Emerging SA Filmmakers on the Road to Success
Chantal Contouri as Lucia in Unfinished Thoughts, Dimitrios Pouliotis (Dir.), Alexandra Blue (Prod.)
The closing awards of the Shorts Film Festival were held on Saturday 5th May, with local filmmakers Alexandra Blue (Producer) and Dimitrios Pouliotis (Director) winning the BEST EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD for their short film Unfinished Thoughts. The film was up against other films from around Australia, but it was fitting that a local team took out the prize for the Adelaide based Shorts Film Festival.
Unfinished Thoughts also received a nomination for the prestigious Australian Directors Guild Awards for BEST DIRECTION for a short film. This only adds to the string of good news the film has received lately. The film was also nominated for the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at Melbourne Queer Film festival last month, and although it did not win it secured the attention of some important audience members. Within a week Alexandra had been contacted by the National Film and Sound Archive who are keen to secure the short film for their collection.
Unfinished Thoughts is the story of Lucia and Fiorella who belong to a generation of strict upbringing back in the ‘Old Country’. Now as her life-long friend is at deaths door, time is running out for Lucia to reveal her true feelings for Fiorella before its too late. The script (written by Dimitrios Pouliotis) was based on a short story by Felix Calvino, and the dialogue is entirely in Italian.
The short film was funded by The Media Resource Centre and South Australian Film Corporations ‘Next Step Initiative’ which gives one talented team $15,000 cash and $10,000 in kind to make a short film. The film stars veteran actor Chantal Contouri (of ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Thirst’ fame), who took time out from her restaurant ‘The BBQ Inn’ to take on the lead role. Interestingly, Chantal comes from Greek heritage, but speaks fluent Italian – which was perfect for the project. Chantal was the recipient of the South Australian Screen Awards BEST PERFORMANCE Award for her role in the film.