Seven-year film project launched in Australia

DIRECTOR: Aaron Wilson directs the action in Canopy.

DIRECTOR: Aaron Wilson directs the action in Canopy.

FILMMAKER Aaron Wilson spent seven years writing and directing his debut feature film Canopy.

It premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival to strong reviews and, this year, has been released in Australia on Anzac Day.

Canopy is showing at Star Cinema in Eaglehawk tomorrow night and also includes a Q&A session with Wilson and its producer Katrina Fleming.

The film takes a psychological look at an Australian  soldier stranded in the jungle during a war.

Filmed at Wilson's hometown Tocumwal (on the Murray River) and in Singapore in 2010, Wilson said he spoke to a lot of returned servicemen before writing the film.

"Growing up in Tocumwal I was constantly surrounded by returned soldiers," he said.

"Speaking to them I heard there were a lot of moments when they were not in battle and it was quiet, where they could think about thier predicament.

"It resonated with me because not having been to war, I couldn't imagine being in those circumstances."

Wilson worked hard to capture the quiet, contemplation and psychological battles that soldiers had to deal with.

"I was interested in seeing what story I could tell with body language and very little dialogue," he said. "I needed someone with great presences and body language that could convey every emotion."

Khan Chittenden plays the lead in Canopy, which has also been shown in Korea and Amsterdam.

Canopy screens at 8.45pm at Star Cinema and will be followed by a Q&A session with Wilson and Katrina Fleming.

For more information on Canopy visit

To read a review of Canopy see page 6 of Weekender or log on to the Bendigo Advertiser's entertainment page.

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