"Finding Joy" -- An Independent Autralian Feature Film

Life Wasn't Quite A Melody . . . Until She Met a Dog

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November 28 , 2004:

Billie Dean wins Best Actress Award

In a ceremony yesterday at ScreenScound Australia hosted by James O'Loghlin of the ABC's "The New Inventors", filmmaker Billie Dean received an AFTI Best Actress Award for her role as Joy in the feature film "Finding Joy".

"I was deeply honoured to receive the award." said Billie. "It is wonderful when people enjoy your work and want to recognise it."

The judge, Tony Knight, the Head of Acting at NIDA, said this about Billie's performance and the movie:

"Billie tackled a full feature film, creating a wonderful three-dimensional character you cared about. It was a stand-out performance. I personally really responded to the romantic nature of the film. It took me on a romantic journey. I loved it. And I also loved the dog in it."

Finding Joy was also a finalist in the AFTI's Best Drama category.

Billie Dean with Jame O'Loghlin at the AFTI Awards, Canberra
Billie Dean with Jame O'Loghlin at the AFTI Awards
Canberra, November 27, 2004

January 27 , 2004:

Finding Joy Appears in New Idea

Finding Joy has been featured in the January 31, 2004 edition of Australia's leading women's magazine, "New Idea". Nestled among the pages describing celeb diets and inside looks at Jacko's Neverland, is a 3/4 page tribute to Australia's first foray into spiritual cinema, with fabulous quotes from Angry Anderson and a look at Billie Dean's work with animals.

Click here to pop up the New Idea Article (678kb).

January 26 , 2004:

Finding Joy Soundtrack Album CD Now Available

After repeated requests at meet-the-filmmaker sessions, Laughing Owl Productions have released a soundtrack album CD of music from "Finding Joy". Featuring over an hour and a quarter of music, the album is a showcase of Australian musical talent.

Click here for the soundtrack album page.

November 7 , 2003:

Finding Joy Melbourne Premiere: November 22, 2003

Finding Joy will have its Melbourne premiere at a special meet-the-filmmaker screening, Saturday, November 22, 2003 at the Waverly Thetare, Mt. Waverly at 6:30 pm.

Click here for the media release and details.

June 13 , 2003:

Finding Joy to be released October 9, 2003 in Australia

Finding Joy has been scheduled for release in Australia on October 9, 2003. As the number of theatres grows, the film looks to be the first widely released, digitally screened film in Australia.

Click here for the media release.
Click here for information about screenings.

May 2 , 2003:

Finding Joy at Center Cinema, Canberra

Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11, 5:00 pm

Finding Joy has been scheduled for two screenings in Canberra at the Center Cinema, Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11. Both sessions will be at 5:00 pm, and both will have Billie Dean (writer, director, and lead actress) and Andrew Einspurch (producer, lead actor) there answering questions afterwards.

As the Center Cinema will soon close, this will be one of your last opportunities to enjoy this magnificent cinema space, which has been part of Canberra's screen culture since 1966. And, of course, its one of the few chances Canberrans will have to see Finding Joy.

Tickets are available in advance, and bookings are recommended.

Dates: Saturday, May 10 and Sunday May 11, 2003, 5:00 pm
Venue: Center Cinema, Bunda St, Canberra.
Bookings: (02) 6249 7979
Click here for information about the Center Cinema.
See Finding Joy in great company on the Center Cinema
Farewell Festival poster.

March 28, 2003:

Finding Joy at National Folk Festival

Laughing Owl Productions is proud that Finding Joy will be part of the 2003 National Folk Festival in Canberra. It is the first time that the festival has ever shown a feature film.

See media release.

Date: Sunday, April 20, 2003 8:00 pm
Venue: Singing Room (Building M), Exhibition Park, Canberra.
Click here for information about the National Folk Festival.

November 7, 2002:

Finding Joy rated PG

“Finding Joy”has been rated "PG: Low Level Coarse Language" by Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification. The rating means that the film can be shown publically in venues across the country.

September 27, 2002:

Finding Joy World Premiere at Ausfest 2002

Laughing Owl Productions is proud to announce that Finding Joy will screen as part of Ausfest 2002, the inaugural Australian Digital & Video Film Festival. The Brisbane session will also be the film's world premiere.

See media release.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2002 3:00 pm (Session 9)
Venue: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in Brisbane.
Click here for ticket information.



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