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NZ screenwriting honour for short film and other news

I know I’ve dropped off the internet radar…

So what’s been going on? Well, I’ve pretty much done the rounds of the film festivals with my debut short film ‘Be Careful…’.

I was heartened that it was honoured as a finalist of the Screenwriters Awards of New Zealand (SWANZ) last year. And while it ultimately missed out (hats off to Dianne Taylor for her win!) I was pleased to be in such illustrious company. Considering the film was entirely self-funded, it was nice to see it honoured at this nation-wide ceremony.

On an entirely unrelated note: I see I’ve finally made Wikipedia as creator of the TV series, The Strip! The funny thing is when you clicked on my name, you got taken to my late grandfather’s Wikipedia page! I was named after him – he was a Presbyterian clergyman. But despite (or perhaps because of) his many talents and fierce intellect, he never created a dramedy about male strippers! Think I’ve now fixed it so you get taken to this website instead.

Anyway: Hopefully I’ll soon be updating this site with more news of the many projects I have in various stages of development, including graphic novel State’s Evidence, screenplay Sex, Vows and Jellybeans, and one or two theatrical projects I’m working on.

Stay tuned…

Short film wins an award

I’m very proud to announce that at the sold-out screening for my short film “Be Careful…” (and others) where I ran a scriptwriting workshop and was the key note speaker, my film won the Best Director category of the self-funded section at the Magma Short Film Festival in Rotorua, New Zealand.

I had a great weekend there and extend heartfelt gratitude to the fabulous organisers!

Be Careful… accepted into Show Me Shorts Film Festival

Be Careful… makes its World Premiere Next Month in Auckland

We’re hugely excited to be accepted into New Zealand’s premiere short film festival. Now in its 5th year, Show Me Shorts showcases the best Kiwi and Aussie shorts every year. We’re delighted that Be Careful… has been honoured by being selected as the opening film of the “Noir Motive” compilation.

Be Careful... opens "Noir Motive" compilation

 

It will screen in Auckland at The Academy cinema – home of independent cinema in Auckland (and where we had our cast/crew/friends/industry screening of Be Careful… earlier this year – see this post) on the first Saturday night of the festival (8.15pm), as well as the following Tuesday afternoon (4.30) and Friday night (8.15)

During this time, it will also screen in Devonport on the North Shore, in the historic and recently refurbished Victoria Picture Palace as well as on Waiheke Island, before touring to:

Wellington (Paramount)

Christchurch

Dunedin and

Tauranga, before finishing up in

Whitianga in January 2011.

Other Kiwi films selected include Cannes favourite The Six Dollar Fifty Man (Mark Albiston), darling of Sundance This Is Her (Katie Wolfe) and international festival favourites Choice Night , Day Trip, Brave Donkey and Va Tapuia.

Clearly being amongst such illustrious competition means that winning any prizes will be an uphill battle! 🙂

 


Show Me Shorts Progamme

 

But for me it’s enough that our film is being shown and that local audiences will have a chance to see it. So if you’re a local, check out the Show Me Shorts website to see when the screenings are coming to a theatre near you. (There’s some info up there now, with the full programme on its way.)

And a big shout-out too to Patricia Phelan and Lucy Zhou, Unitec graduates (and former students of mine!) who respectively directed and researched/wrote the fun short doco A Furry Tale about people with a fetish for dressing up as cartoon animals! This also made it into the festival, and is screening as part of the “Kissing Games” compilation.

 

Show Me Shorts Auckland Dates

 

More Great Feedback on our Short Film Be Careful…

While rejections from film festivals are always something of a kick in the guts, it’s gratifying to continue to get awesome feedback on the quality of the film.

This, a handwritten note from Kyle McKinnon, Lead Programmer for the Alabama Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival:

“This is a strong film with a very clever twist ending. Thank you for sending it our way.”

And remember: Keep an eye on the blog next week for an exciting film festival announcement… 🙂

Congrats Lisa Chappell – winner at Qantas TV Awards!

This is a belated shout-out to my leading lady, Lisa Chappell, who took away the prize for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Qantas Film & TV Awards for her excellent work on the prime-time TV drama, The Cult.

WELL DONE LISA!

And keep an eye out next week for an exciting announcement about a film festival accepting our short film “Be Careful…”

Stay tuned…

Premiere Screening a Great Night Out

Alan Brash

Alan Brash at premiere screening of Be Careful…

Nearly 100 crew, colleagues, friends, family, film students and industry-ites braved a miserable mid-winter night in Auckland to be the first in the world to see my short film up on the big screen.

Four lucky members of the audience also scored bottles of 26000 vodka from McCashin’s Brewery, and Cable Bay Vineyards Chardonnay and Rose in a draw on the night.

The staff at The Academy did a great job and I thought the film looked (and sounded) awesome. The crowd enjoyed a drink beforehand, and many stayed on for a drink and chat afterwards.

Personally, I wasn’t drinking – mainly because I’d spent much of the previous night throwing up due to a stomach bug… (But, hey, “the show went on!”)

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The Auckland audience who braved a cold, wet night to see Be Careful...

The Auckland audience who braved a cold, wet night to see Be Careful…

 

Here are some comments about the film from people who’ve seen it:

“A treat of subtlety, layers of innuendo upon layers of expose…”

“Really enjoyed your short – it was slick!”

“Excellent!”

“[My wife] and I loved your film, the ride home we kept on picking up on little allusions that you have made throughout the story. Very nice… Congratulations on a superb effort.”

“I really enjoyed your film last night. Hopefully it’s the first of many.”

“[My wife] and I very much enjoyed the premier of your first film. It was a thoroughly professional movie and was an excellent script with interesting twists in the presentation. Many thanks for allowing us to be part of the evening.”

“Very well done. You have every reason to be really pleased with yourself.”

“I liked the film immediately… the actors were great. Good direction and editing. Good job.”

“Well done, it’s cool! I really liked it!”

“The look of the film was great, but the story really stood out – loved the twist! What I admired the most is you had a script that wasn’t overly written, pretty minimal dialogue-wise, didn’t feel the need to waffle on and explain everything, good sh*t.”

“I was delighted with the way the film hung together on the big screen. As well as the quality of the sound and images.”

“A strong film… intriguing. The storyline concise and mysterious. The cinematography, acting, sound design were all very good.”

“Loved the twist in the story.”

“Big congrats… You must be thrilled with it. If I was more expert I could offer specific comments – but I just know it looked bloody good!”

“Congratulations on a great accomplishment!  I really liked the film – everything was top notch: the writing, directing, acting, cinematography.  It looks really good.  It seems to me that it would be a great calling card for future work.”

“It’s everything a short film should be, and more.  Well crafted, superbly acted, tightly scripted, and just the right length.  Technical elements and casting are top-notch.”

“Thanks for the absolute pleasure of your film. Your story was unique, surprising, different.  Your look and sets suited the story well.  The pace and performances were very good.  And there was a wonderfully bizarre and ironic and smart humor to the piece.”

“I loved your film. It looks fantastic.”

“One ticket to Be Careful… please”


Now we just have to get that response from some film festivals… and the judges of the New Zealand Qantas Film & Television Awards!

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