The festival treasure hunt
Back in 1992, Canadian distributor Jim Murphy was on the prowl, as ever, for new, unheralded movies to acquire. On the opening day of the Cannes film festival, he trudged off to the Olympia Cinema for the first market screening of the day. It was a debut effort by an Australian film-maker that was still wet from the lab. When the lights went up, he made a bee-line for the sales agent and cemented a deal for all rights in Canada.