Screen Australia selects four Hot Shots
Friday 12 December 2014
Four teams have been selected for the Hot Shots: Short Fiction Funding program and will receive a total of $280,000 in support from Screen Australia.
Screen Australia’s Head of Production, Sally Caplan, said, “It is fantastic to see the amount of budding talent we have in this country. We received a lot of applications for this program and wish we had been able to support more. We are pleased to back such a great range of emerging talent with a wide variety of vibrant stories.”
Writer/director Sarah-Jane Woulahan and producers Anna Kojevnikov and Sally Storey will be supported to produce A Terrible Beauty. The science fiction film follows Olivia as she questions her fundamental belief in a world without suffering and the nature of love, after her father destroys her prototype ‘Soulmate’ robot, a replacement for her dead mother.
Writer/director Matthew Richards and producer Brendan Guerin’s film The Disappearance of Willie Bingham is an absurdist horror film based on the short story ‘The Wilbur Bledsoe Amputations’ by Michael L Fawcett, where in the future, amputations replace incarceration and the death penalty.
From writer/director Lucy Gaffy and producer Kiki Dillon comes Elvis, a drama based on a story by executive producer Michaela Perske, about a young girl trapped in a seaside caravan park who thinks up a scheme to break free and make a better life for herself.
The team behind Whirlpool consists of writer/director Corrie Jones and producers Melissa Kelly and Jaclyn Hewer. The film is based on the short story ‘Cumberland Breakdown’ by Joyce Carol Oates and involves Regan who, after losing her father in a fire, sets out with her friend Lucas to seek retribution on the couple they believe are responsible for his death.
The Hot Shots: Short Fiction Funding program supports practitioners refining their skills to make a feature film.
The deadline for the second round of the Hot Shots: Short Fiction Funding program is 20 March 2015.
HOT SHOTS: SHORT FICTION PRODUCTION
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM
Genre Horror Absurdist
Writer/Director Matthew Richards
Producer Brendan Guerin
Synopsis In the future, amputations replace incarceration and the death penalty. Based on the short story The Wilbur Bledsoe Amputations by Michael L Fawcett.
Writer/Director Lucy Gaffy
Producer Kiki Dillon
Executive Producer Michaela Perske
Synopsis Trapped in a seaside caravan park, little Elvis thinks up a scheme to break free, determined to make a better life for herself.
A TERRIBLE BEAUTY
Genre Science Fiction
Writer/Director Sarah-Jane Woulahan
Producers Anna Kojevnikov, Sally Storey
Synopsis After her father destroys her prototype ‘Soulmate’ robot, a replacement for her dead mother, Olivia questions her fundamental belief in a world without suffering and the nature of love.
Writer/Director Corrie Jones
Producers Melissa Kelly, Jaclyn Hewer
Synopsis After Regan’s father is killed in a fire, Regan and her friend, Lucas, set out to seek retribution on the couple who they believe are responsible for his death. Based on the short story Cumberland Breakdown by Joyce Carol Oates.