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Uncertain times can also create
opportunities, said Screenwest
when our state s production slate
yielded a bumper crop last year
despite the doom and gloom of
the global financial crisis. We ve done it tough in
the past and of necessity learnt to identify and
deliver to international partners, which has created
resilience in the industry, they conclude.
The prediction: more potential opportunities
as the worldwide industry, feeling the pinch, may
look to partner-up with us. Meanwhile, clappers are
poised and snapping all over WA in both independ-
ently financed and Screenwest-backed productions.
John V Soto s thriller NEEDLE has just wrapped
filming on the mean streets of Bassendean. Star-
ring Girl Most Likely Jessica Marais, Calvin Klein
hottie Travis Fimmel, Khan Chittenden and Ben
Mendelsohn in a fast-paced, slick whodunit,
complete with serial killer and body count.
On board is cinematographer Steve Windon,
whose credits include work on The Fast and Furi-
ous and The Patriot. The film is slated for release
in 2010. John s supernatural teen thriller Crush
(2009), which garnered very respectable reviews,
will hit the US market in the first quarter of this
year which is game, set and match to the WA
writer/director determined to make the American
market a two-way street.
Bolder Pictures is an independent film production
company with offices in Perth and Shanghai aiming
to make features that appeal to both the Australian
and Asian markets. Their debut feature, FACADE, is
a drama exploring the shifting pattern of sexual pol-
itics. Director and writer Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen s
short film project Conscience, an adaptation of Italo
Calvino s story was screened in Cannes in 2009 and
Facade will be submitted for Cannes this year.
Chen says she works with a loose script prefer-
ring her actors to find real emotions and authentic
dialogue allowing the characters to evolve naturally
on screen. Facade was filmed in WA in December
2009 using a primarily local cast and crew, includ-
ing Jason Thomas as DOP (The Sculptor), James
Hagan (Francis Ford Coppola s Wind) and Simon
Lockwood (The Da Vinci Code, Two Fists, One
Heart) and will be completed in May.
A six-hour television series adaptation of
Tim Winton s multi-award winning WA novel
CLOUDSTREET produced by Showtime Australia,
will be shot in WA for subscription television
channel Showcase (available on Foxtel and Austar).
The script, penned by Winton and Ellen Fontana,
is being finalised and filming on the $10 million
mini-series will begin in the first half of this year.
Multi-award winning director Matthew Saville
(Tangle, The King, The Surgeon, The Secret Life of
Us) is on board to bring the Lambs and the Pickles
home to Cloud Street.
Filming will start shortly in WA and SA on the
life and times of WA icon RED DOG, whose statue
stands proudly in Dampier commemorating the
red cloud kelpie who roamed across the Pilbara
and much of the state in the 70s, hitching rides
in cars and trains, making friends and touch-
ing hearts as he went. The $8 million feature is
based on a 2002 short story by Louis de Bernieres
(Captain Corelli s Mandolin) from a screenplay by
Producers Nelson Woss (Ned Kelly) and Julie
Ryan (Ten Canoes) are yet to announce the human
cast but kelpie with charisma -- Koko -- is work-
shopping as we speak.
ENTER, STAGE WEST
ON SCREEN: (left) The
cast of Bolder Pictures'
debut feature Facade and
(right) John Jarrett plays
coroner Paul in Needle.
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004) is a film that
continues to revisit my life. I have always been intrigued by how people
get their ideas and how the mind works. Doodles on serviettes and strange
dreams intrigue me. Consequently, director Michel Gondry's film has
provided me with a source of inspiration which continues the effect of the
film, even six years after its release. Fremantle Arts Centre will be hosting
a special screening on May 23 introduced by artist (and co-writer) Pierre
Bismuth. Pierre's idea sparked something in his old friend Michel, whose film has sparked something in
me. Jasmin Stephens, Curator/Exhibition Manager at Fremantle Arts Centre. (Kate Murphy)
The last film that moved me...
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