Actor Mark Leonard Winter will visit Star Cinema for the premiere of Australian film Little Tornadoes on Sunday as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The film, directed by Aaron Wilson, was shot in Tocumwal, NSW, where Wilson grew up. It was co-written by Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap.
Winter (The Dressmaker) plays a newly single father who is dealing with his wife abandoning him and their two children without any explanation.
Winter, who lives near Daylesford, said it was exciting for regional venues to be able to host MIFF events with Melbourne still in lockdown.
Joining him will be the film's sound engineer Rodney Lowe.
"With Melbourne in lockdown, you can't experience films with an audience," he said. "But being outside that bubble means I can come along and introduce it.
"You always want to see your work connecting with people. It is so great to get people along for a film."
Winter said Little Tornadoes examines the difficulty mean have in communicating their feelings.
"(This film) is part of MIFF's Premiere Fund, so it is a world premiere really," he said. "It's important for it to be seen in the regions because that's where it is set.
"It is about regional men and something that is very important to me. It is looking at how men communicate and their feelings as well as the 'inherited male silence' that they get from their fathers and pass on to their sons.
"The film really captures that silence that men can feel having a devastated interior landscape but not the ability or a way to express or communicate.
"It connects with me incredibly personally. Mental health is obviously such a huge issue (and) suicide rates in the regions are staggeringly high. I hope it resonates with people."
Little Tornadoes screens at Star Cinema in Eaglehawk at 1pm on Sunday. For more details or to book tickets visit www.starcinema.org.au
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