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SAFC celebrates Limbo premiere with Ivan Sen and Simon Baker

17 May 2023
SAFC Limbo preview event: Simon Baker, Andrea Michaels MP, Ivan Sen, Kate Croser, Mike Rann, photo by Naomi Jellicoe
Limbo actor Simon Baker (left) and writer/director/producer Ivan Sen (centre) with Arts Minister Andrea Michaels MP, SAFC CEO Kate Croser and SAFC Board Chair Mike Rann, photo by Naomi Jellicoe.

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) hosted a special event this week to celebrate the release of new South Australian made and SAFC supported feature film Limbo, with guests of honour writer/director Ivan Sen and star Simon Baker.

Filmed in Coober Pedy last year, Limbo stars Simon Baker as Travis Hurley, a detective investigating the 20-year-old unsolved murder of a local First Nations girl. It also stars Rob Collins, South Australian actor Natasha Wanganeen and Nicholas Hope, and is produced by Bunya ProductionsDavid Jowsey and Greer Simpkin and Rachel Higgins.

On Monday night the SAFC hosted special VIP function at East End Cellars in Adelaide ahead of an advance preview of Limbo at Palace Nova Eastend cinemas, presented by Bonsai Films. Along with Ivan Sen and Simon Baker, special guests from the film included South Australian cast members Natasha Wanganeen and Joshua Warrior and producers Greer Simpkin and David Jowsey.

Other guests included Arts Minister Andrea Michaels, Federal Minister for Trade and Tourism Senator Don Farrell, Lord Mayor Jane Lomax-Smith, Reggie Martin MLC and members of South Australia’s screen sector including filmmaker Sophie Hyde (Good Luck to You Leo Grande, Animals), filmmaking duo Scott Hicks and Kerry Heysen-Hicks AM and son Jett Heysen-Hicks, as well as SAFC Board Chair Mike Rann and Board Members Miriam Silva AM, Austin Taylor OAM, Lauren Hillman, Angela Heesom, Shouwn Oosting and Brian Hayes KC, as well as SAFC CEO Kate Croser.

The SAFC was also pleased to welcome the Governor of South Australia, Her Excellency The Honourable Frances Adamson AC, to the film screening, where she met the Limbo team.

Last month Limbo had its world premiere In Competition at the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival), where it won rave reviews from international critics, rated among the “Best of Berlin” by The Guardian, and described by the Hollywood Reporter as a “visually striking outback procedural” with a “superb” performance by Baker. This week The Australian’s critic David Stratton gave the film four and a half stars, calling it “an immaculately photographed drama”.

Limbo is in cinemas nationwide from Thursday 18 May.

See photos from evening below, and find out more about Limbo in the SAFC’s SA Made Showcase.

Photos by Naomi Jellicoe.

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