Sam Worthington Returns Triumphant To Tropfest

Tropfest is extremely excited to announce that one of Australia’s most successful film exports, Sam Worthington, will be joining the line up for the 21st Tropfest weekend, which takes place later this month.

Worthington rose to fame as the lead in Cate Shortland’s critically acclaimed film Somersault and became a household name after he landed the lead role in James Cameron’s Avatar soon after, which went on to become the biggest box office hit in cinematic history. Previously, he had also played a part in Tropfest’s storied history having entered successful films and even winning the Best Actor Award back in 2001 when the event was in its relative infancy.

In addition to taking on duties as a judge at this year’s event, Worthington will speak at Tropfest Roughcut, a talk-fest aimed at emerging filmmakers and other passionate film lovers, taking place on Saturday 16th February. He joins a stellar line-up of local film industry talent including Rebecca Gibney, Gyton Grantley and Magda Szubanski.

Writer/directors Jonathan Teplitzky and Michael Petroni will appear at Roughcut, as will composer David Hirschfelder and producer Jamie Hilton. FanDependent’s Thomas Mai and Hattie Archibald will explore the importance of using social media to finance market and distribute film content.

The brain behind Gotye’s music video for Somebody I Used to Know, Natasha Pincus, will focus on filmmaking for the music industry.

Hosted by award-winning actor Rob Carlton, the program for Tropfest Roughcut will explore the idea of collaboration as the key to creativity. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the filmmaking process, with speakers touching on the importance of working with others to their overall process.
In other exciting news for aspiring filmmakers, Nikon will be at the event, running a hands-on DSLR film workshop hosted by cinematographer & colourist Matt Scott.

DSLR cameras, which have long been a staple for photographers, are fast becoming the most popular way for emerging and established filmmakers to shoot films and TV shows, including the US hit Wilfred, which began as a Tropfest short in 2002. So popular are DSLR’s in the creation of film, Tropfest reports that a record 25% of entries into this year’s competition were filmed using DSLR cameras, with all signs suggesting that number will increase in coming years.

Nikon will be on hand to guide aspiring filmmakers about how to better maximize their shooting experience across a variety of genres using a range of gear. Plus, an opportunity to experience the latest innovative DSLR technology spanning Nikon’s range of video-capable models and a variety of lenses & accessories. Plenty of equipment will be available to play with including Nikon’s multi award-winning D800.

Tropfest Roughcut will be held in Monkey Baa Theatre Company at Darling Quarter on Saturday 16 February. A limited number of tickets are on sale for $25.00.

Tickets are available via or call 1300 131 556.