Praise Oxtos! Dinosaurs, lotto winners and a religious variety hour among WASCA nominees!

Melody Rom in Evie.

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by MATTHEW EELES

Being based in Western Australia, Cinema Australia always gets a buzz when the local filmmaking community is recognised and celebrated in any capacity.

So we were elated today when Revelation Perth International Film Festival announced the nominations for its second WA Screen Culture Awards – its rebranding of the now defunct WA Screen Awards.

“Like the screen artists who’ve shared their work with our jury of national and international screen professionals, the WASCAs goes right out on a limb to highlight the convergence of forms and build bridges between them,” Revelation Perth International Film Festival director Richard Sowada says in today’s press release from by Rev.

“It’s an honour for us, our partners and our jury to participate in this platform that acknowledges and rewards achievement and innovation in the local screen industry, and we’re very proud to be associated in some small way with the creative lives of each and every one of them,” Sowada continued.

“We deeply thank the 36 jury members made up of screen professionals from all corners of the industry and can wait to reveal their deliberations.”

Cinema Australia couldn’t be happier for all nominees, so we quickly jumped on the blower (ok, Facebook Messenger), and asked a few filmmakers how they felt about their nominations.

Cody Brown in Good For Nothing Blues.

“The Good For Nothing Blues team are honoured to be nominated for this award,” director and writer Alex Lorian told Cinema Australia minutes after the nominations were announced.

Produced by Elle Cahill, Good For Nothing Blues is a crime comedy that follows Calvin (Cody Brown), a ne’er-do-well, lost in life and in search of purpose, and his group of dole-bludging friends who suddenly come into some money when they win the lottery.

“Since we only had $12,000 for this project, it has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears to bring it to the level it’s at now. We could not have done what we have done without a huge amount of passion and effort from everyone in the cast and crew at all stages of production. We are proud of what we’ve made on a small budget and are excited to be a part of these awards, as we are all passionate supporters of Western Australia’s fabulous film and screen industry,” Lorian continued.

Sticking with the laughs, director and all-round great guy Aaron McCann tells Cinema Australia it’s an incredible honour for his hilarious and quite often bizarre new web series Hug the Sun to be nominated for Best Web Series or Online Content.

“Oxtos is really shining his light upon us this year. Unfortunately, the Third Prophet Trent wont be able to attend the ceremony, something ridiculous about an “outstanding warrent”, but the WA team will be there in full force,” laughs McCann.

Hug the Sun is created by Xavier Michelides and Ben Russell and sees BJ, Trent, Linda and (occasionally) Trina host Australia’s favourite religious variety hour that is most certainly not for children. Episode one of the series has received over 180,000 views on the Grouse House YouTube channel and the trailer has had over 18,000 views on the Cinema Australia TikTok account.

Hug the Sun

While only two films have been nominated in the features category, the short film categories are brimming with some of WA’s most exciting talents including festival success Jacqueline Pelczar for Sparkles, Poppy van Oorde-Grainger for Two Sands which will screen at the upcoming Perth Festival, and David Vincent Smith for his visual movement piece, Abiogenesis.

“It’s fantastic that the WA Screen Culture awards are celebrating cinema through an artistic lens,” David Vincent Smith tells Cinema Australia.

“These projects are very special to me; a blend of performance art, music and cinema, all things I hold dear, made with fantastic Perth talent. It’s great to come together with the Western Australian community, reflect on another year of work, and Rev has been championing that for a long time.”

Evie

Perhaps one of the most exciting short films due to hit the local festival circuit soon is Evie – a dinosaur thriller directed by Alex von Hofmann (Tinglewood, Harvey’s Dream) and produced by Kate Separovich (Dirt Music, Girt By Sea) that has been nominated for Best Production Design.

In a world decimated by nuclear war, where barbaric clans and genetically modified dinosaurs roam the Australian countryside, a young girl, Evie (Melody Rom), must venture alone to a distant farmhouse to seek medical supplies for her dying father (Ben Mortley).

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Texx Montana (Costume), Kate Anderson (Make Up) and myself have been nominated for the design of Evie,” Separovich says.

“It’s always an honour to have the level of excellence we strived for, on a no budget film, acknowledged. I feel so lucky to have two excellent teammates in creating the world and making it feel so real.”

Cinema Australia would like to congratulate all nominees.

The 2021 WASCAs will be held on Sunday 5 December at Luna Cinemas Leederville. The awards night includes pre-event drinks for nominees and supporters, the official awards presentation, followed by post-event celebration into the night at Luna Cinemas Leederville. Tickets are $50 and are available online at http://www.wascreencultureawards.com.au

The Nominees


Narrative Feature Film with budget under $1m

Edward and Isabella
Good For Nothing Blues

Feature Documentary / Non Fiction
Girl Like you
Jaimen Hudson From Sky to Sea
The Truth About Anxiety
Under the Volcano

Short Film / Animation
Abiogenisis
In Australia
These Walls
Two Sands
While(Alive){}

Student Film
Linger
Flamingo
Painting By Numbers
Piano

Music Video
Abiogenesis
Break Loose
Hypnotized
Structural
The Wild Geese

Game Design
Dementia Training Australia
Tactical Response

Commercial Content
Austin XR
Dementia Training Australia
Kaboodle Kitchen Visualiser
Karrinyup – WA On Stage
Stop the Coward Punch

Moving Image and Installation Art
Abiogenesis
Alluvium
Leaving LA Exhibition
Structural
The Separation

Virtual Reality, 360° or Augmented Reality
Dementia Training Australia
Fleeting
Reflections of Iwanoff
Virtual Whadjuk

Web Series or Online Content
Hug the Sun
Iggy and Ace
In Their Footprints
Real Life Outback Adventures

Directing
Abiogenesis David Vincent Smith
In Australia Miley Tunnecliffe
Sparkles Jacqueline Pelczar
Stop The Coward Punch Martin Wilson
Structural Renée Webster
Tooly Karla Hart
Two Sands Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

Cinematography or Visualisation
Abiogenesis David Vincent Smith
In Australia Jim Frater
Jaime Hudson From Sky to Sea Leighton De Barros
Stop The Coward Punch Jim Frater
Two Sands Lewis Potts
Under the Volcano Cody Greenwood

Writing
In Australia Miley Tunnecliffe
Peanut Taihra Swaine
Sparkles Tina Fielding
Tooly Karla Hart
Two Sands Poppy van Oorde-Grainger and Kook Manuer

Performance
In Australia Karin Kowi
Peanut Joanna Tu
Soul Catcher Jay Jay Jegathesan
Tent Girl Emily Rose Brennan
Two Sands Garang John Deng

Production Design
(incl. costume, set design, hair and makeup etc)
Evie Kate Separovich
Fading Numbers
Hold Up Nina Gee
Itch
Two Sands Emma Vickery

Editing
In Australia Caitlan O’Connor
Painting By Numbers Radheya Jegatheva
Sparkles Elaine Smith
Two Sands Dominic Pearce

Sound or Sound Design
Girl Like You Adrian Vinci and Josh Hogan
Itch
Murder on the Dancefloor Brad Habib and Shaun Sandosham
Painting By Numbers Steeve Body
Sparkles Nicholas Gallagher
Two Sands Nick McKenzie and Josh Hogan

Original Music
In Australia Stephen Callan
These Walls
Under The Volcano

Also presented will be two Special Industry Awards for Contribution to the Industry and the Independent Spirit Award.

The WASCAs are proudly presented and produced by the Revelation Perth International Film Festival in collaboration with the WA screen industry.

 

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