Bond University Senior Teaching Fellow Darren Paul Fisher will mark the official Australian DVD and Blu-Ray release of his international award-winning film Frequencies (OXV: The Manual), with a free screening at the Gold Coast university on Thursday, October 2.
The release comes on the back of rave reviews in North America, including from The New York Times, where the film was released in cinemas and spent weeks in the top 10 list on iTunes.
Mr Fisher wrote, directed and produced the 'scientific-philosophical romance', which centres on a young boy and girl who meet in a world where destiny is determined by frequency - and the two are at opposite ends of the scale.
While the movie was filmed in London and Cambridge prior to Mr Fisher's move to Australia, he worked with 19 Bond University Film and Television students on its post-production at the university's state-of-the-art editing studios. Students were involved in sound design, mixing and second unit filming.
The free screening will be the final time Frequencies (OXV: The Manual) airs on the big screen in Australia, following its Australian launch at the Brisbane International Film Festival last November.
It will be held at Bond University's Basil Sellers Theatre, in the University Centre, from 5.00pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, October 2. Registrations are essential.
Mr Fisher, whose writing and directing credits include Inbetweeners and Popcorn, said the reaction to the film in the United States had been 'quite amazing'.
"Pretty much every review the film received in America was incredibly positive and after three months we are still one of the only movies with a 100 per cent rating on RottenTomatoes, the main website that aggregates film reviews from around the world," he said.
"The film was released in cinemas and online on the same day in America and was the top non-star led sci-fi film on iTunes.
"It has all been very surreal."
Mr Fisher said he was looking forward to sharing Frequencies (OXV: The Manual) with Gold Coast audiences on the big screen and at Bond University.
"Films are designed to be seen on the big screen and it is also exciting for our Film and Television students to be part of the success. While many of those who worked on the post production have since graduated and moved to different parts of the country - and the world - there are a few left who will be at the screening, and our next crop of students also can't wait to see it," he said.
Frequencies (OXV: The Manual) was also well received on the international film festival circuit, so far taking out five awards awards including Most Innovative Film and Silver Award for Best International Film at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and Best Narrative Feature (Dark Matters) at the Austin Film Festival.
Mr Fisher said his next project would be one of three potential feature films he has in the works.
“None are a direct sequel to Frequencies (OXV: The Manual) but all are in the same smart sci-fi genre," he said.
"It is too early to say where and when the next film may be shot, but I would certainly ensure our Bond students are involved again."
Mr Fisher said Frequencies (OXV: The Manual)’s DVD and Blu-Ray release in Australia would be a special edition, the only of its kind anywhere in the world with a series of bonus material such as a 20 minute documentary on the making of the film, cast auditions and outtakes.
Seating for the free screening of Frequencies (OXV: The Manual) at Bond University is strictly limited. To register to attend, visit the ‘Events' page on www.frequenciesfilm.com or contact Annie Lo at Bond University on [email protected] or 07 5595 1591.