'Canopy'

Feature Film  /  2013  /  84 mins

Wartime, 1942. Singapore. An Australian fighter pilot shot down in combat awakens suspended in the treetops. As night devours day, he must navigate through dangerous jungle in search of sanctuary. 
World Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival 2013. Starring: Khan Chittenden & Mo Tzu-Yi

AWARDS:

- Grand Prix (St Tropez Festival des Antipodes 2014)
- Best Director (Festival International de Cinema en Champagne-Ardenne 2014)

- Special Jury Mention (Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2013)
- Nominee - Golden Goblet Award (Shanghai International Film Festival 2014)
- Nominee - New Talent Award (Taipei Film Festival 2014)

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CRITICAL PRAISE:

“Wilson creates a remarkably immersive experience. In Wilson, we are introduced to a fearless filmmaker.” – Betsy Sharkey, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“A truly haunting war film. Wilsonʼs impressive debut forgoes the usual theatrics of war and delivers a deeply stirring exploration of its quiet horrors.” 4.5/5 STARS – FILMINK

“A riveting adventure story. A unique cinematic experience.” – INDIEWIRE

“Gorgeous, almost unearthly cinematography.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“Authentic suspense and a powerful conclusion.” – SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

 

“While not much is said in the Australian director Aaron Wilson’s small-scale first feature, ‘Canopy’, the film conveys volumes about war and humanity.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A remarkable debut.” – BBC ONLINE

 

“Rich, complex and terrifying.” – VARIETY

 

“Hypnotic, intense and totally unique.” – VOLKSKRANT

“Terrence Malick would applaud Wilson’s patience and eye for detail in rendering miles of greenery into a character of its own.” (A-) – THE FILM STAGE

“Aaron Wilson’s feature debut is an intense and haunting experience that, due to its absence of dialogue, Alfred Hitchcock might have called ‘pure cinema’.” – RIP IT UP MAG

“For a debut feature, this is impressive stu .” – THE NATIONAL, ABU DHABI

 

“It takes a lot of confidence and ambition to have a film like Canopy as your directorial feature debut. The visual style that Wilson employs is both beautiful and meditative.” – CINEMA AXIS

“This debut feature from Australian Aaron Wilson lays claims to an epic grandeur.” – FILM COMMENT

 

“Wilson’s film, which he also wrote, is an audacious and brave first feature. It’s an impressive film, one that will likely signal the beginning of a promising career for the highly talented Wilson.” – 20/20 FILMSIGHT

 

“Expressionistic storytelling whose unconventional dramatic beats inject fresh blood in the tired genre. An incredible achievement, and one that puts Wilson among the most promising debut directors of recent times.” – MOVIE MEZZANINE

“Wilson’s film demonstrates extensive use of cinematic language to create a journey for survival in a variety of tense and thrilling moments.” – SRITA ISRAEL

 

“The opposite of overreaching, the approach is refreshingly single-minded and a showcase for the director’s craft.” – CINEMA SCOPE

 

“As far as Australian films go, this is one of those films that you know, where I was aware even halfway through, that this is a director you want to see his next film.”
– PHILMOLOGY (ABC 774 FILM REVIEWS)

 

“Wilson is to be commended for taking a unique approach to the medium, which marks him out as a talent to watch in the future.” – THE LOWDOWNUNDER

 

“Writer/director Aaron Wilson has done many genuinely impressive things here with his largely wordless film.” – 3AW REVIEWS

 

“Wilson’s approach cleaves closer to the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tsai Ming-liang, probing deeper and deeper into a single focal point until the periphery of the frame goes dark, and everything beyond it is forgotten.” – THE DISSOLVE