"BOUGAINVILLE: OUR ISLAND, OUR FIGHT"

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IOSO-FACTO PRODUCTIONS Surry Hills, Australia

News Release May 1999

WINS GOLD AT HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA

Australian filmmaker Wayne Coles-Janess has won a Gold Award for his documentary, "Bougainville: Our Island, Our Fight," at the 32nd Houston International Film Festival in Houston, Texas, USA.

The festival received over 4,100 entries from 26 countries around the world. Over 50 were selected to compete for the documentary Gold Award.

"Bougainville: Our Island, Our Fight" was produced, filmed and edited by Wayne Coles-Janess. It is the only documentary produced about the ten year war, the only filmed interview with Francis Ona, (President of the BRA - Bougainville Revolutionary Army) and the only record of life for refugees in the jungle and dramatic front line footage of Bougainville's fight for independence.

This documentary won a Golden Plaque Award in the documentary division awards at the Chicago International Film Festival. It won Best Documentary at the Bathurst Film Festival. It was the winner of Best Achievement in Video Production at the St. Kilda Film Festival, and won a Gold Award at the Flagstaff International Film Festival.

Coles-Janess first caught the attention of the Australian film industry with his short drama, "On the Border of Hopetown," which he wrote, directed and co-produced, and which received an AFI Award nomination and won a number of international film festival awards, including San Francisco's International Film Festival's Golden Gate Award.

He is currently producing a documentary, "Back to Rainbow..." and has another documentary and a feature film in development.

For further information, please contact Vanessa Marven at 019 131 037 or Wayne Coles-Janess Producer, Ipso-Facto Productions Suite 1/40 Smith Street Surry Hills 2010 Australia

Phone: (61) 04 111 59 454 Fax: (61) 02 9770 4263

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