13 March 2014

The Rocket 1

Ahlo is a young child and his community believe that he is cursed after his twin dies during child birth. The local custom dictates that all twins must be killed as every pair contains a ‘bad seed’. His mother pleads his case and he is allowed to live but throughout his childhood, his mere presence is believed to bring bad luck and misfortune on all around him. When his family are forced to move across Laos to find a new place to live, he must lead his friends and bizarre, James Brown impersonating uncle on a life affirming journey and prove that he isn’t cursed. 

The Rocket is a ‘stirring, lushly-constructed celebration of youthful spirit’ from first time director Kim Mordaunt. The performances, especially those from the amateur child stars, have received critical praise with The Wall Street Journal describing them as ‘utterly fresh.’

Filmed on location in Laos, The Rocket is visually stunning, with the epic finale featuring an explosive amateur rocket launching competition. The film considers the scarred and damaged landscape of Laos’ long history of conflict and focuses on traditional Laotian life in the beautiful countryside.

After winning the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Rocket was nominated for 11 AACTA’s, the Australian equivalent of the BAFTA’s.

The Rocket is now showing at FACT, tickets are available now from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737.