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Friday, October 12, 2007

Peter Thompson, Isabel Lucas and Ian Chappell to come together at the Indian Film Festival Gala Awards

Peter Thompson, one of Australia’s renowned Film critics, will be hosting the Australian Indian Film Festival Gala Awards which will be held on Thursday October 18 at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Peter, as you all might know has been reviewing films every Sunday morning on Channel 9’s prestigious Sunday Show, and is presently working with Australian TV network, Showtime, on a new TV show – ‘Peter Thompson Presents’, a weekly critique and presentation of Showtime Greats' and modern cinema classics.

If this was not attraction enough, then, the audience will also get treated to a dose of the beautiful young starlet Isabel Lucas, who also happens to be the prestigious winner of TV Week 2004 Logie Award for ‘Best New Female Talent’ and will be presenting the award for Best Performance.

For the uninitiated, Lucas shot into fame when she won the hearts of Australian audiences for her role as ‘Tasha’ on Channel 7’s popular drama Home and Away. Even Lucas’ entry into spotlight was quite a thing in itself. As they say, ‘You just cannot supress talent for long’. True to this, of all the places, her agent discovered by her agent in a flea market in Cairns, Australia. At the time Lucas was studying drama and singing while completing her High School Certificate. She has just completed filming Daybreakers with Academy Award Nominee Ethan Hawke (Assault on Precinct 13), Sam Neil (Jurassic Park) and Willem Defoe (Spiderman). Daybreakers is the new film from the Spierig brothers’ (Undead) and will be released in 2008.

And for all the cricket crazy fans, there will be none other than the legendary Ian Chappell, who will be the special guest presenter of the Best Film Award. Who can forget his sensational captaincy of Australia between 1971 and 1975 before playing a central role in the breakaway World Series Cricket organisation. Since his playing retirement, he has pursued a high-profile career as a sports journalist and cricket commentator, predominately with Channel Nine. He remains a major figure in Australian cricket: in 2006, Shane Warne called Chappell the biggest influence on his career.

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