billed asa different kind of romantic comedy, set in
rural NSW to the backdrop of the folk music scene. The movie tells
the bittersweet story of Joy (Dean) a woman who wants to be a singer
– but she can’t sing. Her life changes when she takes
in a stray dog (Raffi). She meets and falls in love with Peter Wolfman
(Einspruch), who encourages her to perform with him at the local
pizzeria. But the road to bliss is littered with bumps and hiccups.
“The core of the film is about how the unconditional love
of a stray dog helps a women with incredibly low self esteem find
the courage to reach her dreams,” says Dean.
the first film to really embrace the New Age counter culture, and
audiences are enjoying seeing themselves reflected on the screen
in a positive way. We've been told its very real. And it is. I told
a story about Braidwod culture, in the same way as English films
tell their local, heartfelt stories. There's no extra gloss, just
The film features cameo appearances by Angry Anderson and Jenny
Morris, and the soundtrack is rich with the work of Australian musicians.
including Merrilyn Simmons, Richard Steele, the Gillespie Sisters,
Katusha, Malumba, and Tribe.
“’Finding Joy’” is distinguishing itself
as Australia’s first all-digital feature film, from shooting
to screening to trailers. “We have embraced the digital platform
from the word ‘go’,” says Einspruch. “The
movie hasn’t touched an inch of film stock yet.”
The digital strategy lets “Finding Joy” appear in theatres
that have taken the progressive step of installing digital projectors.
“We’re very excited to be working with theatres like
which are able to support distinctive, new Australian films like
ours, and provide alternative, interesting viewing to their audiences,”
Rated PG, “Finding Joy” has been hailed as a “film
with its heart in the right place”, for its uplifting and
funny story, because its characters are real people dealing with
real issues, and because it is clean, both in language and image.
The film first came into being when Billie Dean entered the Sunrise
pitching competition in 1999.
“I wanted to write something fun,” says Dean. “I’d
had enough of dark, gritty movies. I felt some audiences must surely
feel the same. Now is the time for heart
movies with a little extra substance. There are layers in ‘Finding
Joy’ if you want them. You can also just sit back and enjoy
the romance, humour, and music. It’s a feel good movie for
“Finding Joy” was chosen for Sunrise, as one of 10 stories
from an entry pool of over 530 submissions, giving Dean and Einspruch
the confidence to make an independent feature film on their own.
“Finding Joy” was made with the latest in digital technology
and is currently being self-distributed, following in the footsteps
of a new wave of truly independent producers.
Contact the Waverly Cinema to book seats on (03) 9803 3671 or (03)
9803 2911 or to find out about other sessions.
more information about
"Finding Joy", contact Andrew Einspruch on +61 2 4842
2819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.