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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FEATURE FILM


Boxing Day

BOXING DAY

2007
Smoking Gun Productions
Producer: Kristian Moliere, Wayne Lewis, Shane McNeil
Director: Kriv Stenders

The story of a father's desperate struggle to reunite his estranged family over the course of a single afternoon


December Boys

DECEMBER BOYS

2007
Becker Films
Producer: Richard Becker
Director: Rod Hardy

One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family.


Disgrace

DISGRACE

2007

Producer: Steve Jacobs, Anna-Maria Monticelli, Emile Sherman
Director: Steve Jacobs

A South African professor of romantic poetry is disgraced when he has an affair with a student, and confronts a violent reality on his daughter's remote farm.


Dr Plonk

DR PLONK

2007
Vertigo Productions
Producer: Rolf de Heer, Julie Ryan
Director: Rolf de Heer

A scientist & inventor in 1907, Dr Plonk, predicts that the world will end in 101 years, unless something is done about it. 


Lucky Miles

LUCKY MILES

2007

Producer: Jo Dyer, Lesley Dyer
Director: Michael James Rowland

Three mismatched blokes are stranded in the Australian desert.


Twin Rivers

TWIN RIVERS

2007
Two Tone Pictures
Producer: Matthew Holmes
Director: Matthew Holmes

Two Brothers. Two Destinies. One Journey. 


TELEVISION


Rain Shadow

RAIN SHADOW

2007

Producer: Gus Howard
Director: Fiona Banks, Shawn Seet

Two women. A town of secrets. A broken land.


The Fairies - Series 1 & 2

THE FAIRIES - SERIES 1 & 2

2007

Producer: Jen Watts and David Hancock
Director: Mat King and Mark Evans

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DOCUMENTARY


A Fighting Chance

A FIGHTING CHANCE

2007

Producer: Tom Zubrycki
Director: Mark Andersson

At age 42, former Bosnian boxing champion Nermin Sabanovic is making a comeback and dreaming of fighting for a world title, despite the concerns of his wife and two daughters. 

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A Shift in Perception

A SHIFT IN PERCEPTION

2007
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Producer: 
Director: Dan Monceaux

 A Shift in Perception' is a humanistic, informal examination of living with blindness. Taking an experimental approach to documentary making, conversations with three blind South Australian women are illustrated using a broad range of camera techniques on Super8 film (shot predominantly in black and white).

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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS

2007

Producer: Scott Hicks, Susanne Preissler
Director: Scott Hicks

In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Scott followed Philip across three continents - from his annual ride on the Coney Island ‘Cyclone’ roller coaster, to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass’ working process, family life, spiritual teachers and long time collaborators, Hicks gives us a unique glimpse behind the curtain into the life of a surprising and complex man. ‘GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts’ is a remarkable mosaic portrait of one of the greatest - and at times controversial - artists of this or any era.

 

Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts, San Francisco Film Festival, River Run International Film Festival, Biografilm Festival, ERA New Horizons Film Festival, Keswick Film Festival, Titanic International Filmpresence Festival

Awards: Best Feature Length Documentary AFI Awards 2009 
SAFC Support: Festival & Awards Grants

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Is Your House Killing You?

IS YOUR HOUSE KILLING YOU?

2007

Producer: Chris Hilton, Sonja Armstrong, Carl Kuddell
Director: Roger Power, Daniella Ortega, Jennifer Lyons-Reid

'Is Your House Killing You?' is a groundbreaking, on the pulse, scientific makeover series. Ordinary families are invited to take up the challenge to 'detox' their homes. From inner city apartments to country fibros, our expert team swarms, probes and strips back a diverse range of homes in a CSI-style investigation. Some homes sparkle innocently and others are environmental monsters, but they all harbour a parallel microscopic world of hidden dangers.


Sacred Ground

SACRED GROUND

2007
Mav Media Pty Ltd
Producer: Kim Mavromatis
Director: Kim Mavromatis

 Synopsis

Sacred Ground is an International multi award-winning documentary that tells the true story of Aboriginal people fighting to save what is left of their ancient heritage and culture. Land developments, greed and ignorance is destroying much of Australia's ancient heritage and cultural sites. Quenten Agius discovers his ancestor’s ancient skeletal remains in the middle of a multi-million dollar housing development. This life changing moment forms the central story of his emotional journey. When Quenten speaks we can see and feel his pain. Five years in the making, Quenten and his mob have the guts to stand up, to speak out and express their views, to fight for what they believe in - Sacred Ground is their story.

Awards

Special Jury Selection Award (Grand Prize) - 2008 Global Green Indigenous Film Festival (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA).

Special Jury Prize - 2008 Pacific International Doco Film Festival (FIFO Tahiti).

WINNER Best Documentary – AVPA National Awards (Australian Video Producers Assoc) 2007.

Best Documentary - 2007 AVPA Australian Video Producers Assoc National Awards.

Best Broadcast TV Pgm - 2007 AVPA Aust Video Producers Assoc National Awards.

Nominations

Best International Documentary: International Film Festival England (June 2008).

Official Selection: Reel Earth Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival, (May 2008).

Official Selection: Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (June 2008).

Official Selection: Globians World and Culture Documentary Film Festival (Germany August 2008).

Official Selection: Canada International Film Festival - Feb 2009.

Nominated for International Gold Panda Award - Best Photography in a Documentary (Anthropology): Sichuan TV Festival (China 2009

Nominated for Best International Documentary: Swansea Bay Film Festival (Wales) May 2009.

Official Selection: The Dreaming Festival (Australia) June 2009.

Official Selection: Two Fires Festival (Australia) March 2009

Official Selection: International Film Festival Egypt (Cairo) April 2009

Screenings:

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - July 2007.

EM TV Papua New Guinea - March 2008.

Press TV (Iranian Television) 2009

Maori TV New Zealand 2009.

NITV (National Indigenous TV Australia) 2009/10/11

Other screenings: NAIDOC Week - International Human Rights Day - Mabo Day: Adelaide, South Australia 2008/09 / State History Conference: South Australia, Aug 2009.

Educational Institutions: DVD purchased by over 80 educational institutions and libraries Australia wide.

Website


A Wire Through the Heart

A WIRE THROUGH THE HEART

2007
Piper Films
Producer: Corey Piper, Mike Piper
Director: Darcy Yuille

The story of overland telegraph from Adelaide to Darwin. The incredible story of the struggle to cross a vast continent and build the telegraph line that would bring Australia to the world and the world to Australia.


Casualties of War

CASUALTIES OF WAR

2007

Producer: Rebecca Summerton and Sarah Wishart
Director: Jeni Lee

Leigh served with the Australian Army in East Timor as a special forces soldier in a reconnaissance platoon. Casualties of War explores Leigh’s view that the hardest part of going to war is coming home. A year after Leigh returned from East Timor he reached breaking point and left the army. It is only now, 4 years later, he feels able to speak out about the stark realities of being a soldier.

Awards

Winner of Best Documentary Awards, short form, ATOM Awards, 2008. 


Forbidden Lie$

FORBIDDEN LIE$

2007
Liberty Productions
Producer: Sally Regan, Anna Broinowski
Director: Anna Broinowski


It's No Circus in Cambodia

IT'S NO CIRCUS IN CAMBODIA

2007

Producer: Rebecca Summerton and Jeni Lee
Director: Jeni Lee

Australia’s dodgiest circus attempts to drive from Singapore to Ireland in a double decker bus! What could possibly go wrong? On route the circus gets waylaid in the south of Cambodia where they teach circus skills to a very spirited group of streetkids…


Kalapaupa Heaven

KALAPAUPA HEAVEN

2007

Producer: Mark Patterson
Director: Paul Cox

20 minutes by plane from modern Honolulu, lies a tiny settlement forgotten by time. Kalaupapa, a peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, with its swaying palms, unspoiled beaches and stunning mountains, is a paradise on earth - but with a dark and dramatic history. Kalaupapa is a leprosy colony.

Festivals

World Premier – Adelaide Film Festival 2007 
Melbourne International Film Festival 2007 
Hawaii International Film Festival 2007 
London Australian Film Festival 2008 


Risking It All

RISKING IT ALL

2007

Producer: Alan Carter, Claire Harris
Director: Matt Bate, Sophie Hyde, Kath McIntyre and Shane McNeill

Risking it All is a roller-coaster ride following rookie entrepreneurs pursuing their passions to set up their own businesses. Series presenter and business expert, Shivani Gupta is on hand with her unique brand of “no-nonsense” business advice to guide them through the highs and lows of following the dream of being your own boss. With new business start-ups running at an all time high the reality is that three in every five new business are doomed to fail in the first three years. Risking It All shows the serious blood, sweat and tears involved in trying to keeping the dream alive. 


What the Future Sounded Like

WHAT THE FUTURE SOUNDED LIKE

2007

Producer: Claire Harris
Director: Matthew Bate

From Dr Who to The Dark Side of the Moon to modern day dance music, the pioneering members of the Electronic Music Studios radically changed the sound-scape of the 20th Century. What the Future Sounded Like tells this fascinating story of British electronic music. What The Future Sounded Like mixes experimental visual and sonic techniques with animation and never-seen-since archival footage. A sonic and visual collage, this documentary colors in a lost chapter in music history, uncovering a group of composers and music engineers who harnessed technology and new ideas to re-imagine the boundaries of music and sound.

 Festivals 

South by Southwest Music Festival 2008 
Sonar Music Festival 2008 (Sonar Cinema) 
ABC TV 
Adelaide Film Festival 2007 
Berkshire International Film festival 2007 
Melbourne International Film Festival 2007 
Sydney International Film Festival 2007 
Supersonic 2007 
Sheffield Doc Festival 2007 

Awards 

Nomination for Best documentary ATOM Awards 

Website


SHORT FILM


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 

IMDB


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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