2M contributes to Australian film premiere at Venice International Film Festival

12.09.17 Members

Last Wednesday saw the opening of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, alongside Berlin and Cannes the most prestigious film festival in the world. Whilst most media reports will be focusing on the 21 feature-length films selected for competition and on attending celebrities like Matt Damon, George Clooney and this year’s recipients of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Awards, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, the Festival at the Lido di Venezia has a whole lot more to offer across its different sections. It runs until 9 September.

Australian films and 2M subtitles

Four Australian films have been selected at this year’s Venice International Film Festival including Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country, notably the first Australian Indigenous film to be in the Official Competition and starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. In the Orizzonti sections, we have West of Sunshine (Jason Raftopoulos) and the short film The Knife Salesman (Michael Leonard, Jamie Helmer). And last but not least there is Strange Colours, a beautiful film directed and co-written by Melbourne based Alena Lodkina and developed in the Biennale College – Cinema section. In close cooperation with co-writer and producer Isaac Wall, producer Kate Laurie and Italian translators within their team, the 2M team provided the English and Italian subtitles for this film in time for the world premiere at the Festival.

Strange Colours film

Strange Colours is Alena Lodkina’s first feature film and tells the story of Milena (played by Kate Cheel), a young woman who “travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom. Soon, he doesn’t want her to leave. Stuck in time, father and daughter try to mend their fractured bond, but their connection is fragile, like the strange, colourful gems he digs up from the earth.” (Synopsis: strangecolours.com)



Watch the trailer here or, if you don’t want to wait until the film hits local cinema screens, visit Venice Sala Web and purchase one of 400 available tickets to stream it online between 31 August and 19 September. (Note: Geographical restrictions might limit access to the Films on the site depending on the User’s country, and in conformity with the restrictions imposed by the Film’s rights holders.)

At 2M, we are cinema enthusiasts and this isn’t the first time we are involved in the cinema industry. Our renowned voice-over and subtitling services cover a wide range of languages and suit a range of clients. 

The 2M team wishes the Australian film makers, and particularly those of Strange Colours and their cast and crew much success!


Written by Susanne Creak, General Manager of 2M Language Services & voice-over/subtitling specialist.

Source: 2M Language