Maha Wilson’s ‘Damaged’ an official selection for Lift-Off Film Festival

Glen Burns News

Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network selects ‘DAMAGED’ by MAHA WILSON to be part of their prestigious line up of true independent cinema at this years Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 – taking place in the beautiful Dendy Cinema in Newtown.

Local filmmaker and actress Maha Wilson was recently awarded an official selection for her feature length film ‘Damaged’ which was selected out of 1500+ global entrants, to screen at the prestigious Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival this November.

‘Damaged’ is a coming of age drama inspired by Wilson’s experiences growing up in Sydney’s Western Suburbs with underlying themes of bullying and violence which often plague teen populations in the area. The film follows troubled teen Brendan (NICHOLAS BURTON), who during his last month in prison, forges a remarkable friendship with cellmate Umer (KABIR SINGH). It is largely flash-back based with Brendan’s life played out on screen and ultimately permeating the counsel he provides Umer of which changes the course of his life.

Wilson believes that one of the key elements in this cut-throat industry is collaboration and cultivation. By pairing herself up with award-winning team members such as Executive Producer and co-writer of ‘Damaged’ Summer Nicks’, and finding mentorship in Oscar-winning producer Bruce Davey, she is now able to see her dream unfold onto the silver screen. She also hopes the release of her first feature will inspire other women in a male dominated industry.

“I have been honoured by the people who have walked into my life and helped my dream come true. To have the opportunity to screen Damaged at Lift-off is truly a blessing and feel the success of this festival selection is a way in which I can show other up and coming independent filmmakers, particularly women in this industry that we can be unstoppable!”

At the event, all of the films will be scored by the attending audience, where the winners are potentially screened at the ten proceeding Lift-Off global events, with the ultimate aim to give filmmakers like Maha the best exposure possible as they embark on their continued artistic journeys within the film industry. Lift-Off currently has festivals in London, Manchester, New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

James Bradley Co-Director and Co-Founder of Lift-Off says
“The strength of entrants this year was truly remarkable. Not just from the Australian filmmakers but filmmakers from all over the world. Getting into any Lift-Off is a big deal; our judges are ruthless, so expect exceptional work at the screenings. We believe this programme is the best we have ever had in our 6-year history of screening films around the world. This is not to be missed!”