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The Western Australian screen industry has started 2019 strong, with local screen practitioners and projects accomplishing big things including:

 

YULUBIDYI – UNTIL THE END – Short Film

Nathan Mewett, Curtis Taylor and Glen Stasiuk

WINNER – Flickerfest 2019 – Best Australian Short Film (Academy® Accredited)

Nathan Mewett, Trevor Jamieson, Trenton Samson, Curtis Taylor and Glen Stasiuk on location for YULUBIDYI - UNTIL THE END © BlackRussian Productions

Nathan Mewett, Trevor Jamieson, Trenton Samson, Curtis Taylor and Glen Stasiuk on location for YULUBIDYI – UNTIL THE END © BlackRussian Productions

A young Aboriginal man helps his disabled brother escape from their abusive life in a remote Australian Aboriginal community with the aid of a Mamu (Dreaming Creature).

“I love that YULUBIDYI is a great indication and production of cross-cultural exchange, collaboration and reconciliation,” said Producer Glen Stasiuk.

“It was an amazing experience being invited into Parnngurr community via Curtis and his family and working with a wonderful cast and crew in and on magical country to tell an Aboriginal Martu story that has resonated around the nation and world.”

YULUBIDYI – UNTIL THE END will screen at the Best Of Australian Shorts Program at Camelot Outdoor Cinema on Thursday, 28 February 2019 as part of the Flickerfest Tour.

YULUBIDYI – UNTIL THE END was developed and produced in association with Screenwest and Lotterywest through the Screenwest Elevate Program.

 

CALLING – Web Series

Miley Tunnecliffe

WINNER – Rebel8 Award for Outstanding Emerging Female Director, Flickerfest 2019

Miley Tunnecliffe at Flickerfest 2019

Miley Tunnecliffe at Flickerfest 2019

A modern comedy chronicling the dysfunctional relationship between a mother and daughter entirely through their phone calls.

CALLING will screen at the Short Laughs Comedy Program at Camelot Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, 2 March 2019 as part of the Flickerfest Tour.

CALLING was developed and produced in association with Screenwest and Lotterywest through the Screenwest Generate Program.

 

THE JINJA ASSASSIN – Short Documentary

Will Faulkner, Nathan Keane and Matt Henry

FINALIST – Tropfest 2019

Alex Roberts in THE JINJA ASSASSIN. Photo courtesy of Will Faulkner.

Alex Roberts in THE JINJA ASSASSIN. Photo courtesy of Will Faulkner.

Alex Roberts (The Jinja Assassin) is a high school drama teacher by day and the second-best air guitarist in the world by night. We follow Alex as he travels from his hometown of Perth all the way to Finland to compete in the 2018 Air Guitar World Championships.

“It’s an honour to be representing WA with our documentary in Tropfest,” said Writer/Director/Producer Will Faulkner.

“We followed Alex from Perth to Melbourne and all the way to Oulu in Finland, filming him as he battled to become the Number One air guitarist in the world.

“But the film is about more than air guitar; it’s about how silliness and ridiculousness can heal and help you overcome some tough moments in life.

“Tune into Facebook Watch to see the film and look out for some iconic WA locations that become stages for The Jinja Assassin’s wild air guitar routine.”

THE JINJA ASSASSIN will screen at Tropfest in Sydney on Saturday, 9 February 2019 and will be livestreamed as part as the Tropfest All Access Facebook live show from 4:00pm AEDT on Sunday, 10 February 2019.

 

BARRY – Short Film

Emma Vickery

FINALIST – Tropfest 2019

Hearse drivers John and Terry give a heroic backstory to their recently deceased passenger, Barry. But when John believes the child-rescuing-flying-doctor is still alive and causes the hearse to break down in his frantic effort to check, they must find another way to get Barry to the cemetery on time.

BARRY will screen at Tropfest in Sydney on Saturday, 9 February 2019 and will be livestreamed as part as the Tropfest All Access Facebook live show from 4:00pm AEDT on Sunday, 10 February 2019.

 

29 YEARS EIGHT DAYS – Documentary

Mat de Koning, Brooke Silcox and Ian Hale

FINALIST –The FACTory International Pitching Forum, AIDC 2019

Artist Matt Doust is the studio. Photo courtesy of Brooke Silcox.

An intimate portrait of internationally renowned Australian artist Matt Doust, who died suddenly from an epileptic fit in 2013.

Brooke Silcox and Mat de Koning. Photo courtesy of Brooke Silcox.

Brooke Silcox and Mat de Koning. Photo courtesy of Brooke Silcox.

“Mat de Koning and I have been working on this project in the sidelines for a long time,” said Producer Brooke Silcox.

“It is a project very close to both of our hearts given that Matt Doust was our childhood friend. To get the opportunity from AIDC to pitch 29 YEARS EIGHT DAYS to international decision makers is a real honour.

“It is a testament to the talent Matt Doust had, the support from the community of eminent people involved and the pure dedication of Mat de Koning in filming over 16 years.”

29 YEARS EIGHT DAYS is currently raising funds to support the production and associated impact campaign through the Documentary Australia Foundation.

Brooke Silcox received project and professional development support from Screenwest and Lotterywest through the Screenwest Emerging Producer Initiative.

 

GLORIA TO MY DYSPHORIA – Documentary

Cody Greenwood, Frances Elliott and Samantha Marlowe

FINALIST –The FACTory International Pitching Forum, AIDC 2019

Lauren and Elle in GLORIA TO MY DYSPHORIA. Photo courtesy of Cody Greenwood.

Lauren and Elle in GLORIA TO MY DYSPHORIA. Photo courtesy of Cody Greenwood.

Would your relationship survive a sex change? A raw, intimate and confronting ride into a relationship where little remains constant, challenging audiences to explore the fluidity of their own gender and sexual identity.

Behind the scenes of GLORIA TO MY DYSPHORIA. Photo courtesy of Cody Greenwood.

Behind the scenes of GLORIA TO MY DYSPHORIA. Photo courtesy of Cody Greenwood.

“GLORIA TO MY DYSPHORIA is a deeply personal tale of love surviving an extreme physical and mental transformation,” said Producer Cody Greenwood.

“The directors, Frances Elliott and Samantha Marlowe, are close friends with their subjects Lauren and Elle, and have closely documented the gender transition over the course of three years, capturing a level of intimacy audiences rarely get access to.

“The documentary is now at a stage where we are ready to attract marketplace and complete post-production. The FACTory is a unique opportunity for us to pitch to world class decision makers and attract the financing partners that the film requires.”

 

I AM MOTHER

Grant Sputore, Michael Lloyd Green, Timothy White and Kelvin Munro

Worldwide premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2019

In the wake of humanity’s extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

I AM MOTHER was produced with the assistance of Screenwest through the Screenwest Drama Production Fund.

 

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