Something for everyone as the Tasmanian eco Film Festival (TeFF) prepares for the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of The Tale of Ruby Rose in Hobart, April 12-14th 2018.

The iconic, international award-winning Tasmanian film, The Tale of Ruby Rose will celebrate it’s 30th anniversary with high profile cast and crew coming Hobart to join in the festivities. The festival will feature screenings at the State Cinema over three days accompanied by Q&As; with key personnel, a dinner and culminate in workshops and demonstrations at the Tasmanian Highland Festival with the very crafts people who worked on the film at the Waterside Pavilion on Saturday 14 April.

Festival guests will include lead actors: Melita Jurisic, Chris Haywood and Rod Zuanic and the film’s producers Bryce Menzies and Andrew Wiseman. The film’s writer/director is Tasmanian, Roger Scholes who will be joined by a host of local and interstate crew and cast. This is the first time everyone has come together since the film’s first screening in 1988.

“Everyone is so proud of this film”, reports TeFF Director, Kyia Clayton, who is managing the festival. “In many ways the Tale of Ruby Rose heralded the next wave of Tasmanian film making with many local film makers going on to develop their careers from this experience”.

The film was partially shot in and around the Walls of Jerusalem during one of Tasmania’s coldest winters. Farm animals were helicoptered in for the set and cross-country skiers brought in the food for the crew. The team had none of the essentials for film making these days - no iPads, smart phones or HD equipment.  Most equipment was brought in from interstate.

Both Melita Jurisic and Chris Haywood have highly acclaimed acting careers in theatre and screen. Melita starred in the films The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Mad Max : Fury Road and splits her time between Vienna and Australia. Chris Haywood is well remembered for his roles in The Man from Snowy River and Muriel’s Wedding and has been awarded three AFI awards.

The Tasmanian Highland Family Day, supported by the City of Hobart will feature a high country photography exhibition (1900’s – 1940’s), memorabilia from the film sets and workshops recreating trades from the 1930s including: shingle splitting, wool spinning, ironwork and camp cooking. A children’s art table will encourage the whole family to get involved.

SYNOPSIS – The Tale of Ruby Rose (1988)

During the 1930s in the remote highlands of Tasmania, Ruby Rose (Melita Jurisic) lives with her husband, Henry (Chris Haywood), and stepson, Gem (Rod Zuanic). Ruby is alone for much of the time and is afraid of the darkness.  She decides to travel off the high country and finds her dear grandmother and re-connect with her estranged father. In the process of discovery she confronts and transcends her fears that had held her so tightly.

The Tale of Ruby Rose was Roger Scholes’ first feature film. It was nominated for a Golden Lion at the 1987 Venice Film Festival where it won 4 critics prizes including Best Actress and Best Director. It also won an AFI Award for Best Original Music Score by Paul Sultz.