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Michael Hoath s first venture
into the world of professional
directing is a tale he ll no
doubt relate one day with
some relish to the grandkids.
The 25-year-old West Australian, who is a recent
recipient of the Film and Television Institute WA s
prestigious Young Filmmaker of the Year Award,
took the directorial reins for the filming of four
episodes of a new children s TV series, Castaway,
filmed in Broome and due to be screened on
Channel 7 and ABC3 in July.
But Castaway s producers hadn t counted on the
intervention of Mother Nature, with a bushfire
tearing through the pivotal set of a campsite,
requiring a hasty rewrite of the script.
"My sets were saved but the bush camp set
burnt down completely," says Michael who, with
the rest of the crew, stuck to the time-honoured
tradition that the show must go on.
It s fitting that Michael should find himself in
the Outback for his first big gig, because it was the
bush that sparked his interest in filmmaking.
"I grew up in Gingin and there s not a lot to
do there...I started making films with my brother,
using a camcorder, and one day realised this was
for me," he says, although first he completed an
electrical apprenticeship with his father. "Pretty
much the day I completed it I quit," he laughs.
Michael headed to Perth to concentrate on
filmmaking, and graduated from the WA Screen
Academy. It s his work over the past two years,
mainly short films covering weighty topics such
as suicide and racism, that culminated in his FTI
award. "I was completely surprised to get it," he says.
With the four Castaway episodes wrapped,
Michael is now casting his eye around for bigger
fish to fry -- a WA drama series (with prominent
WA TV director Peter Templeman) and, further
down the track, full-length movies.
A fan of Quentin Tarantino s Pulp Fiction and
the work of director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of
Men), Michael says he s yet to find a "style" of his
own. But he d like to direct a full-length feature
film some day. "Probably a pitch-black comedy... it
comes naturally if you are into that kind of thing."
One thing s for sure, Michael s experienced a
pretty well-rounded view of the movie business
already. When Scoop caught up with him he was
busy working security on the set of Cloudstreet... so
he has literally seen how the industry works from
both sides of the fence.
Check out some of Michael Hoath s short
films at thedoorpost.com.
Young WA filmmaker Michael Hoath is a rising star in the industry.
Man of action!
Out of the box
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