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'Alibrandi' wins Catholic film office award
    'Looking for Alibrandi' is this year's winner of the Australian Catholic Film Office's Film of the Year award which rewards the promotion of best human values in an Australian feature film.
    "Given the criteria, 'Looking for Alibrandi' was this year's stand-out film," said Jury Chair and Director of the Australian Catholic Film Office, Fr Richard Leonard, SJ.
    The award is judged on the basis of the nominated films' artistic, human and gospel values.
    "This film is about identity and blame, confronting past lies and uncovering family secrets. Everyone has to face up to who they are, where they have come from and what they want. With humour and intelligence, "Looking for Alibrandi" raises issues that many Australian young people have to confront: marriage breakdown; living between cultures; youth suicide and, grief," said Father Leonard.
    'Looking for Alibrandi', which was directed by Kate Wood, from a screenplay by Marlina Marchetta, who also wrote the novel. The main character is a third generation working class Italian/Australian who is a scholarship student at an exclusive Sydney convent. Unlike her classmates Josie does not know her father. Rather than go through with an abortion as they agreed when Josie was conceived, her mother Christina bore her child.
    The film was a box office and critical success which was also successful at the recent Australian Film Institute Awards.
    The Australian Catholic Film Office is an organisation established by the Bishops' Committee for the Media.