George Jones at Revelation Perth International Film Festival

George Jones and the Giant Squid will have its Australian premiere on Thursday July 21 at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

The film draws on the legend of Old Bertie, a fearsome gargantuan squid, and tells the tale of a young boy who, after the disappearance of his mother, risks everything to hunt for the beast.

The screenplay was awarded $70 000 in production funding through the ScreenWest/FTI Hyperlink initiative. Shot in and around Fremantle in January, the film was produced by Ella Wright and features a stellar cast of WA’s top actors including Geoff Kelso, Luke Hewitt, Alison Van Reeken and Greg McNeil.

The film will screen along with other Western Australian shorts as part of Revelation Film Festival’s Get Your Shorts On! programme. The screening, usually a sell out event, kicks off at 7pm on Thursday July 21 at the Astor Cinema. Tickets are $17 / $14 Conc and can be purchased through all Bocs outlets (including the Astor) or online at http://www.bocsticketing.com.au/

Best Director nomination for It’s Just Gary

It's Just GaryOur recent short film It’s Just Gary has been nominated for the ‘Best Director’ award at this year’s WA Screen Awards.

A screening will be held at the FTI Outdoor Cinema on Thursday 10th of February, along with other nominated WA short films. All the details are available here: http://www.fti.asn.au/watch/screening/443

Come on down to check it out along with other WA short films. The audience will also have the chance to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ award that night.

It would be great to see you there.

Rumblings in the Depths

Greetings citizens.

To those of you who have been wondering where we have been for the last few months, we wish to thank you for your many letters of enquiry and support, and also for the countless parcels of rations and dry biscuits that you have sent. Your generosity has sustained us during our often fraught attempts to repair our badly damaged steamboat. We are happy to announce that we have made good progress, and that the vessel is almost sea-worthy.

However, our records indicate that some citizens have been inconsistent with their offerings to Old Bertie. While sightings of the squid have been few in the past year, we remind each of you that complacency will lead only to ruin. Bertie may yet again reveal himself, and so we leave you with this one vitally important question:

Have you made your offering to Old Bertie today?

Photograph by Miles Noel ©2010

Hyperlink Funded

We are pleased to announce that our screenplay for George Jones and the Giant Squid has been awarded the annual HyperLink grant from ScreenWest and FTI.

The highly competitive fund is offered to one project each year, and aims to assist a Western Australian creative team to develop their skills to professional industry standards.

George Jones and the Giant Squid will be produced by Ella Wright, with principal photography scheduled for January 2011. The team are looking forward to getting nautical.

It’s Just Gary premieres at Future Shorts

Our new comedy It’s Just Gary will premiere in Perth at the Australian launch of global film festival Future Shorts on Saturday June 19.

The film was funded through the FTI and ScreenWest LINK initiative and tells the story of a nobody who comes face to face with the absurd nature of the cult of celebrity.

It’s Just Gary features WA’s finest comic talent, including Damon Lockwood, national improv comedy champions Glenn Hall and Jimmy James Eaton,  the incomparable Andrea Gibbs and Sam Longley, and the most venerable Peter Holland, Maurie Ogden and Bill McCluskey.

The short will screen with Colours, a program direct from London that will take viewers on a tour around the globe, from China to South Africa and beyond. The expanded cinema extravaganza will also include the electronic pop revelry of local act Brash and Sassy as well as roaming interactive performance artists.

For more information visit the Facebook event page or purchase tickets online through Fly By Night – Tickets Presale: $29 + BF.

Singer-Songwriter at Over the Fence

Our short film Singer-Songwriter has been officially selected for the 2010 Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival.

Starring Mark Storen and Damon Lockwood, the film tells the story of Jason Bray, an ocean-loving fixture of the Perth music scene who ‘writes from the heart’. Usually the songs come easily for Jason, but the arrival of a travelling songstress threatens to change everything.

Singer-Songwriter is the only Western Australian short to be included in the program, which features an international line up of short and feature length films. The Perth premiere will be followed by a national tour that will see the film screened Australia wide until mid 2011.

The short film program will premiere in Perth at Cinema Paradiso on Friday May 21 at 8:30pm, with a second screening on Sunday May 23 st 6:00pm. For your chance to enjoy another satire from the team that brought you This is Perth, make sure you head down.

This is Perth wins Best Film at WA Screen Awards

This is Perth has won Best Film at the WA Screen Awards. Held at the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday, the awards recognise the achievements of the local screen industry.

The film also received the People’s Choice Award, which is decided by popular vote at public screenings held in February.

The awards are judged by industry specialists who selected the film from a record number of entries this year. The two major prizes reflect both the popular and critical acclaim that This is Perth has received since its release online in late August 2009.

Best Film nomination for This is Perth

We are happy to announce that This is Perth has been nominated for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Editing at the WA Screen Awards. It has been selected from a record number of entries this year. The WA Screen Awards is the state’s premier film and television event, celebrating the innovation and achievements of Western Australian filmmakers.

You can vote for This is Perth for the People’s Choice award by attending a screening this Thursday 18th of Feb at FTI cinema, Fremantle: More details here.

Comedy Debate

We’ll be performing in the 2010 Over The Fence Comedy Debate, tackling the topic that Australian drama is better than Australian comedy. We’re arguing the affirmative, and will draw on our 45 years of experience in the film industry as supporting evidence. Local laughing boys Sam Longley and Damon Lockwood will lead the teams, and a fun evening has been promised for all. No refunds. Saturday 13th February at FTI Cinema, Fremantle.

Perrella & Osborn films screen in USA

Singer-Songwriter and This is Perth screened in North America last weekend, as part of the Denver Underground Film Festival.

Amy Broadfoot of Amicko FIlm, currently doing a two month North American networking tour, came across the Starz Denver film institute and DUFF while working with a film sales agency in Prague, and last weekend at DUFF she presented four Australian shorts, and spoke on independent film marketing.

It’s Just Gary is wrapped (plus on set photos)

After a jam-packed 7 day shoot, we’ve wrapped principal photography on It’s Just Gary, our new short film.

After months of development, it was invigorating to finally being on set and have it all come together. It was such a joy to work on, due to our superb crew of both industry professionals and eager emerging practitioners. The tone on set was relaxed and full of humour, and we look forward to working with such a fantastic crew again.

Photographer and part-time private detective Jetro Gaete snapped some on-set pics, which we’ll post on the upcoming It’s Just Gary website. But here’s a taster for y’all.

It’s Just Gary – Link funded

We are pleased to announce that our new film It’s Just Gary has been awarded funding through ScreenWest and FTI’s Link initiative. The film will be produced by Kate Bailey, with principle photography to commence in October this year.

It’s Just Gary explores the absurdities of celebrity culture, and the team are looking forward to bringing this story to the screen.