SXSW – Part Three

by Andrew Osborne

To be honest, writer/director Robbie Pickering’s Natural Selection hadn’t really been on my radar here at SXSW — until it swept most of the festival’s major awards last night, like a Texan King’s Speech. But the film (about a woman bonding with her dying husband’s illegitimate son) is now a must-see after Roger Ebert and the rest of the narrative feature jury awarded it giant belt buckles (the Austin version of Oscars) for Grand Jury Winner, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Score/Music. Natural Selection also scored acting prizes for its two leads, Matt O’Leary and Rachael Harris (who charmingly accepted by way of an iPhone held up to the microphone by Pickering). South-By-Southwest viewers agreed, as the film also received the Audience Award for Narrative Feature.

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