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HBC016  Martin Henderson (YOUNG ED PRESTON), Chelsie Preston Crayford (TUI) farewell before he leaves for war

Following successful screenings at Cannes Cinephiles, HOME BY CHRISTMAS has now been selected for a further three international film festivals – the Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and the Shanghai Film Festival.

This is highly rewarding and a real honor for this very kiwi story. Filmmaker Gaylene Preston, just back from Cannes comments, “It has been a real thrill to find that French audiences relate to the film in the same way that they do in New Zealand, and we look forward to taking the film to Australia and China.”

Preston will also be attending the Sydney Film Festival, to present her heart warming film on Sunday 13th June, where it is showing in official selection.  Accompanying Preston will be her daughter and star of HOME BY CHRISTMAS, Chelsie Preston Crayford.

Previously, Preston’s feature documentary War Stories Our Movies Never Told Us competed in the 1995 Sydney International Film Festival, and took home awards for Most Popular Film and Best Documentary.

HOME BY CHRISTMAS is a film memoir based on Gaylene Preston’s interviews with her father about his World War II experiences, weaving strands of poetic imagined drama, and archival footage into the interview.  Released in New Zealand on April 29th, the film has now grossed over $1million at the box office

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