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Paper Planes soars at the box office

20 January 2015
  • Opening weekend success for WA made film

 

Western Australian feature film Paper Planes has taken $1.7 million on its opening weekend.

 

ScreenWest Chief Executive Ian Booth said it was an excellent result for the children’s film.

 

“Paper Planes is clearly resonating with audiences, and it’s great to see a Western Australian film be such a hit,” he said.

 

Paper Planes is about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete at the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

 

“Paper Planes shows the versatility of Western Australia as a filming location,” he said.

 

“The vast rural landscapes showcased are quintessentially Australian.  Perth also doubles for both Tokyo and Sydney in many scenes. 

 

“This versatility will assist ScreenWest to attract to Western Australia more films.”

 

Paper Planes’ achievement at the box office follows it winning the inaugural $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize in 2014.

 

It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and next month will screen at the Berlin International Film Festival.

 

Paper Planes is directed by Robert Connolly, produced by Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles and Liz Kearney, and stars Ed Oxenbould, Sam Worthington, David Wenham, Deborah Mailman and Peter Rowsthorn.

 

The film is proudly supported by ScreenWest and Lotterywest.

 

Paper Planes is in cinemas now.

 

ENDS

 

Media contact:

Neta Gill

Communications Manager, ScreenWest

T: +61 8 6552 7580 |M: 0409 445 546

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