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“Matching Jack” to Receive International Award

“Matching Jack” to Receive International Award

Matching Jack, which won best picture at the Milan International Film Festival, was feted in Los Angeles with a gala screening Wednesday night November 2.

Director Nadia Tass, who is travelling from Australia for the event, will receive the festival’s highest award, the Golden Horse, for Best Director.

“Matching Jack,” a family drama filmed in Australia, has won numerous awards. In addition to Milan, it was Best International Feature at the Edmonton International Film Festival, Best Film Prix du Jury at the Cannes Cinephile, and star Jacinda Barrett received Best Actress Award at the San Tropez Film Festival.

The ceremony and a special screening will be held at the Italian Cultural Center, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. There will be a red carpet entrance at 7:00PM and the awards and screening will begin at 7:30PM. Chaz Bono is expected to attend to accept the award for Best Documentary (“Becoming Chaz”). Also in attendance will be the Consul Generals from Italy, Australia and Greece. Ms. Tass is Greek by birth.

The film’s Director Nadia Tass has previously received a Family Television Award for Best Movie (“The Miracle Worker”), the Humanitas Certificate (“Felicity)” and an AFI Best Film Nomination (“Mr. Reliable”). Her works includes “Pure Luck” for Universal Studios, “The Miracle Worker” for Disney, “Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story” for Disney, “Undercover Christmas” for CBS Network, “Samantha: An American Girl Holiday”, and “Felicity: An American Girl Adventure” for the WB, and “Custody” for Jaffe Braunstein Films. She also directed “Stark”, a mini-series for The BBC/ABC television.

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Victoria Lucas

A well-deserved honor for both the film and director Nadia Tass. I had the pleasure of seeing “Matching Jack” in Louisiana last week and found it absolutely wonderful!

Lynne Renew - Original Screenwriter MATCHING JACK

Wonderful to read the news that Nadia will receive such a wonderful accolade for MATCHING JACK in Los Angeles tonight! And as the original screenwriter of the film – which, along with Best Director and Best Film , also recently received Best Screenplay ( shared with David Parker) at the 2011 Milan International Film Festival – I am also very excited. Particularly since tonight’s gala screening of the film is in Los Angeles… because the development of the script in fact has a direct connection with West Coast USA…

I wrote the initial draft of the film that became MATCHING JACK in 1993, as I straddled life between a very supportive Australian Film & Televsion School writing department and The Sydney Kids Hospital, after my 6 year old youngest son, Edmund’s bombshell diagnosis with leukemia … 5 weeks into the full-time graduate course.
But, despite only a “50% chance” back then for Edmund’s sort of T-cell leukemia, after two rugged years of treatment he had joyfully survived ! Back at school, playing wonky soccer, growing hair … So, naturally, the compulsory celebration trip to Disneyland in the next school hols with Edmund and brother, Morgan . We did Disneyland in dreams-come-true style – and then travelled on to San Francisco. I particularly wanted to share this city that I loved with the boys. Since after a trip there at the end of the 70’s – with 2 year old Angus, my eldest son, who was born with severe cerebral palsy – involvement with inspiring post-Vietnam disability-rights movement folk in Berkeley was pivotal in my decision to enrol in visual media studies back home. And this was the area where I subsequently worked making ‘challenge and change’ community documentaries and other inclusive educational resources, until the early 90’s. But there were ‘disability themes’ that I wanted to explore dramatically, and on my second try, I gained a place in the Film School Writing Dept. Then again, life got in the way – and instead the script that became MATCHING JACK began…

Of course, lots of the focus of the holiday had been on Edmund – but Morgan loved sailing at the local riverside club back home, so a trip to the Fort Mason Maritime Precinct was a priority agenda for our time in San Francisco.
And it was our visit to the Naval Museum – with its wonderful display of traditional ships’ figureheads – which suggested a new marine & magical dimension for my story. And back in Australia, the subsequent new draft received an Australian Writers Guild Best Unproduced Screenplay nomination in 1998.

And after two further funded drafts Nadia Tass and her partner David Parker optioned the script. A decade later… due to their passion, multi-talents, and resilience – and with the support of a wonderful cast and crew – MATCHING JACK finally premiered in Australia in July 2010. Most jubilantly, 23 year Edmund – now striving to make in in the Aussie film industry himself – attended the premiere with his girlfriend.

And finally a small irony … Angus, my son with cerebral palsy, who spent his second birthday in California, on the trip that ultimately launched me into screenwriting, is is 34 years old today.

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