Australia is among the most represented countries outside of the US in the initial line-up for this year's SXSW Film and TV Festival, with Natalie Bailey’s 'Audrey', Jon Bell's 'The Moogai', and Jack Clark and Jim Weir's 'Birdeater' among the films selected.
Jack Clark and Jim Weir's 'Birdeater', with its echoes of 'Wake in Fright', joins Australia's recent indie success stories. After snaring Sydney Film Festival's Audience Award, their debut feature - made on a shoestring - sold out all its sessions at the Melbourne International Film Festival, landed distribution with Umbrella and simply generated a significant amount of buzz.
Jack Clark and Jim Weir's 'Birdeater' and Matthew Bates' 'The Defenders' have proven popular at this year's Sydney Film Festival.
Employing an intimacy coordinator to guide scenes that contain sex or nudity has quickly become standard practice in Australia. However, given ICs are still relatively new, there are misconceptions about the role. ICs are not “white knights” or policemen, and their role is often creative. Read our in-depth explainer.
Producers Ben Ferris and Ulysses Oliver will explore the capabilities of filming on a micro-budget in the next few months as they aim to finish production on five features before the end of the year.