Iron Spyder. a short film directed and produced by Melbourne film makers Christopher Mitchell and Yoav Lester. will receive its world premier on September 25 in Austin, Texas, at this years Fantastic Fest, one of the worlds biggest genre film festivals.
Shot at an underground wrestling event in Melbourne, Australia, Iron Spyder is described by Fantastic Fest as “A transfixing character portrait that compellingly blurs documentary and drama with a shade of comic book mythos as it poetically captures the mix of emotions a young wrestler experiences on fight night.“
The projected attracted an all star team of Australian heavyweights including original score composed by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds/PJ Harvey) and Michael Lira (The Hunter, Wyrmwood) with sound design from Wayne Pashley (Mad Max:Fury Road, Lego Movie) and shot by veteran Australian camera operator Leigh Mackenzie (The Thin Red Line, Blood Diamond).
“Two major directorial influences in making the film were Terrence Malik and Gaspar Noé,” said Mitchell. “We we’re lucking enough to just by chance secure our DOP Leigh Mackenzie who infact shot a great deal of Thin Red Line, purely by coincidence when our original DOP had to pull the day before the shoot minute due to an injury” continues Lester. “We had over 8 Red’s and camera operators rolling during the shoot, Leigh’s years of experience on set as well as innate knowledge of how to cover a fight scene contributed so much to the success of the film” added Mitchell.
This film is the first return collaboration between Mitchell and Lester, young film makers with no formal film school training, since completing their debut indie feature, the very dark indie comedy Start.Options.Exit last year which received critical acclaim at a number of international underground film festivals. The film, a controversial black comedy was released earlier this month to download or stream free online via www.startoptionsexit.com
More info on Iron Spyder can be found at www.ironspyderfilm.com