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Filmmaker Rolf De Heer to Speak at Dryden Theatre on September 3

Discussion about de Heer’s work to follow Rochester premiere of “The Tracker”

Rochester, N.Y., August 28, 2014—The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House is bringing Dutch Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer to Rochester on September 3, 2104. De Heer will host a discussion about his own work and the experience of moviemaking in Australia’s Northern Territory, following the Rochester premiere of his film, The Tracker (2002).

A leading figure in Australian cinema, Rolf de Heer acquired world notoriety with his 1993 masterpiece Bad Boy Bubby. A decade later, The Tracker—a haunting drama on the Aboriginal genocide of the early twentieth century—inaugurated a cycle of films dedicated to the history, beauty, and tragedy of Australia’s native cultures against the backdrop of colonial and post-colonial society.

De Heer has directed fourteen feature films, several with writing and producing credits, of almost as many different genres, starting with Tail of a Tiger in 1984. Born in 1951 in Holland, Rolf migrated to Australia with his family in 1959. He worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for seven years, then in 1977 was granted entry into Australia's Film Television and Radio School.

Tickets for the screening of The Tracker and post-screening discussion with director Rolf de Heer can be purchased at dryden.eastmanhouse.org or at the Dryden Theatre box office. Admission is $8 for the general public and $6 for students and museum members. For more information about the Dryden Theatre, visit dryden.eastmanhouse.org