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.
Producer: Kent Smith
Director: Dean O’Flaherty
Shot in Adelaide in 2007, Beautiful, the feature debut of Kojo Pictures tells the story of Sunshine Hills, which on the surface appears to be much the same as any other Australian suburb, but within its living rooms and bedrooms many secrets, mysteries and myths are whispered.
CLOSED FOR WINTER
Goalpost Pictures, Kojo Pictures, R.B. Films
Producer: Ben Grant, Kent Smith
Director: James Bogle
Based on Georgia Blain's critically acclaimed novel, this locally produced film showcases an impressive performance by international star Natalie Imbruglia in her first leading role.
She and her mother must face dark family secrets that have remained unspoken for too long. This is a story of how to make sense of the cruelly inexplicable; a story about discovering ways of picking up the pieces of your life and going forward. Finally, it is the story of a power that we all have: the power to heal ourselves.
Producer: Kristian Moliere
Director: Kriv Stenders
Shot in SA in late 2008, produced by Kristian Moliere of Smoking Gun Productions and directed by Kriv Stenders, Lucky Country stars Aden Young, Helmut Bakaitis and Robert Menzies.
A Lucky Country places the fear of the bush, of being overmatched by something larger than yourself, back at the centre of Australian culture, suggesting the tenuous way that Australians might ever claim to be at home in this landscape. One day, your luck runs out...When three strange men arrive at an impoverished farm with rumours of gold, a young family discover that home is no longer the safest place to hide.
Producer: Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Belinda Chayko, Michael McMahon, Liz Watts
Director: Belinda Chayko
A tender story about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou and her grandfather. Not long after Lou's father walks out of her life, her irascible and befuddled grandfather crashes in. But when Doyle comes to stay, Lou discovers, against all her expectations, the healing power of love.
MY TEHRAN FOR SALE
Producer: Julie Ryan, Kate Croser, Granaz Moussavi
Director: Granaz Moussavi
A generation searching for freedom...
Shot on location in Iran, produced by Julie Ryan and Kate Croser of local production company, Cyan Films and written, produced and directed by Granaz Moussavi, My Tehran for Sale is the story of an Iranian woman, Marzieh. Marzieh is a young female actress living in Tehran. The authorities ban her theatre work and, like all young people in Iran, she is forced to lead a secret life in order to express herself artistically. At an underground rave, she meets Iranian born Saman, now an Australian citizen, who offers her a way out of her country and the possibility of living without fear.
MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX
Producer: Bridget Ikin
Director: Sarah Watt
Natalie and Ross struggle to stay in the middle class in a Melbourne suburb, with their likable son and daughter, 12 and 7. Their lives are upended one August day when Natalie faints during a routine medical checkup: it's an aneurysm followed by major surgery, convalescence, and a doctor's advice to avoid heavy lifting, straining on the toilet, stifled sneezes, and orgasms. Over the next year, we watch the family in vignettes, one each month: domestic frustrations, a tempting colleague, Christmas, a pet fish, a holiday, a church choir and conversations about God, a chicken hawk, a birthday party, football games, and fears that another aneurysm is just a sneeze away.
Producer: Michael Robertson
Director: Dean Francis
Four young friends on a camping adventure in outback Australia are run off the highway by a ‘road train’, a massive diesel truck hauling two large trailers. Seemingly preying upon them, the monstrous vehicle had come up behind their 4WD and seemed to intentionally push them off the road. With their own vehicle wrecked following the crash, and the road train stopped nearby on the road, the friends march off to seek help from the driver. But mysteriously, the cabin is empty, and there is no one to be found. Suddenly, the silence is broken by the sound of gunshots. A distant figure in the bush screams and runs towards them. Have they become witnesses to murder? With no time to discuss their options, the friends commandeer the powerful road train in a panic and drive off into the distance. The next town is only three hours away…but the next town is somewhere they will never reach. The truck has driven them to a location of its own choosing. And what they soon discover inside the trailers proves more terrifying than anything they could imagine would be out there on that lonely, desolate, endless road… Directed by award-winning Dean Francis, “Road Train” features a cast of Australia’s hottest young talent. Xavier Samuel (soon to be seen in the third “Twilight Saga movie “Eclipse“), Bob Morley (TV’s “Home & Away“), Georgina Haig (TV’s “Underbelly“) & Sophie Lowe (nominated for her role in “Beautiful Kate“) star as the four friends terrorised by an unknown evil. Featuring hair raising stunts and some gritty, realistic & intense action, “Road Train” is a trip into madness. It will drive you to hell…
THE LAST DRAGON
Producer: Liu Zhijiang, Mario Andreacchio
Director: Mario Andreacchio
A western boy. A Chinese girl. An ancient emperor and his daughter's secret... and a Chinese dragon. Modern times, and Josh and Ling uncover a Chinese dragon that has been hidden for thousands of years, waiting for the time when it can be reunited with its magical pearl of power and wisdom.
Producer: Lucy Maclaren, James Maiden
Director: Helen Gaynor, James Maiden
From the moment 9 young Zimbabwean soccer players took the momentous decision to seek escape from a homeland racked by hyperinflation, political murders, and cholera our cameras have followed the dramatic story of their encounter with Australia, as they attempt to gain Asylum and escape from the hell that their homeland has descended into. They are utterly unfamiliar with this country. They have no money, no jobs, no homes, and little education. They have left wives, girlfriends and children back in Africa. This is the story of their struggle to survive, seek Asylum and establish themselves. It is also story about soccer. Their team and the boys attempts to become professional players in the Australian League. Beyond this it is about how soccer means hope for these young men, and provides a vital focus for many African migrants in this country. The observational documentary follows their story from the homeless world cup in December 2008, through to a point in later 2009 when their Asylum is granted and they can be reunited with their loved ones in their new home.
SAFC Support: Documentary Production Investment, Disbursement Services
DESTINATION AUSTRALIA: BITTERSWEET FREEDOM
Producer: Caroline Mann, Mike Piper
Director: Sophie Hyde
After Rashiq’s father fled Iran, to seek asylum elsewhere, Rashiq, being the oldest of four children bore much of the responsibility of raising the family during the nine years of separation from his father. Now as a teenager in Australia he is determined to define and live a freedom that he has been unable to experience before. Rashiq has been in Australia for nine months, and in the summer break before Year 12, he has chosen to challenge himself in many areas. His ambition to learn English is unwavering. Despite having driven since he was ten in his home country he needs to learn the Australian road rules and get used to driving on the opposite side of the road, so he can pass his provisional drivers license test. His siblings are struggling to find friends and his father is struggling to get a job. Rashiq, determined to help, also begins the job hunt. On top of all this and for his own emotional health, Rashiq wants to confront and understand his father’s experience in Australia - the reason why he was separated from his family for nine years. Mousa, Rashiq’s father was held in Curtin Detention Centre for three years, Baxter Detention Centre for three years and then it took another three years for the family to gain Australian visas. So the family decides to go on a road trip to Baxter Detention Centre, that is now deserted but still has many of the original buildings and Mousa takes the family on a whirlwind tour. Rashiq has an opportunity to see and experience the place where his father was incarcerated. Rashiq is adjusting to Australian life; however he still has a deep connection to his culture and his country. Leaving his home was a “bittersweet” moment for him, bitter to lose those he loves and the places and culture he knows, but sweet to be with his father again.
Screenings: SBS TV, SBS Refugee Week May 2010
SAFC Support: SBSi Documentary Initiative
HENRY AND BEE
Producer: Rick Cavaggion, Martin Gordon
Director: Rick Cavaggion
Henry and Bee tells the story of Bee King, a young Aboriginal woman who was removed from her mother at birth. As a teenager, brought up in a white family, she began to feel isolated and out of place and set out to locate and reconnect with her birth parents. It was no easy search and eventually she tracked down her mother and father. After rejection was replaced by hope a whole new world opened for Bee when she re-established a relationship with her father, Henry. This is the story of Henry and Bee.
Screenings: ABC TV April 2009; SA Screen Awards 2010; FIFO Festival 2010
LOVE, LUST & LIES
Producer: Gillian Armstrong, Jenny Day
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Love, Lust & Lies is the fifth film in the documentary series Gillian Armstrong has been making about the lives, hopes and dreams of three lively, working class Adelaide girls since they were fourteen in 1976.
Official Selection: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival
THE LOVE MARKET
Producer: Shalom Almond, Judi Oehme
Director: Shalom Almond
Like many young Australians, Shalom Almond has visited Vietnam and fallen in love with its landscapes and its people. In the northern highlands lies the remote town of Sapa which has been transformed by tourism in the last generation. Young girls from the Hmong minority have flocked into the city to sell embroideries and work as tour guides. Shalom befriends four girls aged 9 to 16, returning over the next three years to follow their stories. The girls are savvy and streetwise but painfully aware of their vulnerability and of the heavily restricted choices facing them. The filmmaker also emerges as a character who is aware of her position as a privileged outsider. The result is not so much a document as a dialogue between friends. Almond seeks to bridge the distances between young women, at the same time as she is painfully aware of the gulfs between tourist and local, west and east, observer and observed.
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
KIND OF MAN
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.
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.
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.