SA Film Corporation

Made in SA Showcase

The Made in SA Showcase is an informative resource, detailing the variety of SAFC supported feature film, television, multi-media and documentary productions produced in SA since 2010. A selection of recent productions is shown below.  Choose a filter to see more.

For a quick look at SAFC productions since 1974,  view our 40th anniversary Showreel here.

 

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BRUMLEY'S SUITCASE

2017
Closer Productions
Producer: Christine Williams
Director: Ben Dowie

One of the world's greatest songwriters. A suitcase filled with never-before-seen songs, half-written. Three musicians from the other side of the world - Adelaide, South Australia - brought together with musicians from Austin, Texas, to bring these forgotten gems of Americana songwriting to life.

 


What We Know

WHAT WE KNOW

2014
Corner Table Productions Australia
Producer: Fiona Lanyon, Sue Murray
Director: Marion Pilowsky


Injury Time

INJURY TIME

2013
Triptych Pictures in association with Laneway Pictures
Producer: Julie Byrne, Jennifer Jones
Director: Jack Sheridan

Website


Welcome To Iron Knob

WELCOME TO IRON KNOB

2013
Bluebird Productions
Producer: Alexandra Blue
Director: Dave Wade

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Criticism

CRITICISM

2012
Projector Films Pty Ltd
Producer: Daniel Joyce
Director: Ryder Grindle


Collision

COLLISION

2010
Projector Films
Producer: David Ngo
Director: Nick Matthews

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Cropped

CROPPED

2010
Black Cat White Rabbit Productions
Producer: Bettina Hamilton
Director: Dave Wade

Website


Paper Planes

PAPER PLANES

2010

Producer: David Ngo
Director: Storm Ashwood

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The Palace

THE PALACE

2010
Anthouse Films
Producer: Andros Achilleas, Kate Croser, Anthony Maras, Julie Ryan (Executive Producer)
Director: Anthony Maras

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The Thing About Dolphins

THE THING ABOUT DOLPHINS

2010

Producer: Megan Huitema, Sarah Alexandra Macdonald
Director: Matthew Vesely

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Elephantiasis

ELEPHANTIASIS

2009
Closer Productions
Producer: Bryan Mason
Director: Sophie Hyde

Meredith has elephantiasis. That is, a burden of elephants. For years her neighbours, friends, family and students have been offering up stuffed, marble, magnetised elephants, even elephant shaped waffle makers, tea cups and pens. But you see, Meredith doesn’t even like elephants. She could have mentioned this, of course, but she knows that this imagined fondness of hers for elephants is proof of her jolliness, a huge joke against herself, and she knows that a jolly fat woman without jolliness is left with only one adjective. When a marriage proposal from the one person she hoped would understand her goes horribly wrong, Meredith is forced to confront her Elephantiasis. Can she break free from her social politeness and let her friends know who she really is?

Official Selection: Melbourne International Film Festival 2010

SAFC Support: Short Film Fund Production Investment

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Kind of Man

KIND OF MAN

2009

Producer: Sally Clarke
Director: Kelly Schilling

A chance encounter between Dalu, a Nigerian 'illegal' and Chloe, a young Australian woman living in town shakes up their preconceptions.


Necessary Games

NECESSARY GAMES

2009

Producer: Bryan Mason & Sophie Hyde with Restless Dance Theatre
Director: Sophie Hyde

A dance film triptych about our human need to connect and the urgent games we play. Created in collaboration with Adelaide’s acclaimed Restless Dance Theatre which works with young dancers with and without a disability:

Moths - Co-directed and choreographed by Paul Zivkovich 
Two men collide in a dank night world, drenched with loss and heavy with hope. Who do you see in your dreams?

Sixteen - Co-directed and choreographed by Kat Worth 
A coming of age game about the joy, nervousness, desire and intimacy of the different kinds of connections a young woman will, did or might have in her life.

Necessity - Co-directed and choreographed by Tuula Roppola 
A game between two girls eternally bound together as they trace their lives onto the walls of their room and try to get below the surface.


The Bully

THE BULLY

2009

Producer: Kristian Moliere
Director: Shane McNeil

Jonathon is overweight, has no friends and is the victim of a bully. His father's advice makes matters worse, much, much worse.


The Garden

THE GARDEN

2008
Room One Productions
Producer: Sharyn Pancione, Jennifer Jones
Director: Jennifer Jones

After the death of his mother, the vegetable garden becomes 11 year old Liam's lifeline to the world. For James, surviving the death of his wife has meant a total disconnection from the world, keeping pain at arm's length. It is only when Liam's beloved garden comes under attack by the family goats that James reconnects with his responsibilities as a father and Liam can once again become the child he really is.

Official Selection: St Kilda Film Festival; Salento International Film Festival; Heart of Gold International Film Festival; AFI TV

SAFC Support: Marketing Loan, Studio Services


Bad Language

BAD LANGUAGE

2008
Plexus Films
Producer: Viron Papadopoulos
Director: Viron Papadopoulos

If you don't speak Greek, you're in trouble. A bit of Greece survives in suburban Australia's Kafenios; cafes that are a cross between a men's club, mafia den and a nursing home. When Bill is forced to take over his uncle's Kafenio, Kosta sees an opportunity to make a fast buck off the kid, just so long as he can keep his cool, his wife at bay and the cops on side.

Official Selection: Melbourne International Film Festival

Awards: Best Screenplay & Best Cinematography, SA Screen Awards; CRC Award, Sydney Film Festival;  SBS Television Award - Film Chosen by SBS for Broadcast, 2011 Flickerfest Short Film Festival
SAFC Support: Short Film Fund Production Investment


Italian Spiderman

ITALIAN SPIDERMAN

2008
Flinders University and Alrugo Entertainment
Producer: Dario Russo
Director: Dario Russo

Witness the frenzied adventures of a timeless hero.

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Past Midnight

PAST MIDNIGHT

2008

Producer: Scott McDonald
Director: Vicki Sugars

A woman fleeing a flawed relationship shelters in a quiet fishing village. She finds solace there and learns that as night follows day, Mother Nature has a reason for everything.


The Cat Piano

THE CAT PIANO

2008

Producer: Eddie White, Ari Gibson
Director: Eddie White, Ari Gibson

In a city of singing cats, a lonely beat poet falls for a beautiful siren. When a mysterious figure kidnaps the town's singers, the poet must save his muse and put an end to a nefarious symphony. Produced by the People’s Republic of Animation. Narrated by Nick Cave.


The Mystery of Flying Kicks

THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS

2008
Plexus Films
Producer: Viron Papadopoulos
Director: Matthew Bate

Murder, sex, drugs, art, politics... sneakers hanging on telephone lines have become a powerful urban symbol, inspiring genesis theories both hilarious and sinister. In an effort to get to the truth once and for all we asked the people of earth to help us solve this mystery. Using an on-line call out and a phone message bank, this documentary was made entirely from donated photographs, phoned-in theories, video, vlogs, and animation. The Mystery of Flying Kicks is the result of a unique digital collaboration between the filmmakers and the international public.

World Premiere SXSW Film Festival 2010, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Brooklyn International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival

Awards: Best Film, Best Editing & Innovation in Digital Media, 2010 SA Screen Awards; Best Short Film, 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival
SAFC Support: Short Film Fund Production Investment 

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Angela's Decision

ANGELA'S DECISION

2007

Producer: Kate Croser, Mat King
Director: Mat King

Synopsis 

Living in the middle of Australia's desolate landscape, Angela has been 
waiting all her life. Waiting for her boyfriend to return from the army and 
marry her, waiting for her mother to sober up, waiting for her life to 
begin. 

On the return of her boyfriend Will, Angela looks around at her bleak 
surroundings, her friends with their unplanned pregnancies, desperate 
marriages, and dead-end jobs and realises that she cannot spend 
the rest of her life in a small town with no future. 

As Will prepares to return to the army and her mother prepares to move in 
with yet another man, Angela makes a decision that will change her life 
forever.

 Awards

Winner “Best in Show” - Tupelo Film Festival – (USA) 2007 
Winner - 2007 Australian Cinematographer Awards - GOLD AWARD “Best Short Drama ” 

Screenings

Official Selection - Phoenix Film Festival – (USA) 2007 
Official Selection - Garden State Film Festival – (USA) 2007 
Finalist “Best Score” - Garden State Film Festival – (USA) 2007 
Official Selection - George Lindsay Film Festival – (USA) 2007 

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SPIKE UP

2007

Producer: Kent Smith
Director: Anthony Maras

A tale of family, friendship and international drug mules 
In the tradition of Serpico and Blue Murder, SPIKE UP offers a sobering meditation on police ethics and responsibility; and examines the power of institutional evil to permeate the individual.

For a copy of the Spike Up Press Kit please Click Here.

Awards/ Nominations

* 2007 AFI Awards: Best Short Fiction Film 
* 2007 Australian Cinematographers Society - Gold Award
* 2007 Australian Directors Guild Awards: Best Short Film Nomination 
* 2007 ATOM Awards: Best Short Fiction Film Nomination

* 2007 Austin Film Festival - Best Short Film - Finalist

Festivals

* Official Selection 2008 International Film Festival Rotterdam 
* Official Selection 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival 
* Official Selection 2008 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 
* Official Selection 2007 Austin Film Festival 
* Official Selection 2007 Bilbao International Short Film Festival 
* Official Selection 2007 Adelaide Film Festival 


Swing

SWING

2007

Producer: Louise Pascale
Director: Chris Houghton

When Sarah begins cleaning house for a blind Vietnam veteran an unlikely friendship develops as both come to terms with what they have lost.

Festivals

Adelaide Film Festival 2007 
Sydney Film Festival 2007 
St Kilda Film Festival 2007 
Pacific Meridian Film Festival (Vladivostok) 2007 
Libertas Film Festival (Dubrovnik, Croatia) 2008 
New York showcase of films, "Short Films Today" 
Awards 

Winner - Best Short Film at St Kilda Sydney Film Festival 
Carbon Planet Audience Award for Best Animation at the Adelaide Film Festival 
Nominated: Best Short Film - 2007 AFI Awards 


YOU BETTER WATCH OUT

2007
You Better Watch Out Films
Producer: Jules Callen
Director: Steve Callen

A wickedly dark comedy about two disgruntled brothers who kidnap a department store Santa.
Festivals 
Byron Bay Film Festival 2008 (Nominated for Best Short Film – awards to be held in March)
The Rushes Festival, London 2008
Fantastic Fest 2008
Palm Springs International ShortFest 2008
Beverly Hills Shorts 2008
SA Short Screen Awards
32nd Cleveland International Film Festival 2008
Dungog Film Festival 2008
Boston International Film Festival 2008
Illinois International Film Festival 2008
Rome International Film Festival 2008
Calgary International Film Festival 2008
Revelation Film Festival, Perth 2008
Awards 
ACS Bronze for Cinematography (won by Ernie Clark)

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EXTREME MAKEOVER

2006
Velvet Pictures
Producer: Vicki Sugars
Director: Jonathan Daw


My Last Ten Hours With You

MY LAST TEN HOURS WITH YOU

2006

Producer: Rebecca Summerton
Director: Sophie Hyde

Festivals

Selected for the Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden 

Awards

Won Best Film, Best Director, Best Drama and Emerging Producer at the SA Short Screen Awards 


Sweet & Sour

SWEET & SOUR

2006
The People's Republic of Animation, Shanghai Animation Film Studio, Reckless Moments
Producer: Sam White, Hugh Nguyen, Ren Zhong Lun
Director: Eddie White

A bittersweet love affair between a dog and Chinatown

Festivals 

Adelaide Film Festival 2007;

Sydney Film Festival 2007;
St Kilda Film Festival 2007;

Edinburgh Film Festival 2007; L.A Shorts Festival (USA);
Sapporo Shorts Festival (Japan).
Awards 
Winner- Yoram Gross Animation Award, Sydney Film Festival 2007
Nominated- Best Animation- If Awards

Trailer


Azadi

AZADI

2005
Mills Street Production
Producer: Scott McDonald
Director: Anthony Maras

Amir and his young son Mansur flee the violent streets of Kabul only to encounter another type of persecution upon arrival in Australia.

Nominations

* 2005 AFI Awards: Best Short Fiction Film - Nomination

*2005 Hamptons IFF - Films of Conflict & Resolution Award - Nomination 
* 2005 Austin Film Festival: Best Short Film Nomination 
* 2005 Sydney Film Festival - Best Short Fiction Film Nomination 
* 2005 ATOM Awards: Best Short Fiction Film Nomination 

Awards

* 2006 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival: SBS Award 
* 2006 St Kilda Film Festival: Judges Special Commendation 
* 2006 WorldFest-Houston: Jury Prize - Platinum Remi Award 
* 2006 South Australian Short Screen Awards: Best Drama 
* 2006 South Australian Short Screen Awards: Best Direction 
* 2006 South Australian Short Screen Awards: Best Cinematography 
* 2006 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards: Golden Tripod 
* 2006 Shorts Film Festival: Second Prize 
* 2005 Palm Springs IFSF: Critics & Audience Choice commendation 
Festivals
* AFI Awards 2005 
* Hamptons International Film Festival 
* Valladolid International Film Festival 2005 
* Sydney Film Festival 2005 
*S Paulo International Film Festival 2005 
* Los Angeles International Short Film Festival 2005 
* Interfilm Berlin Int Short Film Festival 2005 
* Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2006 
* St Kilda Film Festival 2006 
* WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival 2006 
* Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films 2005 
* Austin Film Festival 2005 
* Florida Film Festival 2006
* Sydney Film Festival 2005 
* Rome Independent Film Festival 2006 
* Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2005 
* Foyle Film Festival 2005 
* Athens International Film Festival (Greece) 2005 
* Athens Int Film and Video Fest (USA) 2005 
* Vermont International Film Festival 2005 
* Bermuda International Film Festival 2005 
* Drama International Film Festival (Greece) 2005 
* Adelaide Film Festival 2005 
* Tiburon International Film Festival 2005 
* Human Rights Film Festival ? New Zealand 2006 
* Berkshire International Film Festival 2005 
* Fitzroy Shorts Film Festival 2006 
* Roma Cinemafest 2006 
* Shorts Film Festival (Australia) 2006 
* South Australian Short Screen Awards 2006 
* ATOM Awards 2005 
* ACS Awards 2005 
* Darwin Film Festival 2006 


Dust Storm

DUST STORM

2005

Producer: Kieran Weir
Director: Georgie Basey


Man Janson

MAN JANSON

2005
Letter3 Films
Producer: Cam Rogers
Director: Hugh Sullivan

Winner of the Best Film Award at the 2005 Zoom Awards.

 Man Janson is a perfectionist whose life is anything but perfect.


Plains Empty

PLAINS EMPTY

2005

Producer: Kath Shelper
Director: Beck Cole

Sam has recently moved to an isolated mining camp with her man. While he is at work on the minefields Sam realises she is not alone. 


The 9:13

THE 9:13

2005
Sacred Cow Films
Producer: Sonya Humphrey
Director: Matthew Phipps

Joe waits quietly for the nine o'clock train when he is approached by Thunder. What begins as a harmless conversation between the two men unravels into unexpected violence and tragedy.


Yuri Shima

YURI SHIMA

2005

Producer: Jack Sheridan
Director: 


Frames

FRAMES

2004

Producer: Leona Cichon
Director: Mat King

A love lost in memories.

Synopsis

An elderly man, Frank, spends his days making picture frames. Every day, Eva comes to search for Frank and although day after day she always finds him, she can never seem to recognise him.

Awards

 Winner 2004 Australian Cinematographer Society Awards SA/WA “The Judges Award” for Best Overall Entry “Best Short Film ”

Screenings

Edinburgh International Film Festival – (UK) 2004 
Valladolid International Film Festival – (Spain) 2004 
Los Angeles International Film Festival – (USA) 2004 
Palm Springs International Film Festival – (USA) 2004 
Brisbane International Film Festival – (Aust) 2004 
Rhode Island International Film Festival – (USA) 2004 
Foyle Film Festival – 2005 – (Nth Irleland) 2004 
Pyongyang International Film Festival – (Nth Korea - DPRK) 2004 
Nashville International Film Festival – (USA) 2005 
Adelaide Film Festival – (Aust) 2005


Fritz Gets Rich

FRITZ GETS RICH

2004
The People's Republic of Animation
Producer: Sam White
Director: Eddie White, James Calvert


Get In The Car

GET IN THE CAR

2003
Panic Productions
Producer: Judi Oehme
Director: Greg Holfeld

Saskatchewan, 1974. A family car trip: 1200 kilometres, 4 kids, one station wagon. An Auto-biographical Car-toon.

Written, Animated and Directed by Greg Holfeld

Produced by Judi Oehme

Digital Ink and Paint, Editing - Igal Dayan

Animation Assistant – Rina Dayan

Sound Design – Martyn Zub and Pete Best at Best FX

Music by Chris Finnen

Website


Moustache

MOUSTACHE

2003
Velvet Pictures
Producer: Vicki Sugars
Director: Vicki Sugars

A married couple discovers what tickles their fancy.

2004 Official Selection Venice Film Festival, Italy

2005 Best Foreign Film, Créteil International Film Festival, France

2005 Best Film Audience Award, Sao Paulo Short Film Festival,  Brazil

2005 Best Short Film, Cinekink Film Festival, New York, USA

2005 Festival Diploma Molodist International Film Festival, Ukraine
2005 Audience Award Winner, Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
2005 Best Transgender Short, Hamburg Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Germany

2005 Best First Film, Montecatini Film & Video Awards, Italy
2005 Best Screenplay Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival

2005 Best Female Short, Lavender Pikes Film Festival, Colorado, USA