Pete (Cameron Wallaby) lives with his grandfather (David Gulpilil) on the site of an abandoned outdoor cinema in a remote area of Western Australia. His grandfather tries to teach him skills – hunting, tracking but Pete just wants his Mother to return.
Though he misses her terribly, Pete manages to make the most of his situation, putting up with his grandfather’s stories and tearing around the countryside on his homemade bike with his best friend, the energetic smart-mouth Kalmain (Joseph Pedley).
This happy existence is suddenly shattered when news arrives that the cinema has been purchased by a mining company, and is slated for demolition. Panicked that his mother will not be able to find him when she returns, Pete convinces Kalmain that they can persuade the new owners to keep the cinema intact if they can just get a face-to-face meeting with them in the city. Kalmain has his own rather urgent reasons for wanting to leave town, so the two friends set out.
When Pete and Kalmain get lost in the desert starving, thirsty, and miles from anywhere, Pete discovers that the skills and knowledge imparted in his grandfather’s stories take on real meaning.
Pete is forced to look at the decision he’s made and decide who he wants to be.
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Catriona McKenzie graduated with Honors from the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School (whose alumni include Jane Campion, Gillian Armstrong) in 2001. Since graduating she has an directed a number of outstanding television series including the Emmy nominated Dance Academy; Logie and AFI award-winner My Place (series 1 and 2) for ABC TV; as well as Satisfaction for Showtime. Catriona was lead director on the award-winning SBS series’ The Circuit and RAN: Remote Area Nurse, as well as The Alice (Nine) and Fireflies (ABC TV).
Most recently, Catriona was lead director on the highly anticipated series Redfern Now, which was developed in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed creator Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker, The Lakes). She is currently in production on the television drama series, The Gods of Wheat Street, for Every Cloud Productions and the ABC.
With critically acclaimed and award-winning short films including Box, The Third Note, Road and Redfern Beach, Catriona also wrote and directed the multi-award winning documentary Mr Patterns (ABC TV) and directed the half hour drama Grange (ABC TV). In 2007, Catriona spent time as a director’s attachment on the television series Prison Break (Fox).
In 2006, her script for Satellite Boy was accepted into the coveted Aurora Script Development Program which had previously developed Animal Kingdom, The Black Balloon, Somersault and Little Fish.
A highly experienced television drama director, Satellite Boy is Catriona McKenzie’s first feature film, which screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2012 as part of the Discovery Program and is selected for the 2013 Berlinale – Generation Kplus Programme.
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‘Satellite boy’ – Toronto review
‘Satellite Boy’ – Variety Magazine Review