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WA filmmakers Emilie Lowe and Peter Renzullo are calling on the public to help support their new feature film, The Canary.
Lowe and Renzullo are promising audiences a visceral and compelling period drama that utilises Western Australian cast, crew, locations and businesses.
“The Canary is a timely and ever-relevant story surrounding the gender roles, female empowerment and defying subjugating social standards,” said Emilie.
Set during the eighteenth century, The Canary follows protagonist Claire, who, following the sinking of a transport vessel, is set adrift onto the Australian open ocean. With little but a lifeboat and caged canary beside her, Claire must find the power to defy the social standards of her time; utilising her inner-strength, determination to survive and unrealised ingenuity to endure survival on the expansive ocean.
Written and co-directed by 21-year-old Lowe, The Canary provides a voice to the female struggle; with Claire battling against both her own inner-demons, that of her hostile environment and those of her social standing.
The Canary will be co-directed by Peter Renzullo who Cinema Australia readers will remember from his award-winning feature films debut, Anticipation.
Emilie is no stranger to creating films that utilise Western Australia’s diverse landscape.
Having graduated from St Marys Anglican Girls’ School and then going on to study scriptwriting at Edith Cowan University, Emilie’s previous films have had success on the film festival circuit.
In her final year of university, Emilie is excited to combine her experience both behind, and in front of the camera, as a qualified actor, as a young, Western Australian artist in the creative industry.
Emilie and Peter have worked on a number of projects together, including short films, music videos, narrative pieces and imagery shoots.
Running both Salt and Honey Productions and Scudley Films respectively, their experience and understanding of each other’s artistic visions enables them to create unified and consistent works within a supportive filmmaking environment.
Emilie and Peter themselves defy the odds, with Peter being a legally blind filmmaker, and Emilie being a dyslexic writer, the duo proves that hurdles and challenges can’t stop you from achieving your goals.
Locations for the film will include the historical buildings of Fremantle, the beautiful Scarborough coastlines and the South West of WA including the raw and natural locations of Yallingup.
The Canary will also utilise all WA cast and crew, to create a fully WA supported production.
“This piece communicates that societal ideas believed to be long overcome are still very prevalent in the current climate of today,” said Emilie. “I aim to create a film that leaves the lasting impression on all audience members that we all have the strength to overcome obstacles deep within us – whether that be obstacles of society, internal struggle or being cast away into the open ocean.”
The Canary is currently in pre-production.