Casino director’s first feature to screen at Sundance Film Festival

A scene from the film The Moogai.

This year, the famous Sundance Film Festival will be screening a feature length film by Casino’s Jon Bell.

Jon wrote and directed The Moogai – his first feature film.

He made a short film of Moogai first and later created a feature film starring Shari Sebbens and Meyne Wyatt, who also starred in the original short.

This will be a world premiere for The Moogai as one of eight films selected for the genre-focused Midnight section.

Jon Bell, on the right, at the Reconciliation Ball in Casino. Photo: Susanna Freymark

The Moogai tells the story of a young Aboriginal couple who bring home their second baby. Things turn sinister turn as the mother starts seeing a malevolent spirit and she is convinced it is trying to take her baby.

Casino will know Jon’s work. His six-part TV series The Gods of Wheat Street was filmed in Casino. The series was shown on ABC in 2014.

At Sundance, there 82 features from across the world screening January 18–28 in Utah. An online component of the festival starts January 25. There were a record 17,435 film submissions from 153 countries or territories for Sundance this year, 4,410 of them features.

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