Sweet Country: Indigenous Cinema Milestone

Warwick Thornton’s ravishingly shot film, a resonant Indigenous Western with echoes of The Searchers, explores issues of Australian identity and the disenfranchisement of the country’s native peoples.  More:


Women Take the Helm of Horror in “XX”

XX is a delightful, horrific variety pack — four risky and irreverent short films that pay homage to the tropes and traditions of horror filmmaking. It’s nuanced storytelling and solid genre filmmaking that also passes the Bechdel test, severed hand over bloody foot. — Rhienna Renée Guedry, Bitch Media.

Lynette Wallworth: Trailblazer in the world of virtual reality

Nyarri tries virtual reality for the first time.

Virtual Reality filmmaker Lynette Wallworth takes the stage at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards next week as winner of the $10,000 Byron Kennedy Award for “outstanding creative enterprise” in film and television.

Her film, Collisions, invites audiences on a virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder, Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert.

Wallworth’s previous virtual reality film, Coral: Rekindling Venus, about the vibrant undersea life of coral reefs, was made for the domes of planetariums.

‘Polly’ – by Award-Nominated UK Writer & Director Cassiah Joski-Jethi


This darkly humorous short film is set in a world where teenage girls must live to the expectations of a cult-like society obsessed with doll-like perfection.  One girl, Polly, doesn’t quite fit in and in her search for acceptance, commits an unthinkable act…

Watch the clip and support this Tim Burton style, all-female filmmaking project by contributing to its brand new crowdfunding campaign: HERE

Stunt People Rock – CGI used sparingly in visual storytelling

mad_max_4_fury_road_Must have been so much fun for Margaret Sixel to edit Fury Road !  Won an Oscar for editing 470 hrs of raw footage into Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), tho she’d never cut an action movie before. 

See Raw Action Footage here: (no CGI).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfm4gvxNW_o

Sixel’s edited many films, including Babe: Pig in the City (1998) & Happy Feet (2006).  Props to the stunt men & women, & the production team!