Home' Scoop : Scoop 54 Summer 2010 Contents BEN YOUNG|
PERTH’S UP-AND -COMING
FILMMAKER IS READY TO GO
TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Ben Young is no slouch. At just
28 years of age, the Perth-born
already has a heap of awards to
his name, including 2005’s ABC Young Filmmaker
of the Year. Not one to rest on his laurels, Ben has
gone on to write and direct various television series,
has written two short films and currently has three
feature films in development, including Dieback –
scheduled to begin filming in Pemberton next May,
with an estimated release date of late 2011.
q. How did you start out in the film industry?
a. I was cast in a commercial at 12 years of age,
and then later, at 15, I hosted my own cooking show
called Kids in the Kitchen. After a few small acting
roles (The Shark Net, Japanese Story, Two Fists, One
Heart) I enrolled myself in a Screen Arts degree. When
I directed a few music videos, I guess you could say I
accidentally fell into directing.
q. What inspires you?
a. Reading books... especially classic American
fiction. I’m also inspired by conversations I have .
q. Whose work do you love?
a. Stanley Kubrick’s, Terence Malik’s, Sam Mendes’s
and Clint Eastwood’s.
q. And your favourite film?
a. I love The French Connection, Fargo and
The Road to Perdition.
q. Tell us about your upcoming film, Dieback...
a. Dieback is a simple story about masculinity.
It’s a psychological drama essentially about a
young guy who begins to question the man he is
becoming when a surrogate father involves him in a
woman’s disappearance. It’s about the dynamics that
change between them as the day goes on. We’re in
negotiations with a prominent Australian actor to take
the lead, so it’s pretty exciting. – Samantha Whiteley
Packed to the Rafters-star-tur ned-
our-ver y-own -Linneys-ambassador Jessica
Marais lights up the inter national scr een...
October saw the premiere US
screening of Needle at the 10th
Annual Screamfest in Los Angeles.
The voodoo thriller was filmed
in Perth early in 2010, and stars
Daybreakers actor Michael Dorman
alongside WA’s own Jessica Marais.
It’s been sold into eight major
territories worldwide, and is about
to be locked in for another five in
Europe, which is good for the overseas
profile of the Packed to the R afters star.
Indeed, Jessica seems to be following
in the footsteps of WA’s Melissa
George. Still known as the face of
jewellers Linneys, her Hollywood
career took off with ‘Scream Queen’
roles in films such as Triangle. By a
strange coincidence, now Jessica has a
part in a breaking horror hit, and has
just been signed as the new Linneys
ambassador. Spooky. Needle will open
in Australia early 2011.
EYE ON THE NEEDLE
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Film Festival underway at
Somerville Auditorium and
Joondalup Pines. 02 Moonlight
Cinema’s film season begins.
SEASON BEGINS AT MOVIES
BY BURSWOOD. 08 Season
kicks off at Camelot Outdoor
Cinema. 16 Season starts
at Luna Outdoor. Movies at
Stirling season begins.
18 SEASON STARTS AT
MOVIES IN THE VINEYARD.
JANUARY 06 Entries close
for TropFest competition.
FEBRUARY TropFest at
Geographe Bay. 06 Bohemian
Shorts at Bohemian
Outdoor Cinema. 20 Movie
Extra TropFest. MARCH TV
adaptation of Cloudstreet
expected to screen.
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