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MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday, 7 June 2011

LITTLE BIG SHOTS
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR KIDS
30 – 31 July 2011, Playhouse

Butter your popcorn, gather the family and head to the House…Little Big Shots is back!

Little Big Shots returns to Sydney Opera House for a sixth year over the weekend of 30 – 31 July with a brand new program of Australian and international short films, animations and documentaries for  2 – 15 year olds.

Part of the 2011 Kids at the House program, Little Big Shots is a celebration of movies made for kids, about kids and sometimes even by kids. The festival screens films that inspire discussion of world cultures, different languages, cultural diversity, emotional intelligence and human values.

Festival Director, Chloe Boulton says, ‘Little Big Shots screens films from right around the world, so kids and families can span the globe without even leaving their cinema seat. The festival will make kids laugh, think, cheer and create, and aims to inspire the next generation of film fans, critics and filmmakers.’

The 2011 line-up brings a number of much loved children’s books to the big screen with a particular highlight being Australian illustrator and author, Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing which won this year’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short. The Lost Thing takes place one summer, when a boy discovers a bizarre-looking creature at the beach and tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs. The book version of The Lost Thing won the prestigious 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s richest children’s literature prize.

Other award-winning local highlights include Minnie Loves Junior, a heart-warming tale of a little boy who loves the ocean and a little girl who loves the boy and the animated version of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane. The Gruffalo tells the tale of a plucky and imaginative mouse who uses his wits to survive when he encounters three hungry predators - a fox, an owl and a snake.

Kids will get to meet unforgettable characters like Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Bigbox Singsong John and Jillian Dillon, the much-maligned hippoplatypus. They’ll be laughing for days at the hijinks of Ormie the pig and be dazzled by the treasure troves of Lola the Magnificent.

As Australia’s premier performing arts centre, Sydney Opera House is committed to engaging with children and young people from an early age. 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of its hugely successful Babies Proms series for 2-5 year olds and its Kids at the House program delivers a diverse range of international and nationally acclaimed performances for children of all ages. More than 60,000 families and school groups visit the House every year to take part in these programs.

SEASON DETAILS
Dates:
30 – 31 July 2011
Times: 10am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm
Venue: Playhouse
All Tickets: $16
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com
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02 9250 7822 / 0401 718 230 / ninch@sydneyoperahouse.com

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