The Australian Directors Guild sent me to Melbourne International Film Festival to participate in the Accelerator program as part of their new gender initiative. The program was intensive, most days starting at 8:30am and not finishing until after 11pm but it was a terrific series of lectures, panels and parties. All of the special guests were amazing and the other filmmakers were not only exceptionally talented, they were also really nice! I’ve returned home with a renewed focus. Now let’s get Splitters made already!
It’s been such a whirlwind the last couple of weeks shadowing Ridley Scott and winning Best Director at St Kilda Film Festival, but I have one more piece of great news!!! I have been selected for the Lexus Short Film Fellowship, which is a $50,000 prize to make a short film. I’m going to make a film that speaks directly to my feature so hopefully it will go someway towards getting Splitters off the ground! I also got to meet one of my favourite actors, Judy Davis. Congratulations to the other three winners, I’m in very good company with Anya Beyersdorf, Alex Murawski and Alex Ryan. Click here to see a little interview I did with Australian Financial Review.
I’m just back from Melbourne, after attending the St Kilda Film Festival’s Closing Night gala where Red Rover picked up the Best Director award! I’m really proud that we received four nominations in total; Best Short Film (!), Best Achievement in Cinematography for Ben Rutkowski, Best Director, and the Craft Award! A fun night was had by all and I’m so honoured to have received the prize, especially considering that there were so many amazing films in the festival! Thank you to Australian Film Television and Radio School and the Australian Directors Guild – Victoria for sponsoring the award.
I’m so pleased to announce that I will be shadowing Ridley Scott on the set of his upcoming film Alien: Covenant!
I remember the first time I saw Alien as a young girl. My older brother was watching it on video and I hid in the kitchen to see Ellen Ripley kick ass. She was so different to the damsels and bimbos that normally appeared on our TV, and she inspired me. Watching Blade Runner was another revelation. The future world Scott created has never been matched and still sets the benchmark for the entire sci-fi genre. This is an amazing opportunity and the timing could not be more perfect! I’m shooting my first feature next year, sci-fi thriller Splitters.
I’m so thankful to Screen Australia and the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) for making this possible!
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I’m excited to be short listed by The Weinstein Company for the Lexus Australian Short Film Fellowship, along with so many other amazing filmmakers! Check out this IF article for more information.
The Weinstein Company has shortlisted 21 Australian filmmakers for the Lexus Australian Short Film Fellowship, the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia.
Judy Davis is presiding over the selection process as jury chair alongside jury members Nashen Moodley (Sydney Film Festival Director) Lexus Australia’s Adrian Weimers, and Australian producers Jan Chapman and Darren Dale.
The jury will select select up to four filmmakers, each of whom will receive a $50,000 Fellowship grant.
I’m so pleased to announce that Red Rover picked up the Best Director award at 2016 Flickerfest! It was a terrific festival and lab, and a great way to start the new year! Below is me with one of my heroes, Writer/Director Jocelyn Moorhouse, after I embarrassed myself by gushing shamelessly about how much I love her films.
Red Rover had a terrific reception at Austin Film Festival, with two screenings and a nomination for Best Live Action Short. We missed out on the award but I got so much out of attending the festival and hearing some of the best writers in show business talking about their craft, including Shane Black, Andrew Kevin Walker, Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith. Everyone at the festival was inspiring and the other films were exceptional. I got some great ideas about improving my writing process and developing rich characters. I also made many wonderful new friends. Now I’ll be hitting the gym after weeks of eating nothing but BBQ!!! Bye y’all.