Western Australian feature film Paper Planes, about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete at the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan, took $1.7 million on its opening weekend.
Paper Planes’ achievement at the box office follows it winning the inaugural $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize in 2014. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screens next month at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The film was largely shot in Western Australia (Perth doubled for Tokyo and Sydney in a number of scenes) and part funded through ScreenWest the state government’s film body. ScreenWest Chief Executive Ian Booth said it was an excellent result for the children’s film, which was clearly resonating with audiences. “Paper Planes shows the versatility of Western Australia as a filming location,” he said. “The vast rural landscapes are quintessentially Australian. “
Paper Planes is directed by Robert Connolly, produced by Robert Connolly, Maggie Miles and Liz Kearney, and stars Ed Oxenbould, Sam Worthington, David Wenham, Deborah Mailman and Peter Rowsthorn.
The film is in cinemas now
BREAKING: Since this article was posted the latest Australian Box Office figures have been released and PAPER PLANES has now taken $5.38 million.