IMOGEN MCCLUSKEY A FREELANCE WRITER/DIRECTOR
Today we spoke with Imogen McCluskey who is one very bright young upcoming filmmaker and as to her first feature film ‘Suburban Wildlife’. Made on a micro-budget of $4,000, it premiered at Cinequest Film Festival in California, Sydney Film Festival (Second Runner-Up for AUDIENCE AWARD), Taormina Film Festival, and was the London Australian Film Festival’s Closing Night Film – with Imogen honoured as the Debut Director for 2019. ‘Suburban Wildlife’ was long-listed for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts award for BEST INDIE FILM, 2019. The film is now available to watch in US/Canada.
In speaking with Imogen she shared some interesting aspects and views as to her experience so far in creating and working film and what she hopes to explore next.
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Rising young filmmakers like Imogen that get out there to create tend to show the hard work and building credits, and in 2017, she was selected for Screen Australia Gender Matters initiative Smart for a Girl and produced her first television pilot ‘The Ground’ with Imogen Banks (Offspring, Puberty Blues) and Alice Bell (The Expatriates, Suburban Mayhem, The Slap). ‘Surprise Party’, a web series anthology created by Imogen, was one of 10 projects shortlisted for the SBS and Screen Australia DIGITAL ORIGINALS workshops 2019/2020.
Imogen’s latest short film ‘Atomic Love’ had its World Premiere at the 2020 BFI Flare Film Festival in London; Europe’s largest LGBTQI+ event, run by the British Film Institute. It has screened at OUTFEST LA, Encounters Film Festival and Edmonton International Film Festival.
‘Love Bug’ – a new web series created by Imogen – premiered on Facebook in March and received 44,000 views in the first month. The second season was funded by Screen Australia, and relaunched on Instagram in October.
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