Emma on cloud nine

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Emma Booth starring in H is for Happiness. Booth will be a Cinefestoz patron in 2020.
Camera IconEmma Booth starring in H is for Happiness. Booth will be a Cinefestoz patron in 2020. Credit: supplied

Cinefestoz has announced a touch of local glamour will grace the festival this year with Busselton actress Emma Booth named a 2020 Cinefestoz Patron.

The AACTA award-winning actress starred in last year’s $100,000 Cinefestoz Film Prize winner, H is for happiness, and said it was a delight to become an “official member” of the Cinefestoz family.

“Over the years, the team behind Cinefestoz has become like a family to me and I am in awe of the effort they put into the festival,” she said.

Booth first attended the festival back in 2014 and said it was a “truly magical experience”.

“Busselton is my home when I’m in Australia and CinefestOZ has always been one of the highlights of the year.”

Booth became an international success after starring in Clubland, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and introduced her to global audiences.

Her acting credits include Glitch, Once Upon a Time, Cloudstreet, Underbelly and Hounds of Love, for which she won the 2017 AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Cinefestoz chair Helen Shervington said Booth had played an integral part in the festival’s growth and success and having an actress of such international repute, who was also from Busselton, was a cause for celebration.

“Emma understands and embodies all that the festival is about and her talent, drive and infectious energy make her a valuable member of our close-knit team,” she said.

The full Cinefestoz program will be announced on July 31, and the festival starts on August 25.

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