Vision Splendid Film Festival launches 2020 program

Winton ready to welcome movie buffs to 2020 Vision Splendid film festival

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Festival director Mark Melrose and film producer Chris Brown whose film Slim and I will open this year's Vision Splendid festival.

Festival director Mark Melrose and film producer Chris Brown whose film Slim and I will open this year's Vision Splendid festival.

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One of the only film festivals that will be taking place in Australia this year is happening in outback Queensland at Winton, in September.

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One of the only film festivals that will be taking place in Australia this year is happening in outback Queensland at Winton, in September.

Usually held in the winter holiday break, the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival prudently postponed its plans to September instead, and launched the program for the festival in Brisbane this week.

For those who are scrambling to buy tickets for the nine-day program, they will be able to say they've had the opportunity to attend a world premiere or two.

The seventh annual festival will screen Slim and I, telling the story of Australia's queen of country music, Joy McKean, who will take viewers on the road of her life, revealing the story of her career, her decades of touring around Australia, her marriage of more than 50 years to Slim Dusty, and her determination to be recognised as a performer and songwriter in her own right.

That film hasn't been seen by any movie-goers yet and festival director Mark Melrose said it would start the unique outback experience of movies under the stars off with a bang.

"In another world first, The Flood features the story of a woman who loses her husband, her child, her land and her innocence," he said. "Follow Jarah's journey as she embarks on a brutal journey of retribution and revenge that transforms into redemption and reconciliation."

Lovers of Red Dog will be able to see Koko, a Red Dog Story, which details the life of Koko, who was cast as Red Dog in the original 2011 film.

The documentary is a tale of an ordinary dog that uses its good fortune and ability to connect with people to catapult to fame, and is one of those that would be perfect for the younger audience, and those young at hearts.

The 2020 program features breakfast with industry stars, kids club and live entertainment and runs from September 18 to 26.

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